He was like a kite severed from its thread. The world and his people didn’t understand him. He belonged elsewhere. He was a misfit.
Jagadeesh, a Kerala youth, runs away from home after discovering a ghastly reality about his father and his lover, Meenu. In an attempt to leave his sordid past behind, Jagadeesh travels to the farthest corner of India, the Northeast. Dramatic events take him to Nagaland, a state boiling in separatist crisis. As he attempts to build a life in the land of the Nagas, working as a teacher and falling in love with a Naga beauty, fate strikes again, this time in the form of betrayal from a close friend.
Escaping the blood-thirsty tribals, he flees the hills only to befriend a Naxal leader, Venkanna, on a train journey. Jagadeesh accompanies Venkanna to Andhra Pradesh, to the heartlands of red revolution, determined to join the movement. But Venkanna has other plans for him. Jagadeesh is dispatched to Hyderabad, to start his life over.
But will he find solace in the City of Nawabs? Is there a place for a man with no past among its regal ruins?
The Misfit is a thrilling saga of love, loss, friendship, deceit, and hope. Payam Sudhakaran manages to capture the pulse of Indian villages and cities, from the South to the North East, with relative ease, always keeping the reader at the edge of his seat.
About the Author
Payam Sudhakaran was born in 1970 in the valley of Western Ghats in the tiny State of Kerala. As soon as his post graduation was over, he roamed across the country aimlessly for two years and then came back and settled in Hyderabad.
Payam is a journalist by profession. He has worked with several Indian and international publications including The New Indian Express, Vijaya Times, The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, News9 TV, The Hans India and a host of other journals.
Though his first novel was published as a series in a Malayalam journal way back in 1991,it lost somewhere with the passage of times.
There are several short stories, poems and articles to his credit. As a passionate writer, he spends most of his time in seclusion. An ardent votary of Bacchus, Payam is a travel freak. The Misfit is his first work of fiction in English.