(SHORT STORIES) Trade paperback, Peepal Tree Press, UK (1996) ISBN-10: 0948833815, ISBN-13: 978-0948833816.
About the book . . .
Maharaj’s characters struggle heroically, though sometimes comically and oddly, to make their mark on the earth. It is as if the more frustrating their outward circumstances, the more intense their inner lives.
Bashir Ali, the librarian, has developed an intimate relationship with his books, and a passionate hatred of their borrowers. “Bhaji and rice! You put bhaji and rice on top of Virginia!” Hoobnath Hingoo, the metalwork technician, imagines a dire fate for the arrogant young engineers who lord it around the oil refinery. “Barbecue the whole side of them. Grill them nice and black. Afterwards we could have a sale. Grill engineers. Going cheap. Eat as much as you like….” And of course there is Roop, the writer, who wants to escape from his gas station “to write that book… about everything I ever thought of since I born.”