In Custody: A Novel Summary
Anita Desai

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In Custody: A Novel Overview

The novel In Custody, by Anita Desai, is the story of Deven, a lover of Urdu poetry and a professor of Hindi in a small college in a small town in rural India. When he is given the opportunity to meet and interview his idol, a renowned Urdu poet, he encounters an increasingly challenging series of obstacles as he attempts to do right by the great man and his own dreams. As it chronicles Deven’s struggles, few successes, and many failures, the narrative explores themes related to the power and value of poetry, the nature of friendship, and the struggle to hold onto a dream.

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