A Sikh boy is set aflame in the chaotic aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination; a house party rages in Calcutta while the country mourns the fading dream of Rajiv Gandhi; a young Muslim boy contemplates answering the call of militant fundamentalism in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. But somewhere in the debris of recent history lies a resolute hope. Through this journeys Brandy Ray wanderer cynic journalist-and incurable romantic. As 'New India' delights and disappoints in turn Brandy grapples with his own life-his deeply passionate and tumultuous relationship with the lovely yet slipping-away Suya his conflicts with his father the joy of travels with friends and the trauma of them losing their way. In these three edgy touching novellas-The Avenue of Kings The Cradle of Innocents and The Well of Three Wishes-that form interlinked narratives Sudeep Chakravarti takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride a journey of aspiration longing betrayal... and the sheer joy of being alive. Imbued with wry wit and keen insight The Avenue of Kings the long-awaited sequel to Tin Fish is a brilliant portrait of a country dealing with change.