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'A birth mark on the right shoulder! And one as big and as dark as that! Arre baap re! This is of some terrible significance. . .'
Despite his grandmother's gloomy prophecy, Rattan grows up leading a charmed life - first in Delhi, then at Boston University. When he returns to Delhi, and the family business, Rattan is happy to fall in with his parents' plans for an arranged marriage: his young bride is somewhat dazzled by the splendour of her new home but her husband is handsome and the prospects look good. Then Tanvi is found dead - suicide or murder? Rattan takes a job in Cairo to put the past behind him. Here he meets Nalini, daughter of the Indian Ambassador to Egypt. Chafing under the lack of freedom while accepting diplomatic duties since the death of her mother, she is drawn towards Rattan. He never finds the right moment to tell her of his dead first wife, and when she finds out, she resolves to discover the truth about Tanvi's death.
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Despite his grandmother's gloomy prophecy, Rattan grows up leading a charmed life - first in Delhi, surrounded by his affluent, adoring family; then at Boston University, where he acquires a cosmopolitan sophistication.Review:
A well-crafted debut . . . This engrossing book is distinct in style and is a stunningly accomplished literary debut. (Kuwait Times (Deepa Pant))
An exotic tale of love, guilt, secrets and suspicion. (Company)
Exquisitely written. Each character is sensitively drawn, and the rich mix of cultures and landscapes is vividly depicted. (Good Book Guide)
The author paints a magical picture of Indian culture - with all its beauty and all its tensions. (B Magazine)
A refreshing . . . tale of the complexities of relationships. (Express Magazine, Indian Express)
Simple, straightforward and refreshingly unaffected. (Outlook [India])
A happy mixture of autobiography, fiction and travel . . . [in] beautiful, pure and perfect English (Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo))
A mysterious death, magic, colour and lots of spice. Great high-factor fun. (Bristol Evening Post)
An intriguing beginning, a promising array of interesting characters and an easy style (The Tablet)
The colours and noise, smells and sights are all vivid as the tale of Rattan Malhotra and his tragic marriage unfolds. (Lancashire Evening Post)
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Book Description Flame, 2002. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0340820284