Now For a Tearful Smile

By C. Radhakrishnan

A unique and poignant love story of two very special people living under assumed identities for different reasons; and also a thriller chasing the intriguing tentacles of espionage activities and untold stories behind political assassinations in India.

This landmark novel, a socio-political silhouette of contemporary India, is a poignant juxtaposition of materialism and spirituality, contemporary geopolitics and history in the making, India and the world, urban and tribal cultures, tragedy and comedy, saints and sinners, displacement and assimilation, cyanide tablets and self-healing, arms and man, war and peace, hospitals and hermitages... innumerable are the strands that form the warp and weft of this literary milestone. It thrills, threatens, moves, shocks, calms and exhilarates!

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This novel is a part of a cluster of three individual titles – all thematically connected. It tells the story of Arjun the revolutionary, his relatives and friends. Birds That Fly Ahead is the first of the three; Heart-Rending Times is the second, and Now for a Tearful Smile the last of what has since been called the ‘Arjun Trilogy’.

All three, complete in themselves as independent narrations as well, have run into very many reprints and earned critical acclaim.

Related Novels:


Birds That Fly Ahead

English translation of Munpe Parakkunna Pakshikal


Heart-Rending Times

English translation of Karal Pilarum Kalam


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