Fireflies tells the story of Trinidad’s most venerated Hindu family, the Khojas. Rigidly orthodox, presiding over acres of ill-kept sugarcane and hoards of jewellery enthusiastically guarded by old Mrs. Khoja, they seem to have triumphed more by default than by anything else. Only ‘Baby’ Khoja, who is parcelled off into an arranged marriage with a bus driver, proves an exc
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I waited a long time to write the review of this book as I struggled to find anything meaningful in my own response to it.
The Khojas are The preeminent Indian family in Trinidad, not least in their own estimation, and the story starts with a minor family member being parceled out in an arranged marriage to a bus driver and then follows her life over the years.
Published by VS Naipul’s younger brother Shiva in 1970, the book garnered a certain amount of acclaim and then was “rediscovered” more re