The Smoke is RisingTHE FUTURE IS HERE. India has just sent its first spacecraft to the moon, and the
placid city of Mysore is gearing up for its own global recognition with the construction
of HeritageLand—Asia’s largest theme park. From behind the formidable gates
of Mahalakshmi Gardens to the shanty houses on the edge of town, the people of
Mysore are abuzz as they watch their city prepare for a complete transformation.
As government officials make plans for the expected tourism extravaganza, Mysore’s
residents find themselves swept up in the ferment. Susheela, an elderly widow, is
forced into a secretive new life. Uma, trying to escape her painful past, learns the
lasting power of local gossip. And Mala must finally confront the reality of her
husband’s troubling behaviour.
Savagely funny and deeply poignant, The Smoke Is Rising is a riveting portrait of a
city hurtling towards an epic clash of modernity and tradition, and all the wandering
souls—some hopeful, some broken, and a few somewhere in between—who find
themselves caught in the middle.