Jugni?s life changes the year she turns sixteen. Her grandmother begins a determined search for a bridegroom for her. Her uncle, a village elder, embarks upon an ambitious plan to open the very first school for their tradition-bound Jat community. Her cousin, a soldier in the British India army, is charged with sedition. In the midst of all this is her growing attraction to Raakha, the newly arrived schoolmaster, with a deeply troubled past and with radical ideas for social change. Set in the year 1909, Come, Before Evening Falls is a powerful tale about the passion and perils of forbidden love, conflicting loyalties and devastating betrayal.
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Manjul Bajaj is a writer from India. She lives near New Delhi in what can be described as an easy, comfortable, suburban life with her husband, two sons and a feisty little cocker spaniel. She graduated in Economics from Delhi University and then did a Masters in Rural Management and another in Environmental Science. For much of her adult life she has worked in the field of rural development. India's seemingly sleepy villages, its seething beneath the surface small towns, the wisdom and courage of ordinary people living unimaginably difficult lives, the diversity, the complexity, the sheer depth of the Indian subcontinent's many traditions, rituals, philosophies and ways of life, its music, literature, crafts and performing arts, its varied languages – all of these fascinate her, as do the many conflicts and contradictions that arise as the country grows and modernizes. Through her fiction she attempts to explore and understand the beauty and confusion of India, and what being a modern person belonging to this very ancient civilization and culture entails