The Hope Factory
By Lavanya Sankaran
Trying to get ahead when the odds are stacked against you. This is a fascinating story of trying to do business, the right way and the catastrophe of best intentions mixed in with Chinese whispers. Place it right in the middle of family and the depths and quirks of those relationships and you have a portrait that will compel you with the struggles, and the diversity of the Bangalore culture.
Where innocence, deceit and love collide
Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that’s how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New India, neither of these is easy to find.
Kamala, Anand’s family’s maid, lives perilously close to the edge of disaster. She and her clever teenage son have almost nothing, and their small hopes for self-betterment depend on the contentment of Anand’s wife: a woman to whom whims come easily.
But Kamala’s son keeps bad company. Anand’s marriage is in trouble. And the murky world where crime and wealth and politics meet is a dangerous place for good men, and those who rely on them.