On 28 June, 1975, the Bombay edition of The Times of India carried an obituary notice: “D’Ocracy— D.E.M. beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on 26th June.”
Preti Taneja’s debut novel We That Are Young is a fierce, literary exposé of an elite family whose business empire influences every facet of Indian life. Exploring misogyny, social inequality, political corruption and Kashmir, the book is inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear. It won the prestigious Desmond Elliot Prize 2018 for the UK’s best debut novel of the year. Since her novel is a reinterpretation of a classic, Taneja has chosen to share with us books that echo each other in some way or the other.