You Who Never Arrived by Anshumani Ruddra

Category: Fiction
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… The authorities are still baffled at the disappearance of a 5.5-metre-tall statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson standing on top of a 46-metre-tall Corinthian granite column in the middle of Trafalgar Square. It is now being termed a ‘national embarrassment’ and the Prime Minister will be addressing the nation at 9 PM tonight … In other news a man was rushed to the hospital when his right nostril caught fire…

One disappearance sets off a chain of events that changes the lives of three individuals forever. Ashwatthama, cursed to live for an eternity, wants redemption. He also wants money for lunch (he has survived on a steady diet of pigeons the last dozen and a half decades). Firdaus wants the dreams to stop. He doesn’t want to walk into other people’s dreams and nightmares and control them. Nuna just wants to go back home to the gods and teach them a lesson. But the gods have other plans for the three of them.