I came across this rather battered paperback priced at 99p in my local Oxfam bookshop - and the cover blurb pointed up echoes with my own life (imprecise but unmistakeable) which made the purchase unavoidable.
To my surprise, it's not pulp fiction. Kamala Markandaya was a noted author, and this is her most autobiographical novel. In the book, the freedom struggle gets in the way of a rather stilted, upper class romance between Richard and Mira. In real life, Kamala Markandaya married a British man shortly after independence, and made her home in London.
Another of her novels, The Nowhere Man - about an elderly brahmin marooned in a south London suburb - has just been republished by Penguin India. Anybody know it?
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