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By Manju Kapur

Whilst Shagun leaves Raman for one more guy, a sour felony conflict ensues. The custody in their young ones is thrown into query and Shagun needs to come to a decision what fee she's going to pay for freedom...Meanwhile, Ishita, a failed marriage in the back of her, reveals one other probability at happiness with Raman. but if the courts threaten the protection of her new relations, she comes to a decision to struggle for it - regardless of the expense. From prize-winning writer Manju Kapur, "Custody" is an intimate portrait of marriages that collapse and intertwine, with heart-rending outcomes.

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The guy appeared stunned. ‘He’s a chum of mine. Case won’t arise for your time, he says. ’ It appeared very mistaken to Raman that his side’s legal professionals have been consorting with the enemy. How may they struggle, plot, plan, retain secrets and techniques, in the event that they have been acquaintances? ‘Where is Nandan? ’ ‘He is simply coming. Please you sit,’ stated the junior, gesturing to the court. within was once area to respire and imagine. on the finish of the room sat the pass judgement on, increased and cordoned off, surrounded by way of litigants, their legal professionals, households and supporters. Raman took a seat in entrance, blissful to be one step in the direction of the method that may make a decision his destiny. ‘Your Honour,’ stated a girl wearing a white and black sari, ‘I needs to protest, this can be the 5th time the respondent is making an attempt to take a date. Please provide us a few aid – my consumer is dealing with nice monetary misery. ’ subsequent to her was once a skinny lady in a salwar kameez, sindhoor in her hair, bangles on her wrist, henna on her toes, all of the symptoms of marriage. She had teenagers together with her. God knew how a ways she had come, and the way time and again she had waited. the opposite side’s legal professional requested for a postponement, and after a few argument it used to be granted. the skinny mom of 2 dully staggered out, whereas the clerk typed away. At one the pass judgement on bought up. Lunchtime. Nandan seemed. ‘Come. ’ ‘Where? ’ ‘We can get whatever to devour within the canteen, yet it’s no longer first-class. ’ ‘When’s the case? ’ ‘I have despatched Bhasin to determine – my junior. ’ ‘He was once chatting with the opposite side’s attorney. ’ ‘We have a certified courting with every person. ’ Like whores. Nandan was once correct – the nutrition used to be undesirable. Raman may perhaps slightly swallow the chilly vadas, drink the too-sweet espresso. ‘I suggestion i'd see Shagun,’ he probed. ‘She may perhaps come. ’ ‘But you don’t imagine so? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of. relies on the recommendation she is getting,’ stated the non-committal Nandan, curved over his plate scooping the sambar into his mouth with a tendency aluminium spoon. there has been loads noise within the canteen that dialog was once a pressure. ‘Is it like this for all time? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘And you come back right here how frequently? ’ ‘Every day. ’ ‘You imagine the pass judgement on will listen our case? ’ ‘Can’t say. ’ ‘Why? Don’t they care approximately people’s time? ’ He may glance a huge idiot if there has been no listening to, particularly after he had taken half-day depart. the ambience of Tees Hazari was once seeping into him, he may possibly experience the hopelessness that hung within the air, the ready that every aimless loiterer embodied. Nandan patted his again soothingly and bought as much as pay. Lunch over, they back to their distinctive court docket to discover just a couple of humans. pass judgement on long gone for a gathering, stated Bhasin as they entered. Nandan walked in the direction of the clerk, who used to be brusquely greeting each clean enquiry with the phrases ‘next week’. ‘Let’s move. ’ ‘What’s occurring? ’ ‘Today’s circumstances were shifted to subsequent week. That’s nonetheless no longer too undesirable. ’ ‘But didn’t she recognize she had a gathering? Why destroy everybody’s time? ’ ‘Sometimes we do get to grasp whilst the pass judgement on goes to be busy, occasionally now not – it depends,’ acknowledged Nandan. by way of now Raman knew higher than to invite what it relied on.

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