This novel, written in sonnet form is publishing phenomenon of 1986 review in the New York Times and India Today. This is the story of a group of young people within the reach of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1980s. The protagonist John, a successful computer executive in Silicon Valley, is lonely; his loyal ex-girlfriend Janet is a sculptor and drummer in the band Liquid Sheep; Liz is an attorney from a family of wine growers whom John meets as a result of an ad placed on his behalf by Janet; Liz's brother Ed is a homosexual grappling with Catholicism. Other characters include: Phil, a former nuclear engineer; Liz's cat Charlemagne; and an iguana named Schwartzenegger. Though it portrays contemporary life in California, the novel is about the universal pursuit of love. The author, a New Delhi raised doctoral candidate in economics at Stanford, has won the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 1986. ISBN 0-394-54974-0 : $17.95.
The world's discussed while friends are eating. A cache of billets-doux arrive. A concert generates a meeting. A house is warmed. Sheep come alive. Olives are plucked in prime condition. A cat reacts to competition. Arrests occur. A speech is made. Coffee is drunk, and Scrabble played. A quarrel is initiated. Vines rest in early winter light. The Winking Owl fills up by night. An old affair is renovated. Friends meditate on friends who've gone. The months go by; the world goes on.