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Varied in range, concentrated in power these stories are a deeply satisfying read. --Kamila Shamshie
One of the finest books to come out of India this year. Rao zooms in on forgotten lives ordinary, extraordinary, absurd, tragic. His writing is subtle, delightfully wry. I loved it. --Mirza Waheed
Sometimes a novel is so good that you don't want it to end. I wanted each story to be expanded into a novel, which I then wouldn't have wanted to end. --Sandra Newman
About the Author
Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. His debut novel, The Smoke is Rising, won the Tata First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt Prize and the Crossword Award. His stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest. He lives in Mysore, India.
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This is by far one of the best portraits of Indian society I've ever read. It doesn't sugarcoat nor does it overtly vilify. I wish each of these stories were a novel.
The prose is the most brilliant aspect of this book, and the reason why all the stories work so well. This is a book you read over and over again.
To savour the incisive writing and emotion that it brought to the fore.
So now this is my bedtime reading.
Mahesh has written 13 short stories set in various parts of India. And that in itself adds to the tale. The context adds to the backdrop and you are whisked from the tea estates of the Nilgiris to an acting academy in the suburbs of Mumbai.
Deftly written, these little stories are delightful. I for one, have picked up a few, to give away as gifts.
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