Born to an unwed mother who dies at his birth, Joe Cherian has entered this world in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a legacy he cannot inherit, and an existence he cannot endure. Yet, he does not mind living in his dead father’s home, even at the age of twenty-nine, doing nothing except for eating, drinking wine and reading novels. It is not that he is not ambitious. He is ambitious only for happiness and leisure, which he feels is the ultimate goal of every man. He is neither disturbed by people’s bitter jibes at his wasted life, nor distraught at having to live with the one person, he despises the most – his stepmother. Everything in his life is contrary, but he is happy in the make-believe world of his own.
However, when the beautiful and bewitching Miss Wilson comes to rent a room in his lodge, one night, he fumbles miserably in her presence. And then something happens that turns his idyllic reverie into a nightmare. What is the secret behind this nightmare and how will he turn it into his cherished dream? Find out while you delve deep into the twisted plotlines, and explore the virtues of idleness at ‘Joe’s RePUBlic’, set against the vintage backdrop of Kerala’s hill town, Munnar.
Manisha Gupta, a teacher-turned-author, ventured into the writers’ domain in 2007, with her first book, ‘The High School Backbenchers – A lyrical memoir’, inspired by her students. She continued her journey as a writer and published another book – ‘Prodigy of Errors’- a novel in literary fiction, in 2013.
With more than two decades of teaching experience and a lifelong enthusiasm for writing and travelling, her writings are a stimulating blend of unconventional themes and compelling protagonists. Joe’s RePUBlic – The legacy of an idler’, is a prime example in this aspect.