First book of 2021 was A Fine Balance by @i_am_rohinton.
This is an epic tome set in 1975 India, the British have left but the scars of Partition remain. The government is in chaos with the PM refusing to leave office and becoming increasingly tyrannical in her ruling resulting in The Emergency which saw barbaric and discriminate laws impacting the poor and unskilled in accordance with the caste system so prevalent at the time.
Such is the backdrop against which Mistry constructs his story about four characters who form an unlikely connection.
Dina is a widow desperate to maintain her independence in an unnamed city; Maneck is a student who comes to this city for college far from his family in the north of India; Ishavar and Om, uncle and nephew, are tailors in search of making a living in the city as they dream of returning to their hometown.
The books follows the four of them on their journeys towards and away from each other. The tragedies they endure are seemingly unbearable but Mistry manages to reveal some comic, lighthearted moments just when it gets too much: A Fine Balance indeed.