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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

Author(s): Rohinton Mistry

Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1970s



Compassionate realism and narrative are vividly captured in this masterpiece. It is 1975 and India is in a state of flux, the location is an unnamed city by the sea (Mumbai?). A state of emergency has just been declared and the lives of three characters are thrown together – a spirited widow, and two tailors from a hill station – living in a tiny apartment with an uncertain future.

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What a brilliantly written book, couldn’t put it down and took my right into Indian culture at so many levels. Not quite sure which city it is theoretically set in. All the main characters...

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