By Neel Mukherjee
Ritwik Ghosh, twenty-two and lately orphaned, reveals the opportunity to begin a brand new lifestyles while he arrives in England from Calcutta. yet to take action, he must never basically relive his whole earlier but in addition make feel of his courting along with his mom - scarred, abusive and all-consuming. yet Oxford holds little of the salvation Ritwik is seeking. as a substitute he strikes to London, the place he drops out of reliable life right into a shadowy hinterland of unlawful immigrants. notwithstanding, the tale that Ritwik writes to stave off his loneliness - a leave out Gilby who teaches English, tune and Western manners to the spouse of a liberal zamindar - starts to discover ghostly echoes in his existence along with his elderly landlady, Anne Cameron. yet then, one evening, within the badlands of King's pass, Ritwik runs into the clever, unfathomable Zafar bin Hashm. As current and prior of a number of lives collide, Ritwik's personal is going into loose fall.
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A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee