"It seems contradictory that we pursue both profit and a social goal, but I believe that is the only way to do it" (William Bissell, MD, Fabindia). Over the last 50 years, Fabindia has grown into India’s most famous ethnic brand with over a hundred outlets all over the country. This is the story of that remarkable journey.
It is the 1930s and the fire of the freedom movement from distant Bengal and Delhi is warming the languid bones of the small town in Mysore, where Kaveri and Setu grow up. Theirs is a liberal, prosperous household and the family takes its privileges for granted. Mylaraiah, their father, believes that they are twice protected from such delusions as ‘swaraj’ - once by the British and then by the Maharaja.
Four musicians: a bright, young, aspiring student; two highly respected gurus married to each other; and a globe-trotting star, each deeply immersed in the tradition of Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet. By turns serious, deeply moving and utterly irreverent, Mitra Phukan s eye for detail, her immense knowledge of Hindustani music and her profound understanding of human nature come together in this remarkable novel.