Rupa & Co
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He clutched the sink, caught a brief glimpse of himself in the mirror, before his hands slipped and he crumpled to the floor. As he lay there, willing himself to get up, his body struggled valiantly in a last-ditch attempt to hold on to life.
When Ugrasen, the domineering patriarch of a big family, drops dead at No. 22 Sainik Farms, the entire household is plunged into horror and confusion. While his wife and three sons reel under the shock, his fourteen-year-old niece, Anjali, becomes aware that something is amiss. The word suicide begins to be mumbled behind closed doors, but a missing bag of rubies hints otherwise.
Anjali sets out to unravel the truth behind her uncle's death, enlisting the help of private investigator, Ganapati Iyer. The inimitable Ganapati forms an unlikely partnership with a man called Vinayak, a collaboration which is both odd and comic. However, will it be successful?
About the Author
Rukmini Anandani has been a mathematician, an accountant, a journalist, a photographer and an activist. As a journalist, she has worked with the Bangkok Post, India Today, The Sunday Mail and The Indian Express. Her freelance photographs have appeared in many publications including The Illustrated Weekly and The Week. Her first short story, 'Wanted: A Wife' was published in The Patriot.
She has lived in many places, including Beirut, Bristol and Ethiopia. She currently lives in Delhi.