Mridula Koshy

Mridula Koshy is the author of If It Is Sweet, a collection of short stories, and a novel titled Not Only The Things That Have Happened. The book won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize (2009) and was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Prize (2009). Her other books include Lost Boy and Bicycle Dreaming.



Lost Boy by Mridula Koshy

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Category: Literary Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
India Title: Not Only the Things that have Happened

Annakutty relinquishes her four-year-old son, Madhu, to German tourists passing through her town. Thirty-six years pass and she lies on her death bed not knowing how to die; a world away, he struggles with not knowing how to inhabit his life. The mother and son’s search for each other leads to the quest for a narrative powerful enough to allow him to live and her to die without the redemption of a reunion.

Such a narrative must map the contours of the future she had hoped to inhabit with him and of the past that will forever remain unknown to him.

Theirs is the story of not only the things that have happened in their lives but also of what may and might have happened. Lost Boy is also the larger story of how people in two different societies – Kerala and Midwestern United States – go about the business of loving and leaving, in short the business of living.

Bicycle Dreaming by Mridula Koshy

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Category: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books

From one birthday to the next, thirteen-year-old Noor watches as her family comes apart. Her father, Mohammad Saidullah, loses his job pedaling his bicycle door-to-door to collect household discards; he is forced to join the ranks of those rag pickers who work New Delhi’s landfills. And when Ameena Saidullah follows her son, Talib, in his exit from the family, Noor sees it as further evidence of her mother’s preference for the son over the daughter. Noor’s  own dream of riding a bicycle is complicated by her conflicted feelings about her father’s livelihood. Not until Noor falls for a boy from the lowest caste is she forced from her place on the sidelines to enter into the fray of her own story.