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An Indian epic to be read by all,
This review is from: A Fine Balance (Paperback)
A Fine Balance is a panoramic view of 1975 India during the 'Emergency' period under Indihra Gandhi. This setting is a backdrop to the lives of four very different individuals who are brought together in a tiny city flat.
Having recently visited India and being a mere dilletante of its politics and history, the novel was able to successfully colour my knowledge with tales that made me emotional, angry and helpless.
Rohinton Mistry does not provide answers to the issues of rife corruption, poverty and caste. He does however give one a sense of the despair felt by the poor people who are subjugated to these deep-set problems on a daily basis. The sense of gross injustice is kept throughout A Fine Balance to the very end and distastefully stays with the reader long after finishing. This is not to put a prospective reader off however. Rather, I urge anyone interested in India, caste, history, politics or those who just wish to read an epic tale, to pick up A Fine Balance an educate yourselves. Highly recommended.