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IIM alumnus comes out with a novel on post Babri Masjid demolition situation

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 04:37:24 PM

Bhopal: A 35-year-old alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, working in Mumbai for nearly a decade, has come out with his first novel that is an emotion-packet cauldron of human relationships with the backdrop of the Babri Masijid demolition and subsequent disquiet, in a small-town setting.


''The location of the novel is loosely based on the town where I was born -- Orai in Uttar Pradesh, I have lived mostly in cities across India so watching a nondescript town evolve from an outsider's perspective was something I wanted to capture,'' Nilesh Shrivastava told UNI.


'The Second Hand', published by Cedar Books, is part of the ongoing 15th Delhi Book Fair.


The novel focuses on two cousins -- one based in Mumbai and the other bred in a town -- as they come to grips with their family's ''uneven'' past.


The cousins start getting involved with each other at a time when the sleepy town is becoming increasingly politicised and polarised.


On a parallel track, the tortured family history of the cousins starts coming to the fore even as the town is swept by the strong headwinds of an event far away -- the fall of the mosque and all the chaos that follows.





























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