kishwar_desai_20110131Anoop Bhardwaj reviews Kishwar Desai’s new novel, The Sea of Innocence

Crime today is getting more diabolical than ever, especially the ones perpetrated against women. The agony of the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of the paramedical student in New Delhi still haunts our collective conscience, while the country continues to reel under sexual assaults every day.

Kishwar Desai thus makes it a point to reference last December’s savagery in her latest crime thriller, Sea of Innocence.

ShovonChowdhuryJaya Bhattacharji Rose interviews Shovon Chowdhury, a Delhi-based humorist and author of a novel, The Competent Authority 

Shovon Chowdhury’s  grandfather ran away from Dhaka to escape Japanese bombing in 1945, not realising that the war was about to end, and arrived in Calcutta just in time for the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946. These shared family experiences have left him deeply averse to sudden movement, which is why he has lived in Delhi for the last 20 years. In his spare time, he does advertising work for clients who cannot, he says, find anyone cheaper.

His first novel The Competent Authority took him 11 years to complete, because he can type with only one finger.

I know people keep saying the novel is dying, and I’m sorry if I drove another nail in, but can you imagine a world without stories?

The 2013/14 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Sharlene Teo, the fellowship organisers have announced.

Sharlene TeoSharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987 and read Law at Warwick University and then moved to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.

Sharlene is the recipient of the 2012/13 Booker Foundation Scholarship and was youngest winner of the 2005 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award. Her writing has appeared in places such as Esquire, Broadcast: New Warwick Writing, New Writing Net, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Eunoia Review.

Chinese author Yang Zewei
Chinese author Yang Zewei

Chinese writers under 30 are stepping into the limelight with the New Wave series released in June.

Bai Ye, a literary critic who has traced the post-1980 generation for more than 10 years, spoke at the book launch, praising the young writers’ works.

“I used to worry that they would never come of age,” he says. “I don’t have that worry anymore.”

The series consists of three novels. There Is Nothing Like a Cat looks at urban relationships from the eyes of a cat; Bian Wai talks about a young man’s aspirations to work in the bureaucratic system; and Qing Ci depicts a tormented and out-of-control love life.

FractalsFractals brings together over 300 new and select earlier poems from Sudeep Sen’s internationally acclaimed oeuvre spanning thirty-five years, 1978 to 2013, as well as some of his translations.

The title has been chosen with care. Earlier collections built around themes such as Rain, Ladakh, Blue Nude, Geographies, Postmarked India, when combined with his latest work reveal elements which recur. Equally, the term fractals defined variously in science and mathematics and general terms, highlights Sen’s own interest in art, science and patterns scattered through nature.