‘The movements of people change the world. The currents of change
are turbulent. You wanted me to write a history, but history is a
smoothing of ripples…’
It is the sixties and Britain is in the throes of a revolution with a
difference. Recently graduated from Cambridge university, ‘full of
mods, rockers, defiant young men with unkempt hair, and young
women with the beginnings of the idea of a sexual revolution’,
Farrukh and his girlfriend Natasha come to London for what the
city holds for them. Turned away repeatedly by landlords wary of
their racial origins and directing the m to the part of town ‘where
Indians live’, and by bar owners keen to protect their local clientele,
the defiant and indignant couple is drawn into a movement inspired
by the American Black Panthers, claiming to fight for equal rights of
minorities and all non-white immigrants in Britain.
Farrukh and Natasha immerse themselves in leafleting, protest
marches, and surviving racist attacks, unaware that they are, even
within the movement, navigating a charged environment that is
complex, contradictory and often disenchanting.
Vividly portraying the internal lives of a fascinating cast of characters,
this fictionalized memoir is about idealism, rebellion and street
politics, and love and betrayal. Impassioned, honest and affecting, it
traces the evolution of an immigrant writer who finds the courage to
live, to write , on his own terms.