Books Of The Year #4: The Folded Earth

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December 6, 2011 by markstani

Anuradha Roy’s The Folded Earth (pub. MacLehose Press) is a book to clutch to your heart through the cold winter. It’s a rich and evocative story of rural India’s struggle to shake off the remnants of the Raj and embrace a new political and religious future. Maya, a young schoolteacher, escapes to a Himalayan mountain village in search of solitude. But she finds that even in this remote Utopia, the pace of change is flowing too fast for some. Read the full review here.

Sanki Puran had no recollection of his cow having aimed a kick at the Brigadier, but Mr Chauhari’s neck throbbed with stress each time he allowed his thoughts to return to that party. He had tended, since that day, to encounter Puran at every turn: smelly, slovenly, a disgrace. What was more, he grazed his animals on precisely those slopes where Mr Chauhan had planted signs both in Hindi and English announcing fines for illegal grazing.

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