Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013)

The Old Lady

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala wrote novels, screen plays and short stories, racking up eight collections of stories during her writing life.  This one is taken from the collection Love, Betrayal and the Soul of India (1963).  Perhaps her best known novel is Heat and Dust.

An old lady who has found an inner peace, her spoilt grown up offspring who are impatient and lacking in respect, and an estranged husband  (not her own, but that of her daughter) who is in need of solace.  All set against a back drop of Indian culture and three generations of family.