ISBN 9788129112781,Jet City Woman

Jet City Woman


Ankush Saikia


Rupa Publications



Rupa Publications

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788129112781

ISBN-10 8129112787


Number of Pages 72 Pages
Language (English)


Amidst the haze of an aimless college life, a young student from Shillong meets the mercurial Naina at a party near Delhi University campus. His spontaneous act of chivalry against Naina?s violent ex-lover sparks off intimacy between him and this enigmatic girl-about-town. But a hot, fleeting affair with her leaves him sceptical about love and its elusive promises. Yet, Naina?s hidden past becomes a phantom that refuses to blur out of his memory, long after she?s gone. A chance encounter with her and her Afghan cocaine-dealer friend two years later brings Naina back into his life with all her mystery and caprice intact. Tracing the circuit of desire, drugs, violence, and greed that exists at the fringes of Delhi, Jet City Woman casts light on lives that have so far been peripheral to the grand narrative of this city?students from northeast India, Tibetan and Afghan refugees, Anglo-Indians. The dotcom boom and its eventual bust are juxtaposed with the pipe dream the BPO industry is peddling in India. Spanning five years, and alternating between northeast India and New Delhi, this is a story of love and loss, of lives adrift in a mega city, and of the lesser-known side of urban India. Diffused with subtle humour and sharp insights, it is a tale set in an ancient city where chimaeras are chased and lives are invented anew. Ankush Saikia was born in Tezpur, Assam in 1975. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin; Assam; and Shillong, Meghalaya. He has worked in journalism and publishing in New Delhi, where he is presently an editor at a publishing firm. In 2005, he was on the shortlist for the fourth Outlook/Picador-India non-fiction writing award. Jet City Woman is his first novel.