Walking Through Fire
Randhir Khare's latest book- Walking through fire
Lying critically wounded in hospital, Sean Varma tries desperately to decipher how he has come to be there, but his trauma prevents clarity and pushes him instead to recollect his fragmented life. From his beginnings in the dusty town of Kanpur to the teeming chaos of Calcutta, his childhood and growing years are spent in the very womb of a region struggling to cope with wars, insurgency and terrorism.
What makes his struggle so much more difficult is the fact that he is born of four different cultures - grandson of an English Private who has survived World War I and the beautiful daughter of a Spanish silk and spice merchant (on his mother’s side) and an Indian criminal lawyer and the daughter of an Indigo planter (on his father’s side). Constantly wedged between cultures, he finds himself increasingly rootless.
But tempered by fire, Sean’s life hurtles across the subcontinent to the apocalyptic moment that will change him forever.
Written in Randhir Khare’s characteristically simple but muscular style, the novel reinforces his position as an accomplished storyteller and prose stylist. As G.J.V.Prasad wrote in a review in Indian Review of Books, ‘…he is a frequent conqueror of Everest, among writers who are still searching for the best site for a summit camp. Khare does voices and he does them brilliantly. His characters come alive in all their vividness, in the uniqueness of their speech, their verbal expression. What he is interested in is people, some feeding on each other. He has a sympathy for everyone as they are pulled down by the inexorable tides of time and history, both personal and communal.’
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