The hero's walk

Anita Rau Badami
In the dusty seaside town of Toturpuram on the Bay of Bengal, the modern world is fast encroaching upon Sripathi Rao. His mother is disappointed that he never became a doctor; his sister, longing for love, is the bane of local matchmakers; his only son prefers embarrassing student activism over employment; and his wife, though ever dutiful, has become disillusioned and bitter.  But the small disasters of everyday life wither when his beloved daughter - long-estranged because of marriage to a Canadian - and her husband are killed in a car crash.
 
Nandana, their surviving seven-year-old daughter, is about to become Scripathi's reluctant ward and the wayward catalyst that forces him to come to terms with the pain of his loss.
 

 

The Hero's Walk is an award-winning novel and it was shortlisted for Canada Reads in 2016.

 

Year Published: 
2000