My Magical Palace by Kunal Mukherjee

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‘If I am the queen of gay storytelling in India, Kunal Mukherjee must be the Crown Prince’ – Hoshang Merchant after reading the novel.

Haunted by dreams of an unforgettable loss, Rahul, a young man of thirty living in San Francisco, suddenly becomes secretive and withdraws from his partner Andrew. When Andrew discovers that Rahul is still interviewing girls sent by his parents for an arranged marriage, he gives Rahul an ultimatum-stop living a lie, or give up their relationship. In response, Rahul tells Andrew a story. About a boy who lived in a palace. A boy named Rahul. Set in San Francisco today and in India in the early 1970s, My Magical Palace is a sensitive tale about a boy’s coming of age, and the many hurdles he must cross to heal and find himself.

My Magical Palace is a wonderful tale as seen through a young and innocent mind set many decades ago. The imagery is so powerful that we are sent hurtling back to childhood, also of that era. It’s as if we catch a glimpse of what it is like to be a child again.

It also harks back to the early 70s when children at the same age were truly innocent, and victims of circumstance. We believe that all the children are exactly as they would have been, and we have forgotten what it is like.

Kunal Mukherjee writes in a vivid, almost surreal manner that brings the simplest of things by modern standards that is to live in the most magical of ways. There is a wonderful euphoria and sorrow permeating through the entire novel that very few writers ever achieve.

About the author – Originally from West Bengal, Kunal Mukherjee is a San Francisco-based poet and writer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Physics, has done postgraduate work in Energy Studies and has worked as a restaurateur and an IT manager. His passions include acting, music, travel, the environment and animals. Kunal’s work has appeared in India Currents, Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems and Hot Flashes 2. My Magical Palace is his first novel and he is currently working on his second novel.

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