A Suitable Boy

This love story and family saga at its core will take you straight into post-partition India of the mid-50s;  Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find—through love or through exacting maternal appraisal—a suitable boy for Lata to marry.

Painting a sweeping panoramic portrait of four large extended families  – the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans and Chatterjis- against a backdrop of a country in an uncertain era; The subcontinent has been Partitioned on religious grounds and India is transitioning from feudalism to democracy. The First Great General Elections are to be held in 1952. Caste is beginning to make itself felt in electoral calculations, and Nehru remains a force to be reckoned with.

A Suitable Boy is painstakingly researched historical fiction and the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

This massive read by Vkram Seth is one of the longest single volume novels ever written!