All the Gin Joints by Mathew Vincent Menacherry

Category: Fiction
Rights: All Rights Available

Goa, post the annual lashing of the monsoons. Swaying palms, picturesque beaches, free-flowing feni. And a last shot at love. Victor Gabriel is an ex-soldier, who has been dishonorably discharged from the Indian Army. An aspiring writer, he decides to hook up with his one-time girlfriend, Ana, on a beach in Goa. The tryst, which is made at Ana’s behest, is to explore whether they have a future together. But Vic’s demons, combined with his rampant alcoholism and a host of unsavory characters they run into, cause the entire trip to spiral out of control.

The story careens through the tourist scene in Goa, peopled by underage bartenders, African drug peddlers, corrupt politicians and their wayward progeny. It also delves into Punjab at the height of the insurgency, a recurring source of Victor’s nightmares. Set over a long weekend in the erstwhile backpacker’s paradise, All the Gin Joints is a no-holds-barred romp through the underbelly of Goa.