It is a true master puppeteer, the city; it has the puppets themselves fooled, even as it works their strings to some unheard melody of its own. – from the story “At Loose Ends” in the collection.
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Panjim, Mumbai – all cities that have transformed themselves in the past couple of decades, changing, in the process, the lives and aspirations of the people inhabiting them. Name, Place, Animal, Thing takes you into the bylanes of these cities to explore them through the eyes of its diverse characters.
A tour guide at the historic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad finds himself at a crossroads when his son wants to assist a team of programmers in developing a self-guided tour app that will make his job redundant.
A string puppet show at the annual Rann Utsav is an instant hit, but even as the katputli act unfolds onstage, behind the scenes, the puppeteers themselves are subject to the whims of the invisible strings of circumstance, and lives come apart against the hauntingly beautiful backdrop of the Rann of Kutch.
Two families are on a joint vacation in Goa. But, like the rip tides that can lurk just beyond idyllic beaches, there are strong undercurrents of ego, competitiveness and discord below the surface of holiday camaraderie.
An elderly widower sees an answer to his loneliness in the marital discord between his daughter and her husband.
A new arrival at school gives two young girls growing up in sheltered middle-class households in Chennai a glimpse of a more dangerous world where people, and even families, are not always what they seem to be.
A young introvert, just arrived in Bengaluru to take up a job with an IT firm, finds herself unwittingly drawn into the troubled dynamics of the family in whose home she stays as a paying guest.
Populated with ordinary people, familiar locales and everyday situations, this collection of short stories shines a light on the changing face of modern India.