In collaboration with the International voices Project, Rasaka There Company is pleased to present the first reading of this great book - adapted into a play by Sudha Buchar and Kristine Landon Smith.
The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
As the Emergency's forbidding policies bring chaos to the city, the four strangers, whose lives have become inextricably linked, find themselves crossing divides of caste, class and religion to form the most unexpected of friendships. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.
In these uncertain times, Dina Dalal – a spirited Parsi widow determined to avoid a second marriage – takes a student boarder and two Hindu tailors into her ramshackle flat.