Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

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“A Fine Balance” is a novel written by Indian-Canadian author Rohinton Mistry. Published in 1995, the book is a sweeping and emotionally powerful story set in India during the 1975-1977 period of political upheaval known as the Emergency. The novel weaves together the lives of four main characters from different backgrounds, highlighting their struggles, hopes, and resilience in the face of adversity.

The story follows Dina Dalal, a widowed seamstress; Maneck Kohlah, a young student; Ishvar Darji, a tailoring teacher; and Omprakash Darji, his nephew. As their lives intersect, they form an unlikely bond, navigating the challenges of caste, class, and political turmoil. Through their experiences, the novel explores themes of social injustice, human relationships, survival, and the quest for dignity.

Rohinton Mistry’s writing is marked by its intricate character development, vivid descriptions, and compassionate exploration of the characters’ inner lives. He skillfully captures the intricacies of daily life in India, from the bustling streets of Mumbai to the rural landscapes, and provides a sensitive portrayal of the characters’ hopes and struggles.

“A Fine Balance” has been widely acclaimed for its emotional depth, its ability to shed light on the human condition, and its portrayal of the resilience of individuals in the face of overwhelming challenges. The novel offers a searing critique of social and political systems while also celebrating the human spirit’s capacity to endure and find moments of connection and beauty.

The title “A Fine Balance” refers to the delicate equilibrium that the characters strive to maintain in the midst of chaotic circumstances. The novel invites readers to reflect on the complexities of life, the fragile interplay of forces, and the significance of human connections.

2 reviews for A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

  1. Pravin Manohar (Verified Purchase)

    Very difficult to get copy of this novel as its not printed anymore. I was lucky that it was available in stock. Came in perfect condition.

  2. Remya Nair (Verified Purchase)

    The novel is set in the backdrop of 1975 emergency. Its just a brilliant novel that you will never forget. Highly recommended.

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