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World We Found
by Thrity Umrigar
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HarperCollins, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Four Indian women, inseparable as university students, must reconcile themselves to themselves and each other as they arrange a meeting thirty years later. Careers, marriages, spouses and children, all have affected them in varied ways. Equally as important, the times have changed. As students, they were young revolutionaries ready to change the world, at least the world of India.

Time has tempered their outlook, and they are definitely not as close as they once were. In Armaiti's case, life has become paramount because she is suffering from a terminal illness. Laleh, safe and happy though she is, has never gotten over her inaction at an important group turning point. Kavita has mixed feelings about the reunion - she is the only unmarried one. And Nishta, once the most liberal in thought and action, must now face the group as the wife of a strict fundamentalist husband.

As each woman prepares for the reunion, scenes from their former life return, and while we learn the back story, they attempt to come to terms with what happened then and how their lives have progressed since. As usual, Umrigar writes an enthralling story, giving us much insight into the India of today and its people. If you liked The Space Between Us (as I really did), you will appreciate the more modern times of The World We Found, and perhaps you too will wonder whether Nishta's story is to be continued.

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