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Publisher: Rupa Publications

Paperback
195.00

ISBN: 8129117916 ISBN-13: 9788129117915
Pp 298

Author: Sam Mukherjee 
Edition: 2011

Chopped Green Chillies in Vanilla Ice Cream

Chinmoy “Tiger” Bose is a slightly overweight adolescent devoted to friends and family in his humble neighbourhood in Kolkata.  But when his parents land an unexpected win at a lottery the family moves to an affluent part of the city.  Tiger is uprooted from his beloved neighbourhood where life seemed perfect.  Childhood friends are distanced, school ceases to be in the vernacular and his jugular appears severed.  It could not possibly hurt more.  But when the despondent teenager arrives at the uppity Vanilla Apartments, he acquires a brand new lifeline.
 
Vanilla Apartments is a multistoried behemoth of white cement that resembles a massive block of vanilla ice cream.  Here he meets the best friends of his life and acquires the nickname –“Tiger.”  He savours every single day of his newfound existence with four spirited friends, Kirit, Robin, Signal and Pluto.  Tiger observes complex lives in transitioning middle class India in the throes of economic liberalization at the turn of the century.  He begins to nurse the desire to rise out of his humble beginnings and truly belong. 
           
The high-rise houses misfits and wannabees and islands and archipelagos.  Quidnuncs and vamps complete the equation.  Their spicy lives are like chopped green chilies in vanilla ice cream.  At Vanilla Apartments, Tiger and his friends embark upon a journey to trap a ghost in a commode, witness corruption by custodians of the law and get embroiled in a controversy that could drop them from public grace. Tiger observes complex lives in transitioning middle-class India and begins to nurse the desire to rise out of his humble beginnings.  He pines to leave the country for the perceived riches awaiting him on American shores.  But will a surprising betrayal short circuit his dreams?  Tiger’s journey is filled with deceit and loyalty, heartbreak and hope.

 

The book can be ordered online on various websites.For buyers outside India, it is available on amazon.com.

 

Sam Mukherjee is a Senior Writer with Globalom Media in Canada. He has worked with The Asian Age in India. Sam has an M.A. in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He attended Vancouver Film School on a full-time writing scholarship and studied Mass Communication at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in Melbourne, Australia. Sam lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

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