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As an only son, Kiran has obligations - to excel in his studies, find a nice Indian girl, and make his mother and father proud. If only Kiran had anything in common with other Indian kids besides the color of this his skin. They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous American schollmates are no better.
Kiran′s not-so-well-kept secrets don′t endear him to any group. Playing with dolls; choosing ballet over basketball; taking the school′s annual talent show way too seriously...the very things that make Kiran who he is also make him the star of his own personal freak show...And then one fateful day, a revelation: perhaps his desires aren′t too earthy, but too divine.
Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth. For Kiran Sharma, a strange trip is about to begin - a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth...
Rakesh Satyal graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University.
He has been published in a variety of anthologies, including the Lambda Award-winning The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write About Their Fathers and the second volume of the Fresh Man series, which featured an introdution by Andrew Holleran.
Rakesh is currently an editor at HarperCollins and is also on the planning committee of the annual PEN World Voices Festival. In his spare time, Rakesh sings jazz music. His act has been featured on Page Six and in the New Yorker Observer, DailyCandy, The New Yorker, New York, The New York Times and Time Out.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he nows lives in Brooklyn, New York.