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Tallulah Pomeroy


“I didn’t want him to be the one who was disrobing Zeenat Aman.”

No one who was even half-literate in Hindi in the early seventies would have missed the short story “Bungalow Number 43.” The story’s author was Satyadev. His real name was Akhilesh Jha and he was the son of a woman, now dead, who had once been a famous dancer in Patna, where much of this story takes place.



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This story is extracted from The Pleasure Principle, edited and introduced by G. Sampath, forthcoming from Amaryllis in May 2016. 

Amitava Kumar's latest book is Lunch With a Bigot. He teaches English at Vassar College. His website is and he can be followed on Twitter @amitavakumar.