”Exuberant, unabashed picaresque novel... indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions and struggles of India as a whole. Considerable, irreverent charm.” — Publishers Weekly
“I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading you and finding you very funny!” — Kurt Vonnegut
“An Indian novel with a difference . . . an entertaining romp A startling change from A Suitable Boy, Heat and Dust, or The Maneater of Malgudi.”
— Tim Manderson’s Special Selection, Publishing News, U.K
“A verbal craftsman . . . hilarious.” — Time Out, London
"Should be a recognized classic. An exuberant Catcher in the Rye, a South Indian Confederacy of Dunces. Uplifting and powerful." — Mark Ledbetter, linguist & Author.
(Praise continued at the back of this book)
To Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, who taught me that it is permissible to laugh at the once sacred, and that the satirist’s religion is to have no sacred cows.
To Saul Bellow, who taught me to love words brilliantly used, and whose lusty but brilliant male characters suggest a possible symbiosis between sex and intelligence.
To Seymour Krim, a ballsy writer, for believing in me, and inspiring me to surrender my no-holds-barred self to this novel.
To Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin, for inspiring me with their honesty and courage to stand up for the Invisible Man.
To the Henry Miller, for introducing me to the laughter and joy of sex, while teaching me to despise and laugh at the censorship of thought and language.