“She looked better than merely pretty. She looked vibrant and intelligent, as though she had a life of her own. Her manner was expansive, she didn’t look shyly around for approval when she spoke or acted.”
“The meetings continued, but still under the guise of I have work near your college, would you like a coffee? And then came the time when she asked what work and he smiled and said you, and they both felt a milestone had been reached, enough for him to briefly touch her arm, enough for her to not pull away.”
Astha has everything an educated, middle-class Delhi woman could ask for - a loving husband and affluent surroundings - and yet is consumed with a sense of dissatisfaction. She begins an extra-marital affair with a younger woman, the widow of a political activist and jeopardizes everything.