Praise for "Bali and the Ocean of Milk"

​"A wonderful read... do read, unless you are too reverent towards the gods…’ – Bibek Debroy, author and columnist

"I just couldn’t put it down... the book made me revisit mythology in a very unique way' - Arundhati Raja, theatre person, Bangalore Mirror 

​‘Mythology with a modern political twist, subversive and side-splittingly funny’ – C.K. Meena, author and columnist

'A tongue-in-cheek story that spans time, mythology and politics. Quite a cocktail.’ – Abhijit Bhaduri, novelist

Bali and the Ocean of Milk

Saucy apsaras, paranoid asuras, scheming devas...
​Caught in a tangled web of murder, myth and mirth...

Something is rotten in the state of Amravati. A mysterious ailment afflicts Indrah, reducing the omnipotent king of the gods to, well, not quite the man he used to be. To add to his woes, the Holy Trinity threaten to fire him for dereliction of duty.  But Indrah’s troubles wilt in comparison to those of his asura counterpart, Bali, ruler of Tripura. Even as Indrah frets over his delicate health, an assassination attempt on Bali leaves the asura on the brink of death.  ​

​There is only one thing that can save both these men from certain doom: amrit, the mythical nectar. But to secure it, the gods and the asuras will have to cooperate and churn the Ocean of Milk together… Will Indrah and Bali be able to set aside their ancient enmity, or will old rivalries keep them from pulling off this epic feat?

​"A ripping good yarn, the fast-paced action given resonance by echoes of current moral, political and social issues...the frequent use of modern idiom adds a touch of timelessness to the tale which is seen to take place in a then which is an enduring and relevant now. As is the case in all the best myths of all ages." -Times of India

"‘A grand and frothy manthan of myth,magic, palace intrigue, Wodehouse-ian humour and more! Nilanjan Choudhury uses the entire palette of good story-telling – humour, conflict, sex, dramatic reversals and action sequences that should have Hollywood pounding at Choudhury’s door. A modern day Aristophanes!’ – Mahesh Dattani, Sahitya Akademi Award-winning playwright and film-maker

An engaging mythological universe of arrogant gods, warring asuras and convoluted power play which resonates with contemporary politics' – Business World 

Spicy concoction of myth, human drama, social satire and humour. Revisit our ancient  myths, discovering their contemporary resonance with plenty of chuckles along the way' – Deccan Herald  

A rollicking good read.
It’s funny, it’s serious and it is a thriller’ –  DNA

Lip-smackingly good fun. Genre-bending fiction, like a purana on modern politics narrated by a cynical, urban dilettante’ –Hard News 

Published by HarperCollins India (2011)