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A Passage to India by E.M.Forster

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A Passage to India by E. M .Forster is one of the books on the Time Magazine’s 100 Best  English language novels from 1923 to 2005. Set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Independence Movement in the 1920s, it narrates the growing racial tension between native Indians and the British who are largely ignorant and prejudiced about the country  they have colonized.

The story revolves around the Indian Muslim doctor Aziz, his English head master friend Fielding, an elderly lady Mrs Moore and young Adela Quested who comes from England to look for a groom. Adela is all set to marry Mrs Moore’s son Ronny, the city magistrate at Chandrapore, when disaster strikes. While exploring the Marabar caves, an incident occurs and Adela accuses Aziz of molesting her. Aziz is eventually exonerated from the crime, but the scandal violently affects both the British and their Indian subjects.

A Passage to India, begins and ends with a question – can the English and Indian races be friends and, at the end of the novel, the answer appears to be no, “No, not yet”. The imbalance in the political and social structures of colonialism was not conducive to true friendship.

A true classic that showcases imperialism and the great political turmoil in Britain’s ‘Jewel in the Crown.’

About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of two well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her third children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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