Many a times when we read a book, we often wonder at the lack of detailing about the era in which the characters lived. We wonder why the characters were not more fleshed out in terms of being synced with the times they drew breath in. For example, consider an old man lying on a hospital bed in Delhi, watching news on television in March, 1993. Wouldn’t it be odd if the writer completely circumvents the bomb blasts that happened in Mumbai in that year? Or consider a woman living in the Delhi of 1970s with her grown up children. Wouldn’t it be out of place if you do not mention the radio, Ameen Sayani and the advent of the Hippie culture that gave nightmares to the parents of that era?

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