Seahorse: A Novel

  • Currently shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Literature 2015, Seahorse is the story of Nem, a student of English literature at Delhi University. He drifts between classes, weed-hazy parties, and the amorous complexities of campus life, until a chance encounter with an art historian, mysterious and charismatic, steers him into a world of pleasure and artistic discovery. Nem’s life is irrevocably transformed. One day, without warning, his mentor disappears.

    In the years that follow, Nem cocoons himself in South Delhi, writing for a chic cultural journal, drifting through the city, through lovers. When he is awarded a fellowship to London, a cryptic note plunges him into a search for the art historian—a search which turns into a reckoning with his past. Retelling the myth of Poseidon and his youthful male devotee Pelops, Seahorse transforms a simple coming-of-age story into an epic drama of loss, love, and healing.


    Philosophical without being ponderous, erudite without being show-offish and unapologetically immersive, Seahorse affirms what Boats On Land had announced: Pariat is a major talent. Mint
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    4 December 2014
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