Everyone knows that the line between fiction and fact can be a floaty, dissolving, elusive one, and to prove that you only have to walk around Ranikhet, where The Folded Earth is set. A set of photographs uploaded by MacLehose Press today shows bits and pieces of Ranikhet that will be familiar to anyone who has read the book or ever been there -- or to any other tiny hill station such as Lansdowne, Kasauli, or Dalhousie, as the Indian Express review by Dilip Bobb comments today:
"Apart from capturing the sights, sounds and character of a hill station — Ranikhet in this case — she also uses the eccentricities of the locals to fashion a tale of great beauty and depth. What makes the setting more authentic is that she writes in familiar characters like Kipling and Corbett, Edwina Mountbatten and Nehru, into the plot to combine echoes of the Raj with heartbreak and nostalgia, love and loss. The tale delights as much for the allure of the writing as for its very hill-like twists and turns."