When nine-year-old Rahul Bhattacharya moved from small-town India to Bombay, he quickly surrendered to the big city's diverse appeal. But with urban life came a loss of concentration that was to last many years.
Read Rahul's 'Once Upon A Life' on the Guardian website
To read more about Rahul and The Sly Company of People Who Care, try these links:
For more articles like this, reading suggestions from our editors, and all the latest news on our authors, sign up to the Picador mailing list below.