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.
Wallowed in David Lean’s spectacular film of EM Foster’s ‘Passage to India’on Saturday afternoon on Channel Five. The scenes at the club in the film reminded me of Madras Club in my hometown. The film caused controversy when the rock caves were blasted to create the scene that David Lean wanted. As Ian Jack of the Times wrote it was almost as sacrilegious as blasting Stonehenge. Media hype I suppose, but wonder how many rocks in Scotland would be allowed to be blasted by Bollywood directors? David Lean’s craft is unmatched of course and I enjoyed the film.
Time to Blog is getting harder as Twitter, FB and writing my next novel is taking hold.The rough draft of the novel is the hardest to complete.That’s where I am just now.Then comes the editing and polishing. I am happy with the theme of the new novel and it is good when a sentence turns out just right.
Finally the photo shows me at the SMAFF held at the Mitchell Library on 16th and 17th October when I was plugging my novel ‘Twice Born’ at the Border’s outlet. Don’t miss the balloons!