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Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan (With: Melissa Shales) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

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The Essence of Delhi(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Megacity(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Deepti Kapoor
Deepti Kapoor is an Indian journalist and author and she was born in Moradabad and live in Goa and Delhi before she moved to Lisbon, Portugal.

She attended Welham Girls’ School, this all girls boarding school in Dehradun. She would go on to pursue journalism at Delhi University, which was followed by a master’s degree in social psychology.

“Age of Vice” sprang from an idea that she had been toying with as a journalist in New Delhi. Around 2009, India was a very exciting place to be. The effects of liberalism were pretty palpable and Delhi was exploding in terms of real estate development and infrastructure. Noida and Gurugram (the satellite cities) were coming up with call centers, offices, malls, parks, and there was all this money pouring in. It was such an interesting time that Deepti was recording in small ways, working as a journalist, driving around a bunch, meeting and talking to people.

But at this time, she couldn’t think beyond the immediacy of filing her stories. It was just later, while in Goa after her first novel was published that she realized she had all of that material and wanted to do something with it. It was also around this time that she had fallen in with this group of pretty privileged and rich people and they would party together. She had their stories too, but when she decided she wanted to write about India or Delhi, she wanted to only write about gangster capitalism, the extreme inequality crony capitalism, Delhi-UP corruption, and the complicity of the average middle class Indian, somebody like herself.

Once all of these things came together, it began becoming a larger project. She had the Delhi journalist, her love interest Sunny Wadia, and Neda Kapur in her head for a long time. However when Ajay’s character (Wadia’s aide) was born, it was then that she realized it could be an even bigger novel. It was an inorganic process which continued building. Sunil Ratogi came through, she’d already gotten through 3/4th of the book. The character was not something that she’d intended on writing, but she decided to go ahead after he came to her.

Deepti never set out to write a crime thriller. She began with the car crash because she believed it was a great dramatic incident which involves the journalist, the servant, and the master. She believed these characters could all come together and it could set off this chain of events. And, then, she’d be able to explore the lives of her characters. It is because of this, along with the deaths at the start, that the novel came to be slotted under the crime thriller header. But she’s happy because crime thrillers tend to sell a lot better than any other genre.

Even though she enjoys the process of writing novels, when she publishes them, she has no idea how they’ll be received. And it’s not something she enjoys because she is rather shy and introverted. She would much rather enjoy being in a corner of some room just observing people, and going unnoticed.

“A Bad Character” is the first stand alone novel and was released in 2014. A highly charged fiction debut about this young woman in India, and the love which both transforms and shatters her. Her mom has just died, and her dad left for Singapore. She is restless in New Delhi and twenty years old. He is a few years older, and has just returned to India from New York.

They meet in this cafe one afternoon, and she (hungry for experience, yearning to break free from tradition, and lonely) casts her fears aside and throws herself into a love affair, one which takes her where she’s never been before.

Told in this voice that is at once lyrical and gritty, frank and mournful, this novel marks the arrival of one astonishingly gifted new voice. This is an unforgettable hymn to a dangerous and exhilarating city, and is a portrait of desire and its consequences just as timeless as it is universal.

“Age of Vice” is the second stand alone novel and was released in 2023. This is the age of vice, a time where pleasure, power, and money are everything, and the family ties that bind can also kill.

3 AM in New Delhi. This speeding Mercedes Benz hops the curb and in just the blink of an eye, five people are dead. It is a rich man’s car, however when the dust settles there’s no rich man here at all, only a shell shocked servant that can’t explain all the odd series of events which led him to this crime. Nor is he able to foresee the dark drama which is about to unfold.

Set in contemporary India, and shifting deftly through perspective and time, “Age of Vice” is an action packed and epic story that is propelled by the startling corruption, seductive wealth, bloodthirsty violence of the Wadia family (loathed by some, loved by others, but feared by all).

In the shadow of these lavish estates, predatory business deals, extravagant parties, and calculated political influence, three lives are dangerously intertwined: Sunny is the playboy heir dreaming of outshining his dad, Ajay is the watchful servant, who was born into poverty and rises through the ranks of the family. And there is Neda who is the curious journalist that is caught in between desire and morality. Against this sweeping plot that is fueled by pleasure, loss, greed, violence, yearning and revenge, are these characters’ connections going to become a path to escape, or going to trigger further destruction?

Equal parts family saga and crime thriller, transporting readers from the dusty villages of Uttar Pradesh to the urban energy of New Delhi, “Age of Vice” is an intoxicating novel about lovers and gangsters, fake friendships, the consequences of corruption, and forbidden romance. This is a binge worthy read at its literary best.

Fans of the novel found this to be an exhilaratingly ambitious read which uses the conventions of a thriller to comment on some ugly Indian realities which arise from systemic inequality and all pervasive backroom cronyism.

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