For those of you who associate me only with Muzaffar Jang and historical fiction, this may come as a surprise (though a pleasant one, I hope): my third book has been released, and it has very little to do with history.
My Lawfully Wedded Husband and Other Stories(published by Westland Limited, ISBN: 9789381626870) is a collection of contemporary black humour, with some stories being more humorous than black, while others are darker and less funny. All, however, do have one signature element that I particularly like: the twist in the tale.
Here’s the blurb on the back cover:
“Beware the office ghost – or the seemingly boring husband who might just find a most macabre way of doing something different…
Twelve spine-chilling stories from a writer whose sleight of hand with black humour is hard to match. In A Brief Lesson in Trust, Geeti learns the hard way that the most reliable girl in school is not always what she seems; in St. George and the Dragon, Mr George, the archetypal government clerk finds a fiendishly clever way to outstmart his corrupt boss while The Howling Waves of Tranquebar takes us to this tiny Danish settlement of yore where an innocuous-looking beer mug still has strange powers of destruction. These and other stories in this collection entertain, amuse – but always end with a twist in the tale that leaves a few goosebumps.”
Do buy yourself a copy (or put it on your Christmas/New Year wishlist, so friends and relatives know what to gift you!) It’s already available on Flipkart (who’ve included it in their ‘recommended books’ list for this fortnight):
And on Infibeam:
It’ll also be available soon at other online bookstores, as well as bricks-and-mortar bookshops.