to the holocaust that accompanied independence, the Indo-Pak wars, the Green Revolution and the rise of religious extremism. Increasingly isolated in the terror-infested eighties, an era of curfews, encounters and hit lists, his world all but falls apart as his wife falls under the spell of a rabid preacher; his best friend, a Hindu, flees the town; the Bar Council where he works cleaves along religious lines; and he himself makes an error of judgement that could have serious security ramifications. As he nears the end of his walk, and his life, he wonders: will there ever be a redemption, a homecoming? Redolent of the soil and the spirit of Punjab, The Long Walk Home is as much one man's odyssey through tumultuous times as it is an elegiac meditation on the passing of a way of life, on faith and fundamentalism and misguided passions.
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning writer (Commonwealth Broadcasting Association), and a book critic for the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong. Her debut novel, Earning the Laundry Stripes, was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. She featured at the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2008.