Oswald Pereira’s Books
Golmaal In Goa: A StoryMirror Publication
A fascinating, unconventional, fun-filled detective story on the drug mafia in Goa
The name Chris Brown spells ‘golmaal’ or deception! Who is Chris Brown really? Is he American or British? Why is he in Goa? Is he really there to just shoot a documentary film on the drug mafia in Goa as he claims? Why is the Goa Don Shantaram ‘Shaitan’ Prabhu, himself a drug kingpin, supporting him? If Chris is making a drug documentary, wouldn’t that expose the Don’s own drug empire? Is Chris using the documentary as a cover-up to plan a terrorist attack on the state? Chris in his first meeting with the Don’s aide Yuvraj, vows to uproot paradisiacal Goa. What prompts him to say that? Who does he work for? Inspector Simon Gomes of the Calangute Police station has been tailing Chris from the moment he enters Goa to find answers to these questions. And Chris’ Goa operation seems to have serious international ramifications. For the CIA, too, is on his trail. There appears to be British Intelligence surveillance as well.
Golmaal In Goa is not a conventional detective story. Surprisingly, it is also a fun-packed, light read, which will keep you laughing and at the edge of your seat.
The Krishna-Christ Connexion
A mysterious spiritual fantasy, depicting the world as one big family
Screech…the sound echoes in space and reverberates in the high heavens above, as Lord Krishna applies sudden brakes to avert a head-on collision with Lord Jesus Christ. Both Gods are travelling to earth on important spiritual missions – Krishna to India and Christ to the US. It’s apparent that there’s a grave error in the timing of their itineraries, for the Gods always travel at different times. But the two Gods are happy to meet. They hug and shed joyful tears, celebrating their divine connexion and their oneness – they both belong to one Supreme Being. In an epiphanic moment, Krishna and Christ decide to swap destinations and exchange roles – and so, slipping into each other’s shoes, Krishna travels to the US, and Christ to India. Will they succeed in propagating each other’s teachings and prove that they are one? Will Krishna spread Christ’s teachings as if they are his own? Will Christ speak like he is Krishna?
In Oswald Pereira’s delightful spiritual fantasy, Krishna and Christ are not the archetypical solemn Gods, but are full of humour and fun. In The Krishna-Christ Connexion, you will discover that Godly business can be enjoyable.
Chaddi Buddies: A Srishti Publishers & Distributors Title
A tender story of love, friendship and brotherhood
Hill Mansion wasn’t really a mansion; it was just a ramshackle hut on a small hill. But for Robert Pereira, it was better than any place he had seen in his village Golvada. His chaddi buddies Anand and Baloo lived there with their elder brother Dattya – his hero and the village cricket team captain. Robert had named their hut, ‘Hill Mansion’, moved by love for his buddies. It didn’t matter to him that they were the sons of a domestic help.
Robert loved Hill Mansion more than his own modern house, because the poor but strong residents of Hill Mansion had given him the courage to live and fight, bestowing on him the pet name Samson. On the other hand, his siblings and village bullies made fun of his clumsiness and weakness, and nicknamed him Pondya – an indolent, feeble fellow.
Will Robert be able to fight the village bullies and erase the shameful ‘Pondya’ tag to his name? Will his love for his buddies stand the test of time and social barriers as he grows up?
Chaddi Buddies is a tender story of friendship, love and brotherhood, loosely based on the author’s childhood, which will kindle sweet memories as you read on.
The Newsroom Mafia: A Grey Oak Westland Book
India’s first book on the unholy alliance between the fourth estate, the underworld and the government
When supercop, Donald Fernandez declares an all-out war against the invincible Don, Narayan Swamy, he fights back with a formidable Mafia – a private army of armed thugs and a motley gang of corrupt police officers, backed by powerful politicians. What follows is a battle of raw power, sleaze, wits and dirty tactics by both the law breakers and the law enforcers blurring boundaries between good and evil. To save his skin, the Don fires his most lethal weapon, The Newsroom Mafia. In this novel, veteran-journalist-turned-novelist, Oswald Pereira provides an insider’s view of the growing culture of planted news and reveals the fine line between fact and fiction in the newsroom. A racy, compelling crime thriller,The Newsroom Mafia captures the unholy alliance between the fourth estate, the underworld and the government.
REVENGE OF THE NAKED PRINCESS
A Dark Tale on Forced Conversions
India’s first novel on forced religious conversions in the 16th century
On a hot, humid morning in May 1545, a joint conversion brigade of the Portuguese King and the Pope set out to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion, but they leave behind a deathly trail of murder and mayhem. Armed with a monstrous cannon and scores of firearms, the brigade raids Princess Darshana Kamya Kathodi’s palace in Tana, carrying the King’s inviolable conversion order, sealed by the Pope’s promise of a new heaven. The beautiful, 18-year-old tribal princess fights back with her ace archers’ poison arrows. Revenge of the Naked Princess shows how brutal, forced conversions can blur the line between religion and carnage.
CHADDI BUDDIES In The Media
CHADDI BUDDIES Review in The Sunday Standard
In a six-page freewheeling interview with Society, Oswald Pereira reveals the inside story on his novel, “The Newsroom Mafia” and some riveting secrets about reporting on crime, business and politics.
A full-page feature on The Newsroom Mafia in the Mid-Day
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Superlative Praise for Revenge of the Naked Princess from Times of India’s The Speaking Tree: Macabre, Brilliant, Delightul, Hugely Enjoyable. Oswald Pereira has a manner — that only a few good writers have — of making a dark tale so thoroughly readable.
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Unique Review of Revenge of the Naked Princess on Storizen TV
Oswald Pereira’s interview with Bangalore Mirror
The Sunday Standard (The New Indian Express) recommends Revenge of the Naked Princess for the “freshness of theme and its bold treatment.”
Dfuse.in: Dark humour is the greatest strength of the book … very novel, very fresh … characters show an amazing depth.
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Oswald Pereira’s Interview with Best-Selling Author Ismita Tandon Dhankher
Videos and Pics on Revenge of the Naked Princess launch at Crossword Bookstore, Juhu, Mumbai on 19 December 2012
Ashwin Sanghi cried while reading Revenge of the Naked Princess
Oswald Pereira’s interview with Deccan Chronicle
The Telegraph: The Newsroom Mafia may be made into a feature film
The Telegraph points to the possibility of The Newsroom Mafia being made into a feature film, as Oswald Pereira talks to the newspaper about his passion for writing in his childhood!
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Launch of The Newsroom Mafia at The Suryaa in New Delhi on March 21, 2012
Oswald Pereira (Second from Right), with Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN18 Network, Dr UNB Rao, IPS (Retd) and Greesh Bindra, VP, The Suryaa.
Fact and Fiction in The Newsroom Mafia–it’s hard to tell
Oswald Pereira gets candid about corruption in the media in an interview in Helter Skelter with award-winning American novelist Ronald Malfi
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Launch of The Newsroom Mafia at Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner, Mumbai on December 8, 2011
Praise for The Newsroom Mafia
This book is a film crying to be made. A racy read, it is also a roman à clef of sorts that lifts the lid on the murky goings-on in the world of newspapers, the police, the underworld and politics … a scathing indictment of corruption in newspaper … details the way articles are planned and stymied and even planted.
Times of India’s Westside Plus
A very good read: To use a journalists’ cliche, this book is a ‘scoop’; the ‘real’ deal about the unholy nexus between the underworld, the government and the Fourth Estate. A fast-paced, no- nonsense novel, it explains in surprising detail, the intertwined fellowship between the system and the ‘unsystematic’ underworld.
Through this work of fiction, journalist Oswald Pereira manages to bring out the bitter truth of what goes behind the news. The harsh truths tumbling out are severe indictments of a noble profession debauched by unscrupulous scribes. Pereira’s expose on the dirty deeds of some black sheep is a timely reminder when the Indian media scene is witnessing a churning process.
Times of India’s What’s Hot
A hard-hitting book, it scrapes the depths of the infamous media-government-underworld nexus. Although it’s fiction, many situations leave you guessing, wondering which reality the author is hinting at!
Oswald Pereira’s article in The Times of India edit page
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