Keep off The Grass – Indian Best Seller
#1 Indian Best Seller. 150,000 copies in print. Harper Collins India
What do you do when you are a 25-year-old Yale graduate earning half a million dollars a year as a hotshot investment banker on Wall Street?
You stay the course, and become a millionaire by thirty, of course.
Not if you are Samrat Ratan, born in the USA to immigrant Indian parents; you quit and embark to India on a search for your roots instead.
Samrat’s roller coaster journey in India starts from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore, and almost ends in an Indian prison cell where he is jailed for possession of marijuana. Along the way, he develops a dangerous drug addiction, meditates in the foothills of the Himalayas, encounters flesh-eating Aghoree saints on the banks of the Ganges in Benares, indulges in a bizarre one-night stand with a Danish hippie in Dharamsala, and has many other mystical Indian adventures.
Does Samrat – Yale valedictorian, investment banker, convict, drug addict – survive to tell this crazy tale? Read Karan Bajaj’s hilarious yet introspective debut novel, KEEP OFF THE GRASS, to find out.
KEEP OFF THE GRASS has been a Top 10 Indian bestseller every year since its 2008 release. Here are a few reviews from leading Indian publications:
‘A racy and entertaining account of a romp through an ever-changing yet timeless India…wild, witty and wicked!’ - Ruskin Bond
‘An unlikely, remarkable story…It’s well worth following Ratan on his journey from New York’s high life to incarceration in India’
‘A most interesting and unusual pursuit… a fascinating and entertaining look at life in India’
‘Pacy, Unpretentious and great fun to read!’
‘Astonishingly likeable…Great authenticity, humor and more than a touch of irreverence’
‘A remarkably easy read with a self-deprecating, endearing style’
‘Absolutely infectious and well-crafted read’