Forgetting by Devashish Makhija

Category: Short Stories
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

These twenty-four stories explore individuals trying, variously, to leave their pasts behind. From identical twin rickshaw drivers wrongly suspected of terrorism in paranoid Mumbai to a Kolkata merchant who envies each saree he sells for the intimacy it’ll share with the woman who buys it to an illicit love affair over eight potent SMSs to an astronaut who sings out loud to no one in particular, hoping his sound-waves will find an ear somewhere to Orissa adivasis, CRPF jawaans, Naxalites, policemen and journalists caught in a web of violence unleashed on them by both their own histories and that of a nation helplessly repeating it.