Everyone who lived in the village or the hamlets nearby knew her. (Phoenix Fled)
In India, the past never disappears. (Introduction)
Ramu stared at the silver coin, and then said angrily, "I came to tell you that Moti was not mad," and before the car could be started again he was off, a brown shadow running into the dark shadows by the road. (Ramu)
From the back cover: "Listen to me, child. You will be a woman soon and must behave well and with modesty. The Kazi will ask you three times whether you will marry Kalloo Mian. Now don't you be shameless, like these modern educated girls, and shout gleefully 'Yes.' Be modest and cry softly and say 'Hoon'"
A marriage is arranged between a little servant girl and a middle-aged cook with an opium habit; an idealistic political worker faces disillusionment; a servant returns to a wife he scarcely knows; a conventional bride has her first encounter with her husband's "emancipated" friends: telling of the lives of servants and children, of conflict between the old traditions and the new, modern civilisation, and exploring the human repercussions of the Muslim/Hindu divide, these twelve short stories present a moving and vivid picture of life in India. To each episode Attia Hosain brings a superb imaginative understanding and sense of poignancy of the smallest of human dramas.