This elegant meditation on memory and desire is set in a world where love and absence go hand in hand. Read it for the luminous prose and listen for the click as character and destiny locks into place. – Jeet Thayil
BOATS ON LAND
A startlingly brilliant and compassionate writer whose book is as haunting as the world it emerges from. – Siddhartha Deb
Boats on Land won the Yuva Puruskar (Young Writer) Award from the Sahitya Academy and the Crossword Award for Fiction in 2013.
These fifteen stories place India’s Northeast against a vast historical canvas—the early days of the British Raj, the World Wars, the arrival of Christian missionaries. Here, the everyday is infused with the folkloric and the supernatural. A girl dreams of being a firebird. An artist watches souls turn into trees. A man shape-shifts into a tiger. Another is bewitched by water fairies. While political and social unrest interweave with fireside tales and age-old superstitions.