Set in urban, middle class India, these 18 stories, defying easy categorization, are a true miscellany reflecting the uncertain, illogical and vibrant nature of our times. Here boundaries between the real and the phantasmal blur: malls become haunted places, golf clubs and airport halls are the crossroads where past and present selves meet and greet. Chronicling the isolation, insecurities, hidden angst, subtle passion and secret longings that underlie ordinary lives and relationships, these stories weave in themes as diverse as memory and the emotional residue it produces, the elusiveness of identity, the rigours of role play, the convolutions of a double life, the complexity of shadow wives. By turns sweet, sad, poignant, funny and mysterious, they draw us into their separate and compact worlds and linger with us awhile.
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