The Death of VishnuBook - 2002
In a novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, an apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India.
Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing: Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold: the warring housewives on the first floor, lovesick teenagers on the second, and the widower, alone and quietly grieving on the top floor of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmim and wonders if he might actually be the god Vishnu, guardian of the entire universe.
Blending incisive comedy with Hindu mythology and a dash of Bollywood sparkle, The Death of Vishnu is an intimate and compelling view of an unforgettable world.
In a stirring new novel that incorporates elements of Hindu mythology, a Bombay apartment building becomes a metaphor for the divisions and cultural clashes of modern India, as Vishnu, the resident handyman, lies dying on the staircase while his neighbors argue over who will pay for an ambulance. A first novel. Reprint.