A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi


A Breath of Fresh AirA Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This is the story of Anjali telling the story of her two marriages to Sandeep and his previous husband Prakash.

The central plot concerns Prakash had forgotten to pick up Anjali in the railway station to take her home which was the night of the Bhopal gas tragedy (December 3, 1984) – the gas explosion from the Union Carbide factory.

Both Anjali and her son Amar will suffer the consequences of Prakash’s irresponsible act.

This is a very touching story told by 4 narrators which are the main characters (including Indu, the second wife of Prakash) showing how their relationships interfere with their own lives.

Since the plot takes place during the 70’s and 80’s years in India, the author also mentions the social disapproval of a divorcee woman, a fact not so well accepted by her own relatives.

The assassination of Indira Gandhi by the Sikhs is also mentioned in the narrative.

 

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