By Deepti Kapoor
A hugely charged fiction debut a couple of younger girl in India, and the affection that either shatters and transforms her
She is twenty, stressed in New Delhi. Her mom has died; her father has left for Singapore.
He is some years older, simply again to India from New York.
When they meet in a café one afternoon, she—lonely, hungry for event, craving to wreck freed from tradition—casts apart her fears and throws herself headlong right into a love affair, person who takes her the place she hasn't ever been before.
Told in a voice right now gritty and lyrical, mournful and frank, a nasty personality marks the coming of an astonishingly talented new author. it's an unforgettable hymn to a deadly, exhilarating urban, and a portrait of wish and its results as undying because it is common.
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In the mirror. I give myself a name, I wear it out. Lunar, serpentine, desirous. A charm that protects me. ONE By the time I met him he was already gone. I didn’t know it then, but he was gone. Because he never once paced himself, because he was racing forward from the moment of birth and every bridge he crossed he turned round to destroy. Chaos mixed with joy, the joy of Shiva, biting his mother’s breast, madness in the blood. And I couldn’t have saved him; he wasn’t there to be saved. Instead he picked me up in the café and tried to make me in his image.
It’s a game to him. He heads through Lodhi Estate, where the rich and powerful crouch in their mansions, their guards poking guns from their nests at the street. It’s still very hot, a dry heat that sees men out everywhere on the grass, lit by the street lamps on the circles, in the scattered parks—men who’ve been stunned into torpor now stirring to put away their cards, light beedis, make fires, their bicycles propped up against the trees, some walking again. Women glide along the road, apart, single file, carrying babies, with baskets on their heads, impossibly erect, draped in frayed saris bright as Gauguin fruit.
I’ll be your guide. Make your mind up for yourself. Let’s make a deal. He holds his hand out. It’s getting late. I say I have to go home, I’ll be in trouble. He pulls his hand back and watches me with a long, indulgent smile. He says OK, I understand. But just think about it, I don’t bite, and the offer still stands. He says he’s grateful for the evening regardless. I took a chance on him and that’s rare, he’s thankful for it, most girls would run away, boring, normal girls, but I’m different, he was right about me.
A Bad Character: A Novel by Deepti Kapoor