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A Flutter in the Colony
In 1956, the Senguptas travel from Calcutta to rural Malaya to start afresh. In their new hamlet of anonymity, the couple gradually forget past troubles and form new ties. But this second home is not entirely free and gentle. A complex, racially charged society, it is on the brink of independence even as communist insurgents hover on the periphery. How much should a newcomer meddle before it starts to destroy him? Shuttling in time and temper between the rubber plantations of Malaya and the anguish-filled years of pre-Partition Bengal, between the Malayan Emergency and Direct Action Day, between indifference and lust, A Flutter in the Colony is a tender, resonant chronicle of a family struggling to remain together in the twilight of Empire in Asia.
Moths in the Twilight, — Geeta Doctor, The Hindu
Yours and Mine, — Ashvinder Singh, The Mekong Review
Sandeep Ray talks about his cinematic and deeply resonant historical novel, A Flutter in the Colony, — E.P. Chiew Asian Book Blog
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