Overview for In Times of Siege
New Delhi, in the year 2000. Staff meetings, lesson modules, a half-hearted little affair with a colleagueâ€”this is the bland but comfortable life of Shiv Murthy, a history teacher in an open university. But disruption and change are on their wayâ€”an outspoken young woman with a broken knee comes into his life and turns it upside-down; then Hindu zealots attack his writings on Basava, the reformer-poet. With fundamentalism landing on his own doorstep, Shiv discovers that the ideas he has inheritedâ€”about history, nations and patriotsâ€”are shrinking day by day. And the time of siege is not exclusively Indian; prejudice speaks different languages but has the same destructive message: `Only trust those of your kind.' With love, lust and a perverted nationalism at his heels, Shiv is forced to confront the demands of his times and choose a direction for the future. But first, he must come to terms with his own incomplete past, his fears, and his obsession with a woman who will give him the strength he seeks.
Githa Hariharan (Author)
Githa Hariharan's first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1993. Since then, she has published a collection of stories, The Art of Dying, and two novels, The Ghosts of Vasu Master and When Dreams Travel. She has also edited A Southern Harvest, a volume of stories translated from four south Indian languages, and co-edited a collection of secular stories for Indian children, Sorry, Best Friend! She lives in New Delhi, where she works as a freelance editor.