historian and sole-surviving heir of the once renowned Krishnarangam
royal family, Roopmati Malhotra is obsessed with the past. For
years she has immersed herself in the study of ancient kingdoms
and in childhood memories of a brother she worshipped but lost
to the sea, and steered clear of forming deep emotional bonds.
When Roopmati and her friend Tazneem discover that their respective
spouses, Khris and Hari, have been cheating on them, both know
exactly what to do. The emotional and distraught Taz is ready
to fight tooth and nail to save her marriage, even though she
suspects Hari to be a closet gay. But Roopmati is merely curious
about Khris’s new fancy and, taken with the idea of experiencing
the other life, she decides to seek out the chinnawheedu, the
‘small house’ where Khris keeps his mistress.
Meanwhile, a mysterious message from her ancestral home leads
Roopmati to a startling revelation, and she suddenly realizes
that her past, which she has always looked to for solace and escape,
may not have been quite what she believed it to be…
The Small House is a many-layered exploration of the fragility
of modern-day relationships, of desire, passion and ambition,
and of memories that lie in wait to threaten the present.