451 pages inside the head of Meera is a claustrophobic and bewildering experience. Initially her world appears arrayed against her, but by the end I wasn't sure who to believe or what to trust in. A provincial mother, an overbearing father, and a series of emotional betrayals by her loved ones leaves Meera bereft and alone. Just when she starts to seem like a sympathetic character, however, a series of willful choices ensnare her in a world of bitterness and frustration. Her response is to emotionally corrode the lives of those closest to her.
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I'd rarely say "pass" on a novel, but if you really have a hankering for reading one of Suri's works, I'd suggest a rereading of The Death of Vishnu. Leave The Age of Shiva on the shelf.