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  Here, I will share information about my books, plays, films and essays.


photo: Jerry Bauer, 2007

News 2009


July 26 - August 9 

My play Mataji was staged by Naatak in Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Ramon, California. Here is an essay about gurus and god-women, written in connection with the play for Siliconeer magazine; a story on Naatak in the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a list of past productions.



My play, Aath Ghante (Hindi), was staged by Aakar Kala Sangam at the Bhartendu Natya Utsav in Delhi.


May 7

Here is a comment on Indian outrage at George Bush's comment that increased consumption in India and China was contributing to the worldwide rise in food prices. The original was published in Tehelka.


March 27

On March1, the Vatican decided to confer sainthood on Sister Alphonsa, a nun from Kerala credited with the miracle of curing a crippled boy. Here is a scoop (full of lies, I assure you) about the second miracle of Mother Teresa, which should be sufficient evidence for the Vatican to speed her toward canonization.


March 12

Here is an essay I wrote for Tehelka, regarding a silly claim made by an Indian minister on the number of Indians at NASA. And here is a  longer version of that essay.


March 1

A comment on Indian Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's plan to install "discharge-free" green toilets in Indian trains. The original was published in Outlook magazine. Here is a longer version


January 20

Aath Ghante (Hindi), was staged by Aakar Kala Sangam at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav at the National School of Drama, New Delhi.




News 2007


December 20-25

Aath Ghante (Hindi) was staged by Aakar Kala Sangam at the Roopkatha Drama Festival, Allahabad and Nandikar's National Theatre Festival, Kolkata.


October 1

Here is my review of David Edgerton's The Shock Of The Old, published in Literary Review.


August 9-September 28

Aath Ghante (Hindi) was staged by Aakar Kala Sangam in Guwahati, Udaipur, Jaipur and Mussoorie. Here is the schedule, and a few reviews (Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), The Telegraph)


July 18

Read my interview with Outlook magazine in Delhi.


July12-July 14

Aath Ghante (Hindi) was staged by Aakar Kala Sangam at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Here are a few reviews of the production: The HinduSandhya Times (Hindi), Daily Pioneer


July 1

Read my interview with India Se magazine in Singapore (Page 1, Page 2).


June 29-July 8

Everyone Loves A Good Tsunami was staged by Pratidhwani in Seattle. 


May 19, 20, 26

Everyone Loves A Good Tsunami was staged by Natya Bharati in Maryland and Virginia.


May 16

I read from The Peacock Throne at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.


May 13

Read my interview with South China Morning Post.


May 1

Read my interview with Aesthetica magazine.


March 15

Read my interview with Water, No Ice magazine.


Feb 26

I read from The Peacock Throne at Landmark, Bangalore.



Feb 25

I read from the novel at Crossword, Mumbai.



Feb 24

Kitab Literary Festival in Mumbai.



Feb 18

I read from the novel at Landmark, Gurgaon (Delhi).



Feb 12

"Meet The Author" event at Asia House, London.


November 15

The Confession of Sultana Daku (Penguin India) will be published in November.



August 26

The French edition of The Peacock Throne (Le Trône Du Paon, Grasset) was published late in August.  Here are some reviews: Le Monde, Le FigaroL'Hebdo, France24


April 30

The Peacock Throne was shortlisted for the Encore Award.


April 3

My play Everyone Loves A Good Tsunami was staged by Shunya Theatre in Houston, Texas.


March 23

Here is an essay on the riot of feminism in Indian theatre and cinema, published in Siliconeer magazine.




News 2008

Feb 5

Read my interview with The Metro, London.



News 2006

Dec 12

Read my interview with The Bookseller magazine (subscription required, sorry).



Nov 25

French rights to The Peacock Throne were won at auction by Grasset.



Oct 7

My essay on ragging has been re-printed in Tehelka.


More on The Peacock Throne

Here is the cover, and a (slightly edited) description from Amazon

October 31, 1984 begins like any other day for Gopal Pandey as he sets up his tea stall in a lane off Chandni Chowk - the most magnificent and crowded street in all Delhi. At its head lies Red Fort, once the home of the gem-encrusted Peacock Throne, symbol of the Mughal Empire's dazzling might, and of its downfall. By the end of the day, Indira Gandhi has been assassinated, violent riots have erupted and Gopal is the bemused possessor of a large sum of money. Fourteen turbulent years and four dramatic turning points in Indian history later, this near-blind, bumbling man stands on the verge of immense political power. Gopal's unlikely journey is a tale of accidents, scheming, murder and tragedy, religious and political rivalries, corruption and hubris. Irreverent, farcical and as enlightening as it is entertaining, The Peacock Throne is a novel of breathtaking scope and reach, which looks deep into the heart of human nature and into the soul of modern India.

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Here are some reviews of The Peacock Throne:   

Time Magazine


Indian Express

Hindustan Times 

Literary Review

The Independent

The Telegraph (India) 

India Today 

Daily Mail

South China Morning Post

The Telegraph (UK) 

The First Post

New Statesman

Times Literary Supplement

The Big Issue

Asians In Media

Time Out London



Women and Home

The London Paper

Sunday Times (Australia)

Sydney Morning Herald

Business Standard

Daily Express Waterstones Books Quarterly The Times Metro
Sunday Tasmanian Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin Good Reading Magazine

Blog Critics

You can buy the novel at Amazon UK, Waterstone's or Amazon Canada.





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