Confessions of an Indian Woman Eater

Confessions of an Indian Woman Eater

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Author: Sasthi Brata
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 356
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143061879


I now realize that leaving home was a gesture, like goodbye notes from failed suicides.

Amit Ray leaves his upper-class home in India with nine books in his bag and seventy rupees in his pocket, beginning his journey into Life. His story runs a hectic course, from Calcutta to New Delhi and, after a poignant and disastrous Italian interlude, on to London whores, scatological misadventures, Paris, Kobenhavn and back to London. In-between he works variously as a shoeshine boy, cub reporter, lavatory attendant, engineer and writer. The twentieth-century Odysseus, Amit is obsessed with that contraband comestible-Woman. Adam-and-End confrontations lead the hero into situations which are in turn lurid, erotic, pathetic, tender and sometimes outrageously hilarious.

Like a beaver, Amit noses his way into that elusive enclave, the Hampstead intellectual circuit, and learns of the tribal customs, unspoken dogmas and ambiguous hostilities of fellow humans who would feign to know all the answers. And like the proverbial cork, he bobs up and down but never sinks. At the end of the story we find him packing his bags to revisit the land of his birth. There is a hint of thirst quenched. But if we have come to know the hero at all, we must assume that it is only a calm before another storm.


He should never be short of grounds for umbrage or words for coinage.
-The Observer Review

I read his confessions at one ten-hour session because I could not put it down.
-Khushwant Singh


Naya Dilli

Rome En Passant

London Stop One

Paris Apres Helen


London Stop Two