Book Description

Review ...a riveting collection of stories written by 10 bestselling Tamil writers... In Pritham Chakravarthy's translations, the characters in these stories live and breathe an English that smells like a neutral ether: neither elaborately English nor annoyingly vernacular... There are two reasons to buy this book. One, it's a wonderful read and, two, it's the best-produced paperback in the history of Indian publishing. From the luridly brilliant cover (complete with gun-toting, full-breasted Tamil rose) to the colour plates, the line drawings, the perfectly judged author introductions and the high-quality paper inside, this book is an object lesson in how publishing is done. --Mukul Kesavan, Outlook IndiaAs we draw near the end of 2008, I see this anthology as possibly the most significant contribution to Indian writing this year. --Vijay Nambisan, Deccan HeraldThe short story collection is as satisfying as the cover. There are scientists gone berserk, smooth and restless detectives, robots committing murder... This anthology also lets an uninitiated reader peep into the visual pleasures of a Tamil pulpy novel [with] a significant number of pages dedicated to the jackets of the novels and magazines... Think of this one as the literary equivalent of a David Dhawan movie. --Arshad Said Khan, Man's World Read more About the Author Rakesh Khanna was born in California, where he studied mathematics and classical percussion. He co-founded the alternative publishing house Blaft in Chennai in 2008. He is the editor of THE BLAFT ANTHOLOGY OF TAMIL PULP FICTION VOL. I and VOL. II and co-editor of the graphic anthology THE OBLITERARY JOURNAL. Read more