Brinda Murty is born and brought up in a traditional joint family in Bangalore, though her life is anything but commonplace. She can recall things that happened before she was born and comes of age in a home where not just time but history has gone haywire. In her teens, she discovers that physical contact with her heals some people, but does not work so well for those she is close to. As the others around her age and decay, she remains young and grows ever more radiantly beautiful. But the price she has to pay is a deepening loneliness.
Part fairy tale and part savage reality, Once Upon a Time is a multi-layered narrative from a winner of The Hindu Prize and greatly relevant at the time of a raging debate on the issue of tolerance in Indian society.