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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.

Borders Launch

The Borders book launch was a resounding success. Lots of people turned up, standing room only. The event’s highlight for me was the fact that Ron Grossett of Geddes and Grossett introduced me to the audience with wonderful words, that revealed his deep love for India. He related some funny incidents in Madras/ Chennai and concluded by reading my poem ‘This is my ain land’ It sounded perfect in his Scots accent. I loved the phrase’ ‘Twice Born in her tartan sari’ , an apt description of my dual identity. For so many people to come out on a working night and queue to buy my book was heartwarming. Two of my pupils whom I had taught and the headteacher of the school I had worked in came over too. Borders did a magnificent job of providing a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Signing the book was a strange feeling almost wondering if it was really me, an actual author in the world largest bookstore chain.It has certainly fired me to get on with my next book. An exciting offer has come in and I’ll reveal it when confirmed. Watch this space!