The book by Roshan Ali hit the shelves in the month of April in 2019 and has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize for literature and for the Shakti Bhatt Prize.
Ib lives with his schizophrenic father and his ‘nice’ mother negotiating life, not knowing what to do, steered by uncaring winds and pushy people. From his slimy, unmiraculous birth to the tragic death of a loved one, Ib wanders the city, from one thing to another, confused, lost and alone, all the while reflecting on his predicament. He is searching for something – what he does not know – and must overcome many obstacles: family, religion, love and, finally, death. Will he be defeated by ‘this wreckage of modern life?’ Will a mysterious woman lift him out of the ‘cement’ in his soul?
In this journey of sadness and self-reflection, Ib transforms into an ordinary man from an ordinary boy and along the way, tries to figure out life and understand himself.
In this audacious debut that is insightful, original and deeply disturbing, Roshan Ali’s play of language is nothing less than masterful.
About the author
Roshan Ali is thirty years old. He started writing soon after dropping out of college. His work has been published in the Huffington Post India and blogs at www.thesapota.com. He lives in Bengaluru with his wife and two dogs. This is his first novel.