Looking into a row of tenement buildings, a gallery of working-class life in Delhi, a rich and a full world of intrigue and festering desires is unfolding. It is getting late, the evening rituals have begun.
Recently wed A-297 is delighted to discover a relatively unexplored, fertile playground for furtive games.
After being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, A-298 has become a badminton evangelist.
A-300 hates ceiling fans; they make his hair fly. His wife loves them on at full speed.
A-299 lives in a joint family and always feels unclean.
Morning and evening, A-302 practices Bikram yoga to enhance his virility, except he has no one to test it on.
A-303 is a section officer at the PWD, but his real interest in life is to measure and quantify it.
Every evening, bachelor A-305 returns home from work and watches family dramas till bedtime. He hopes that one day he will have one of his own- replete with siblings, sisters-in- law, retired colonel father, mother, wife, eccentric cousins and two precocious children.
Twenty years ago, A-306 was given a hobby electronics kit on Diwali. He has since grown into a wizard who can fix anything short of a nuclear reactor.
Acrylic and ink on paper, 42x42 in (each), 2011
Sarnath Banerjee is a graphic novelist, artist and filmmaker.
Image: Penguin India
Penguin India withdraws The Hindus
On 11 February 2014, Penguin India decided to recall and destroy all remaining copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History. The decision was part of an agreement between them and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, a Hindu campaign group that filed a case against the publishers in 2010, arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.
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Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)