Anjali Bose (call her Angie, please) has “it”, that indefinable quality that makes an impression. She may not be the prettiest or the smartest, but she isn’t ordinary. Born into a traditional lower-middle class family in Gauripur and facing an arranged marriage, she longs for more than what she sees around her but doesn’t really see a choice. When fate gives her a terrible push, she turns to her teacher for help in getting to Bangalore where a different life awaits. In Miss New India, a thought-provoking new work by Bharati Mukherjee, we are introduced to an India both blessed and cursed by change. As for Angie, opportunity and trouble have ways of finding her. Which will win out?