"In all the years, Mrs Wain had never got used to the smell of marigolds. And so when she learnt that Mr Wain and she were to go back to England, she couldn't have been happier. A quiet house in the countryside, no unnecessary dirt everywhere and absolutely no marigolds—she was finally going home! However, things are rarely as one thinks they are. As she loses herself in the process of packing up their lives in India, unexpected realisations find her. The sight of her beautiful china to the act taking a bath suddenly become harsh reminders of what she's about to lose in order to gain a life she's never really lived before. The genius of Nergis Dalal lies in exploring the complexities of human behaviour in the most beatiful manner and The Exiles is an excellent example of that. Amusing and poignant, this is one of Dalal's most compelling stories. Read on."