Author(s): Ryan Lobo
Dispatched to a home in the sacred city of Varanasi, Lalgudi Iyer spends his days immersed in scripture. When an accident leaves him with concussion, he receives a vision of his past incarnation - he was the mythological warrior Bhima, sent from the heavens to destroy evil. Convinced of his need to continue Bhima's mission and revive the noble principles of the Mahabharata, Iyer embarks on an epic adventure down the sacred Ganges with the help of his trust companion Bencho, the undertaker. His attempts at restoring order to the world - and winning the heart of the half-beautiful but oblivious widow Damayanti - are hampered only by his complete detachment from the reality of contemporary India. Mr Iyer Goes to War is introduces a bold, witty new voice in Indian fiction this playful and profound tale of love, adventure and friendship.
A modern, Indian Don Quixote, Mr Iyer Goes To War is a playful and profound adventure heralding a bold and ambitious new literary voice.
A wicked, scuttling jaunt of a book filled with unforgettable characters ... Utterly bonkers Tishani Doshi, author of The Pleasure Seekers An audacious Cervantes-inspired romp across a nation that might just be in need of a concussed hero Jerry Pinto, author of Em and the Big Hoom
Ryan Lobo is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Bangalore. Publications in which his writing has featured include the Boston Review, National Geographic, Caravan, Bidoun Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Mr Iyer Goes to War is his first novel. ryanlobo.net