"Amma tried to persuade him to change his mind and apply to Canada or australia, but he would not hear of it. Angry and frustrated, she stood up and went back into the house. I stayed behind to keep my father company, and sat on the swing, sharing his silence. The sun was declining and a dark blot seeped across the sky, obliterating shades of red and yellow. I looked at the expression on his face, and I felt I understood what was in his heart."