When death is a contagion that spreads from house to house and from street to street, where does one look for clues?
A serial killer is on the loose. In Room 000, detectives struggle to snare the culprit, but this murderer is
always one step ahead of them.The forgotten truths of the Bombay Plague compel us to look at today’s
emerging epidemics in an entirely new light.
Kalpish Ratna use their signature style, to meld science and adventure into
intrigue and mystery. As the investigators in Room 000, armed with microscopes and cultures, track the killer, they invent a new science. But the Raj imprisons Bombay in antiquated disciplines that turn the plague into an epic tragedy. Room 000 takes a Holmesian look at the Bombay Plague. In these pages, you’ll meet the Argyll Street Irregulars, share the anxieties of the Reluctant Ephemerist, thrill to the discoveries of the Solitary Scientist, and shudder over the repulsive story of the Red Leech. Here too, is Tatya Lakshman, the first Indian detective of the Bombay Police in hot pursuit of the Parsi Plague Current.
About Kalpish Ratna:
Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan write together under the nom de plume Kalpish Ratna. Ishrat Syed is a pediatric and general surgeon. Kalpana Swaminathan is a
pediatric surgeon. Their novel The Quarantine Papers was shortlisted for the 2010 Crossword Award. Their last book, Once Upon A Hill, is a peripatetic history of
Andheri’s Gilbert Hill.
Ishrat Syed, the photographer, is concerned with the ravages on nature. His October 2011 exhibition The Persistence of Memory previewed his larger project
Palimpsest — The Erasures That Made Bombay.
Kalpana Swaminathan won the 2009 Crossword Fiction Award for Venus Crossing. Her detective, Lalli, has appeared in five novels, the most recent being The Secret
Kalpana and Ishrat are at work on a life of the sixteenth century naturalist Garcia da Orta.
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