Balan, growing up in small-town Punjab, Jammu and Haryana in the 1960s, is the son of a junior army officer. His is a packed life, with tough schoolmasters, homework and games with playmates to keep him busy. And, above it all, is the strange species called adults, who have a curious understanding of life and weird habits. The story follows Balan's struggles as he grows up and enrolls at IIM Ahmedabad. He is convinced one of his fellow students is his childhood friend he had lost touch with long ago. But she is not who he thinks she is - she says so herself. Balan, though, is not convinced and returns to a despoiled Jammu to find out the truth. Return to Jammu is a story of growing up, with its heartache of losing close friends and a childhood sweetheart, and eventually making one's way in the world. Warm, personal and deeply evocative of an innocent time in one's own as well as the life of a nation much like R.K. Narayan's Swami and Friends, this is bestselling author V. Raghunathan's first foray into fiction and announces him as a talent to reckon with in the world of Indian writing.