Maru and the Maple Leaf follows Priti Moghe as she reads through three cartons of writings that she has inherited from Maru Sivaraman. Priti and Maru are themselves characters from the author’s oeuvre. Ingeniously, she has interwoven a biography of her own writing life into Priti’s relationship with her fellow doctor, Stephen Woodhouse.
Lady Lokasundari Raman was a charismatic person in her own right, as well as a devoted helpmate to her scientist-husband, Sir C V Raman. The book traces her early life in Madurai, Chennai and Calcutta, and we get a glimpse of the role of a young woman in the early decades of the twentieth century as she went forward bearing the many responsibilities of an extended family. This biography brings to light details of an unconventional wedding that had to be postponed due to societal pressures and an unconventional marriage between two great individuals.