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Forbidden love: Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi) and Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) in A Suitable Boy on BBC1. Photo by Milan Moudgill

Forbidden love: Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi) and Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) in A Suitable Boy on BBC1. Photo by Milan Moudgill

Forbidden love: Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi) and Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) in A Suitable Boy on BBC1. Photo by Milan Moudgill

Vikram Seth's acclaimed but mammoth novel A Suitable Boy has been on my bookshelves since it was published in 1993 and for the past three decades it's been staring back at me in rebuke.

I've taken it down a few times, with the intention of actually reading it, but I've always caved in, mainly because it runs to 1,350 pages and I simply haven't been able to face the prospect of such a long haul.


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