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'In Custody' (1984) is a novel set in India by Indian American writer Anita Desai. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984. 'In Custody' by Anita Desai is a war between the languages - Urdu and Hindi, innocence and corruption, good and evil, loyalty and deception, success and failure, and poor and rich. It is the custody of the language Urdu which finds a custodian in Deven in the novel but it is not as lucky in real life.