There lies tucked in the pages of this novel a moving love story. Nah, not the kind that Hollywood or Bollywood or Tollywood comes up with. On the contrary, this love story is ever so gentle and moving that you simply flow along with words tucked in the emails exchanged between the two: Kevin, a vicar devoted to the political struggle for Scottish independence and Maya, a well-known Hindi author. The two had known and loved each other ever so passionately in the New Delhi of the late 70s, and then parted, re-establishing contact after a gap of almost forty years via emails.
It’s these emails webbed together by Mridula Garg in the novel that keep nudging one to flow along. There is an interplay of emotions without traces of lust or superficial sways. Right from the first email that Kevin wrote to Maya in the summer of 2008 to re-establish contact with her, till the very last email sent on August 24, 2015, there is not only a subtle yearning that never goes overboard, but also that vital connect that is a rarity in today’s relationships.
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