India's story through the voices of 13 of its 1.2 billion population. Astonishingly, it works
It’s a premise so simple it makes you go: Why didn’t anyone think of that before? The central idea of Mahesh Rao’s second book, coming within a year of his debut (the novel The Smoke Is Rising) is this: In a country of 1.2 billion people, each one has a story. Of these billion-odd stories, Rao picks 13 for this anthology, placing each in a different part of India.