- Author: Kota Neelima
- Publisher: Penguin Books India
- ISBN: 9780143426615
Living with carefully cultivated nonchalance amidst the rough and tumble of Delhi's journalistic world, Ari occasionally grapples with a desire to do more than just flirt with ideas and flog the words. But he leads his life, inured to fights small and big, professional and ideological, awaiting fate, surrendering to the force of the flow of life, like a riverstone - supine in the riverbed, always facilitating persistent currents, never contesting them.
When a strange challenge thrown by his former professor and mentor hurts Ari deeply, he knows it is the pain of his futility, the knowledge of his own wasted existence. Just when the latent fear of a meaningless life threatens to convince him of its reality, he finds himself caught in a tragic situation.
When the dust settles, he discovers that for the first time in his life he is more than a mere spectator of events.