As the Second World War draws to a close, George Clark finds himself beginning his regimental life with the British Army in the remote outpost of Bajapur. Battle-worn and boken-hearted, he is soon caught in a perilous tangle. Intelligence officer James Ruffington wants George to spy on local nationalist activists in order to please the paranoid and communist-obsessed Captain Dennis Porter. For this, George must not only betray his close friend Deborah Sunderland but also use Anna Benson, his new love, to infiltrate the local Congress networks. Set amidst the political unrest of 1940's India, "The Communist Cookbook" is an enthralling story of espionage and divided loyalties.
Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury teaches History at Emerson College, Boston. She lives in Connecticut. "The Communist Cookbook" is her first novel.