Full of social observation, this is a moral tale containing both tragedy and comedy. It takes some time for the characters to establish themselves, but stick with them and they will keep you guessing to the last pages about how their dilemma is resolved.
Now everyone believed India was going to be a rich country. He had known it ten years ago. Had planned for the future. Skip out of slum redevelopment. Start building glossy skyscrapers, shopping malls, maybe someday an entire suburb, like the Hiranandanis in Powai. Leave something behind, a new name, the Confidence Group, founder Dharmen Vrijesh Shah, a first-wife's son from Krishnapur.
And some stupid old teacher was going to get in the way?