Title Profile & Character Information

A Fine Balance

Annotation
For use in schools and libraries only. In mid-1970s India, after a "state of internal emergency" is declared, four diverse people--a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village--find their lives inextricably intertwined.


Author Notes
  Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and received, among other awards, the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. A Fine Balance is his second novel, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize as well as a Booker Prize finalist. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.
Characters
NameDalal, Dina
GenderFemale
OccupationSeamstress
TraitWidow

NameKohlah, Maneck
GenderMale
OccupationCollege student

NameDarji, Ishvar
GenderMale
OccupationTailor

NameDarji, Omprakash
GenderMale
OccupationTailor

GenreHistorical
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsPoverty
Caste system
Government corruption
Forced sterilization
Friendship
SettingIndia
Unnamed city
Seaside