Fraterhouse, a college originally for men but now co-educational, was founded in the 1880s by a group of scholars from a monastic order based in Oxford. In independent India the links with Oxford inevitably grew more tenuous; those among the teachers who were English left. The links with Oxford were not, however, severed; a trust set up by a former banker who had worked inFraterhouse, a college originally for men but now co-educational, was founded in the 1880s by a group of scholars from a monastic order based in Oxford. In independent India the links with Oxford inevitably grew more tenuous; those among the teachers who were English left. The links with Oxford were not, however, severed; a trust set up by a former banker who had worked in India , the Nicholls Trust, regularly sent out two lecturers from Oxford for terms that could last four years.The story is mainly of Nirmal Hazra a distinguished product of the college, of his disastrous involvement, in his first years as a teacher, with Aishani Mitra, a student; of his growing interest in Emily Desanges, one of the Nicholls Trust scholars; of James Ellis, the other Nicholls scholar, deeply interested in Sanskrit literature, who falls in love with Amanda Murray, a diplomat in the U.K. High Commission.As the seasons that make up a year change, so do the stories of the persons linked to Fraterhouse; some end, but are renewed in other forms, like the seasons. Only the college endures....
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¡Received the book in a Giveaway!RATINGS : 4.7You know the feeling of reading a book, fully engrossed and yet puzzled by it; even in the end not knowing what it was that just clicked for you and made you feel deeply connected to every single person in it. Well, I just experienced it, and frankly, find it quite baffling myself. A novel where not much seems to happen, but a lot happens, that's what it feels like.The story resolves around Fraterhouse, a place of learning in the capital of India, Delhi, and the people who belong to it. Told from a wide range of perspectives, it enfolds readers into the world of the ancient college, one where a lot many things happen in the background along with its highly acclaimed education. A more of a central figure in these events is our main protagonist, Nirmal, who is quite the charming enigma till the end, but one who is also at war with himself. Focused around the time of change, the author has produced quite a beautiful piece, bringing the characters to life in magnificent ways.In all, a wonderful read, for old and young; a book which provides a perspective that's quite intriguing by far.
Once in a while, you come across an unputdownable book.. the kind which draws you in, and even after it draws you back as you just know there may be parts where you didn't read between the lines. Fraterhouse is one such book. The characters are clear, yet layered. The nuances draw you back. It's compelling if you have some prior knowledge of the time period it was set in. As stories go, it's honest. And you will be drawn to re read again.