Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan
Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the
Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with
gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan, charismatic and
impulsive, finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to
eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he
believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political
passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet,
coastal corner of America.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his
brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India,
hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family and to heal the wounds
Udayan left behind, including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.
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