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Gopal is the only one left in the Kachiguda house. In its dark rooms, once filled with a great family legacy, his legendary father's intellectual whispers and the cries of six children, he looks back on a generation gone wrong. Why did their litter fail? Where did they go wrong in their lives? Can a family's decadence be explained in the little things left behind in those Dark Rooms a picture of his father standing next to his Moris Minor, a broken gramophone, a deserted kitchen. Sleeping for hours under an old creaking fan, he looks back to his failed marriage to Kaveri, Kaveri who left him, remarried and moved to America. Dark Rooms is also a saga of a man seen through the eyes of a nephew, from the time when Gopal first meets Kaveri to when the news of Kaveri's death comes to him, while he awaits her, sitting in one of those Dark Rooms.
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The book looks back on a family of six children born into a famous literary family, examining the reason for ther failing in life, and why they could not living up to the reputation of their esteemed father, who dies when they were still very young, leaving them fatherless.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Indian from India Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   all of family Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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