Twelve-year-old Hari tries to make sense of his tumultuous
and complex world in 1980s India. His experiment at eating
fish leads to the accidental death of his grandmother; his
preference for Hindi over his mother tongue Tamil leads to
slanderous graffiti against his family in Madras; and his
friendship with the family maid lands him in trouble with a
militant Tamil film fan and political functionary called
Vishu. Matters come to a head when MGR, a film star turned
politician dies and his supporters led by Vishu declare a
strike, trapping Hari and his mother in a train bound for
"Mahadevan engages all the reader's senses with writing that is vivid and exotic, very often erotic, and touched throughout with gentle humour. He writes with such compassion that while reading this book you will undoubtedly nod in recognition of your own family and loves and sometimes foolish self."
—Gail Anderson-Dargatz, A Recipe for Bees
"Mahadevan’s language often enters the realm of the poetic, allowing the reader to taste the slick oil of sizzling puris and the salted rust of trains . . ."
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-30-9
Publication Date: 2006
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