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Hardcover, 314 pages
Published by Penguin Books
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This novel set mainly in modern Madras is superb. Action packed, there are hardly any dull sections. It is exciting as James Bond and at least as well written as anything by John Buchan or Helen MacInnes.

Two women - Roopamati an archaeologist (who had an arranged marriage) and her friend Taz ('love marriage') is a film maker - gradually uncover the secrets of their husbands' infidelities. Along the way Roopmati learns of the fate of her brother who was lost whilst swimming in the sea. To reveal
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The Small House, in terms of name as well as the overarching premise of the book is based on a socially accepted norm in Tamil Nadu - the 'chinnaveedu', where the husband houses his mistress. Though the back cover blurb would indicate that the novel is about two friends, both of whose spouses they suspect to be straying, the focus is very much on Roopmati Malhotra than her friend Tazneem.
Roopmati, the sole surviving heir of the Krishnarangam royals, is shown as a history-obsessed character who
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