Add to this, pesky siblings, feckless film folk, eccentric friends, an incontinent dog, a neighbour who has his privates shaved in public, and all of it in a brand-new city, Madras, and you have Ice Boys in Bell- Bottoms. Despite his mother's dire predictions, Gopi becomes a Hollywood-obsessed, pulp-fiction-reading know-all, willing to twist the truth for a movie ticket, and gamble it all away for a good time. While the country experiences the Emergency, Gopi has a series of his own: first love, first hangover, and extra cloth for bell-bottoms. Everything comes to a head on the day of the big party, when his life changes forever. Gloriously funny and surprisingly poignant, this coming-of-age novel, the first of a trilogy, is a book for anyone who has ever been a boy - or loved one.
Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a cartoonist, children's illustrator and graphic designer. In his chequered career, he has worked in advertising, designed hundreds of greeting cards, illustrated school textbooks and written film scripts. Ice Boys in Bell-Bottoms is his first novel.