Set in 1905 in the British controlled India, Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow, focuses on Leela and her younger sister Maya. Following the Japanese victory over Russia the two sisters are taking part in wearing homespun clothing to show that India refuses to be oppressed going forward. This is just one of the changes that will take place in the sisters’ lives as their home country begins to change.
Leela, though part of a movement to gain independence from Britain, is struggling with the idea that everything is changing. Her betrothed, Nash, asks her to circulate a petition asking her classmates to help support desegregating the girls’ school in Chandrapur. This makes her wary and this is not the only thing that is happening. Leela finds herself having to remind her sister that some of the old ways are not as bad as she may think. Maya is also betrothed and is set to join him and his family in a quiet village, but she does not seem invested in keeping this arrangement. When Leela discovers that Maya is in a forbidden relationship, her response will shock everyone and cement the idea that this is a new century.
Rashi Rohatgi presents a story that examines an entire family as well as a country through the eyes of one woman. Leela provides the perfect viewpoint for watching a cultural revolution take place in India. She evolves as the situation evolves and we are also given a glimpse at how others are reacting to the changes taking place in India. This major change is well handled and shows a strong understanding of the history and identity of India. You can pre-order your copy of Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow today.