Saraswati Park, By Anjali Joseph

Welcome to Bombay, the city where not enough happens
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This is a smooth and palatable family drama, that perhaps could have done with a less smooth and palatable treatment – especially as its central character, 19-year-old student Ashish, is having to hide his homosexuality from his family.

Set in Bombay, it also tells of Mohan, Ashish's uncle, who once harboured literary ambitions but now works as a letter-writer, and his wife Lakshmi. She prefers the quiet life but it is disturbed by the sudden, lonely death of her brother, who was someone who understood Ashish's secret.

Anjali Joseph's Bombay is curiously polite and ordered, harbouring the private details of middle-class lives.

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