Outside India: Amazon.com
Within India: Almost all the large bookstores. For online purchases, the following are safe and secure: flipkart.com, Oxford Bookstore, Landmark Bookstores, TheStorez.com, and of course, zubaanbooks.com

The Beast With Nine Billion Feet is a young-adult SF novel published in November 2009 by Zubaan Books, an imprint of Kali For Women, India's first feminist press. My novel achieves a series of firsts, but the one I'm most chirpy about is the fact that I'm Zubaan's first male novelist. Zubaan has published some fine authors in recent years-- Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Shashi Deshpande, Mahasweta Devi, Payal Dhar, Shama Futehally, Indira Goswami, Gita Hariharan Manjula Padmanabhan and Vandana Singh to mention a few-- and I'm thrilled to join their company.

All right. I can't delay this any more. What is the story about?

It is 2040 A.D. The place is Pune, India. The future is here and now. Liquid computers. Flawless Skin. Emotional cars. Ilusion pods. Synthetic life. It's a world of great peril. And possibility! But not for thirteen-year-old Tara and her elder brother Aditya. Tara is stuck waiting. Waiting for her long-lost father to return, waiting to escape her aunt's fussing, waiting to leave boring old Pune, waiting to grow up. Aditya has given up on waiting. He takes what he wants and keeps what he finds. One day, everything changes when Tara bumps into a very ugly tree, two cool new friends-- Ria and Francis-- and their strange mother, Mandira. One day, everything changes when Aditya keeps something he shouldn't have found. What does Mandira want? Why are Ria and Francis so startled by the star-filled night sky? How did Tara's father become a terrorist to some but a savior to others? And just what exactly is the Beast With Nine Billion Feet?