Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India (forthcoming)
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
Like family, but not quite.
It is New Delhi in the 1980s, and Aahan Sikand and Rajesh Kumar are childhood playmates. They have been brought up under the care of the same woman, living in the same house, but with starkly different realities – Aahan is the only son and heir of the fabulously wealthy Sikand family, and Rajesh is the son of his father’s driver, who lives in a tiny staff quarter on the grounds of the sprawling Sikand House.
As Aahan and Rajesh grow up, the natural friendship they shared as children reaches an uncomfortable end, as both become aware of their places in the world. While Aahan is expected to keep what he has inherited intact for the next generation, Rajesh, in the eyes of the world, can, at best, hope for a life better than his father’s, free of domestic servitude. But he has much larger plans for himself. Equations is the story of the change that is sweeping the new India, seen through the lives of a traditional Delhi family caught in the midst of rapid social transformation.
The author: Shivani Sibal