A Tryst with Tamarind and Treacle
by Neha Dutt
Their reasons for leaving their homeland are varied, as are their experiences and struggles in London. The story not only highlights how blustery Blighty can be for the "fobs" but also shines a light on the phenomenal opportunities that exist if one expands ones' heart, steps outside ones' comfort zone and integrates with society at large, striking the right balance between casting aside clannishness and preserving national pride.
The slightly politically incorrect chapters take us through the often irrational biases and phobias the three protagonists develop, the discrimination they face - sometimes at the hands of their own people, the choices they make during personal crises and the risks they take to stand true to their beliefs.
In the process, they forge several unlikely friendships, learn to change cultural gears, break through the walls of self-imposed limitations and truly win amid imperfect circumstances. The plot reaches a crescendo when their paths to victory get unexpectedly intertwined in a twisted turn of fate.
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