Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,
arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife,
Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced
with a formidable challenge, which involves working in daunting
mountain and jungle terrain, within a time schedule dictated by the
extreme tropical weather. Setbacks occur which bring into focus
fundamental differences in the attitudes to life and death of the
British bosses and the Indian workers. A timely reminder of the
British contempt for Indian lives and for nature.
About the Author
Kamala Markandaya (1924 – 2004) was born in Mysore, India. She studied history at Madras University and later worked for a small progressive magazine before moving to London in 1948 in pursuit of a career in journalism. There she began writing her novels; Nectar in a Sieve, her first novel published in 1954, was an international bestseller.