My first experience of Vikram Chandra, thanks to Mumbai Media Baron.
This book is a collection of short stories narrated by a energetic old civil servant in a bar at the waterfront. There are 5 stories.
A laid back thriller story about a deception played by a young mind, coming back to haunt him in his old age.
A tale with a twist about a socially ambitious person, with the malabar society of Mumbai as the backdrop.
A cop investigates a murder which has links to a sex racket with a intelligent twist at the end.
A story about a not-so-straight pair of friends working in the computer programming industry with the underworld of Mumbai as a principal player.
A story about a woman's search for her husband (who is missing in action) and ultimately life and how she finds life, albeit in a different person.
This book was a surprisingly good. The only Indian author I have completely read has been R.K. Narayan and generally, I hold them in contempt as I feel when it comes to Short stories, Indian writers have to be called artless, compared to authors around the world. The stories had a common thread - they start off pretty divergently and in the end, you find yourself travelling in just one direction without all ends tying up, without allowing loopholes in the plot. Awesome effort, I should say.
Surely, a must read.