Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014008052x
A novel of human passions and conflicts of traditional and modern human values.
A self-made contractor and indulgent father, Lanai has everything that money can buy. Like his womenfolk, he senses that much of his security comes from adherence to traditional Indian values, and has no time for the Western fads and fashions that are the new status symbols of New Delhi's super-rich. But his children are growing up with different aspirations, especially Viddi, desperate to be a writer or art critic and avoid the family business, and Nimmi, pretty, delicate, graceful Nimmi, longing to be modern and independent, free to love and marry the man of her choice.
Jhabvala, a world class master story teller, traces the intricacies and compromises of life in New Delhi with a delicious blend of light wit and tender gravity, showing herself to be a master of social comedy and a brilliant exponent of the Indian character.PRAISE FOR THE AUTHORA truly astonishing writer. - ObserverA writer of genius... a writer of world class - a master story-teller. - Sunday Times
RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA has been compared with Jane Austen, E M Forster and Chekhov. Born in Germany of Polish parents, she came to England at the age of twelve. She graduated from Queen Mary College, London University, and married an Indian architect. They lived in Delhi from 1951 to 1975. Since then they have divided their time between Delhi, New York and London. Her published work includes 'Out of India', a selection of her favorite stories taken from four previous volumes. She has won several awards for her fiction writings.