[Phone call with an anonymous source known only as Daedalus.]

Me: I'm working on a new book, it's about the disappearance of a number of children in Delhi. I was wondering if you could help me research it. Daedalus: Help you, how? Me: I need someone to be my, as they put it in the military, 'boots on the ground'. I'm even willing to consider… Continue reading [Phone call with an anonymous source known only as Daedalus.]

Excerpt | Sugandhi Alias Andal Devanayaki

When I arrived at Divine Pearl, a secret Sri Lankan military camp that lay ninety-five kilometres from Colombo, it was quite late in the evening. DP was a prison camp built by the British colonizers to house hardened criminals. Though the façade resembled the palace of a feudal overlord, it was a fully equipped jail… Continue reading Excerpt | Sugandhi Alias Andal Devanayaki

Independence day in Pakistan: An Excerpt from ‘Karachi Raj’

Jashn-e-Azadi came around soon after she concluded the census. Six decades on, the wonder of Independence remained fresh, a miracle that by rights ought never to have happened in the first place. National songs blared constantly on the radio: ‘Ay watan, pyare watan’, ‘Main bhi Pakistan hoon’, ‘Jeevay, jeevay Pakistan’. A mela, held in what… Continue reading Independence day in Pakistan: An Excerpt from ‘Karachi Raj’