Contemporary Literary Fiction

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By Ashok Srinivasan

Brinda is born in a conventional joint relations, yet in the back of the veneer of normalcy lurks an enigmatic existence. She has particular reminiscence of items that occurred sooner than her beginning. actual touch together with her heals the ill, the rotten and the corrupt. Brutalised many times, she in simple terms turns into extra appealing and is still inviolate, not able to accomplish actual intimacy regardless of the fellow she loves. There comes a time whilst she is arrested with none fees and moved from felony to criminal. yet in an international the place time and heritage are as fluid as her reminiscence, she remains radiantly younger whereas these round her age and rot. either as witness and sufferer, she lives throughout the horrors of a society sliding into superstition and intolerance. eventually, she is subjected to a farcical trial the place each element of her previous is gifted to the courtroom in a depressing, new mild earlier than a sad end. as soon as Upon a Time is Ashok Srinivasan's strong debut novel and the successor to his prize-winning number of brief tales, publication of universal symptoms. A multi-layered fairy story for adults that comes on the subject of many of the most harsh cruelties of our occasions, it reconfirms the coming of an immense new author on India's literary firmament.

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