DESI SET­TING

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HALF THE NIGHT IS GONE

Ac­claimed nov­el­ist Amitabha Bagchi’s lat­est tells the story of a ver­nac­u­lar au­thor and the book he’s writ­ing about a wealthy merchant—a dou­ble ef­fort at trans­lat­ing (as it were) the Hindi lit­er­ary world into English.

KITTY’S WAR

Brits “do­ing” In­di­ans, es­pe­cially pe­riod In­di­ans, is old hat. But in this one Da­man Singh (Man­mo­han Singh’s daugh­ter) tries her hand at por­tray­ing the in­ner lives of In­dia’s colonis­ers in the last days of the Raj.

PO­LITE SO­CI­ETY

Ma­hesh Rao’s lat­est—the story of a match­maker by the name of Ania Khu­rana—is billed as Jane Austen’s Emma set in the world of Delhi’s su­per rich. But the sim­i­lar­i­ties go be­yond mar­ket­ing, giv­ing it the whiff of pas­tiche.

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