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Serving Crazy With Curry - Amulya Malladi

Food! - That wonderful part of our existence that not only plays the essential role of providing daily sustenance but is also an archetype of culture and tradition. For me, food is a meaningful catalyst to creating unforgettable memories and associations. There are certain foods that I associate with certain events or significant people in my life. I also seek comfort in food be it a hot bowl of dal rice after a hard day at work or a sneaky piece of chocolate as a reward for achieving something (Yes, I do apply the principles of behavioural psychology to my own life!)
I first came across Amulya Malladi’s books in London’s local libraries. I was impressed that her books are well stocked which is an indication of their popularity. I read a couple of these books and soon found out the reason for this. Two words – Writing and Characters! Her writing is immensely engaging and her characters threaten to come alive page by page. This certainly applies to ‘Serving Crazy with Curry’.
Devi, our …

Where The River Parts - Radhika Swarup

If you read one book belonging to the genre of South Asian fiction, let this be it. Because, what better defines the sub-continent geographically, politically and last but not the least, emotionally but the division of Hindustan and the creation of Pakistan?
The current political atmosphere between the two countries is rife with tension and reading ‘Where The River Parts’ by Radhika Swarup in this context was very meaningful. Swarup tells us the story of Asha, born in a town that is terribly affected by the Partition of 1947. Many of that generation will shudder with memories of when as children they were subject to tremendous psychological trauma of having to leave their homes and escape to either the East or the West depending on where they were fleeing from. Losing loved ones along the way or in unsanitary refugee camps had somehow become their reality.
Swarup highlights the pain of partition and at the same time reinforces in us that the human emotion of love very rarely abides by …

Urmila - Pervin Saket

Stories from the Ramayana have a special place within the storehouse of my childhood memories where Papama, my grandmother, used to narrate with great passion the escapades of King Ram. I remember asking her to introduce the characters every time she narrated a story and she very patiently used to oblige. After Ram and Sita, came Lakshman and Urmila. I remember asking her at that young age why Urmila didn’t go with Lakshman  (when he followed Ram during ‘Vanvaas’ for 14 years) and she would say in my native language Konkani, “Tee ghaara baslii, takka raktachi” (She sat at home, waiting for him). That explanation to my child self was sufficient but as I grew up watching Ramayana on television, the question continued to bother me. How could Lakshman not take Urmila along with him; rather, why did she not go along? Urmila by Pervin Saket wonderfully captures Urmila’s state of mind albeit set in modern day Mumbai. The story therefore is inspired by the Ramayana.
Pervin Saket’s writing is e…