The Inheritance of Loss Chapters 49-53 Summary

Kiran Desai

Chapters 49-53 Summary

The judge is lost in sorrow over the loss of his dog. He thinks about the other things and people he has lost. His thoughts flow to his wife and why he sent her away.

In a flashback, the judge recalls his innocent wife, Nimi. One day a distant friend took her to a political gathering. Nimi had no understanding of politics and was unaware of the consequences of her attending a rally that celebrated Nehru’s recent victory as the first prime minister after India won her independence. However, the judge’s supervisor was displeased when word arrived that the judge’s wife had been at the train station to meet Nehru. The supervisor threatened the judge that if anything like this ever happened again, it might cost him his...

(The entire section is 630 words.)