Debut Indian Writers Challenge
The Tales Pensieve & Random House Publishers India celebrate the advent of Indian writing talent world over
A Cool Dark Place explores the harrowing relationship Zephyr has with her grandfather Don and how actions impact our past and future. There is like we said a lot happening in the book – a relationship with a loved one in the afterlife, memories stored in bags, and getting family ties altogether, give the book its brilliant shape and structure. Supriya Dravid doesn’t disappoint for sure, so much so that you cannot believe that this is a debut.
Answer the questions in the form is all you have to do. Click for the rules – What’s fun without rules.
Just about a decade back, I would consciously never pick up a book by an Indian writer, to me those books were like the national award-winning films that were the Sunday afternoon entertainment on Doordarshan in the 90’s – deep but dark, long and boring – simply unfathomable!
Then, enters a generation of writers who caught the Indian reader by surprise by writing stories similar to the lives they were living and lo-and-behold – magic happened! We readers did not just read, we lapped it up. A crater of literary void was triggered open which demanded to be filled up.
Cut to book shopping today – When I walk into a Crosssword or Landmark, without contemplation or confusion I am headed towards the section – Indian Fiction/ Indian Books. The recommendations at these stores, the books of the month and topping the bestseller charts are works by Indian writers, in-fact most of the wishlist on Flipkart is also Indian now and nothing pleases this desi reader more 🙂
Celebrating this ecstatic turnaround for Indian readers and writers alike, here at The Tales Pensieve, a challenge is up till the end of this year.
A challenge to read and review a minimum of one first time Indian writer every month. That writer also gets featured here as the ‘WordMaverick of the Month‘.
(Lekhak log/ publishers do not ‘the’ disappoint us, let a debut writer be born every month.)
What is in it for you?
The challenge for you is – BwP – Be word Philanthropic, give it back – while we read books and write reviews, you read and write too! Answer the questions in the form herein.
The best answer every month wins a book from Random House Publishers India.
1. The reviews that will be part of the challenge will be indicated likewise – Only reviews of books by debuting Indian writers are part of this challenge. We would love that; we would also love it, if you would like The Tales Pensieve page on FB 🙂
2. A valid competing entry for a month’s challenge would be any entry that lands in our inbox via this form herein from the date of posting of the book review to midnight (23:59 hours) of the last day of the month.
3. You are allowed only one submission, though you are free to participate every month irrespective of earlier wins (or attempts).
4. For the challenge – ‘Every month’ means from the 1st to the 30th/ 31st of the month & ‘Indian writer’ means any writer who is of Indian origin, may or may not be based out of India.
5. In cases of more than one debut writer getting reviewed in the same month, we will pick the WordMaverick of the month based on our ratings and on how much we enjoyed the word-journey.
6. We reserve the right to decide the winner, the WordMaverick of the month or even discontinue the contest at our discretion.
So bookwormies Get. Set. Let. the creativity flow, fill the Pensieve, make the decisions tough for us.
Meanwhile don’t forget to spread the word and share.
Want to read an Indian Debut? Here are the reviews of what we have read…
|The Storm In My Mind
|An Incurable Insanity
|Simi K. Rao
|Aisle Be Damned
|The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma And Other Hauntings
|Love, Films and Rock ‘n’ Roll
|Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
|Lady, You’re Not A Man
|The Last War
|Bollywood Fiancé For A Day
|Om Prakash Ranjan
|The Karachi Deception
|Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts
|Amrita Anand Nayak
|Priyanka Roy Banerjee
|Murder in Amaravati
|The Secrets of the Dark
|The Homing Pigeons
|Priyanka Roy Banerjee
|Luwan of Brida
|A Splash of Love
|Jack Patel’s Dubai Dreams
|Ram Prakash & Deepa Pinto
|My Magical Palace
|Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai
|Sami Ahmad Khan
|Vinod George Joseph
|An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU
|Rajiv G Menon
|Death in Mumbai
|The Shadow Throne
|Boats on Land
|Prey by the Ganges
|The Evolution of Gods