Gumlat Maio

Gumlat Maio was born in Arunachal Pradesh. His series of stories and cartoons have been regularly uploaded on his Facebook page, Once Upon a Time Somewhere, garnering over a million views so far. He is also behind the satirical cartoon strip, Arunachal Mirror, which pokes fun at problems faced by the common man in the sensitive border state.


He works as a doctor in Bordumsa, Arunachal Pradesh. This is his second novel.


Once upon a Time in College - Part 2

Books by Gumlat Maio

Everyone is turning matchmaker to hook up newly-single Gaam with girls of their choice, but Gaam is busy with his image makeover and being rude to Sonam – who dumped him in first-year – whenever he gets a chance to do so in his encounters with GPRS (Garima-Pinky-Renu-Sonam); to gratify his urge for ‘cheap enjoyment’.

Slash has a whirlwind SMS romance with a love-sick guy who mistakes Slash for a girl. Prem Bhai and Lokha resume chasing Darjeeling girls, though a different college, this time, and Lokha, as usual, is balancing multiple girlfriends at a time. A new, pornoholic, mustard-oil smelling roommate is forcibly thrown into Gaam’s room.

An invitation to a Sikkim wedding. A trip down memory lane to grandma’s village. A nightmarish Guwahati-Siliguri bus journey. A senior who needs marathon body massage sessions whenever he pays a visit to the juniors’ hostel…

…and many more amusing stories adorn this addictive sequel to the hilarious and much-loved Once Upon a Time in College as it follows the trials and tribulations of the protagonist, Gaam, and his band of friends and seniors in North Bengal Medical College.

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Once upon a Time in College

Books by Gumlat Maio

Between handling cadavers with bare hands, pestering female batch mates as an unknown caller, only to be caught red-handed and to be delivered tongue-lashings by seniors, and a hostel littered with human bones, Gaam, a first-year medical student who has never ventured out of northeastern India before, develops a crush for a north Indian girl; only to be thwarted in his efforts by his flirty room-mate.

He meets the first love of his life – Sonam, an insecure, unpredictable Darjeeling girl – only to add to his confusion, leading to a break up, with no explanation from Sonam.

Gaam's life is forever bombarded with confusing advice from a busy senior and a roommate on how to handle girls.

Will Sonam ever disclose the reason for the break up?

Will Gaam ever learn how to handle women?

Irreverent and humorous, Once Upon a Time in College is replete with Gaam and his friends’ stupid, unforeseen misadventures.

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