With his mother’s business in shambles, and an untraceable accountant who has disappeared with their life savings, the piece of land in India willed to Ash by his estranged paternal grandfather is an unexpected but welcomed boon. Or so he thought. Delhi is nothing that Ash, a South African Indian “born free” from an upper middle-class background, could have been prepared for.
With not being able to speak the language nor understand the culture, while he may look the part, he is very much an outsider in the crowd. The plan was simple though. Keep his head down, get the paperwork done, sell the land, and get out with a bank account bursting at the seams. But it turned out that India had other plans for Ash.
Between bribing a government official, getting lost in the middle of the night in a strange city, finding connections with people in the most unlikely places, riding his first motorcycle, and falling in love, Ash’s journey evolves into one of self-discovery and enlightenment.
Based in a dichotomy of ancient existing side-by-side with modern and having the ability to view all that is taken for granted by its inhabitants with fresh eyes, Ash finds that there truly is good in the bad, and vice versa.
Inheritance is a coming-of-age novel based on the search for belonging and finding one’s place no matter how familiar or foreign it may be.
About the author
Adheesh Budree is a fiction writer who holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Adheesh is a proud fourth generation South African of Indian descent who grew up in Durban before relocating to first Cape Town, then Dubai, Johannesburg and finally back to Cape Town. Adheesh, who has always been drawn to the sub-continent, splits his time between lecturing at UCT in Cape Town and riding motorcycles in India. Inheritance explores the ever-evolving relationship between India and the Indian diaspora that now calls Africa home. Inheritance is Adheesh’s first book.
The author has commendably inked a story around experiences, with the plot and characterization resonating with each other resulting in an interesting read.
I traveled to India with Adheesh in July 2022 and saw first hand his deep love of the country, the culture and its people. Reading this book brought all that back to me.
My only issue with his first book is that it was not long enough. I look forward to his second book with eagerness.
This story weaves identity, crisis, love and other themes in a thrilling plot which makes it relatable to just about everyone beyond it’s geographical setting.
Inheritance was a fun read, lots of dialogues that created vivid imagination of the scenes.
Inheritance is a page turner which I could not put down. A must read for those who love to get lost in the world created by skilled authors.
An amazing story, highly captivating from start to finish!! Thoroughly enjoyed the book and I highly recommend that you read it!
In a world where our sense of place and belonging is defined by more than our geography, we are reminded of the importance of the choices we make to be open to new experiences and to be generous in spirit.
Just started, but so far a good, interesting, entertaining, easy read.
And when the job offer came for him to guide motorcycle tours from Manali to Ladakh, she was the first person he called. He asked her to join him when he had a break between tours the following month. She laughed and agreed without hesitation. “Of course. I am a mountain girl after all.”