Rahul Raina’s debut Garam Masala will be published by Little, Brown (UK) and Harper Collins (US) in 2021, and is a wonderful and original, hilarious and biting, sweeping satire of modern-day India. Garam Masala was sold in a six-way auction, and has already been sold into translation into numerous languages.
Ramesh Kumar takes exams for the sons of India’s elite. It’s a well-paid but boring existence, and once in a while he gets beaten up. His life changes when he accidentally comes top in India’s all important university entrance exams. His client becomes rich and famous and Ramesh blackmails himself along for the ride. Unfortunately, that ride soon becomes a maze of kidnaps, double-crosses and corruption. And along the way we get to see an India unlike any other, from the ultra-rich to the very bottom rungs.
Rahul divides his time between Oxford and Delhi. He is only twenty seven, but still runs his own start-up in England for part of the year, and works for charities for street children and teaches English in India in the down season. As Rahul says: Garam Masala was written where it’s set, in the 40 degree heat in the concrete coffin that’s New Delhi.