Inheritance of Loss

Nipon Haque

I was reading Inheritance of Loss, the 2006 Booker Prize winner by Kiran Desai. She is the daughter of Anita Desai whose piece is included in the +2 English syllabus of Delhi board. The setting of Inheritance of Loss is Kalimpong and Darjeeling, it follows the life in a retired judge’s morbid house in a sleepy hill town, with flashbacks to the judge’s early life. I had vague ideas about the hill movement of the ’80s – the book tells what really happened back then, up there. It is really well written; one can actually feel the clouds that clog the windows all day long, inhale the heavy air in the judge’s decaying old house or smell the delicacies prepared by Noni and Lola, the rich sisters in the neighbourhood who often fly to London. The story goes in a direction opposite to what the reader’s heart wants. One would wish Biju would find a financially secure life for himself in the US which was never too happen. Nor can Sai and Gyan continue their romance against the backdrop of a ethnic rivalry brewing in the hills. The ending of the story was meant to be like that, not a happy ending.

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