A Break In The Circle Sharmila Kantha -HARPERCOLLINS
Kallu chacha has to arrange his daughters marriage. Amma has to prevent Nanni from becoming a model. Nisha mausi has to prepare for her daughters engagement. Gautam is visiting Patna for some mysterious purpose. The maid is pregnant again. Srijana is buying a goat. And an unknown professor is returning to Patna after twenty years.Anuradha has to deal with these and other events in her life where everyday compulsions of expectation, duty and responsibility leave her little time for reflection and selfdiscovery. As she strikes up an unexpected online contact with the mysterious professor from America, Anu begins to see life through his eyes and becomes increasingly distanced from the world around her.Set in small-town India, A Break in the Circle explores the relationship of an individual with her society in an India that israpidly changing, yet unable to let go of its roots.
Sharmila Kantha leads a peripatetic life as the wife of an Indian diplomat, while retaining her roots in Patna. Her previous publications include a novel, Just the Facts, Madamji (Indialog, 2002), a work of non-fiction, Building India with Partnership: The Story of CII 1895-2005 (Penguin, 2006), and two picture books for children (Children’s Book Trust). Currently based in Colombo, Sri Lanka with her husband and son, she is also consultant to a leading industry association.