In the late 1930s, in Chingleput, when 13-year-old brides were the norm, young Lalitha has a dream run on stage, singing Carnatic music. Her real story, however, is hidden amidst elaborate, lyrical letters and diary entries.
Lalitha’s grandniece, researching early 20th century music, while living in that very home in Chingleput, stumbles upon an old letter. Curious to read further, she journeys to meet her idiosyncratic grandfather who is the custodian of these stories.
Set in an era of orthodoxy and strict social mores, these stories inform the young researcher of her own past, even as she is confronted by decisions that will influence her future.
One Hundred Autumns is the story of two women, separated by eight decades, in search of love and meaning in their life and work.