Love and Death in the Middle Kingdom
A sixteenth-century Vijayanagara courtier, Devadatta, is drawn into a strange and intoxicating, even forbidden, friendship with a Persian traveler and a Portuguese trader. In a society driven by caste-centred norms and pollution taboos, the stealthy love affair between the courtier and the Persian must lead them inevitably into a horrific doom.
Centuries later, the courtier’s diary, is discovered quite by chance in the Indian west coast town of Honavar by a student of history, Sharat, who translates the tale. Along with his female colleague, Nitya, from Delhi University, he sets out on an exciting journey into history through the pages of the diary. What happens thereafter proves to be not only a voyage of self-discovery but also an exploration of some of the meanings and lessons in history, in life.
"Devdutta’s extraordinary romantic rendezvous with a Persian traveller and scholar Farjad is the essence of his story. It is ironical that a book on homosexual relationships is doing the rounds among Indian book lovers, especially after the Supreme Court banned gay sex. I’m sure the author hadn’t apprehended this!"
Priyanka Roy Banerjee, Reviewer