“From Kafka and Faulkner to Babri Masjid and Bollywood, the myriad strands of contemporary South Asian life are twisted and turned into memorable stories — ironic or indignant, sad or touching — by Zafar Anjum in Kafka in Ayodhya and Other Stories.” – Tabish Khair
“An impoverished couple is plagued by rats in their hut. A young husband struggles with erectile dysfunction. A writer is trapped in his own book by the character he created. And a young Palestinian girl grieves for her brother killed by the Israeli soldiers. This is a collection of heart wrenching stories and fantasy told in simple bold strokes.” – Suchen Christine Lim
“Zafar Anjum’s Kafka in Ayodhya is the storyteller’s storybook. And what better guide than the famous existentialist to take you by the hand? The sojourner will discover the complex-bizarre in the conversations, the places, the atmosphere, the routine, and above all, the people. These are Kafkaesque characters flung into occasions where an absurdist sensibility seems opportune and knocking. You’ll encounter the archetypes, the questing, and the transformations. ‘Stories are found things,’ says one story, its wisdom line echoing through this splendid suite of story gems. The reader will relish the excavation of each tale’s sublime moments — these moments awaiting an unearthing, ‘like fossils in the ground’.” – Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Kitaab International, Singapore
Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based journalist, writer and entrepreneur. For eight years, he was the online editor of Computerworld Singapore, Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia and MIS Asia. He is the author of six fiction and non-fiction titles, including the best-selling The Resurgence of Satyam (Random House India, 2012), and Startup Capitals: Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation (Random House India, December 2014). He is the director of a publishing startup, Kitaab.org, and co-founder of startupcapitals.com.
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