By Ashok Mathur
This fantastical ancient novel, narrated by way of a baby but to be born, lines the lives of 3 generations of a Parsi kinfolk in India starting within the past due 1800s. The narrative follows the Khargat relatives from the intricacies of village lifestyles within the jungles of principal India, to the problems of city lifestyles in turbulent pre- and post-independence struggles, to modern diasporic realities within the uk and North the US. This fantastically instructed, enticing novel, through the writer of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize finalist the quick, chuffed lifetime of Harry Kumar, humanizes the politics of ethnicity, tradition, and colonial rule.
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The coin, yes, the coin was a perfect choice-maker in that one side was the Queen, the other, the not-Queen. That, thinks Jamshed, was a good thought, but could he follow with good words and good deeds if he took his task so lightly? Jamshed looks down at his left hand for the first time in several minutes. His fingers are long and slender, at least, that is what he will be told when he is much older and garnering attention from various quarters who are interested in such. Right now, his fingers are nothing but normal, adequate, could be thicker and more manly, but more manly would mean more labour, and that was not going to be Jamshed’s choice.
They will come in dribbles to begin with, then in spurts, and finally in waves, drowning and browning out the Island people. Would Queen V. think of this as appropriate payback for 100, 200, 400 years of rule? Would Macaulay try to retract his momentary educational minute—for if he were so intent o c b h i g is a a o b o le p h c s t h e w t b h V t g 48 s. n f s h. d e n. r t n y e, t. f n il e; ll n g e o t on breeding a hybrid brown man, one who was absolutely English in spirit, should he be surprised and perhaps taken aback when those brown Englishmen claimed their due presence on the Island shores?
Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves, let that thought enter in and not leave, push it forward, sing it loudly or to yourself, watch with disinterest how the coin wags through the air, twisting and optically illusioning so it looks not like a flat disk but a spinning top, a spherical celestial body, an object so entirely unlike itself that it cannot possibly retransmogrify into that copper or nickel or silver bit of pressed metal. Think Queen, and it will be Queen. Or else, not. The coin will come up with the Victorian backside (not to be rude), a turning of the other cheek, so to speak, numismatically described as the obverse (at least in mixed company), and all your dreams and aspirations dashed.
A Little Distillery in Nowgong by Ashok Mathur