Social Networking Thriller Antisocial Out in December

My new novel Antisocial published by Harper Black will be out in December. It is already available in e-book format on Amazon.

The book’s about an Indian marketing professional who exploits the privacy loopholes on the world’s largest social network to commit a series of crimes in New York.

Here’s the blurb:

It is a cool summer evening in New York and Arjun Clarkson, a bright young ad agency executive, is having a drink with his ex-colleague, Emily Hayes. For years, Arjun has suffered due to his miserable childhood in an Indian orphanage, his low-caste birth and the pointed cruelty of an abusive foster mother. Unaware of his past, Emily triggers a disturbing memory and Arjun ends up killing her.

Arjun comes up with a clever plan to escape the police. He begins to exploit the loopholes of the virtual world to wreak vengeance on people who have injured him – or are plain strangers. Soon, he unleashes a chain of events that change the people of New York and the world of social networking forever. A compulsive page-turner, Antisocial will make you pause before your next check-in, like or share.

Here’s the cover. It’s an excellent cover. I hope you judge the book by it.



The Best Toy in the World

Kong is the most ingenious puppy toy maker in the world. Their toys are astounding for two reasons:

1. They are amazingly simple

2. They are universal in their use.

Most inventions nowadays are super specialized. There are machines that can be used to cut vegetables into ribbons for salads.  Aerators that do something to wine. Grills that make George Foreman a rich man.

Whatever happened to the art of making simpler devices like the wheel? You can put it in a car. You can use it to spin yarn. A child can hit it with a stick and take pleasure in the simple joy of watching it go round and round.

It is a simple device that has a number of uses. So does the Kong.

The Kong toy can be filled with kibble, peanut butter, bananas and yogurt — a dish that can keep your puppy occupied for hours  at an end.  Because it is made of rubber, and has a unique conical shape, it also bounces in unpredictable ways upon hitting the ground. This can make the puppy break, reverse and change direction time and again, making the Kong the most perfect fetch toy in the world.

We have another Kong toy that our dog Sadie has played with for six months. In classic Kong tradition, this toy has another use — in this case,  a hidden squeak. Sadie has strong teeth. Neighboring blacksmiths frequently call upon her to shape iron. It is incredible that she hadn’t discovered this squeak till today. And it was charming to see her reaction when she heard this unexpected sound emanating from her favorite toy.



What the West Can Do If It’s Really Serious About Middle East Peace

To state the obvious, ISIS is not just Iraq’s problem. Or for that matter Syria’s problem. Or even just the Middle East’s problem. In a world where a palm civet in China’s Guangdong province can unleash a pandemic that killed people in America, and where a Tunisian fruit seller could bring down a powerful Egyptian dictator, the problems of any one country are more often than not, the problems of every country. {Read more at the Huffington Post}