Set in the Madras Presidency towards the end of the Victorian era, the narrative's social arc contrasts Raj life and desi existence. An English civil servant, on official duty in a muffasil town near Devaki's village, finds her a convenient time-pass. Love and relationships take many forms: Devaki's adoration of Albert and her revulsion for her patron; the unusual emotional bond with her sexually indeterminate brother; devotion to the deity and her battle with herself weave a chiaroscuro of joys and sorrows that make up this 'dedicated' young woman's life.
The storyteller's Gen Z audience raises perennial societal issues - sex, religion, caste, rural conditions - which frame how 'choice' governed and continues to govern lives in India.
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