- Pub Date 25.08.22
- Publisher Hachette India
- Author Pashupati Chatterji
- Binding Type PB
- Category Adult Fiction
- Subject General and Literary fiction
- Page Extent 280
- Isbn 9789391028572
- Mrp 450
About The Book
More than a neighbourhood, the fittingly titled Diagonal Lane is a circus of characters with the most comically absurdist approaches to life. But even for a locality that has come to expect the unexpected, the death of the local gossip, Mr Reddy, comes as a complete shock. Friendly neighbour, Mr Murthy, attempts to keep the police out of it. But another friendly neighbour, Mr Shetty, bungles it up. Not only do the police get
involved, but they also declare Mr Reddy’s death a homicide. To top it all, the police officer in charge of the investigation turns out to be Mr Murthy’s old school chum: Sub Inspector Rathindranath ‘Ratty’ Gowda. A stroke of good fortune? Not really. Eager to earn a promotion by any means possible, Ratty proceeds to put the denizens of Diagonal Lane through the wringer. It takes all of Mr Murthy’s tact and diplomacy to
prevent his childhood buddy from putting all the leading lights of the lane behind bars. But meddling in murky police affairs can sometimes backfire, and it does not take Mr Murthy long to recognise the veracity of that old adage: policemen have no friends.In this dark comedy on contemporary middle-class India, Pashupati Chatterji delivers a charming whodunnit guaranteed to have you laughing all the way to the end.
About The Author
Pashupati Chatterji is a novelist, cartoonist, songwriter, and self-confessed Wodehouse addict. He spent the early parts of his childhood in Africa and Rajasthan, India. He also lived for some years in Bengaluru, and most of his novels are based out of that city. He currently lives in a small wine producing village on the outskirts of Lyon, France. Before pursuing writing, Pashupati was engineering manager in leading tech MNCs like
Siemens, Infineon, and Intel. He speaks English, German, French, Hindi, Bengali and smatterings of Kannada, Marathi and Swahili, and posts weekly cartoon strips on his blog.