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Mahmud And Ayaz

Release date: 10 March 2024
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Using the legendary love story of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni and his Turkish slave-cum-lover Ayaz as... Read More

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Using the legendary love story of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni and his Turkish slave-cum-lover Ayaz as the backdrop, Mahmud and Ayaz, set in contemporary Mumbai, tells the story of a young, casually radicalized Muslim man, Mahmud Fakhar, who has failed to qualify for the IAS—where he had hoped to make a lot of money, but also to weaken the system from within—and has barely managed a temporary teaching job in a second-rate college. At a loose end after his entire family dies in the 2015 Hajj stampede, he runs into a homeless Hindu lad, the illegitimate son of a tamasha dancer, hires him as his domestic servant, converts him to Islam, re-names him Ayaz, and begins an affair with him.

It is the start of an unusual life together, and a series of journeys. Their travels take them to Somnath in the great Sultan’s footsteps, and then to Kashmir, as they are drawn into a life of petty and not-so-petty crime and, almost, of militancy. After some odd adventures, the wheel comes full circle when their wayward life ends again in Mumbai, in the neighbourhood of Mahmud’s birth, even as AIDS afflicts one of them.

Narrated with irreverent, deadpan humour, R. Raj Rao’s new novel is funny, subversive, provocative and wonderfully rude. It is unlike any love story—gay or straight—that Indian readers would expect.


Product Details

Title: Mahmud And Ayaz
Author: R. Raj Rao
Publisher: Harper Collins
SKU: BK0496458
EAN: 9789354473142
Number Of Pages: 280
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 10 March 2024

About Author

R. Raj Rao is regarded as a pioneer of gay literature in India and one of the country’s boldest and most subversive writers in English. He is the author of several novels, story collections and plays, including the iconic novel The Boyfriend, and the acclaimed collection of short stories One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City. Rao taught Indian literature, LGBT literature and creative writing at the University of Pune for many years.

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