Saat Sakkam Trechalis


Kushank Purandare is a young writer living off the goodwill of a host of friends, relatives, and lovers while he waits to gain recognition for his work. He is witness to their struggle as modern Indians to hold on to a semblance of truth and sanity in the face of alienation, squalor, violence, and loss of hope. Nagarkar’s explosive style and irreverent approach caused an equally explosive reaction when Seven Sixes was first published in 1974. Critics have struggled to reconcile its apparent nihilism with its underlying sense of optimism.
Saat Sakkam Trechalis

‘Kiran Nagarkar’s Seven Sixes are Forty-three does not represent any style, system or genre. Or, for that matter, anything that can be generalized. It is the ticking of a very original mind, recorded and played back. It is the private view of Kushank looking at himself and at the world. In the telling of his story, Kiran Nagarkar has broken all the accepted rules in the book, to advantage.
Sai ParanjypeThe Times of India
‘… this book is going to be a literary landmark…The words he chooses, the sentences he constructs are so delightfully right for his purpose, that one cannot imagine the narrative being told in any other way. He has no qualms about showing two irreverent fingers to hallowed rules of grammar and syntax. He strides straight into a roomful of words, picks and chooses the ones he wants and strings them together in the strangest juxtaposition so that one gasps at the result, but understands the import immediately. So total is his use of language that one cannot possibly pick a phrase here, or a sentence there by way of illustration. All one can do is to liberate oneself from orthodox notions of language and allow the author to carry us on the crest of his ebullient, verbal waves.’
Shanta GokhaleFree Press Journal