Monday, July 30, 2012

Reviews and links from DNA and down under

In DNA this week - Deepanjana Pal picks seven writers who've influenced writing in India. You can read the on-line slideshow version of her piece here. The e-paper version is here.

 I'm finally catching up on news from Australia.  I've also updated this blog's sidebar to indicate where Australian reader's can find the book.

On January 21, If It Is Sweet was "The Pick of the Week" in The Age (Australia). In his review, Cameron Woodhead wrote:
A short-story collection of rare eloquence and maturity, Mridula Koshy's If It Is Sweet mines the lives of ordinary people in the great metropolises of India...What is surprising is the intensity and freshness of the author's prose, her gift for the dramatic compression of opposite emotions, and the striking sense of drama she brings to her characters' interior lives.
The Age also had this to say about the book in another review published in their Bookshop section January 15, 2012:
The matter of India will loom large in the 21st century. This collection of stories looks at the country's class conflict,  castes and the new capitalism. It is character-centred - women and men, workers and children. The struggle is just to stay afloat across generations (the title story). Labour is not depicted as being dignified but nor does Koshy condescend to the people in her pages. Impressive.
While in Australia last year, I part of a panel discussion with Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. The talk was later broadcast on ABC Radio National. You  can hear that discussion here.

 I was also interviewed on, 'Yes She Can’, a multicultural women’s radio program broadcasting on Canberra’s Multicultural Service (CMS) 91.1 FM. You can hear the show here.

And finally a post I wrote on the Australian blog, here. It gives some of the stories behind the stories in If It Is Sweet.

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