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An Unholy Drought

Release date: 13 May 2024
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The year is 1556 CE. Humayun has died, and his thirteen-year-old son and heir, Akbar, must battle... Read More

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The year is 1556 CE. Humayun has died, and his thirteen-year-old son and heir, Akbar, must battle to save his throne, even as a drought devastates the northern plains. Against this backdrop, an old man documents the story of his family—his ancestors and himself—beginning a hundred years earlier, when a teenager in Dilli discovers the true nature of his best friend.

As the sprawling family saga unfolds, empires rise and fall, dynasties come and go, and generations pass, each with a rich cast of characters shaped by forces beyond their control; by desire, love and betrayal.

Like Qasim, who, wracked by the guilt he inherited from his irresponsible father, embarks on an all-consuming search for an elusive heirloom, while his pragmatic wife, Aabida, holds the family together as breadwinner—using her embroidery skills to set up a brocade workshop. Two generations later, young Zubair finds himself torn between his family duty—the workshop established by his grandmother—and his secret longing for a mysterious insurgent, which will spell disaster for him and his family. Years later, his son, Nadeem, will choose his passion for calligraphy over brocade, only enduring the family business because of his love for Zarina, a talented naqshband—the artist who makes the exquisite designs for the tapestry.

Spanning a century and a half, from the early 1400s to 1556, An Unholy Drought weaves an intricate tale of varied characters—their joys and sorrows—in Delhi, the phoenix city, as it transitions from the last days of the Sultanate to the dawn of the Mughal Empire. Rich with human drama and period detail, this sequel to Garden of Heaven is the second book in the acclaimed Delhi Quartet series, and an absolute page-turner.


Madhulika Liddle

Product Details

Title: An Unholy Drought
Author: Madhulika Liddle
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0502910
EAN: 9789354477690
Number Of Pages: 384
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 13 May 2024

About Author

Madhulika Liddle is a novelist and award-winning short story writer. She was the first Indian to win the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Competition in 2003, and the first Indian to be long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Competition in 2016. An Unholy Drought is the second of a four-novel series—The Delhi Quartet—that will span eight hundred years of Delhi’s history. The first novel in the series, The Garden of Heaven, was published in 2022.

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