By Rohinton Mistry

ISBN-10: 140003065X

ISBN-13: 9781400030651

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that remember the paintings of Charles Dickens, this remarkable novel captures the entire cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban by means of the ocean. the govt has simply declared a nation of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender scholar uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, pressured to percentage one cramped condominium and an doubtful destiny. because the characters flow from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, an exceptional stability creates an everlasting landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman nation.

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The next time a tinker yelled outside their window, she called him to fix the leaking vessels and rivet the broken handle of the kettle. She watched to make sure he did the work properly. As he finished each pot, she took it to the bathroom and tested it with water. The knife-grinder went by with his wheel slung over his shoulder. The tinker stopped hammering while she clapped twice to get his attention. The dull blades soon began glinting with sharp edges. She relished the energy, the attention, the pounding and banging that went into getting her household shipshape for decades of wedded bliss with Rustom.

It would be a lavish celebration, befitting the sister of a successful A Fine Balance 30 businessman, and people would talk about it for a long time to come. When she turned eighteen, he started inviting eligible bachelors to their home. She invariably found them repugnant; they were her brother’s friends, and reminded her of Nusswan in all they said and did. Nusswan was convinced that sooner or later there would be one she liked. He could no longer place restrictions on her comings and goings—she had outgrown those adolescent controls.

If Dina was getting married and leaving for good, better that it should happen amicably, without too much fuss. Secretly he was also pleased that Rustom A Fine Balance 40 Dalal was no great catch. It would have been unbearable if his friends had been rejected in favour of someone superior. He participated in the wedding plans with more enthusiasm and generosity than Dina expected. He wanted to book a hall for the reception and pay for everything out of the money he had been collecting for her. “We’ll have the wedding after sunset, and then dinner.

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