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Local Monsters

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That first year in a new city is always tough, especially if that city is Delhi. New job, new friends, new problems. Falling in love, dealing with your neighbours, simply surviving. The sitcom life.

It’s difficult enough for humans. For monsters it’s far worse. Because a few fangs and horns and supernatural powers really don’t equip you to deal with the sheer hostility of the everyday world around you. But they do make you a target. You have secret government agencies, inter-dimensional conspiracies and all kinds of other bizarre nonsense to deal with. Everyone you meet wants to kill you or run your life. But you still have to pay the electricity bill in time.

Meet Latha, Bela, Tashi and Indra. They’re your local monsters.

‘Finally, a book that understands people like me. Humans should enjoy it too.’ – Vikram Singh, rakshas.

‘I thought it was just me! This made me feel ok about eating my landlord.’ – Akanksha Patel, weretiger.

‘We deny everything. There is no Government department that deals with monsters. And if there were, it would be efficient and corruption-free.’ – Murali Ganesh, Govt. spokesperson.

‘I haven’t read this book. Putting my name on it is a cynical attempt to boost sales.’ - Gul Panag, human.

Interviews/reviews/extracts/mentions

- A kind revew from Mint: “… with its in-jokes and biting satire, Basu’s story has a flavour that is uniquely Indian.”

Interview in The Hindu

Times of India/Mumbai Mirror

DNA

Bleeding Cool

Mid-Day

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