Smoking a joint
in the attic of his Westchester home, seventeen-year-old Nikhil
Figgis finds an old, tattered copy of a novel called Georgetown
among the folds of a red silk saree in a long forgotten suitcase.
Its author, he discovers, is his real father, S.K. Naidu, and
that contrary to what his mother has told him for all these years,
he is probably still alive. Eleven years later, armed with a stage
adaptation of the novel and a request for permission to mount
it in America, Nikhil arrives in India to escape the heartbreak
of his recent divorce and look for the father he has never known.
But he is soon sucked into a whirlwind of events that leaves him
bewildered and breathless.
When Nikhil finally tracks his father down with the help of the
attractive and spunky detective Apu, the temperamental and reclusive
man resents what he considers an intrusion from his painful past
and refuses to acknowledge Nikhil as his son. As if that weren’t
enough, after the suitcase containing his precious script is stolen,
Nikhil is mistaken first for a terrorist and then, when a baby
crocodile turns up in his bathtub, for a poacher of endangered
As he tries to make sense of a culture that he has always wished
to belong to and finds himself irresistibly attracted to Apu,
Nikhil realizes that his father is just as much in need of love
and acceptance as he is.
Full of unexpected twists and turns and quirky, unforgettable
characters, The Arrangements of Love is a riveting exploration
of love in its many guises. Timeri N. Murari has blended the comic
and the profound with superb dexterity to bring alive a young
immigrant’s search for his roots.
- Penguin France- Mercure de France.