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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.

Comments on ‘Twice Born’

I have had some great feedbacks.The first one here is from a blog after reading a book review of ‘Twice Born’ and an interview online by Suzan Abrams. The rest are from people who came to the event in Borders.


A fascinating interview, Suzan, and I know that I’ll want to read this book. I have been all over South India and have also visited Glasgow. These two places are so utterly, wonderfully incommensurable that I can’t wait to read someone so intelligent linking them. That was such a wizard idea you had to show us the views from the window of her study. Now if only the garden weren’t quite so immaculate … sigh. : )

Hi Leela,

You did brilliantly – you should be very proud of yourself.

Hello Leela
Thanks so much for inviting me to your launch. I have kept all my questions for the book circle on the 15th which I and the other members are really looking forward to. Your launch was a tremendous compliment to your achievement of having your first book published. I am sure it will sell well to great acclaim.
See you soon.
Dear Leela
It was a most enjoyable launch, your reading especially – and what a good turnout! Some of these events are rather sparsely attended. I think you were right to keep it shortish. I’m sorry i had to had to rush off too – in pursuit of Monica – as an earnest lady was asking your opinion of Forster’s Passage to India ! I hope sales go well, and good luck with the next novel.
Dear Leela
I was going to thank you for the invitation to a really enjoyable event – I’m sorry I didn’t stay around but I’d had a busy morning and was a little tired. It was great to see such a big and keen audience and a real coup to have Ron introduce you. I’m so glad you got the main Borders for the launch in the end.

All the best

Hi Leela
I thought it went extremely well and was so pleased to see such a good turnout for you. Unless you are combining it with a social event I don’t believe it’s a good idea to make it over long.You spoke very well and I enjoyed your readings.Thanks for the pic – it has confirmed my belief that I don’t have a good side! When I’ve got a moment I’ll send on one of the photos I took of you to Chris to put on the Strathkelvin website. Will also put in a review when I’ve had the chance to read your book – things have been so chaotic recently that I just haven’t had the time to read anything.
Kindest Regards
Hello LeelaMarion and I thoroughly enjoyed last night and thought you spoke for a perfect length of time. I must congratulate you on speaking so clearly and with the right balance of humour. Super that two of your ex students were there too. Marion went off to bed last night with your wee book of poems that I bought last summer and said she was only sorry she couldn’t take longer over the reading of the poemsI hope you were able to sign lots of copies of the book. Marion was thrilled with hers and is going to start reading it properly on the plane home. I hope to find time to return to my editing of Love Re-Born and hope that some of your inspiration rubs off!!Love from Irene
Hi Leela

So sorry I can’t be there, as you know election day is a busy one for politicians! But congratulations on your book being published, and I hope this evening’s launch goes well
Best wishes
Jo Swinson@parliament.uk) MP
Hi Leela, Thanks for this, I’ll pass this on to my team. We put a picture up on our website, please have a look if you have the chance. It was lovely working with you, and please keep us in mind when the second book comes out! Have a lovely weekend
Best Wishes
Leah (supervisor @borders Glasgow)

London Book Fair

The back entrance or entrance to Earls Court 2 where we plebs were given our badges and allowed to enter the Fair. Great buzz and a huge venue.London, the tube travel, the crowds and the pace of life in the smouldering heat (yes, it was sunny all 3 days!!)was an experience as it was the first time for me in London as a non-tourist.
Highlights for me were :
1. Meeting YWO friend and author Waheed and his lovely wife.We have been emailing and Facebooking our YWO experience, so good to see him in the flesh. Also meeting Farhana of The Asian Writers online mag and Ashanti a fab journo, and a firebrand of energy.

2. India Market focus, what a great opportunity to hear Vikram Seth, Anita Nair, Girish Karnad, Anandamurthy and Javed Akhtar.Sizzling events with India at its best.Were the big publishers interested in bringing Indian authors to the UK’s notice? Or were they keen on selling British authors to the burgeoning Indian market? It depended on who you spoke to,both sides were hoping to get the best out of the event.See the article in Bookseller today and draw your own conclusion. Boris Johnson’s keynote speech was as expected, political barbs, humour, a classicist approach to the Fair. I learnt that ‘Cheese ‘ was an Indian word! I knew all the others like pyjamas, chintz, bungalow, juggernaut and jodhpurs were of Indian origin, but this was a new one.
3. A seminar event was with young BME wannabe writers, publishers, students and emerging creative people desperate to be recognised by the mainstream industry. It was highlighted by Hardeep Sigh Kohli, a fellow Scot and TV personality who made us all laugh and managed to put the serious message that it was time for the industry to shed its white middle class male image and start encouraging the voices of all the sections of the British society.

What did three days of being at the event do for me- a new author? Did I get a five figure contract with The Publishers? Well… NO, but I networked, met many people, tried to get publishers to take note of new authors, saw the ebook technology making inroads and the new expresso machine that was churning out books and handing free copies of a YWO author’s book!Blackwells in Charing Cross will be adding this machine in their store so go print your own if you wish.
Was LBF worth the cost, travel and effort? Yes definitely.