Nominated by:

India International Centre Library, New Delhi

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin Books India

Things to Leave Behind

Namita Gokhale    

A rich, panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen them. It is 1856, in picturesque Kumaon. History has already begun its steady march. Six native women clad in black and scarlet pichauras huddle around Naineetal Lake, attempting to cleanse it of threatening new influences. For, these are the days of Upper Mall Road (for Europeans and their horses) and Lower Mall Road (‘for dogs, servants and other Indians’). And this is the story of feisty young Tilottama Dutt, whose uncle hangs when he protests the reigning order—and her daughter, Deoki, who will confront change as Indians, and as women. Things to Leave Behind brings alive the romance of the mixed legacy of British-Indian past. Full of the fascinating backstory of Naineetal and its unwilling entry into Indian history, throwing a shining light on the elemental confusion of caste, creed and culture, illuminated with painstaking detail, here is a fascinating historical epic—and Namita Gokhale’s most ambitious novel yet.

About the author

Namita Gokhale was born in 1956. She is the author of four novels—Paro: Dreams of Passion; Gods, Graves and Grandmother; A Himalayan Love Story; and The Book of Shadows—and two books of non–fiction, Mountain Echoes and The Book of Shiva. Namita Gokhale lives in New Delhi.

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