Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vodafone Crossword Shortlist NEWS FLASH

-- MUCH to my amazement, ESCAPE has made it to this year's Vodafone Crossword shortlist. I am very glad, esp for my publisher Picador India, and my editor Shruti Debi, coz the book had pretty much vanished from sight after its release in November last year. So this is ... very NICE.

(next morning -- shocked and saddened by the loss of The Moon Walking One --)

Here's the list of the other contenders this year:

Salman Rushdie's 'The Enchantress of Florence'
Amitav Ghosh's 'Sea of Poppies'
Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Unaccustomed Earth'
Neel Mukherjee's 'Past Continuous'
Anuradha Roy's 'An Atlas of Impossible Longings'
Preeta Samarasan's 'Evening is the Whole Day'

-- but clicking the link above, at "shortlist" will yield the Crossword Bookstores website where there's much more information. Thanks are due to Zigzackly for posting the link via Twitter.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Better Late Than Never

I've moved this announcement down here because it looked sort of misplaced between the two sets of Philosopher Riddles(and there WILL be more).

I never got around to posting a permanent link here to
ESCAPE, my most recent novel. This is more than a bit odd, but I was sort of hoping it would post itself. Ah well. It didn't. Anyone wishing to buy the book (I know there are millions of you out there ...) can link from this post or from the list of books along the right-hand margin of the screen. Of course, it can only be bought in Rupees and in India. The hordes of potential foreign buyers will either (a) have to wait for it to become available on Amazon or (b) have to besiege my publisher, Picador India with piteously worded e-mails at That will not result in them selling a book to you, BUT on the other hand, it will help them to think well of me! A good thing, at all times.

When asked for a one-line description of the book, here's what I wrote: "ESCAPE" is a dystopian adventure set in a country where all women except one little girl have been eliminated.

Ms Malcontent Sez ... #14
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Perpetuum Jazzile

More a capella magic -- this time from a choir called Perpetuum Jazzile

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Here's a link to a video entitled
Did You Know? -- and of course, I DIDN'T. Not too sure I especially want to, either ... but it's good fun to watch. Sent to me by Anvar, by e-mail.