A novel of compelling quality. The events narrated would be hard to believe, were they not related in such a matter of fact, down to earth fashion.
Billy Biswas returns to India after earning the PhD in anthropology from USA. He has everything going for him - happiness, travel, education, status, wealth, job and a loving wife. Yet his inner world is rocked by a groundswell of discontent. He is consumed by restlessness which grows steadily.
Somewhat like Huxley's Savage, the hero Billy Biswas is a misfit in modern milieu of technological jungle and seeks an escape from it. Characterized by a moving story telling Tlan, the narrative unfolds in quick succession the different stages of the development of Billy's nature.
Powerful, Explosive, Gripping. - Sunday Tribune
A significant contribution to Indian fiction in English. - Sunday Statesman
In Arun Joshi's hands we are swept into the unknown. - The Times Literary Supplement
The strength of the novel lies in the ease of Joshi's style and the authenticity of his scenes. -Indian Express
Arun Joshi ranks among the leading Indo-Anglian writers .. He takes subjects that are portentous and deals with them in an unpretentious manner. - Asia Week
One of the most significant contemporary Indian novelists writing in English. - World Literature Today