A story which tells how the gathering clouds of the Indo-Pakistan War impinge on the lives of a Bombay doctor and his family. His dreams, although modest, are denied him as he realizes he is not in control of events.
It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become of Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young daughter falls ill; his promising son defies his father's ambitions for him. His is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours. One day he receives a letter from an old friend, asking him to help in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But he soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception. Compassionate, and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change.
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