Author: Ruchir Joshi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172234309
Ruchir Joshi mixes black comedy, pathos and an incredibly acute eye for detail. The result is a riveting, thought-provoking work of startling originality.
Calcutta 2030: an old man turns the contents of his head and life upside down. Paresh Bhatt, photographer, lover of women, exile from both East and West - above all, son of his parents and father of Para. His life is a prayer to his severe Gandhian parents and their traditions - traditions he knows he is consciously breaking. And it is an invocation to Para, free spirit and crack fighter pilot fighting her own freedom struggle, reliving her grandparents' lives in her own.
An act of remembrance, 'The Last Jet-Engine Laugh' is a story that moves through layers of memory. Traveling sideways, backwards and forwards, attempting to make sense of the past while drawing a map of the future, Three turbulent generations - Para, Paresh, and Suman and Mahadev- linked by blood and separated by time, mapping out the arcs of their lives on the inside of Paresh's head.