When four year old Pinky Chaddha flunks the nursery entrance examination of Bangalore’s snootiest school, her hyper-ambitious mother Mrs Pammi Chaddha hires the one man who can secure her daughter’s admission – Mr Chatterjee sole proprietor of The Chatterjee Institute of Detection and reluctant investigator of disappearing drivers, missing maids and misplaced cats.
But to succeed, Mr Chatterjee must first contend with Sister D’Souza, the formidable headmistress of the school. Confronted by an adversary as Machiavellian as the criminal masterminds that he dreams of hunting down, Mr Chatterjee soon finds himself running out of ideas, running out of luck and running half naked down the streets of Bangalore to evade villainous policemen with arresting moustaches.
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
'A tongue-in-cheek story that spans time, mythology and politics. Quite a cocktail.’ – Abhijit Bhaduri, novelist
"A delightful read. May the Chatterjee Institute of Detection keep on sleuthing in sequels."
Jug Suraiya, Author & Columnist
"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
His only hope lies in unearthing the mysterious secret that the Sister has so carefully concealed from the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, time is not on his side… worse still, his personal assistant, the utterly inept Miss Jolly is…