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Author: Prayaag Akbar
Publisher: Faber and Faber, 2018
Simon & Schuster, 2017

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In a digitized city, sometime in the near future, as an obsession with purity escalates, walls come up dividing and confining communities. Behind the walls high civic order prevails. In the forgotten spaces between, where garbage gathers and disease festers, Shalini must search for Leila, the daughter she lost one tragic summer sixteen years ago. Skirting surveillance systems and thuggish Repeaters, Shalini--once wealthy, with perhaps a wayward past; now a misfit, pushed to the margins--is propelled only by her search. What follows is a story of longing, faith and most of all loss. With its unflinching gaze on class, privilege and the choices that today confront us and its startling, almost prophetic vision of the world.


The things Leila and I will do together when I find her:

1. Oil and comb her hair. She will have long, difficult frizzes, like me. I want to rub oil into her scalp. Bunch strands in my palm. Stroke unguent deep into each one.

2. Factory Dhaba, in the East Slum. Women can have a beer here without too much trouble. I hardly drink now but I must hear everything. What music she likes. Colours, whom she's loved, how she spent these years. She will be facing a stranger. I must be ready for that.

3. Travel to the East End. They won't let us enter, of course. But she must see where she was born.

Copyright © 2017 by Prayaag Akbar


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