Kiran Nagarkar is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. His first novel, Saat Sakkam Trechalis translated into English as Seven Sixes are Forty-Three, was quickly recognized as one of the most significant novels ever written in Marathi. His subsequent novels include Ravan and Eddie and Cuckold, which won the Indian Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi) Award for best novel and which Gore Vidal called “a fascinating book, a sort of fantastic marriage between the Thomas Mann of Royal Highness and the Lady Murasaki.” His most recent works are God’s Little Soldier and The Extras, a sequel to Ravan and Eddie. His books have been translated into many languages. Apart from his work as a novelist, Nagarkar has written plays and screenplays, and is a literary and social critic. He has been awarded many prestigious international fellowships, the most recent of which was a Fulbright appointment at Ithaca College, New York. He currently lives in Mumbai.
A delightful comic romp through the misadventures of two boys, Ravan (Hindu) and Eddie (Catholic), whose lives are entwined by chance and circumstance in a sprawling and crowded Mumbai tenement building.