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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that keep in mind the paintings of Charles Dickens, this great novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban by means of the ocean. the govt. has simply declared a nation of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender pupil uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, compelled to proportion one cramped house and an doubtful destiny.

As the characters flow from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, A high quality Balance creates a permanent landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.

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Like any big city, they can be somewhat overwhelming if you do not know where to go or how to handle the various situations that one is likely to encounter, especially in such a different culture. ” For those, India may be a country where they stop long enough merely to see the Taj Mahal, the Jaipur Palace, and a few other places before going on to some other part of the world. Then they can say that they have been to India. But whether they actually see the real life of the people is another thing.

The larger temples had hospitals and doctors and areas for feeding and caring for the poor and destitute. In order to do all this, the temples consumed large amounts of fruits and grains. Thus, the temples were given plots of land that were used mostly by the farmers for growing food for the offerings in the temples. These offerings, however, would then be redistributed amongst the temple employees and the poor who needed food. The temples also had systems of banking. Thus, with such a variety of activity centered around them, the temples played a very important part in Indian culture, and in preserving that culture and distributing knowledge.

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