The Mag This Week

From Sunday’s Books page: Joanna Lobo reviewed Mridula Koshy’s Not Only The Things That Have Happened, which is in running with The Illicit Happiness of Other People as the most Twitter-unfriendly book title. Jo loved the book. You can read an excerpt of Koshy’s debut novel here. Mark Bowden’s The Finish was better than No Easy Day but not properly satisfying, as far as Saikat Datta was concerned. I reviewed Mixtape #1 and The Yellow Birds. Given below are the unedited versions of both. The Yellow Birds There’s a bone-deep exhaustion in John Bartle as he tries to function like a regular civilian in Richmond, Virginia, rather … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week

Right. Links. In the Books page this week: Saikat Datta reviews No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Counter Strike by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker. An exclusive excerpt of Mridula Koshy’s forthcoming book, Not Only The Things That Have Happened. Harper Collins is bringing out the novel in November (which means you should see it in bookstores in a couple of weeks. That is, if you’re fortunate enough to live in a place that has bookstores). The excerpt is about a character named Saramma, who has decided she’s returning to her family for good after having been a rich man’s sexual keep. … Continue reading The Mag This Week

Interview: Mridula Koshy

This month’s ELLE has a little piece by me on Mridula Koshy, the author of the short story collection, If It Is Sweet. Koshy is one of the lovely ladies who, as the magazine’s cover puts it, “owns the future”. I interviewed Koshy over email, which can often result in a dry, boring question-and-answer session that leaves you thinking “Blah”. But Koshy’s answers were delightful and since I could only use a tiny bit of what she wrote, here’s the interview, pristine, untweaked and unedited. Have you always been interested in writing? Was there a time during the cashier-at-KFC to reading-fairy-at-library years that felt … Continue reading Interview: Mridula Koshy