Critics’ Reviews

“There is a bell-like clarity to Farooqi’s delineation of his characters, his slow unraveling of their motivations and desires. … This is a quietly affecting book, with a profound understanding of tragedy; that what happens to us is as much a function of how we respond to events as the events themselves.” — The Sunday Guardian

“A privileged peek into the mind of the Pahalwan and Courtesan, the subcontinent’s most intriguing symbols of romance. Storytelling at its best.” — Naseeruddin Shah

“This is the most poignant, the most subtle, the most moving novel I have read in the past few years from this, or any, region. A natural storyteller, Farooqi imagines a world we thought we were familiar with and then pulls the rug out from under our feet.” — The Caravan

Posted on November 2, 2015