A cobra’s bite doesn’t hurt is the debut novel by Anil Nijhawan, published in 2020 by Conrad Press. Thank you to Love Reading UK for sending me a copy of this book. You can read the review I wrote for their website here.
Kalu “Cobra” is an impoverished orphan boy who grew up in a mice and cockroach ridden orphanage, called Durga Bhabi Bal Kalyan in Haridwar, India. He often spends his days staring out the window of his hidden alcove, dreaming of escape. Then one day, his fortunes seemingly change when he is forced to work for some gangsters as a pickpocket, out in the big city of Bangalore. His retrospective tale, recorded on an old Japanese Sanyo is addressed to the leader of his country, Mr Narendra Modi, who claims to care for the poor and dispossessed but whose actions prove the opposite to be true.
It was a candid statement about the tragic path that often results owing to a lack of opportunity because of a person’s social class. Put simply, I can’t wait to own it!