“Across Borders holds you with its vivid descriptions and its delineation of characters. Moving across the important decades of our early independence, it tells stark and often poignant stories.”—RUCHIR JOSHI, writer and columnist for The Telegraph, Calcutta.
“A moving and evocative novel that vividly captures our past” —TIMERI N. MURARI, novelist, playwright, recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award.
“An urgent tale told with utter vividness. An important addition to the literatures from India’s North-East and Bangladesh” – SUDEEP SEN, author of Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins) & The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry
“A brave attempt at re-visiting the past… a compelling, heartfelt tale from a place and time that’s often spoken about, but of which, little is understood…” — AHMED FAIYAZ, bestselling author of Love, Life & All That Jazz and Another Chance.
Across Borders is the story of Maya, a girl born in a small town of Assam in pre-Independence India, of her trials and tribulations, starting with her father’s second marriage. It maps Maya’s angst at this desertion of her mother and two sisters, followed by her being brought up by an uncle — a renowned industrialist and philanthropist — in his boarding school near Dacca.
The novel goes on to track Maya’s leaving Dacca after the 1964 riots, with a vivid delineation of her being evacuated by army personnel from the college hostel, then seeking refuge in a Muslim home for three months, before returning to India in the hope of finding a life she can finally call her own — but does she?
In telling the story of a girl caught between a highly patriarchal society and political conflict, Across Borders offers a gripping depiction of circumstances surrounding Bangladesh’s war of liberation and a young girl’s memories of the trauma surrounding the communal riots leading up to it.