A Fine Balance is epic historical fiction that takes place in Bombay, India from 1975 to 1984 during the political changes and tumult known as The Emergency. The Emergency was called by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, elections were suspended and The Prime Minister ruled by decree. Civil liberties were suspended and terrible atrocities were executed, including a forced mass sterilization of thousands of the poor. The book follows four people from different walks of life, castes and social class. Their lives intertwine Dickens-style intricate and rich, authentic and hopeful and heartbreaking all at once. Read this book and I promise you will never be the same.
In India during the mid-1970s, after a "state of internal emergency" is declared, four very different people--a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village's caste violence--find their lives becoming inextricably intertwined