Bright, well liked and moving quickly up the ranks of officialdom, Madhav Tripathi is a success in every sense. But driving home one evening, a week before his thirtieth birthday, he is abducted by a group of mysterious assailants. Madhav escapes with his life, yet the murderous threat persists. Soon, everything and everyone close to him seems to be in mortal danger. As he fights both to defend himself and to strike back with the resources at his disposal, Madhav also struggles to comprehend the identity of his inexorable persecutors. As a liberal intellectual, has he become the target of an extremist right-wing group? Or is he somehow embroiled in a class uprising? Maybe it is all a jilted lover's private vendetta? As much cryptic thriller and hallucinatory fantasy as it is a novel of ideas, The Persecution of Madhav Tripathi is a journey into one man's mind and a masterful excavation of the spiritual crisis of our educated elite.
About the Author
Aditya Sudarshan is the author of A Nice Quiet Holiday (Westland Books, 2009) and Show Me A Hero (Rupa and co., 2011). His short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies. He is also the author of a number of produced plays, including The Green Room, winner of the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award for 2011. He writes political satire for NDTV's The Great Indian Tamasha and literary criticism for The Hindu Literary Review and many other publications.