Hassim's debut novel represents not only one family's journey from India to South Africa, but also a valuable source of information about the experiences, struggles, feelings and thoughts of the SA Indian community - a history from the inside. This masterpiece of realism is set in Durban's Casbah, with its underworld of gangsters, political activists, merchants, and the everyday struggle of poor urban life. The language is beautifully nuanced and richly poetic. It blends history, fiction, romance, politics and the idiom of the street in a potent manner. It is a unique reading experience.