Chatterjee, Amal Across the lakes

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Across the lakes

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Three very different lives collide in the vast city: Meena, a pretty middle-class girl with her happy little family and her life which is almost too cosy for comfort; Putul, idle, amiable scion of the moneyed upper classes; and Choto, son of a servant, a slum-dweller, making an increasingly perilous job of staying alive. Despite the seemingly unbridgeable social divides of Calcutta, a city where pleasure and indolence co-exist with extreme poverty, these three young people are inextricably connected, by family, by proximity, by accident. Fate deals Choto the cruellest hand, but it shakes Putul and Meena too, and by the end of the novel it is clear that their comfortable lives can never the same again. Political power-play and corruption, petty local gangsterism, the smell and colour of Indian city life, all combine with a delicate vein of humour in this fluent first novel.

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