If it weren’t for a colleague who was on leave I would not have gone to Delhi last Monday on work. If it weren’t for my brother I wouldn’t have known in advance that the Delhi Book Fair would be on during my visit. If I hadn’t visited the Book Fair last Monday I wouldn’t have ever found the book I had been desperately looking for since quite a long time.
Sometime in February I read Aditya Sudarshan’s article about Arun Joshi and quite coincidentally, a few weeks later, found ‘The Foreigner’ at Abids. After reading the book I was hooked since it was like nothing I had read by any Indian writer. Since the article mentioned Arun Joshi’s other titles I was desperate to find them also and read them. Shortly afterwards I managed to find ‘The Last Labyrinth’ and ‘The Strange Case of Billy Biswas.’ Aditya Sudarshan had mentioned that ‘The Apprentice’ was one of the best books of Arun Joshi and was determined to find the title come what may. Since then I have been searching high and low wherever I went for this title but in vain.