Set in Shimla, The Red Tin Roof evokes with rare delicacy and precision the interplay of seasons, nature and people, while it broodingly tells the story of a young girl growing into adolescence in the company mostly of older women, but also of a younger brother who trails her. In this exploration of an inner world, Nirmal Verma does not so much tell a story as reminisce. Memory is the seed of his story. About the AuthorNirmal Verma (1929-2005) developed a characteristic style which used rich, realistic description as a mirror of the inner life. He wrote five novels, eight collections of short stories and nine volumes of essays and travelogues. Following his work at the Oriental Institute in Prague in the 1960s, he undertook direct translations of contemporary Czech writers such as Milan Kundera, Bohumil Hrabal and Vaclav Havel into Hindi, much before their work became popular internationally. A much loved and well decorated writer, his honours include Indias highest literary award, the Jnanpith (2000) Indias third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan (2003) and the Sahitya Akademi award for lifetime achievement (1985).