Cycles of Udaipur

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When young Raj hits a cow with his motorcycle, little does he know that he has started a chain reaction that will obliterate his close-knit group of friends. Mariam is a Muslim artist forbidden to paint Hindu deities. Her paramour Shiv aches to be a politician in a city ruled by gangland overlords. And lovelorn Vansh finds himself sucked into a mystical vortex from which his mind may not recover. More

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About David Brookes

David Brookes is a writer and editor currently living in the UK, from where he runs his editing firm The St. Paul's Literary Service.

He has stories published in many magazines including Electric Spec, Pantechnicon, Bewildering Stories, Whispering Spirits, Morpheus Tales, The Cynic and Aphelion.

His fiction has appeared in printed anthologies, most recently 'Skull & Crossbones' from Bedazzled Inc.

His first novel, 'Half Discovered Wings', was published internationally by Libros International in 2009.

Read more about his work at his website,

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Review by: Nelli Markka on April 14, 2016 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. As Leigh commented, it truly transports you. I love how the small, vivid details give shape tot he characters and the world; things such as the skin of the milk getting stuck on someone's lip when they are drinking their tea, overly sweet in the traditional Indian way, of course. It's minuscule details such as these that really bring the story alive. At times, the description style is almost poetic, which is something I enjoyed immensely.

The way the book is constructed reminds me of "And the mountains echoed" by Khaled Hosseini. The atmosphere, the several viewpoints of the characters, the authenticity. I think it's amazing that the author is not Indian - you truly couldn't tell reading this.

A great choice for anyone who wants their books to take them somewhere else.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Leigh Clayborne on April 3, 2016 :
Cycles of Udaipur is beautifully written and hard to put down. The world that the author describes is vivid, lively and at times intricately surreal.

If you love a story that transports you, I would highly recommend. As a person in the “West”, I was introduced to the cultures, religions and struggles of India with very relatable and real characters that remind me how similar we all are, regardless of where we live.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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