When fourteen-year-old Debojit Dutta meets the slightly older Clint Eastwood Lyngdoh in his maths tuition classes, he is wary of his cigarettesmoking, whisky-swilling ways. Besides, Debu has only recently escaped a bunch of local ruffians who wanted him to go back home to Bangladesh. But Debu is unable to resist being friends with Clint. For, in return for doing his maths homework, Clint introduces him to a completely new life: the heady charms of Kalsang, the Chinese restaurant forbidden by Debus mother; the revolutionary sounds of Pink Floyd; and most importantly, the coolest, prettiest girl in townAudrey Pariat. Audrey loves maths and detective stories, just like Debu, and does not make him feel awkward or exotic. Together, the three of them look set to embark on many adventures. But when tensions between the Khasi and Bengali communities boil over, Shillong becomes a battlefieldold neighbours become outsiders and the limits of friendship are challenged. With crackling energy, Nilanjan P. Choudhury immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Debu, his friends and his family, and their attempts to find love and belonging. Written with uncommon warmth, humour and a delightful evocation of place, Shillong Times is an exhilarating coming-of-age story showing us how friendship can eclipse the hardened enmities of adulthood.