The Patiala Quartet

by Neelkamal Puri

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2064-9
  2. Pages: 188 pages
  3. Date: November 2012


Punjab in the early eighties. The atmosphere is charged with calls for Khalistan and
there is violence on the streets. With stories of carnage creeping in, the ordinary lives
of siblings Monty and Minnie, and their cousins Karuna and Michael, teeter on the
brink of drastic, inescapable change—and each must find their own way of dealing
with it. Monty retreats into silence; Minnie refuses her family’s shackles. Michael
seeks relief in riding his motorbike, and Karuna rejects marriage, causing scandal.
The Patiala Quartet is a sensitive chronicle of life during political upheaval, of the
strength needed to overcome difficulties, and of the choices one must make to survive.


Neel Kamal Puri was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. She teaches English literature
and media studies at Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Government College for Girls.
She is also the author of Remember to Forget.