"A sensitive read that gathers steam as you turn the pages, this book goes beyond being 'gay' literature--rather it's a study of eternal dilemmas that defy boundaries." - HarmonyIndia.org
"Replete with Indian clichés like 70's mentality, hairdos, parental pressure ... placing religion ... family honour above all ... hard to put down, once you start" - Indian Express
"My Magical Palace may be Kunal Mukherjee's maiden venture, but his foray into .... writing has made veterans sit up and take notice." - Millennium Post
"Not very often does one come across a book which highlights sensitive issues in a stark yet subtle manner ... " - Bengal Post
"It is ... a sensitive tale of a boy coming ofage, and the many hurdles he must cross to find and heal himself ... the chroniclerof loss from San Francisco ..." - Mail Today UK
"A simple story written with an endearing simplicity, this one is undoubtedly one of the best debuts of the year.. Kunal is a stupendous storyteller." - The Tales Pensieve
"It is about ... a constant sense of being an outsider; of being different and being punished for it." - The Tribune
"If the moral ... "to follow one's heart, one has to break the rules sometimes" -- sounds a little sentimental, well, it is; but then, sentimentality -- even innocence -- runs through Mukherjee's first novel ,.. remember The God of Small Things? " - Hindustan Times
"Set in the 1970s in Hyderabad and San Francisco, the book takes a route less travelled and narrates a sweet love story..." - Deccan Chronicle
From the Author
"My purpose in writing this novel was to make the reader think and relate to the characters regardless of their circumstances. I hope this book will be read by people from all walks of life and that it will touch their heart in some way manifesting itself in the way they deal with children, friends, and even strangers."
From Bengal Post
""I have wonderful memories of growing up in this place that was called the Mint House, it stood right behind the Secretariat building. Part of the place was demolished and a factory was built. I was devastated to know that and could never come back. It is that sense of loss that stayed with me, and thus, my book was born, explains Kunal adding, "That's why I wanted it to be a short trip. I will come back one day perhaps, to actually go and see what has become of the house"
From the Times of India
"My goal in writing this book is to make the reader think about the impact of social lies. What is the price of giving up an authentic life? What does it take to break down the rules and follow your heart .."
From India West Magazine
"Daphne du Maurier has been the single-most influential writer in my life.Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek, Jamaica Inn shaped my world and my writing style in a way that no one else has. I also love books by AmitavGhosh, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Rohinton Mistry, A.J. Cronin, J.K.Rowling, Armistead Maupin, P.G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Isabel Allende among others."
From Asian Age Newspaper (India - UK)
"I have always wanted to write a book about the human experience of love, loss, betrayal and the feeling of being an outsider.
I wrote to illustrate the impact of being different and being punished for daring to break the rules that society has created over the centuries. I also wrote about the process that every child goes through when he or she starts shutting down in order to conform and not be ostracized and bullied in school. About the loss of innocence when a child realizes that everything around him or her is not what it seemed but that people, even parents, are driven by fear--of social disgrace, gossip, loss of dignity and losing social standing among peers.
To me, the greatest satisfaction as an author is when a reader reads my book and can say, 'I can relate to that experience. I know what that feels like. I can empathize with the experience of this character.'"
From Australian Technology Magazine Techgoss
"In my novel I have tried to show the deep wounds caused by a society that does not accept or understand what it is to be different. To make my point, I had to set aside 'what people will think' to write this story"
From Deccan Chronicl