In the hill town of Didoli, each of the five visitors to the house on the gorge has a story. The avuncular mongrel called Vurf, a spirit bearing a message for a stepdaughter, the urchin with her golden hair and a vagabond past, a fading child star too wise for his years and an autistic infant who can smell tomorrow. Their lives are entwined over a span of thirty years in a thinking world that seems to say: you grow up to become your childhood.
Visitors To The House
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1 October 2023
Shashank Gupta is an escape artist. He left his PhD in horticulture to become a farmer. He then abandoned six years of full-time farming for advertising. And after almost three decades as Creative Director he is still looking for freedom in books, hoping that someday he can afford to just sit and write in a small house in the hills farthest from Delhi, where he lives. It's for this wish perhaps that all his novels, including Visitors to the House, are set in the fictional town of Didoli. More recently, he left the rut of social media for real solitude.
Barkha Lohia is an artist and illustrator based in Canada. She has worked with publishers, design studios, NGOs and magazines on picture books, editorials, commissions and various illustration projects.