Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year







I welcome 2012 with joy and anticipation. Hope the same to all of you.

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year filled with peace and joy.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011












'Bombay Baby' book launches are over. Now all that you dear friends have to do is to buy the book and send me some lovely comments!


You can buy a copy direct from the publisher : http://dahliapublishing.co.uk/ and the usual sources Book Depository, Amazon, Waterstone's etc.

Now I will sit back and wait for reviews/blogs with fingers and toes crossed.

Monday, 5 December 2011

'Bombay Baby' at Milngavie Library


















'Bombay Baby' book launch is at Milngavie Library on December the 6th at 2 pm. You are all most welcome. Hope the snow will not discourage you.

You can buy a copy direct from the publisher : http://dahliapublishing.co.uk/

And a special thanks to A.C. Clarke of the Federation of Writers Scotland for adding an extract of 'Bombay Baby'in their newsletter and I am the featured writer this month. Their website is : http://www.writersfederation.org.uk/

btw David Manderson's psychological thriller 'Lost Bodies' is a scary, page turner that you can't put down. Buy it now!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Comments














A really sweet IT/Marketing friend sent me these pics on how to market BB! I had to put it on the blog as it is such a daft idea! Maybe a BOGOF at book launches of such items and merchandising will be the future for new writers. Lol!

After the launch of 'Bombay Baby' at CCA I've had a couple of readers commenting that they have read the book and loved it. So if anyone has read 'Bombay Baby' please post your comments here or on Amazon. I have been told that comments on Amazon makes a lot of difference. There is still some controversy about who actually writes these comments and that some commentators are actually paid to do so. I know from my first book 'Twice Born' that all the six people who did comment did it of their own volition and I am grateful that they took the trouble to do so. Your comments on my work would be welcome for me as a new writer. Any feedback from a reader makes it so much more worthwhile as one plods through the long and lonely days at the computer.

Lots of readers sent me emails about my first book commenting on how much they loved it. Two or three did some reviews on it. A friend did a great blog on 'Twice Born' and people commented on the blog. All comments encourages me to do better and continue with my passion for writing the next novel. So roll on with the comments please. Thank you.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

6th December
















Well 'Bombay Baby' has been delivered safe and sound. The launch at the CCA was enjoyable. Some people bought multiple copies as presents for their friends just based on what they had heard. A big thank you to them and hope that their comments will be positive. Post it on Amazon please!

Each day after the launch is challenging and exciting. New ideas on how to promote my novel has been given by so many in Glasgow. New authors are wonderfully inclusive, helpful and support each other. Sharon Mail, Christine Ravenhall, J.David Simon, Sue Reid Sexton V. Campbell, Ronnie Scott, Mary Smith, Catherine Czerkawska, Lesley McDowell, Chiew-Siah Tei, Delia Nadarajah, Suhayl Saadi and many many others too many mention have all been there for me. Online friends have kept me going with their fun posting and helpful tweets or FB status updates. Glasgow is buzzing with lit events that inspires me.
My local community has been great. Milngavie is a tiny village and has a cosy atmosphere of warmth and friendship.So all I need to do now is to get myself and my new 'baby' out there.

The next one is at Milngavie Library on December the 6th at 2 pm. You are all most welcome.

btw David Manderson's psychological thriller 'Lost Bodies' is a scary, page turner that you can't put down.Buy it now!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Dates to note

Book Launch of 'Bombay Baby' on :

Glasgow: 24th November at the CCA at 7 pm


Milngavie : 6th December at Milngavie Library at 2 pm-

Please note: Had to change date as there is likely to be an Unison strike on the 30th November.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The clocks go back




















Its that time of the year again, dark nights, warm clothes, and hunkering in is upon us. I love autumn more than even summer as I'll have no hay fever to contend with and the fact that people make so much more effort to get together for festivities is wonderful.

I've finished re-reading John Banville's 'The Sea' a book that draws me in from time to time. His prose-'The past beats inside me like a second heart' - is just perfect! And it is the pages of description that makes me want to re-read it again and again.

At last I have started tackling some books on the TBR list. Emma Donohue's 'The Room' is the first one in that big pile. I'm just a few pages in and I'm drawn in to her wonderful opening chapters.Her empathy and imagination of the language of a precocious five year old is incredible. A novel that I cannot put down and will finish in one sitting.

Another book that caught my attention was 'The Kashmir Shawl'. A quiet book that is a popular read and recommended by a friend is something I am looking forward to reading next.Wales, Kashmir and the story line is alluring. I'm sure I'll enjoy the book. The publisher of Sara Gruen's best selling novel 'Water for Elephants' is coming to talk to the local book group and I've been invited to the event. A historical novel that Sara Gruen wrote as part of the National Writing Month stayed on the New York Times Best seller list for 12 weeks in 2006 and was later made into a movie. Another book and movie to enjoy.

And most terrifying of all is the book launch of my second novel 'Bombay Baby' on the 24th and 30th November! Exciting times ahead!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Musings

















The latest questions from friends -'Have you started novel three, Leela? What is it about?' I am flattered and pleased that they want to know about the next novel, but I've embarked on a really important venture. For a while now I've been collecting various pieces of my family history from different sources, mainly oral with a few sepia tinted photos, old cine reels, videos and some old recipes to spice it up. It is an exciting and time consuming work that thrills at times. It makes me sit back and wonder about some of the achievements, the joy and tragedies of the people closest to me. The trouble is, the project when finished, is not for public consumption at all. This is something I wish to record for those nearest and dearest to me. New technology makes it so easy to access and record what I know and I feel it is so important to put it down on paper for the future generations. So, to answer the question, novel three will be on the back burner. I did have an outline ready for novel three but the family memoir is taking precedence. Curious to see how people structure their family memoirs, I googled it. I loved the covers of some of them. There are different methods to approach this subject and I must confess I got a few ideas on how to put mine together. This is a new departure for me, moving away from fiction to non-fiction and I look forward to the challenge.

November is also the launch of Nanowrimo and I know some of my writer friends are tackling it this year. 50,000 words in thirty days is no mean feat. It is a fantastic way to motivate the procrastinator(ME!!) to stop making excuses and getting down to the task in hand. I wish all those taking part in it all the best and hope that they achieve their target of fifty thousand words.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Competitions











There are so many competitions for new writers now. The competitions are for every genre of novels, poems, and art. I thought I'll highlight just two that came to my notice. One from Ireland posted by the Scottish Writers Centre on FB and another annual one from the Scottish Book Trust.



Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
www.munsterlit.ie
This international poetry competition gives poetry writers a chance to win €1000 for a single poem. Winning poems will be published in our online poetry journal 'Southword'.


Scottish Book Trust are looking for 8 talented and committed writers to participate in their New Writers Awards. Successful applications will receive £2000 to allow them to spend time writing. The deadline for application is Thursday 24th November (midday).

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards | Scottish Book Trust
www.scottishbooktrust.com
If you have specific access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. This information is available in alternative formats, including large print format on request.

So get your entries in!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Book Launch












Friends asking 'When is the next novel coming out?' can now be given a positive answer. The book launch of 'Bombay Baby' the second novel is on 24th November at the Centre for Contemporary Arts(CCA) 350 Sauchiehall Street hosted by the Scottish Writers Centre at 7pm.There is a cafe and a bar on the premises. It is a busy place buzzing with interesting programmes every day of the week. I hope people would buy a copy of 'Bombay Baby' and maybe even give some as a Christmas present to others.

The editor Farhana of Dahlia Publishing Ltd who has taken this book on has been a great help in shaping the novel and polishing it for the readers. I had heard of the second book syndrome but did not realize how difficult it was till I started 'Bombay Baby.' There are readers out there who have some expectations.

Here are some comments from readers of 'Twice Born.'

‘A good beginning’- Robin Lloyd Jones Award winning author.

‘Leela’s culture clash novel is set out to be a hit’- Milngavie and Bearsden Herald

‘It's very interesting to see Britain in general through other eyes. A really fine achievement.’
Anne C. Clarke (Makar, Federation of Writers Scotland)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Nicola Morgan

Since I got into the habit of starting the day with a quick look at FB and Twitter, I must say that it is easy to waste time browsing. The exception to this is Nicola Morgan's blog 'Help I Need a Publisher'. She is concise, consistently good and is very helpful to new writers. The bonus is she is also a fun person on Twitter.

I met her at 'Weegie Wednesday' a monthly forum in Glasgow where writers, publishers, agents all meet and network. Nicola spoke about her work and the her blog and I'm sure got a lot of new writers following her blog. Her work ethic is amazing. She has something useful and interactive on her blog almost every day. Read her books, follow her blog and learn all there is to know about writing and getting published.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Bombay Baby - a peek


















A new novel by an emerging Scottish writer.

Tina is torn between her Scottish parents and her Indian roots.
In the months leading to her eighteenth birthday she decides to find that missing piece of her life. Tina embarks on a journey that will change her life forever, to India to find the woman she might otherwise have called mum. She meets an alluring American, Andrew and falls in love. But is all what it seems?
Meanwhile her uncle James is back in India on a business trip – the place where he found himself and his first love. Just when Tina is about to discover her biological mother’s identity she is involved in a tragic accident and it is James who is summoned to her hospital bedside. As James begins to reminisce over his past he wanders how his life might have otherwise turned out. What happens when their lives accidentally intertwine and what will the consequences be for their loved ones waiting in Glasgow?

Praise for Twice Born
“At last! I got your book from Amazon last week, but it was woth waiting for. I enjoyed your story very much - and also enjoyed learning about the Scotland -India connections. Hope you're working on the next one now. I'm looking forward to reading more.”
Dr. Ann Mc Laren Vice- President of Scottish Association of Writers

“Watch out for emerging new writer Leela Soma …”
Professor Willy Maley in "Discovering Scottish Literature"
School of English and Scottish Language and Literature

Thursday, 6 October 2011

National Poetry Day

















On National Poetry Day of 'Games' my wee thoughts

Chess


The legacy of the Guptas lives on.
A game of yore given to the world
Ashtapada the eight squared board
Mentioned in the epic Mahabharata
Of chess men infantry, cavalry, chariotry
Elephantry the game of war and strategy
Perused by Arabs taken by the Buddhists
To the Silk Road, Chaturanga made inroads
To Europe over centuries the game played on
Stone changed to boards now on computers
A game of brains, checkmated and stalemated
Imprinted into the history of mankind.




Snakes and Ladders

A piece of cotton marked with houses
All houses represent emotions
The mind is man as they say
The snakes the bad feelings that
Take one away from Nirvana
The ladders the support of man
Good feelings those positive vibes
Makes man content and happy
Using cowries, shells or wooden pieces
Throw the dice to your life’s chances
Ancient philosophy on a board.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Book Cover















Here at last.


Dahlia Publishing
Paperback published
14 November 2011, £12.99
ISBN 978-0-9566967-1-7

Coming Soon


Dahlia Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of their first novel. Glasgow based writer and poet Leela Soma whose novel, Bombay Baby was thrust from the slush pile for its heart warming, coming of age novel with heaps of spice.

Read the novel set in Bombay and Glasgow.

A tale of identity, of motherhood, sibling rivalry and family secrets.

Available soon on:

Neilsenbookdata
Amazon
And in major bookstores.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Wee Fiction





Just had no time to keep the blog going, so confession time. I am taking my wee contribution to Andrew McCallum Crawford's blog and cutting and pasting it here along with the comments!

Hopefully I'll do better in October what with poetry week and lots of lit things happening all over.

SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2011

A Wee Guest Fiction: Leela Soma
Desert Dreams

His body lay in the mortuary. The Company, the Indian Government and the UAE Government argued over repatriating the body.

Suman had arrived in Dubai to build one of the skyscrapers that rose from nothing. The company laid off the workers when the building boom went bust. His simple dream of providing a decent life back home in Kerala for his family evaporated. Beholden to the moneylender and desperate, he threw himself off the unfinished ninetieth floor. His dreams splattered on the sand with his lifeless body.

He remained an untouchable in birth and death.

Comments:
Lotus Reads said...
Wow, this story is powerful, poignant and topical. Not a week goes by without a mention in the newspapers of some unfortunate construction worker in the Gulf who either died in an accident or was desperate enough to take his own life. I was deeply moved by this story and its thought-provoking last line! Thank you Leela Soma.
26 September 2011 16:42

Gerda Casier said...
Strangely familiar and poignant, every word at its place.
27 September 2011 18:09

Sunday, 11 September 2011

September

I am writing this on the tenth anniversary of 9'11 and the memory of that atrocity, and all other terrorist attacks including the 26'11 Mumbai bombing, makes me think of the innocent lives lost. Perhaps dwelling on it for too long is not healthy as the survivors and family of the victims have shown us their tenacity and strength to move on. September is the start of the new session and the range of new courses on literature at the university leisure classes is tempting me to register for some. Decision, decisions.
Two books that I 've read have left their mark. Howard Jacobson's 'The Finkler's Question' which made me laugh out loud in the opening chapter then moved to deeper thoughts on the question of Jewishness was a wonderful read. Sebastian Barry's 'A Long Long Way' , the story of a young man from Dublin off to fight in the Great War was gripping. His latest book 'On Canaan's Side' which is a sequel was serialised by Radio 4 recently and is a book that I must read. I am still reading 'Leela's Book' written by the British author Alice Alibinia, a clever blend of the ancient gods with a modern story that has me enraptured. It is not an easy read. The extensive research that Alibinia has done is evident and adds an important layer to the book. I am learning more of Ganesha, Vyasa and the epic Mahabharatha (which it parodies) from this book. It is an intricate plot with a lot of characters that one needs to persist with to enjoy. I was impressed with her cultural knowledge of Delhi, and Indian politics. One of the book reviewers on Twitter had put it aside saying it was unreadable as it had too many references to Hindu Gods and epics. I understand his view but it is a book that is worth reading in my humble opinion, especially if you are interested in India of the present and wish to delve in its rich heritage.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Jackie Kay wins at EIBF












Managed to get to EIBF for a day. Thrilled to see Jackie Kay win the Scot Book Awards. The event started a bit late as Jenni Murray 'BBC Woman's Hour' presenter was caught up in traffic. I got to talk to her and say how much I enjoy her programmes every morning. She was gracious and charming. She chaired the event with humour.

First to read was Sue Peebles for her debut novel 'The Death of Lomond Friel', a book about how a young woman's life is thrown into disarray when her father has a stroke, the extract on the fish shop was good. She is coming to the Milngavie Book Festival and you can see her at the Milngavie Library on 8th September FREE!

Jackie Kay read next from the non-fiction category 'Red Dust Road' her biography, and made us laugh with the extract on her summer holidays with her family. It was lovely to see her joy in paying tribute to her parents who were in the audience. A stunning writer and poet whose work tugs at your heart and yet blends humour with such ease.

Poet Stewart Conn was next and read 3 poems from 'The Breakfast Room'. He was mildly surprised about winning the poet's prize as he said he had mixed reviews for this collection. The poems he read were lyrical.

Leila Aboulela won the fiction category with 'Lyrics Alley'. She could not be there because of family commitments. She sent a touching message on how 'elastic' the word 'Scottish' writer was, to include her. She also gave a clue about her next book which is going to be set in two time frames of Sudan in the 19th C and a North Eastern Scottish city (Aberdeen methinks!)

I was hoping to catch Anjali Joseph and Neel Mukherjee at the Amnesty Talk but as this programme over ran the hour it was not possible.

I have posted the arty pics of authors at the Fest which adorned most of the marquees, a touch of wit at the EIB. Also took the RBS Theatre where the event took place.

A perfect day at the Book Fest.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Book Covers











Thought this article is really interesting from a marketing point of view.

With kind acknowledgement to 'The Wall Street Journal' March 16th 2011

Why Book Covers Get an ‘Indian’ Makeover
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/...
When Indian novels are published abroad, quintessential Indian motifs like gods and elephants tend to crop up on their cover. Exhibit A: The debut novel 'Serious Men,' shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize.

The UK version is the Amazon cover with the wee boy. The Indian one is muted colours and no Indian Gods on it. What does it say about readership in each of the continents?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

August Reads














Two completely different books that I had waited in my TBR list managed to surface to the top and I decided to read them. August is a busy month and I had to find time to devote to them.

Finkler's Question- A comedy on Jewishness won the Man Booker Prize in 2010. This is a clever and funny novel with dazzling prose that had laugh aloud moments in Part One of the book. Jewish identity is a theme that has been written about many a time. This book is exceptional. It is full of warmth, beautifully written and the main protagonist Julian Treslove is not a Jew but one who yearns to be Jewish.Two other characters are Sam Finkler and Libor Sevcik an older friend who was also their teacher.By posing the Jewish Question of identity Jacobson has debated the all the questions of culture, relationships, family and faith. I found Part 2 not as riveting as the earlier chapters. Reading it is an experience, making one laugh at the same time reflect and think about the issues that have been raised.

Sebastian Barry's 'A Long, Long Way' is a poetic, lyrical novel that depicts the hopelessness of the First World War and the millions who laid down their lives. The novel is about a young lad Willie Dunne from Dublin whose innocence when he enlists is in stark contrast to his slow realization of the futility of war as his own country slides into the Easter Rising of 1916 and the struggle for loyalties become untenable. Barry's strength lies in his language, it transports one to scenes of utter hell in no man's land and shakes you to the core. The endless waste of human lives as wars continue to this day makes one wonder if man will ever learn. Not one for reading 'war novels' this was 'unputdownable.'

I now look forward to his new book 'On Canaan's Side'as it takes the story of Dunne's sister Lillie from 1916 to her new life in New York a tale of trauma and exile as the blurb says. Yes I'll be reading it soon.

In my hands now is Alice Albinia's 'Leela's Book' the next on my reading list. How could I resist a book with my own first name? What a lovely cover too!


Sunday, 31 July 2011

July is done





Why Ruby? Good question. Seeing my grandmother's ruby set made me wonder about this gem. Rubies known as the "Rajnapura" or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July's birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. Burma has the best colour and quality, the deep red rubies. The names of some of the world famous rubies took me back to my primary school history. Mandalay Ruby,Timur Ruby, the exotic name of Timur or Tamerlane from Central Asia who invaded India and took the huge ruby in 1398!Presented to Queen Victoria it remains in the Royal collection but the fascinating inscriptions on the flat surface records five emperors who owned it and the longest inscription reads as follows and I quote :
- “This is the ruby from among the 25,000 genuine jewels of the King of Kings, the Sultan Sahib Qiran (Timur), which in the year 1153 A.H. (1740 A.D.) from the collection of jewels of Hindustan, reached this place (Isfahan).
The description surpasses all:“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”.It brought back the old Indian tale of the 'Lost Ruby'where the Minister finds the lost ruby in the stomach of the fish and rushes back to return it to the king, one of the many childhood stories that one imbibes as part of one's culture. July certainly makes the sky ruby red at times and watching the sun set on a late summer evening is wonderful.July is over and it has been a mixed summer weather wise.Sunshine and showers.

There is a lot going on in the Lit world. Book launches, readings, the Ed Fest this month and other festivals galore. An exciting time as September approaches with our own local Milngavie Book and Art Festival to look forward to.

A couple of months to go for my novel two to come out I hope.It is in the last stages of birth. The manuscript transformed to a book makes all the hours spent on it really worthwhile. I can't wait to hold it as a book in my hands. The minute I get the cover and news of its launch I'll post it on this blog.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Laurie Lee













A quiet Sunday after a busy week I decided to settle down with my favourite book, Poem For the Day. The Twitterworld is agog with people busting their guts trying to get tickets for the Edinburgh Festival or Olympics or even 'Take That' Concerts. I am browsing this book of 366 poems one for every day of the year including leap years. I keep it near my computer and when I feel like a break from the screen or just when my fancy takes me to dip into a poem, I grab the book and read and re-read the same poem. The wonderful thing about this book is that each poem is placed on a day of significance - either the poet's birth or death day or another relevant date - and is complemented by a footnote full of amusing anecdotes and interesting facts to expand on the poem and the poet's life.June 26th has 'Home From Abroad' a poem by Laurie Lee. He was born on this day in 1914.I am familiar with his world famous novel 'Cider with Rosie' but not of his poems. This is what I love about this book. I get to read poems and anecdotes of poets I've not come across before. In the footnote it mentions that at age 19 Laurie left Kent and walked to London and worked as a labourer. His travels through Spain is recounted in his later novels.

This poem begins with the verse

"Far-fetched with tales of other worlds and ways,
My skin well-oiled with wines of the Levant,
I set my face into filial smile
To greet the pale, domestic kiss of Kent."

Most of us can relate to his feeling of yearning for home, so beautifully expressed. In 1936 he wrote " June came in full blast, with the heat bouncing off the sea as from a buckled sheet of tin".
Of course that has happened in Glasgow. I look out at the grey skies and laugh at the image of "heat bouncing off the sea". I think that reading words in verse the best way of relaxing on a quiet afternoon.
I also noticed that there is a Book Two of the same 'Poem for the Day'. Another book to buy, read and treasure.A poem a day what more could one ask for?

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Milngavie the gentle suburb









I travelled by train to town this morning and bought a newspaper from the tiny porta cabin coffee shop/ newsagent/ sweetie shop. I found a stack of books at the side and I enquired what it was for.'It's for reading on the train,' said the nice gentleman. 'You can borrow one and bring it back or replace it with your own,' he added with a smile. Now where else in the world would you have such a wonderfully thoughtful service? I have seen a lending library in Indian trains where people spend over a couple of days travelling from one part of India to the other, but they are a captive audience, can't run away with the copies. My little suburb has these touches that I hope will always be cherished.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Cloud Messenger- A gem of a book













This is a short 195 page book, a novella. I read it in a few hours, in one sitting. Aamer Hussein's (its title from Kalidasa's great Sanskrit poem 'Meghduta') "The Cloud Messenger". Lyrical, poetic, stunning in its narration of the author's own experiences. The autobiographical facts have been fictionalised.It is the story of Mehran a middle aged man living in London and looking back on his life. The three cities of Karachi, Indore and London, the three languages Urdu, English and Farsi, the love/relationship triangles all take centre stage. I thoroughly recommend this book and I'll re read it for sure.

A quote from the opening pages of the book: "My friend said: Sometimes I feel you write my words. As if you stole them from me. Or you took them from the sea or city of our birth.
And I tell you then : The heart is a bird. An unwritten letter in its cry. It's not a perfect falcon. Nor even a swan diving for pearls. No I t'a a gull, in search of sustenance. Or rain."


I also found a wonderful review of the book on this blog, 'The Middle Stage'by author Chandrahas Choudhury. His blog is superb.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

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.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

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?

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Libraries in pics



Ruins of the Nalanda University:The site of Nalanda is located in the Indian state of Bihar, about 55 miles south east of Patna, and was a Buddhist center of learning from 427 to 1197 CE. It has been called "one of the first great universities in recorded history."







The Mitchell Library in Glasgow







The Geisel Library San Diego






Seattle Library.Where's the rain?









Salt Lake City Library in Utah











Zurich Library mind bogging design!

Books to read in the most amazing places in the world and free to all the citizens. Aren't we lucky?

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