| Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction
Like family, but not quite.
In New Delhi in the 1980s, Aahan Sikand and Rajesh Kumar are childhood playmates. They have been brought up under the care of the same woman, living in the same house, but with starkly different realities - Aahan is the only son and heir of the fabulously wealthy Sikand family, and Rajesh is the son of Mr Sikand's driver.
As Aahan and Rajesh grow up, the friendship they shared as children reaches an uncomfortable end, as both become aware of their places in the world. While Aahan is expected to keep what he has inherited intact for the next generation, Rajesh, in the eyes of the world, can, at best, hope for a life better than his father's, free of domestic servitude. But he has much larger plans for himself...
Equations is a story of aspiration and social change, of individual ambition and family bonds. It announces the arrival of a striking new author who delves into the secrets of New Delhi politics and business.
Shivani Sibal was born and brought up in New Delhi, where she continues to live with her husband and daughters. Equations is her first novel.