by Amrit Chima

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Darshan by Amrit Chima

In 1911 rural India, Baba Singh Toor commits a shocking act of violence to avenge a crippling loss, setting a secret in motion that will haunt—and claim—the Toors for generations.

Hardened by a crime for which he was never caught, Baba’s past casts shadows over his sons, even as the era of British Colonial tyranny and oppression reaches its height. In the distant colony of 1940s Fiji, his son, Manmohan, a virtuoso of enterprise, bears the burden of his father’s sin, plagued by an all-consuming insecurity that suffocates his own children. And twenty-five years later in San Francisco, Darshan—inextricably linked to his grandfather, Baba Singh, by both birth and fate—finds himself dragged to the center of conflict. Held accountable for the Toors' dark history, he labors to honor his name—meaning one who is blessed with clarity of sight—attempting to keep the family from irreparably splintering apart. A novel in three parts, Darshan is a raw examination of the lifetimes required to reconcile one man's fatal mistake.

An ambitious, epic debut novel that finely balances historical elements of nations struggling under Colonial rule with the tragedy of men who refuse to release their sorrow, written in keenly descriptive, fluid, and penetrating prose.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045320597
Publisher: Amrit Chima
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 712 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born into a family with a history of inspiring migratory adventures, she has followed suit, traveling to over thirty countries, most notably India and Fiji, both of which are settings in her debut novel Darshan (an IndieReader literary fiction selection).

When time affords (which is not often enough), she writes carefully thought-out reviews for multi-layered, profoundly engaging novels. One such review earned her fifteen seconds of fame on the BBC World Book Club’s discussion of The Stranger by Albert Camus.

She holds an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, and after two years in Budapest, Hungary teaching English she is now back home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spends her free time working on her second novel, as well as curating a fresh, new SF reading series called anthology (www.anthologysf.com).

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