About the Book :
Haunted by dreams of an unforgettable loss, Rahul, a young man of thirty living in San Francisco, suddenly becomes secretive and withdraws from his partner Andrew. When Andrew discovers that Rahul is still interviewing girls sent by his parents for an arranged marriage, he gives Rahul an ultimatum stop living a lie, or give up their relationship. In response, Rahul tells Andrew a story. About a boy who lived in a palace. A boy named Rahul. Growing up at the Mint House in Hyderabad a magical and uncomplicated place thirteen-year-old Rahul lives a life that is almost enchanted in its simplicity. Infatuated with a famous male movie actor, he is innocently unaware of the censure he could face if anyone discovers his secret. But prejudice and intolerance tear this perfect world asunder when his sisters friend Mallika falls in love with a Muslim boy. A witness to the storm that it engenders and the loss and betrayal she faces, young Rahul grapples with the growing realization of his own unconventional sexuality, and is devastated by the fear of parental disappointment and social disgrace. Set in San Francisco today and in India in the early 1970s, My Magical Palace is a sensitive tale about a boys coming of age, and the many hurdles he must cross to heal and find himself.
About the Author :
Kunal Mukherjee Originally from West Bengal, is a San Francisco-based poet and writer. He holds a masters degree in physics, has done postgraduate work in energy studies and has worked as a restaurateur and an IT manager. His passions include acting, music, travel, the environment and all animals. Kunals work has appeared in India Currents, Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems and Hot Flashes 2. My Magical Palace is his first novel. He is currently working on his second novel.