By Ashok Mathur
This fantastical ancient novel, narrated via a baby but to be born, lines the lives of 3 generations of a Parsi kin in India starting within the past due 1800s. The narrative follows the Khargat relatives from the intricacies of village lifestyles within the jungles of relevant India, to the problems of city existence in turbulent pre- and post-independence struggles, to modern diasporic realities within the uk and North the United States. This fantastically informed, attractive novel, through the writer of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize finalist the quick, satisfied lifetime of Harry Kumar, humanizes the politics of ethnicity, tradition, and colonial rule.
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The story of my birth. Any questions? Jamshed thinks on this, his face pensive and his mind overwhelmed. “Questions? Of course I have questions. ” Well, begin cautiously, because I will only let you ask five! 55 “Five? That’s a silly rule. But all right. Five it is. Question one: you talk about my child who will be your parent, but you don’t say if that’s a girl or a boy. ” Ha. That, my dear Granddad, doesn’t matter. I promise you, your child, my parent, is a fine person, and that is all I will say.
Between heads and tails, queens and subjects, empires and conquered, obverse and reverse, between all that is another choice. That which should not happen can happen; that which does not happen does. Flat landings give way to edges. Twos out of threes are not even worth pursuing. 53 Born again, not yet It will be a warm and stormy night, the type of night where the winds pick up and rain clouds gather and everyone hopes for a good, solid drenching, but none comes. The worst kind of storm; always approaching, never arriving.
Both Soona and Percy look at Beramshah in amazement. “Dastur-ji, I did not mean for you to—” “I know perfectly well what you did and did not mean. ” Soona reaches forward and, uncharacteristically, touches her husband’s wrist. ” “Yes, Dastur-ji, Mrs Khargat is right. ” “No, this is not a decision made in haste,” says Beramshah. ” And Beramshah rises. “I have heard from my son that it is time to move to Bombay. And I have it on very good authority that my son has heard this from my great-grandchild, a Parsi who 34 w s t i h d t a t t a f s o f h B 3 c w d p J o d f r t d I a h.