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Four strangers form an unlikely bond that takes them through one of India's most turbulent recent periods. A story of the triumph of the human spirit under inhuman conditions.

Dramatisation of Rohinton Mistry's acclaimed novel about India's underclass.

Two tailors - uncle and nephew, Ishvar and Om - come to the city to escape from the caste violence in their native village. They are employed by a Parsi woman, Dina Dalal, who runs a sweatshop from her apartment and is struggling to preserve her independence. She has a lodger too - a reluctant student, Maneck, from the mountains.

As their initial suspicion of each other turns to friendship and then love, their lives take dramatic and often shocking turns against a backdrop of India in crisis, during "the Emergency" of the mid-1970s - a period marked by huge political unrest and human rights violations.

A comedy, a tragedy, and a story of the triumph of the human spirit under inhuman conditions.

Music: Sacha Putnam
Sound Design: Steve Bond

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon and Kewel Karim from the novel by Rohinton Mistry

Producer: Nadir Khan
Director: John Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4.

1 hour

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Mon 11 May 2015 21:00

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Dina Shernaz Patel
Ishvar Kenneth Desai
Om Anand Tiwari
Maneck Neil Bhoopalam
Rustom Zafar Karachiwala
Ibrahim Rajit Kapur
The Thakur Jayant Kripalani
Ashraf Darshan Jariwala
Nusswan Farid Currim
Ruby Anahita Uberoi
Narayan Vivek Madan
Young Dina Tirtha Kotrial
Young Ishvar Eshan Savla
Young Narayan Samar Uraizee
Ensemble Jim Sarbh
Ensemble Abhishek Saha
Ensemble Meherangiz Acharya-Dar
Ensemble Faezeh Jalali
Ensemble Shivani Tanksale
Ensemble Nadir Khan
Author Rohinton Mistry
Adaptor Ayeesha Menon
Adaptor Kewel Karim
Producer Nadir Khan
Director John Dryden


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