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All New

To celebrate my rather good news of a publisher for novel two I thought I’ll do a make-over for my tired looking blog. Welcome to ‘Tartan & Turmeric’ a real merger of Scottish and Indian updates on this blog. I feel enriched by the two cultures that I share and often switch from one country to the other in all my writing and status updates on FB and Twitter, so why not on the blog too?

Summer is only a week away and I look forward to bright long days of sunshine. I must confess the weather makes one less inclined to sit inside and read a book so that is my excuse for still being on page 436 of Sarita Mandanna’s ‘Tiger Hills ‘ that I referred to in my last blog. I’ll give a fuller comment on the book once I have finished reading it. She was in the longlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize last year.

Awarding Philip Roth the Man Booker Prize 2011 was controversial with Carmen Callil walking out of the judging panel.The choice of books can be so subjective just like any work of art.

I do hope you like my new spiced up blog.

Literary Festivals

April was sprinkled with showers of events that were sad and wonderful.The sudden death of a friend shook me. On a brighter note, the sunny days were incredible, almost a ‘summer’s here’ feeling in its warmth. Prince William and Kate’s wedding drew the month to a happy close.

Though Literary Festivals happen all round the year, the month of May heralds the start of the important ones. Hay Festival is at the end of this month from May 25th to June 5th.There are nearly 250 Literary Festivals in the UK now. Readers are keen to meet the authors who have made the written word a delight. So keep attending them and put my own local Milngavie Book and Art Festival dates in your diary 6th-10th September.

Now how about this?
Asia House Festival of Asian Lit http://bit.ly/iZtMnm

Opening night almost sold out’ (They tweeted.)

The only Festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia, May 10 – 26 2011.The line up: Thurbron, French, Anam, Kureishi, Mirza Waheed, Mimi Khalvati, Shukla, Law-Yone, Ali Allawi, Chalabi, Geek Nation, Chinese and Persian food and more. I’d love to be there!

I have started reading this book by S.Mandanna. Yes, it is 600 pages long and should I indulge in such a long book when I have some eye issues? Well, it has been on my TBR for so long that I delved into it, in small doses. The opening pages are promising, her descriptions of Coorg are superb and some of the phraseology in the dialogues are very familiar to the South Indian in me. Words like Tayi, sampengi flowers, monae,kesari rice, plantains,kathi are like the Tamil words that I was used to, growing up in Madras. The plot has still to develop but her ‘Coorg’ has kept me going. Will report later if I did relish it to the end.A twitter friend commented that he gave up on Alice Albinia’s ‘Leela’s Book’ as it had too many references to the Mahabharatha. I want to read that book !(sorry can’t get rid of the underline!)

Three more books caught my attention. Anyone read these yet?