Open Couplets: A Novel

Publisher: Arpita Das, Yoda Press  

Year of Publication: April 2017

Cover Design: Priya Kuriyan

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Synopsis

Somewhere in the dingy lanes of north Kolkata, a young girl born to a family of idol-makers learns to carve goddesses with her own hands, a right that her artisan father had reserved for her brother. But, years later, when Ira Chatterjee—a breezy, jet setting ethnographer born in the same neighborhood—comes looking for the girl, no one knows where to find her.

Elsewhere, in the middle of America, Ira lives with a friend of a friend—Fasahat Zaidi, a poet, translator, but mostly, a raconteur extraordinaire from Lucknow. One day Fasahat is reciting ghazals at a bar, in a saree; another day he is emailing Ira outlandish tales starring the likes of Meer and Insha. Until one day he goes mysteriously missing and no one can tell what became of him.

Determined to find those who nobody remembers, Ira embarks on a labyrinthine journey, a chimera-chasing adventure, only to confront her own state of oblivion.

Media mentions
Asian Age / Deccan Chronicle 

“Debut novelists slated for 2017 that are already being spoken of highly include Prayaag Akbar’s Leila, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Tor Udall’s A Thousand Paper Birds, Torsa Ghoshal’s Open Couplets and Devi Yashodharan’s novel, Empire.”

Jan 8, 2017 | Jaya Bhattacharji Rose