The Mag This Week

Actually, the title should say “The Mag last week”, because these are last Sunday’s links but on that day, I was too busy heading out on an impromptu holiday. But better late than never. Here’s what was in last week’s Books page: A review of Classic Ruskin Bond: Volume 2 (the autobiographical writings), reviewed by Mita Ghose who loved it despite not being a, erm, Bond girl, Pramod K. Nayar wasn’t much impressed by Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon. I chatted with Shankkar Aiyar, whose book Accidental India seeks to prove that pretty much all the development that has happened in this country … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week

In this week’s Books page, we’ve got reviews of Lenin’s Kisses by Yan Lianke, reviewed by Sanjay Sipahimalani (click on Sanjay’s name and read it on his blog) The Secret Children by Alison McQueen, reviewed by Alpana Chowdhury The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, reviewed by Joanna Lobo. There’s also an interview with literary agent David Godwin who has just written a book, Breaking 80. Godwin was in Mumbai for Tata Literature Live! and made some time to chat about his book and more. You can read selected excerpts of the interview here. If you’re interested in reading everything he had to say, read … Continue reading The Mag This Week

Memory Lane: Hilary Mantel

I’ll put up the links to what’s in The Mag a little bit later, but I found this while rifling through my inbox so thought I’d put up the easier post first. Hilary Mantel fans, enjoy! So three years ago, when The Tudors was turning our brains into potatoes with its version of Henry VIII’s England (what can I say? So not a fan) and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall came to save the day, I’d interviewed Mantel for Time Out Mumbai. I can’t find the link to my article in the Time Out website She was a very generous interviewee, which meant … Continue reading Memory Lane: Hilary Mantel

Interview with Shehan Karunatilaka

This was published in DNA. Mister Fantastic What do you think of when you hear “Sri Lanka”? For a vast majority of us, the island nation is best known for its cricket team, which came out of nowhere in the 1990s and beat the big guns of the game to win the World Cup. Fittingly, Shehan Karunatilaka’s debut novel, The Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew has a similar track record. It also appeared on the literary scene with little fanfare and went on to win the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Commonwealth Book Prize, among others. … Continue reading Interview with Shehan Karunatilaka

Interview: Rohini Devasher

Unearthed another lovely interview, in which I learnt many things, like the idea that art is like science fiction and that there is such a thing as “video feedback”. Snippets of it are in the little profile I wrote of Rohini Devasher for the February issue of ELLE. Rohini, like Mridula, is one of our “transformers”. A lot of your earlier work had a distinctly sci-fi quality to it. Were you inspired by science and science fiction? I’ve been a huge fan of both scifi and fantasy since I was about 15 so I am certain that has coloured the … Continue reading Interview: Rohini Devasher