The Scent of God

Majumdar, Saikat. The Scent of God. Simon and Schuester: 2019

One of Times of India’s Best Romance Novels in 2019 

One of Deccan Chronicle’s 2019 books to watch out for

One of Verve Magazine’s 7 books to look forward to in 2019

One of Times of India’s Most Promising Novels in 2019

One of Huffington Post’s 35 Books to look forward to in 2019

The Magic Wrist

Whenever India played Pakistan, the villagers in Mosulgaon wanted India dead. For the boys, that was the best reason to watch cricket on TV. The village was just outside the walls of the hostel; their roars and firecrackers were real, an enemy of their own!

That Saturday, India was to play Pakistan. But even such excitement paled next to that of watching it in the common room of Bliss Hall. It was a dark festival. All eighty of them packed on the floor of the room, on the thick, ribbed carpet. The door was closed and weak sunlight filtered through the glass pane of the windows. Garish light flickered from the TV set perched on the table in front.

The boys wanted to shout and scream but for Kamal Swami sitting on a chair at the back. Kamal Swami was unbeatable on the cricket field, he aimed like Arjun.
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