Two Lives is a well written biography by Vikram Seth, of his uncle Shanti, a soldier who experiences a combination of love and war. Shanti was born in India, ventures to Germany to study dentistry, where his life crosses with a young, beautiful Jewish girl, Henny. As their friendship progresses so does the Nazi occupation, forcing her to flee to England and leaving her friends and family behind. The entanglement of these two lives becomes more prominent when he joins the English Army. The story is actual correspondence between family, friends and Shanti and Henny. The story is tightly woven together through the complexity of friendship, distance, love and the dynamics of war.

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