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Hostel Room 131

by R. Raj Rao
£8.99   paperback  Penguin Books Ltd (2012)

Hostel Room 131 by R. Raj Rao In the winter of 1978, Siddharth, twenty-three, meets Sudhir, twenty, in a friend's friend's room in Pune's Engineering College Hostel. He falls instantly in love.
A man of unconventional views - he believes, for instance, that the two heroes in Sholay have the hots for each other rather than for the heroines - Siddharth becomes a full-time lover over the next seven years and stubbornly pursues the object of his lust and affection, despite his job as a college lecturer in Bombay.
There are many obstacles along the way, including Sudhir's family, against whom Siddharth files a police complaint, and Sudhir's classmates from Belgaum, led by the homophobic Ravi Humbe, who start an anti-Siddharth association. But Siddharth gets support from Gaurav and Vivek, a militant gay pair keen to ambush the enemy. Deadpan humour and farce come together in this entertaining love story.

ISBN 13: 9780143064466 | ISBN 10: 0143064460