Author bio

Ken Doyle

Ken Doyle - book author

Ken Doyle was born in Bombay, India, into a family with Portuguese and Anglo-Indian roots. He moved to the USA for graduate studies and currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his family. One of his early short stories, written at the age of sixteen, was selected for inclusion in an anthology of Indian science fiction.

Currently, his writing spans several genres, including literary fiction and science fiction for young adults.

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Ken Doyle is the author of books: Saturday Date, Bombay Bhel, Gateway of India (Gateway of India #1-3), Gateway of India, Book One (Gateway of India #1), Gateway of India, Book Two (Gateway of India #2), Gateway of India, Book Three (Gateway of India #3)


Author books

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01
Mary roams the Goan and Anglo-Indian neighborhoods of Bombay, singing for money so she can feed herself and the child who accompanies her. A night watchman befriends her and offers a chance to get off the streets. Mary seeks guidance from the mysterious visions that haunt her, but she alone must decide her fate.

Short story: Approximately 5,500 words
02
Like the ubiquitous snack food, bhel puri, Bombay Bhel blends a variety of ingredients to serve up glimpses of life among the Goan and Anglo-Indian communities--minorities in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The interlinked stories are set in the late twentieth century, before a wave of anticolonialism crested across India and resulted in Bombay's rechristening.

The stories feature everyday characters who face challenges unique to Bombay life, from the schoolboy who forms an unlikely friendship with a street vendor to the retired serviceman whose livelihood is threatened by the city's notorious bureaucracy. Readers familiar with Bombay will reawaken their memories, while those new to the city will experience a taste of its varied flavors.
03
The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark.

Set in 1980s Bombay, this collection of stories and a novella provides a gateway into the lives of ordinary citizens. A doctor who retires to begin a new life, a bus conductor, a police inspector, the residents in an affluent neighborhood, a schoolteacher and his students—each vignette captures the unique struggles and triumphs of life in India’s commercial capital.

The special omnibus edition contains all three books in the Gateway of India series and includes a bonus story, Saturday Date.
04
The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark.

This collection of three linked short stories provides a gateway into the lives of ordinary Bombay citizens. A doctor and his wife decide to leave the city for retirement in a coastal town but soon face choices that threaten to disrupt their idyllic existence. A doctor’s assistant loses his job and tries to make a living as a bus conductor with disastrous consequences. A police inspector’s top-secret assignment promises easy money—if he can complete the task. Each story in this collection is a vignette that illuminates the challenges and triumphs of life in India’s most cosmopolitan city.
05
The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark.

This collection of four linked short stories provides a gateway into the lives of the residents of Chughani Manor, a building in an affluent Bombay neighborhood. A retired cricketer gains a young protégé who helps him make an important choice. A resident befriends an ayurvedic practitioner whose fame spreads throughout the neighborhood. Slum redevelopment efforts bring new meaning to a couple dealing with their empty nest. This second book in the series provides snapshots that capture a different side of India’s most cosmopolitan city.
06
The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark. For Robert Nazareth, a schoolteacher, it holds memories of the best day in his life—and the worst. While two of his students face disciplinary action, Robert struggles with a past that continues to haunt him. In order to break free of its clutches, Robert must first redefine his future.