ABOUT THE BOOK
“WHO is flying this plane?”
Young pilot Aarti Singh has made some mistakes in life. When she sets off to Bengaluru for a fresh start, she wanders into a relationship with Deb. This makes her an unlikely fourth in a world of scientists that includes Deb’s friend Savitha, along with Rana, a genius and jerk.
To save her career, Savitha has to sleep with one of her professors, who dies the next day in a car crash. Is there more to this? What about the explosion on campus at the hypersonic systems laboratory?
Gradually, Deb realizes that the ghosts from Aarti’s past are all around him. But is Savitha not telling him everything? What does Rana mean when he says that he wants to “control the money?” And what will Deb choose: friendship or love?
Warning: If you are about to get on a plane, don’t pick up this book. Or maybe, go ahead.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abhishek Banerjee fulfills the threefold roles of a mathematician, political columnist and author. He spent most of his childhood working out math problems. This led him to pursue undergraduate studies at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. He laid the foundations of a research career in mathematics by obtaining a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As part of this journey, he held academic positions at the Ohio State University and College de France, before moving back to India and joining the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as a faculty member.
In addition to mathematics, the school-going Abhishek also developed an intense interest in history, politics and literature. Abhishek has written columns for several news portals, including CNN News 18, Economic Times, Firstpost, India Today and Times of India. His work in academia has given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, from the sketchy lanes of Kosovo to the igneous landscapes of Reykjavik, Iceland. The more he traveled, the more he wanted to be a storyteller.
The current novel is essentially a love story of two people who meet in unexpected circumstances and who unknowingly become a part of a vast and thrilling set of events. At the same time, it is informed by Abhishek’s lived experiences as a struggling student in the US and as a young academic at India’s most reputed science institute.