Srishti Chaudhary

Once Upon a Curfew
Penguin Random House India, 2019

Saturday, July 27
19:00 - 20:00

It is 1974. Indu has inherited a flat from her grandmother and wants to turn it into a library for women. Her parents think this will keep her suitably occupied till she marries her fiance Rajat, who's away studying in London. But then she meets Rana, a young lawyer with sparkling wit who helps her set up the library. Their days light up with playful banter and the many Rajesh Khanna movies they watch together. But the Emergency is suddenly declared, and Rana gets in trouble while Rajat decides it's time to bring Indu to London and settle down. Indu's life turns upside down, and she must decide not only who but also what kind of life she will choose.

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Srishti Chaudhary has had a series of short stories published by Juggernaut Books and the Glasgow Review of Books. Her articles have been published by BBC, Vice, Nat Geo India and the Hindu Businessline, amongst others. She studied creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and this is her first novel. She wishes she had a cool signature.

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