‘Dahanu Road’ is an epic love story

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: ‘Dahanu Road’ by Anosh Irani is an irreverent, epic love story about three generations of the Irani clan, Zoroastrians who fled persecution from Iran to Bombay.

Published by HarperCollins, the book will be released by Shiamak Davar in New Delhi today.
The plotline is engrossing - Zairos is a dissolute young landowner’s son living in the town of Dahanu, just outside Bombay, when his life of careless luxury is brought up short by a mysterious death: the sudden suicide of Ganpat, a tribal worker on his family’s estate. Soon he has fallen in love with Ganpat’s daughter, Kusum, and finds himself defying taboos with their relationship. At the same time, his grandfather, Shapur, reveals to him the story of their family and of the land that Zairos stands to inherit.

‘Dahanu Road’ brilliantly reveals the history of the relationship between the landowning Irani clan and the Warlis, local tribal people like Ganpat and Kusum who work the land for the Iranis. As Zairos’ connection with Kusum deepens, he is drawn further into the mystery of Shapur’s relationship with Ganpat and the other Warlis. Violence and hatred echo through history, and Zairos learns the terrible truth his grandfather has spent a lifetime hiding.

With its inimitable mix of earthy humour and searing tragedy, this is AnoshIrani’s most ambitious novel yet.

About the author

Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Mumbai and moved to Vancouver in 1998. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Cripple and His Talismans and The Song of Kahunsha, which was a finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was published in thirteen countries and was a best-seller in Canada and Italy. His play Bombay Black was a Dora Award winner for Outstanding New Play. Irani was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black.