- In this book of stories and essays about fatherhood and Mangalore (see SALE DETAILS in last post):
--A Dutch artist and loving father finds himself lost in Thailand, takes an overdose of Valium, and dies, only to have his corpse sent to his young children.
--An author thinks of a book as if it were a child, and suffers the same trauma when his books "die."
--A son who has been arrogant and condescending towards his old father, suddenly finds that the father is ageing and that he might lose him; he begins to appreciate his father's true greatness, which his own personal sense of injury had hidden from him; he hastens to bring a long-forgotten and unpublished book of his father's into existence, and has the pleasure of seeing him become, in the world's eyes, an author, less than two years before his death.
--What would be the most appropriate monument to commemorate the visits of the great South Indian monarch, Tippu Sultan, to Mangalore?
The author's passion, humor, humanity, and feeling, are all blended together, in varying amounts, in this eclectic book by the author of the acclaimed novel "The Revised Kama Sutra."