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Synapse: Ratan Oak Stories

Shortlisted | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Synapse: Ratan Oak Stories

Author: Kalpish Ratna
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

‘The pull of a Kalpish Ratna novel is undeniable, even hypnotic.’—The Telegraph

What is the chill interface between violence and pseudo-science?

What is the secret ingredient of the elixir of youth being doled out by a hakim at Leopold Café?

Who was the Bombay Ripper, the notorious serial killer from the late-1800s?

How does a fifteen-year-old widow’s sati attempt result in the birth of an icon of the Hindu Rashtra?

How much of love is real and how much hallucination when the object of one’s affection is a spectre?

In this thrilling mix of medical history and speculative fiction, the intrepid microbiologist Ratan Oak jumps between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, outwitting vedic scientists, brahminical eugenicists, lusty serial-killers and ghostly seductresses.

About the Author: 

Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan, both surgeons, write together as Kalpish Ratna. They explore the interface between science and the humanities. Their recent books are Room 000: Narratives of the Bombay Plague (2015), The Secret Life of Zika Virus (2017) and Fat: The Body, Food and Obesity (2018). The protagonists of Synapse, Ratan and Ramratan Oak, debuted in the novel The Quarantine Papers (2010).

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