Re-imagining Indian mythology: IBNLive Chat with Nilanjan P Choudhury at 5 PM, 8th Feb, Wednesday
Nilanjan in his book 'Bali and the Ocean of Milk' reimagines the eternal conflict between the gods and the asuras in a whacky thriller littered with bad jokes and corpses. Join him in a webchat on how and what inspired him to write the book. You can read an extract from his book here.
A mysterious ailment afflicts Indrah, reducing the omnipotent king of the gods to, well, not quite the man he used to be. To add to his woes, the Holy Trinity threaten to fire him for dereliction of duty. But Indrah’s troubles wilt in comparison to those of his asura counterpart, Bali, ruler of Tripura. Even as Indrah sits fretting over his delicate health, an assassination attempt on Bali leaves the asura on the brink of death.
There is only one thing that can save both these men from certain doom: amrit, the mythical nectar. But to secure it, the gods and the asuras will have to cooperate and churn the Ocean of Milk together… Will Indrah and Bali be able to set aside their ancient enmity, or will old rivalries keep them from pulling off this epic feat?
Bali and the Ocean of Milk re-imagines the eternal conflict between the gods and the asuras in a wacky thriller littered with bad jokes and corpses.
Praise for the Book
‘A grand and frothy manthan of myth, magic, palace intrigue, Wodehouse-ian humour and more! Nilanjan Choudhury uses the entire palette of good story-telling – humour, conflict, sex, dramatic reversals and action sequences that should have Hollywood pounding at Choudhury’s door. A modern day Aristophanes!’ – Mahesh Dattani, Sahitya Akademi Award-winning playwright and film-maker
‘A tongue-in-cheek story that spans time, mythology and politics. Quite a cocktail.’ – Abhijit Bhaduri, bestselling novelist
‘Mythology with a modern political twist, subversive and side-splittingly funny’ – C.K. Meena, author and columnist
About the Author
Nilanjan P. Choudhury spent several years peddling highly overrated software to gullible corporates, until a mid-life crisis saw him joining an NGO that works in education. He studied at IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Kanpur and often wonders why he went through all that jazz. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, a daughter and a home loan.