Author: Radhika Jha
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143030450
Set in locales as cosmopolitan as Delhi and as remote as Mangladi, these stories, ranging from the whimsical to the bizarre, constitute a fascinating ride through the lives of everyday people grappling with themselves and with circumstances they can neither fully comprehend nor entirely control.
A freak episode involving an elephant and a Maruti has unforeseen consequences; a seething communal cauldron boils over in grotesque fashion in a half-forgotten hamlet in south India; love, fear and intrigue come together in a heady concoction in a restaurant in faraway Paris; and a diffident young schoolgirl in awe of beauty discovers its darker side in a surreal encounter.
With all the flair and insight that marked her best-selling debut novel, Smell, Radhika Jha weaves a rich tapestry of characters and situations in this delightfully off-beat compilation of short fiction which provides a unique glimpse into disparate worlds.
Perhaps no Indian since Ruskin Bond, has used the English language so beautifully. (Radhika) Jha's use of language is often surreal.
Amazing first novel with philosophical tidbits strewn about…a dark and fiercely intense novel.
Intensely felt and beautifully written, (Smell) is a remarkable debut.
The Elephant and the Maruti