The hardware store is at the centre of the lives of four Indian immigrants: ‘Vasuman ‘Mr’ Gupta, his beautiful wife, Meera, his employee, Chandu Kumar, and Chandu’s tiny wife, Babita. Set in 1970s suburban London, the store is the apple of Mr Gupta’s eye, and he craves Englishness as much as Meera opposes it. She longs for the sights and sounds of home, India, although, as Babita says, the issue of home becomes more complex as time goes on.
Meera mourns the man she married, Babita longs for a child, Chandu detests his spiteful employer, and Mr Gupta learns the lessons of humility. With artfulness and guile, the metaphysical twists throughout, revealing a destiny over which there is little control