Kalpish Ratna

Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan are surgeons who write together as Kalpish Ratna. Their book Room 000 (Picador, 2015) is an eclectic narration of Bombay’s 1896 bubonic plague epidemic. They are at work on a book about the Zika phenomenon

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