Saturday, August 16, 2014 |
Twenty years ago, a bomb went off on Air India Flight 182, killing everyone aboard. Two suspects are finally set to stand trial and Ashwin Rao, a psychologist, is using those who lost loved ones in the attack as part of a study in "comparative grief." All their stories intertwine, creating a haunting and surprising exploration of how terrorism has long-lasting, rippling effects on politics and people.
"Please excuse: poetic lapse. I orient by smell. The night-scent excited me as I locked my door and ascended, then stopped, descended and re-entered the flat to check again: taps off, windows locked, no food anywhere. I don't normally second-guess this way--I have many neuroses, just not this one--but I would be away in Canada for a year. I would leave my key with a fellow resident but didn't want to leave her a reason to use it."
From The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan ©2014. Published by Random House Canada.