Opening pages of novel-in-progress, Sangam
A tale of a ghazal that connects three men across generations, whose lives begin to echo one another to feed a complete tale of how music drives our minds and our hearts. In medieval India, the poet Khusro arrives at the ruins of a ransacked temple where, stricken by thoughts of his fantasy lover, he begins penning new ghazal lyrics. In 1948, young lawyer Jayant hears these lyrics from a courtesan who captures his soul. But he is stuck with a job and family that puts him at a moral crossroads against his newly independent nation. In present day America, aspiring disc jockeys Amar and Erfan find a recording of the ghazal. Amar juggles his hopes for success and stardom, complicated by his rivalry with Erfan, and his affections for his sister, Dalia.
In telling the story of an adapted and remixed song, the novel seeks to mimic the structure through echoed tropes and story beats across time.
Genres/Keywords: Bildungsroman, historical, triptych, music
Comp titles: The Hours (Michael Cunningham), Compass (Mathias Enard), Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino), Londonstani (Gautam Malkani)
Current Draft : 5