Sunday, August 9, 2009

TFA reading: Mridula Koshy

Toto Funds the Arts in association with Tranquebar Press is pleased to invite you to the launch of Mridula Koshy’s If It Is Sweet, her first collection of short stories Mridula’s reading will be followed by a conversation with novelist Usha K R

Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers, Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore - 1

Date and time: Thursday, 13 August 2009 at 6.30 pm

Mridula Koshy was born and raised in Delhi till she migrated to the US, where she worked as a union and community organiser. Years went by and she returned to the city that makes her think the hardest. She lives in Delhi with her partner and children. Her short stories have been published widely, both in India and abroad. She is at work on her first novel, set in Kerala, Delhi and other parts of the world. If It Is Sweet is her first book and has won rave reviews and a very wide readership.

Usha K R has been writing fiction in English for over two decades. She began with short fiction, which was published in various magazines and newspapers such as Debonair,Femina, Savvy, New Quest and Deccan Herald. Her novels include: Sojourn (1998); The Chosen (2003); and A Girl and a River (2007), which won the Vodafone Crossword Award for Fiction, 2007. Her next novel is forthcoming from Penguin India in 2010.

Praise for If It Is Sweet

‘… in language that’s affecting, tender … Mridula Koshy’s writing is deeply attentive and fearless, the work of an extraordinary Indian moralist with an unmistakable gift. -- Jeet Thayil

‘If It Is Sweet is a book of savage, beautiful writing, whose empathy and curiosity flood over the usual barricades of the imagination -- and remind us, indeed, what real writing is.’ -- Rana Dasgupta

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