The Tailor’s Needle

The Tailor’s Needle


Cambridge-educated Sir Saraswati Chandra Ranbakshi is a towering public figure in early twentieth century India. A firm believer in the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, he also has faith in the virtues of the British Raj. As a result, he has to mediate between the Maharaja of a princely state and the Viceroy and strike a fine balance between tradition and modernity. This tussle between old and new values is reflected in his three children, the daredevil Maneka, the timid Sita, and their brother, Yogendra, who turns their father’s world upside down by falling in love with a lower-caste girl. A comedy of manners laced with intrigue and excitement, The Tailor’s Needle explores some of the great moral dilemmas of pre-independent India with wit and sensitivity.


336 Pages | ISBN13 9780143416760
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Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Lakshmi Raj Sharma is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad. He lives in Allahabad with his wife, Bandana, who also teaches at the university, and his etymologist son, Dhruv. His first collection of stories, Marriages Are Made in India, is to be published as an e-book in the US.
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