The marketing spin has tried to paint this as an Indian Gone With the Wind. I am not sure that it meets that comparison but it is certainly an interesting historical read. The book starts in 1878 and stretches through into the 20th century and touches on a lot of different subjects, including the British being in India.
My teaser, which I have chosen to extend to a whole paragraph this week, comes from page 106:
She felt Machu's presence even before she saw him. He came over to touch Thimmaya's feet; he said nothing to her, however, barely even glancing at her as he exchanged a few pleasantries with the deliberately offhand Thimmaya. Through the afternoon, he ignored her. Devi grew angrier and angrier as the hours wore on, the intensity of her allure increasing until she seemed to be scorching, dazzling, blinder her way through the gathering. Still, while all the other men could scarcely do more than gawk at her, Machu remained blithely unaware of her charms. Time and again, she thought she sensed his eyes upon her but when she turned towards him, he was always deep in conversation with someone or other, completely at ease and unheeding of her.
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