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The Exiles

The Exiles

(Penguin Petit)

Nergis Dalal
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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.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Feb/2018

Length : 15 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

The Exiles

(Penguin Petit)

Nergis Dalal

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.

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Nergis Dalal

Nergis Dalal has been writing for over fifty years. She is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories, a book for children, a cookery book, a best-selling book on yoga and, under the pseudonym Aries, a collection of middles that appeared over three decades in the Times of India, the Statesman, the Hindustan Times and other national newspapers. Several of her short stories have been broadcast over the BBC and published in anthologies in India, UK and Australia. Nergis Dalal has three children and three grandchildren. She lives in Dehra Dun.

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