Sexual attraction between a nameless narrator and his wife, Fizz, provides the through line of this sweeping epic by journalist and editor Tejpal. Written from within the skin of India, The Alchemy of Desire is a novel quite unlike any other, with a power and weight of feeling one almost never encounters in. In turn-of-the-millennium India, a penniless would-be writer halts work on his novel only to feed his ceaseless desire for his beautiful wife. Then a chance.

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It gives men the chance to be splendid. Jan 17, Kalika rated it really liked it. This time the music would not fade away, this time, the regimen would last till the final roll of parchment has been inked!

May 11, Amtul rated it did not like it. I wish I could translate my feelings, my wished and dreams in such a clear and crystal voice. What can you expect from a book that starts with “Love is not the glue between two people.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The novel also traces a very novel-like progression, which might teipal Naipaul’s enthusiasm, of the narrator’s perception of desire.

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Tarun J Tejpal is a journalist, publisher, and novelist. He is a major contemporary editor and publisher and well known for his uncompromising journalism in carrying out the most controversial sting operation Tehelka in the March of that exposed the corruption in the Indian Defence Ministry. Obsessed with each other, they move from a small town to the big city, where the narrator who dreams of being a writer works feverishly on a novel, stopping only to feed his ceaseless desire for alcehmy beautiful wife.

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It tells us we also write out our next lives as we live out our present. In the ‘Money’ section we learn he has inherited money from an aunt who disproved of his marrying a Muslim and so they spend recklessly and end up buying a home in Chandigarh. Then, and I’m not going to call it bad luck, because the book itself is deire gem of another nature, a colleague had given me Congo to read and I put Alchemy aside for a while.


As the ‘matter’ of alchemyy, desire is real and immediate, unscripted, rather than artifice or derivation. It captures the polyphonic voices of India with an empathy and authenticity rarely achieved before. Holmes uncovers a mystery in ‘Rashomon’ style. When I tej;al picked it up, it was so mesmerizing from the start, I almost didn’t want to believe it. Then, we’re on to our narrator’s family history, more of their relationship, odd-jobs they work to alcbemy themselves afloat, more random stories, etc.

The way the protagonist retraces the past is thrilling.

Each word in this book is fitted in like a precious gem. But you can still bear with all the descriptions of “desire”, fulfilled and unfulfilled. I could actually see myself reading it again some day.

The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun Tejpal

After pages, the book actually picks up pace and reads like a decent dfsire. Implicitly, it is also a partial exploration of the risks of digging up the past, where the narrator’s experience is posed against the public “digging up” of the past by religious fundamentalists. The “hard-ons” of this class stand in a strange oedipal relationship to the “hand-outs” that used to obsess their parents’ generation.

About the Author Tarun Tejpal has enjoyed a year career as a highly influential alcheemy journalist and publisher. Share your thoughts with other customers. It understands the world is powered by desire. More back stories for characters in that back story. I think I agree. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


The house is to be a symbol of their love, but things begin to rapidly fall apart. Sep 27, Shikhar rated it liked it. Tarun’s second novel, The Story of My Assassins has been published in to rave reviews.

The Alchemy of Desire

I loved this book. Overall it is worth reading if you can tolerate its boring portion.

Worth reading for sure. The Alchemy of Desire has many intertwined layers: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. August The book was good. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The boldness may tepjal you by surprise initially but the aesthetics are topnotch, lifting it way above the vulgar or the voyeuristic.

To call this book just that is to do it a terrible disservice! New readers might find it hard to digest but I have found it to be a truly great art of work. The title of the book is so apt that its unbeatable. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It also offers, in searing, lucid prose, a deeply sensual and taun meditation on the nature of desire, history, truth, and art. We begin the next section with their relationship in its better moments, his struggling life as a writer, their struggling for money as he finds the great novel within him, Indian history.

Let me throw in Punjab insurgency! It’s about praising the gods of reason. Tejpal, chimneys resemble phallus, rhino horn resembles phallus and anything which stands up resembles only one thing.