But the poet's attention had already wandered - there were so many others to attract it, more loud and brazen than Deven could be even in his most heated dreams.Deven, a Hindi lecturer in small-town Mirpore, lives a humdrum existence. A chance to interview Nur - India's greatest living Urdu poet - offers him an escape from his dreary life. But the Nur he meets is an enfeebled man, surrounded by clashing wives and preying sycophants. Deven's decision to be the custodian of Nur's verse gives birth to an unusual alliance between the two.
In Custody is a thought-provoking tale that laments the corrosion of culture and tradition in the face of modernity. With a startling array of characters Anita Desai beautifully weaves emotions and presents a wonderful portrayal of human lives and the complexity of relationships. The reader is glued to the narrative from the very beginning of this powerful tale. Recommended for readers looking for literary fiction with the definite Indian flavour in writing.
Good Read. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.