A guest with epic gastric trouble, the besieged political campaigner, the cruel critic, the secret murderer, the homophobic ruffians, the reluctant nude model, the talking dog, the frustrated illustrator, the grandfather who pines for the home he lost. Gautam Benegal's short stories are peopled with characters we almost recognize - a neighbour, an uncle, a niece - bringing alive the Calcutta of the late 1980s and the early '90s. There is nostalgia here, but it is shot through with darkness. A political pulse runs through the whole, informed by Benegal's own preoccupations with gender and class, his keen interest in people and the workings of their minds. Yet, there is a lightness of touch, a desire to engage the reader in a story, even an occasional twist in the tale.
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers India|
|File size:||409 KB|
About the Author
Gautam Benegal, writer, National Award-winning animation film-maker, cartoonist and artist grew up in Calcutta. The milieu he explores in this book is of Calcutta in the early 1990s. He has been associated with various publications as a freelance columnist and illustrator from the age of sixteen, starting with Sandesh where he was invited by film-maker Satyajit Ray to contribute. Gautam has previously written a book of short stories, 1/7 Bondel Road, which received critical acclaim. He lives and works in Mumbai with his writer and film-maker wife and their son.