The Indian edition of this novel titled, THE LAST PRETENCE, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize.When Malika loses her longed for daughter at birth, it is not the only loss in the family: the surviving twin - a boy - loses the love of his mother. He grows up needing to be the daughter his mother wants, the son his scientist father accepts, and more, with the guilt of being the one who survived. In a recently independent India, haunted by its colonial past and striving to find its identity, he struggles to find his own self.Sarayu Srivatsa has created a moving family portrait, richly - coloured by the vibrant culture and landscape of India, where history, religion and gender collide in a family scarred by the past and struggling with the present.
Sarayu (Srivatsa) Ahuja is an architect who lives and works in Mumbai. She has written extensively on the evolution and growth of cities and her first non fiction book, WHERE THE SREETS LEAD, is now a set text at many colleges of architecture in India.Sarayu collaborated with writer and poet Dom Moraes on a Channel 4 series about the architecture of the Raj. They also co-wrote the script for a film about the making of Bombay city: Keepers of the flame.