habitually reticent Neel is maneuvered into sharing the secrets of his queer
yet happy existence with a friend who happens to be an antithesis of Neel’s
idyllic views about life. Although the man can’t stand Neel’s idealistic, old-fashioned
ways, he must bear with Neel’s hackneyed wisdom for one whole night to fulfill
a personal agenda. The story unfolds in an ensuing dialogue that spans faith,
destiny and most of all relationships…within a family and with the Almighty.
Neel unravels how he eventually found his footing in life after a turbulent
childhood and then used a shattering personal failure to turn all the
negativity in his life into a mantra for lifelong happiness. Tempted, Neel’s
friend can’t wait to use that mantra to find some happiness for himself and
soon finds an opportunity to do so; but are the results up to his
Amit Pandey is a writer, instructional designer based near New Delhi in India. He is living off his keyboard since 1995 when he started his career as a copywriter for an advertising agency. His other vocational adventures include being a desk writer for an Atlanta based bimonthly, an assistant editor in a textbook publishing house, an instructional designer in a multinational corporation and an independent consultant for K12 and soft skills eLearning programs. A science graduate with post graduate qualifications in publishing and advertising, he has always been passionate about writing. He writes in both English and Hindi. His published works include 16 short stories and a picture book. He has won three awards in nationwide competitions for original story writing. "The Retro man" is his debut novel.