qAt a time of extraordinary ferment, when India is poised for Independence and Partition, young Rohini, the daughter of a wealthy Hindu silk-trader, dares to fall in love with Hanif, an ordinary Muslim musician. A relationship with Hanif comes with the dangers and thrills that Rohini has only read of in Western novels, with clandestine meetings in cinema halls and trysts at local train stations. Yet it also threatens to sever her from everything safe and familiar - the sea-facing bungalow in Bombay, the security of familial love, the blessed ease of an arranged marriage to an affluent diamond merchant newly returned from South Africa. As India claims that dream of sovereignty, Rohini must opt for one of two lives. Will she embrace an existence that promises risk and happiness? Or choose one that comes with painless compromise, the kind her family had once made as traders in opium?q--Page  of cover.A steady breeze from the Arabian Sea swept over the mansion. Two boats bobbed on the ... a#39;The engagement can wait, a#39; Saroj said. With her hair pulled in a small bun and large, intense eyes, she was taller than Rohini. She wore a starchedanbsp;...
|Title||:||Silk Fish Opium|
|Publisher||:||Westland - 2012|