A 35-year-old alumnus of the
Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, working in
for nearly a decade, has come out with his first novel that is an
emotion-packet cauldron of human
with the backdrop of the Babri Masijid demolition and subsequent
disquiet, in a small-town setting.
location of the novel is loosely based on the town where I was born
-- Orai in
I have lived mostly in cities across India so watching a nondescript
town evolve from an outsider's perspective was something I wanted to
capture,'' Nilesh Shrivastava told UNI.
Hand', published by Cedar Books, is part of the ongoing 15th
focuses on two cousins -- one based in Mumbai and the other bred in
a town -- as they come to grips with their family's ''uneven'' past.
start getting involved with each other at a time when the sleepy
town is becoming increasingly politicised and polarised.
parallel track, the tortured family history of the cousins starts
coming to the fore even as the town is swept by the strong headwinds
of an event far away -- the fall of the mosque and all the chaos