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By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that bear in mind the paintings of Charles Dickens, this terrific novel captures the entire cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban through the ocean. the govt. has simply declared a country of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender pupil uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, compelled to percentage one cramped residence and an doubtful destiny.

As the characters stream from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, A nice Balance creates an everlasting landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman nation.

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45, which could equally well mean that some were or that none were. 2 SEG vu , 62. 3 Seleùceia in Pieria, SEG vn, 62; Seleuceia on the Tigris, Polyb. v, 48, 12 ; and Uruk-Orchoi (pp. ). Those at Jerusalem and Gerizim (U . Kahrstedt, Syrische Territorien p. 53 n. 1) seem to have been something else. See generally Holleaux, BCH LVII, 19 33, pp. 27 sqq. 4 IG x i, 4, 1053 (Thessalonica) ; see generally Tarn, CAH vii p. 200. The sign o f control is that the city’s decrees bear at their head the name o f the epistates or (if he governed several cities) o f his lieutenant in the city in question.

Nineveh: SEG vu , 37. See generally Holleaux op. cit. p. 29; Rostovtzeff and Welles, Yale Class. Stud. 11 p. 54. 4 W . Schwahn, Strategos in P W Supp. Bd. vi, 1935, gives a tremendous list o f Greek towns where one or more magistrates were named strategos. But for the Seleucids he has not the recent material. 1 Uruk, under the name Orchoi, ranked as a Greek city;2 but the Babylonian element was very strong (p. 58) and m ay have far outnumbered the Greeks. A Seleucid king could not have put the Greek citizen body under the direct rule o f a Babylonian; so long as things went well, Kephalon, who doubtless possessed special influence with his own people, must have been meant to co-operate with the Greek magistrates and help to maintain good relations between the two peoples.

Roos, Mnemosyne 1934 p. 106. I have been unable to see Wilhelm’s study. 3 He cannot therefore be satrap of Susiana, as Cumont suggested. C . B. Welles, 303, would see in Antiochus and Phraates the eponymous archons o f the city, though in fact they are distinguished from the archontes. This raises the same question as Professor Rostovtzeff raised over Kephalon at Uruk, p. 26 n. I ; and it cannot be supposed that a Parthian was a magistrate o f a Greek CTtJ^mless there be direct evidence. The same consideration applies to Rostovtzeff’s statement that ‘ it is evident that Zamaspes was commander o f the garrison o f Susa*, the Greek cleruchs (C A H xi p.

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