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House Spirit: Drinking in India–Stories, Essays, Poems


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AuthorPalash Krishna Mehrotra (ed.)
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2016
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
Ships By2-3 days
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In this one-of-a-kind anthology, Indrajit Hazra introduces you to booze jabberwocky in an essay brimming over with linguistic playfulness; Sidharth Bhatia writes about drinking in Hindi cinemaÑfrom ‘permit rooms’ and Prem Chopra’s close relationship with Vat 69, to Honey Singh and Deepika Padukone’s Cocktail, while Sandip Roy mulls over India’s enduring obsession with whiskyÑhas anything changed? Gautam Bhatia’s haunting story about a father’s hidden alcoholism and Vijay Nambisan’s painfully honest account about being in rehab take one to the darker sides of drinking; while in a lighter vein, Jairaj Singh talks about drinking in 4S, the legendary bar in Delhi’s ‘Def Col’, Kanika Gahlaut is in confessional mode about her drinking days, and Manohar Shetty writes about quitting feni. Palash Mehrotra says ‘eff off, single malt snobs’ as he takes you on a tour of cheap whisky brands, and Soumya Bhattacharya tells you all about drinking in Prohibition Gujarat. Hang out in the country liquor bars of Colaba with poet Adil Jussawalla, drink at a Bangalore highway bar with Zac O’Yeah, or attend a party with the teetotalling Amit Chaudhuri. All this and more in a collection of thirty-one essays, stories and poems that you will savour to the last drop.

About the author
Palash Krishna Mehrotra was born in Bombay in 1975. He was educated at St Stephen's College, Delhi, where he did his BA in philosophy, and won the Radhakrishnan Scholarship to read for a PPE at Balliol College, Oxford. His debut collection of stories, Eunuch Park: Fifteen Stories of Love and Destruction, was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Hindu Fiction Prize in 2009. His first book of non-fiction, The Butterfly Generation: A Personal Journey into the Passions and Follies of India's Technicolour Youth, was a finalist for the Crossword Book Award 2013. He is also the editor of an anthology, Recess: The Penguin Book of Schooldays. He was Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone India, and writes a fortnightly column for Mail Today Sunday, DailyO and Daily Mail Online. He lives in New Delhi and Dehradun.

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