The obscure logic of the heart by Priya Basil.
Lina Merali has always been the apple of her father's eye. When she
meets Anil Mayur, a wealthy, cultured and decidedly liberal student of
architecture from Kenya's Asian community, the intensity of her feelings
for someone so different takes her by surprise. She is political and he
is not; she is of modest background and he is not; she is a Muslim and
he is not...
While Lina's parents still dream of a suitable boy for their
eldest daughter, she engages in an intricate game of deceit to hide her
blossoming relationship. When Lina's mother chances upon a suitcase of
their love letters, a moral chasm threatens to tear the family and the
The dilemma becomes ever more complex as Lina's work for the
UN exposes her to the corruption in Kenya where the Mayur family have
close links to the ruling party. As the stakes escalate Lina must decide
where her loyalties lie. Is it the case, as she thinks at one point,
'that the world, finally, is what lies closest to your heart?' Or, the
novel asks, are there greater considerations, which must trump all other
Bold, lyrical and deeply moving, The Obscure Logic of the Heart
interweaves two narratives: one intimate, one epic. From the streets of
Birmingham to the plains of Kenya, and the refugee camps of Sudan, this
page-turning story examines the tumultuous lives of two people trapped
between the dictates of faith, family and love.