Kumar is the rat who fled his homeland for a better life and left Patna to be scorned upon. He abandoned his friends and parents— something that real rats don’t do.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding rats.
Kumar has one more reason that lured him to dig the history of Patna for this book. He says this often, ‘ Delhi has swallowed Patna’. “ Nationalistic history always pays its homage to power”, states the author. “ I’m merely restoring personality and colour to a specific place that has been swallowed by nationalistic history and stereotyping”. There are three Patnas that feature in this book of rats. One is made up of those who were born there and moved elsewhere. The second Patna is of those who live there and the third draws people to it for a variety of reasons. “ Some of the people who have left have done good work”, comments Kumar. “ Those who are from elsewhere come with a desperate need”. But who will be the changemakers of Patna? Kumar replies with conviction, “ Patna belongs to people like Anand who stay there. They will be the primary movers”.
Kumar describes himself as the rat who left his homeland, his friends and family to look for a better life elsewhere.