Barely managing to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in
Tamil Nadu, Ranji accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to
feed his beloved family and keep them safe in their hut beneath the banyan tree.
But when a huge new tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji realises that this could
change his life forever, and embarks on a quest to turn his good fortune into cold
But his growing obsession causes Ranji to neglect his beautiful wife Meena, who is
struggling to resist the advances of the wealthy local brick-maker. And as Ranji’s
formerly simple life fills with worries and conflict, he starts to question whether
the tyre is in fact a curse rather than a blessing.
“Captivating and enchanting! I loved this book. The story is presented as a fable,
an imaginative tale with a moral. It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with
the same power of observation and imagination. As you read the book, you will enjoy
the lovely phrases, the richly -crafted characters, and the culture of India. You
will be rooting for Ranji and his family. The ending is delightful and may surprise
you. I look forward to reading more from the authors!”