Freedom Song


Set in Calcutta, ‘Freedom Song’ focuses on the lives of two families and the culture and character of the city itself. The author’s first two novels ‘A Strange and Sublime Address’ and ‘Afternoon Raag’ have won many prizes.

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Khuku, a housewife, is irritated with the Muslims because their call to prayer wakes her up early every morning; her husband, a retired businessman, has been hired to cure a ‘sick’ sweet factory that doesn’t particularly want to be cured. Across town, Khuku’s brother worries about his son’s affiliations with the Communist Party, but only because they may affect his ever-so-gradually coalescing marriage prospects.

Freedom Song is a work of fiction that plays with big ideas while evoking the smallest aspects of everyday life with acute tenderness and extraordinary beauty.