Book Reading – DON’T LET HIM KNOW!

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Max Mueller Bhavan
May 29

4.00 pm

Sandip Roy‘s debut novel `Don’t Let Him Know’ has been described as “evocative”, “compelling” and managing to “capture the heart of modern India and the modern Indian family”. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival will inaugurate its new venue at Max Mueller Bhavan this year with a book reading by Roy from his first novel. Roy will also be in conversation with Parmesh Sahani, author and head of Godrej India Culture Lab.

About Don’t Let Him Know

In a boxy apartment building in an American university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades later, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother’s secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes, and a way of following their keepers.

Amit does not know that Avinash, his dependable and devoted father, lurks on gay Internet groups at times, unable to set aside his lifelong attraction to men. Avinash has no idea that his dutiful wife had once romanced a dashing Bengali filmstar, whose memory she keeps tucked away in a diary amongst her silk saris.

About Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy is Senior Editor at the popular news portal Firstpost.com and blogs for the Huffington Post. He has been a longtime commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, the most listened-to radio programme in the US. He has contributed to various antthologies including Storywallah!, Contours of the Heart, Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India, Out! Stories from the New Queer India, New California Writing 2011 and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India.

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