The Bhowani trilogy by John Masters pictures an India in different stages of turmoil. Probably the best is Night Runners of Bengal set around the time of the Indian Mutiny but Bhowani Junction, set in the India of the mid 1940's, just prior to Independence, runs it very close. I first read this book nearly 60 years ago and thought it a good exciting read; going back to it I see it as a superbly-written novel, about the dilemmas of the two Anglo -Indian leads who have very ambivalent feelings about the impending departure of the British. The characterisation, as always in Masters, is utterly convincing, with the world-weary, cynical British Officer acting as foil for the two mixed-up lovers. The action scenes convey real tension as peaceful non-violence and terrorism collide. Masters knew India well and this novel shows it.