page 21 of 244 of An Unrestored Woman

The Merchant’s Mistress

Beautiful description of Renu’s memory of the Shivalik Hills and her brief time with her husband, Gopichand, and how everything she had hoped for had been taken when he was killed by the mob. There’s a sense of futility in comparing our mortality against the backdrop of the hills which have stood for so long. She’s a romantic, but has been disappointed by reality – so why not change reality?