Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Glasgow's West End

Well folks,  2013 is coming to a close and I am so grateful for an eventful year. Hope 2014 will be even better.  I managed to get a collection of short stories 'Boxed In' published in Feb 2013 by The Pot Hole Press on Kindle and had a good response to it.

Taking part and being shortlisted for 'Bloody Scotland's' Crime Festival's Pitch Perfect in September was also brilliant.

Four months away in USA and in India left me little time to write so I need to get back to serious writing in 2014.

Today the lovely Pat Bryne, has added my short story to her Pat's Guide to Glasgow West End, a gem of a website that gives all that you need to know about the West End.

website.  http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/christmas-story-kibble-palace-leela-soma/

What a wonderful way to end the year!

Wishing all writers and readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Tartan Noir?

After a rather long hiatus I'm back to share some exciting news. I have been shortlisted in the 'Pitch Perfect' Competition at the 'Bloody Scotland' Crime Book Festival. This is the second year of the new Festival and the line up of writers from all over Scotland, UK and International is stunning. 

My local paper 'The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald' also mentioned the news of my being one of the finalists in this weeks edition. It is exciting but the fact that I've to deliver a three minute pitch to a panel of experts including literary agent Mark Stanton of Jenny Brown Associates, editor Alison Hennessey from Harvill Secker and last year's winner Joseph Knobbs fills me with trepidation.  

The new novel's pitch 'Mayhem At the Mela' will hopefully interest them. Keeping my fingers crossed. 

Hope you all had a good summer break.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Summer Sale ,BOMBAY BABY ONLY 7.99

 I love sitting outside in the garden (when my hay fever is not too horrendous) and read a book. These books above are perfect for a lazy hot afternoon. Download them on Kindle o e readers or buy a copy and enjoy!


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Pat's West End Diary

Do check out this website. It is full of useful things about the West End of Glasgow. I am also chuffed that Pat has added a feature on me in the 'Glasgow Writers' section of the website.

Here is the link:


Now that the cold snap is away, enjoy the warm weather. All the Book Festivals are starting up. 'Aye Write' at the Mitchell opens tomorrow and others follow. Lots to look forward to.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

A great poetry night with poets Anne, Ogba, Christine, Shona, Alastair and yours truly will be welcoming Spring on Thursday 14th March at the Oxfam Bookshop at 7.30. Do come along with friends, if you are free, and enjoy an evening of words that will hopefully engage you.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Here it is the new ebook of 3 short stories. The Pot Hole Press have made a great wee book. Go on download it today and enjoy the stories!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Now you can listen to my Indian/Scottish voice in this podcast of my short story for GWL.

In the sixth of our new Glasgow Women’s Library podcasts, Leela Soma reads her new story, Boxed In, and talks about the inspiration behind the work.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Free offer!

A free offer you can't refuse. Free download of my first novel, set in Madras and Glasgow 'Twice Born' on Smashwords. Just enter the coupon :  BN54B  and download on your new Kindle, or tablet. 

Here's a synopsis of the novel:


Although a romantic at heart, Sita consents to an arranged marriage to a medic Ram and starts her new life in Glasgow. Her feisty, confident, vivacious personality wins her friends. ‘Here comes chapatti and curry,’ laughs the big guy of the tipsy duo.' Aye and what are you, mince and tatties?’ retorts Sita, 'Learnt the patter, hen?’ smiles the big guy.  It is in contrast to the introverted Ram who says little, seems obsessed with his work, politics and cooking. He is content, a pragmatist, not for him the gush of desperate love. ‘Saying I love you, is a western concept, it’s unnecessary,’ he states. Sita yearns for more. Incompatible in every way, yet, they stay together. The unplanned birth of their daughter Uma brings them closer. Though there is no love in the marriage, there is mutual respect. ‘Twice born’ peels away the layers and presents the simmering progress of their life in Glasgow. Their struggle is heightened by her family’s rosy view of ‘life abroad’.

Some elders in the Glasgow, living in a time warp resent any change in their perceived idea of Indian culture. Aunty BB, a gossipmonger and hypochondriac is the bane of Sita’s life. BB clings to her like a leech directing her bile in broken English on all, claiming to uphold the Indian culture. ‘Shameless girls, showing, showing skin, mini skirt bad, all forget everything Indian, I blame parents,’ is her rant. Straddling the two cultures, putting down her roots while not forgetting her own liberal family values steeped in an ancient culture is a delicate balance for Sita.

Glasgow in the 1970’s, the soot encrusted, blackened, smudged city creeps into Sita’s soul. As it unravels its beauty as the European City of Culture, she develops affection for it and a feeling of belonging deepens. As the family searches for its identity, Scotland’s political future parallels with its fight for its own Parliament. Ram’s interest as a SNP activist gives a unique perspective to a changing Scotland. What’s the use of Indian politics? We’re living here, this is what matters. An Independent Scotland is the future.’  Ram’s challenge to Indian friends, fall on deaf ears as Indian politics interests them more.

In an unexpected twist in her life, a middle aged Sita falls in love with Neil, a new colleague at work. Her heart yearns for the life of love with Neil but the freight of family and the fear of the Indian community’s reaction leaves her in a quandary. Glasgow, an upside down world now becomes her hesitant new reality. Neil, Sita’s soulmate tries to persuade her to leave all she knows and loves, the hardest decision of her life. Could she face the life ostracised by the close- knit community that had stood by her? She is truly ‘twice born,’ entwined in two cultures enriched by the Indian womb that had nurtured her soul and the Scottish cradle that had nurtured her being, her heritage unique.

 Feedback of Twice Born:

Hi Leela

At last! I got your book from Amazon last week (they had to order it), 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 …” in ‘Discovering Scottish Literature’ by

Professor Willy Maley
Professor of Renaissance Studies/Graduate Convener
Department of English Literature
of English and Scottish Language and Literature

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