In Custody is a novel written in the year 1984 by a renowned Indian-American author Anita Desai. The book is about searching for identity and meaning in life. In the first chapter, the audience is introduced to a young man named Deven Sharma, who feels dissatisfied with his life and wallows in his sense of failure. Setting aside his life ambitions of becoming an Urdu poet, Deven settled in a loveless marriage with his wife who also feels discontent but afraid to speak her mind. To add to his frustrations, Deven makes his living teaching Hindi literature at a small college despite his first language being Urdu.

In Custody