Ishvar and Omprakash are tailors who have been forced from their village into the city in order to find work. They work in Dina's flat for an export company, sewing ready-made garments.
Maneck, from a small hillstation near the Himalayas, moves to the city to acquire a college degree for the case that his father's business is no longer able to compete after a highway was built near their village.
Dina, from a traditionally wealthy family, maintains her independence from her brother through the money she earns from the export company and the lodging of Maneck.
All of them are painfully constructing new lives which become entwined in circumstances no one could have foreseen.
I really enjoyed reading this book due to it's beautiful language and I liked how the different stories were woven together to one. If you are interested in historic events and different cultures, this is certainly a book that you will like. However, I think the ending could have been a little happier but that's just my opinion. Did you read any good books lately? Let me know!