Kuldeep Sharma, author
Tholly, a 100-page coming-of-age novella set in the 80s of India, shows the decisive influence of unfortunate circumstances on Tholly, when the fourteen-year-old boy takes his father to the city’s government hospital for treatment. He gets through the hardships of life and witnesses greed, corruption, pain, poverty, negligence, social disparity, and communal differences. Money is the only thing that can save me from all of these, the son of a humble farmer realizes. I was born poor, but I won't die poor. I need to be rich, very rich. No matter what it takes,, 14-year-old Tholly makes a promise to himself.