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AuthorAnmol Arora
ISBN9789389231014
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2019
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback
Pages320
Ships By2-3 days
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In The Last Dance, Anmol Arora explores themes of identity, love and ambition in a compelling debut novel that carries the reader along with it till the end.
The year is 1991. The Kurdish-Turkey conflict is at its peak, and eleven-year-old Ayla?s family is caught in the crosshairs. When her father is accused of anti-national activities, they are forced to flee their homeland and take refuge in Delhi.
Here, a chance prediction by a pavement fortune-teller convinces Ayla?s mother that her daughter?s future lies in dance. She enrols Ayla in a Pratistha, a dance school run by Guru Chandrashekhar. Ayla develops a fascination for Bharatnatyam, and sets her sights on fame and success as a dancer.
Ayla is keen to perform her arangetram, a dancer?s first solo performance, but Chandrashekhar, traditional in his ways, refuses to let her do so until he is sure she is ready. Ayla?s frustration leads to an abrupt and unceremonious falling out and she joins Studio Anubhooti, a rival dance school run by Guru Ranmohan.
What follows is a tragedy: Ranmohan promises Ayla an arangetram, but rapes her on the eve of her performance. Traumatised and disillusioned, Ayla gives up on her dreams and returns to Mardin.
Destiny reunites her with Chandrashekhar years later. The ensuing journey transforms them both in fundamental ways. They begin to question their beliefs, their life-choices and assumptions, and in turn discover new possibilities. Finally, Ayla performs her arangetram ? in a way she could never have imagined.

About the author
Anmol Arora was born in Jaipur and has studied history, journalism, climate change and international development. He is a recipient of the British Council GREAT scholarship and is currently pursuing an MSc degree in climate change and international development at the University of East Anglia in England. The Last Dance is his first novel.

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