For as long as Nalli can remember, the guardians of her village of Angheri, the hills that have so often come alive in her grandfather's stories have been asking her to do something with her life…
Twelve-year-old Nalli is restless to pursue a dream rather unusual for a girl in her traditional society: she wants to be a doctor. After all, how else will she stand by Jai – her friend and hero- when he returns as a qualified surgeon to start Angheri's very own hospital?
Adamantly resisting all the objections her family raises, Nalli travels to Madreas and then to London to study, and experiences a world she had never imagined. She learns to keep her voice down and sit with her knees together, is haunted by Subbu, the first human cadaver she cuts up, and encounters complicated medical cases that test her faith in the values Appa taught her to live by and her own skills as a surgeon. Yet, for all her adventures, Nalli yearns constantly for a sight of Angheri's hills, for Ajja's gods and Appa's advice, and, most of all, for the hospital of her dreams to become a reality. But her return home is fraught with heartbreak and disillution, and Nalli sets of again, this time for remote Keshavganj, in search of solace and the fulfilment of her heart's desire….
Sensitive and humorous, graceful and invariably engaging, Kavery Nambisan's latest novel tells the story of a young surgeon coming to terms with the untidiness of life and her profession.