Published November 1st, 2017
By Melanie Hughes
Nita’s story continues. She and Rikh arrive in Madras. Rikh’s squadron is based in Amballa, one of India’s oldest military bases and head of operations for the Combined Allied Forces. Rikh takes part in bombing raids on Burma. Bored and miserable, Nita has an affair with a young pilot. She leaves Rikh and goes to Lahore, ‘the Paris of the East’. She discovers she is pregnant when the Second World War ends and communal violence is building up all over India. After meeting up again briefly with Lal, an Indian Prince, Nita finally moves to Dehra Dun. In an orgy of violence, India at last achieves her independence. And Lal is torn between Nita and his family.