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More than two and a half decades after her first acclaimed novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, Namita Gokhale has resurrected some of its characters in her recently released Priya In Incredible Indyaa. A ruthless caricature of how high society in the national capital works, the novel takes off from where Paro left.
Priya, whose parents married her to a lawyer Suresh Kaushal “of sober habits”, has grown middle-aged, and her husband is now a minister of state. Her sprawling colonial bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi is a far cry from the cramped 1-BHK apartment in suburban Mumbai where she was brought up. While enjoying the position of a woman of some consequence, she struggles with Delhi’s high society.
As Namita sweeps you into the hurly burly of Delhi’s politicians, pimps and heretics, you realise that like Priya, India has also changed. Though the tone is unsparing, occasionally wicked, the novelist thankfully does not delve into a socio-political analysis.
Namita Gokhale (Hardcover - May 31, 2011)