When a ten-year-old Tanya discovers a mysterious, furry creature in her balcony, unbeknownst of its identity or origin, she embraces it into her life and unknowingly changes the course of her world’s history.The world little Tanya has inherited is centred around the fictional and futuristic colony of Kalpana Nagar, nestled somewhere in the locale of South Delhi, in the year 2050. It’s a land of flying advertisement drones and creeping city sludge, of miniature wearable ‘computers’ and lofty mountains of garbage. It’s where a strict Mamma and a kind, old ‘Jiji’ complete Tanya’s family and where, without telling them, Tanya hopes to rear a new family member, who she’s innocently taken to be her little brother.But the gutsy girl doesn’t realise that she and her ‘brother’ are separated by over 40 million years of evolution and in this fast choking world, there might not be a place for two little children of Mother Nature, or as an old African poacher likes to call her ‘Mama Asili’.
A spectacular bouquet of a dozen stories travelling across time and space through colourfully multicultural contexts. The nonlinear narrative style helps the reader flow with the kaleidoscopic presentation of events.
– Dr. Lalitha Menon, retd Professor and HOD, Calicut, India
The stories are aptly published while we celebrate Singapore’s Bicentennial. ‘Punkah Wallah’, a delightful fiction worth re-visiting brings to life the different classes of our society, origins, cultures and how they functioned during the earliest days of the last century. ‘Did Churchill know?’ left me pleasantly surprised, shocked, and bemused.
– Angela Leong, Director of a Research firm, Singapore
Thoroughly enjoyed the short stories, finding them gripping and touching, with unexpected little twists. On my second reading, with real concentration, I found them even more interesting. They made me think more, and that is a good thing!
– Valerie Dümpelmann, EFL instructor, Germany
… is not only a story of how different generations relate to literature. A brilliant short story emblematically highlights many of the problems that characterize Tamil literature as a set of social practices in Singapore today.
– Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, USA
Author : Pattukkottai Prabhakar
Publisher : Zero Degree Publishing
No. of pages : 264
Translator : B. Lavanya ISBN : 9788193635506
Category : Novel Published on : 2018
Subject : Crime / Thriller Book Format : paperback
Language : English
In this A to Z on Parsis:
How Parsis convert the dirtiest swear words in to terms of endearment
pesi, who got the Pope himself to intercede to reduce the volume of bells rung at St.Joseph’s Church,Dadar
Maku Macbeth’s OCD which compelled her to change her undergarments five times a day
The inside story of famous Parsi murderers
Men who believe why have a wife when you have your Mummy
Parsi mediums communicating with the dead to obtain indigestion remedies
Ponniyin Selvan is Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s magnum opus, set in 10th century Tamil Nadu, exploring the early life of Emperor Rajaraja the 1st. It might have been written more than 60 years ago, but this saga is timeless, reeling in readers with a gripping plot interwoven with intrigue, conspiracies, mystery, romance and adventure. Fresh Floods is Book 1 of a total of five volumes.
Who is the rightful heir to the ancient Chozha throne? Will Madhuranthakar—son of the eldest son—or Aditha Karikalan—the grandson of the younger—wear the crown? And will justice prevail in this struggle for power?
Follow our young, enthusiastic hero Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan on his fascinating journey, as this historical fiction based on real characters and incidents unfolds at a spell-binding pace, delving deep into human tendencies, desires, personal motives, political ambitions and the fight to gain power at all costs.
Shadow of the Palm Tree is set in Goa, India’s very own Shangri-la. It opens with a heart-rending tragedy: the death of a mother at her own hands. Yet the shadow of sadness cast on the Abreus took shape in the 1700s, when the family converted to Christianity and joined the most lucrative enterprise of Christian Europe: the slave trade. From the day Imaculada, a traditional healer from Mozambique, entered the Abreu home, her family and theirs were fated to be entwined in a dark dance of intimacy. After their mother’s death, the Abreus flee from the penumbra of their collective grief becoming an inadvertent metaphor for the diasporic nature of the Goan community. As Goa gains independence, family equations are realigned once again. Claudinha, a descendant of Imaculada, flees Goa and the Abreus to take refuge with the Siddhis, a primitive tribal group. There is now no one left to deflect Imaculada’s malevolence. Will her prophecy finally be fulfilled? Richly told and profoundly moving, Shadow of the Palm Tree is a story of identity and survival, love and sacrifice, forgotten history and cultural conflicts.
A transporting tale set around the shifting power dynamics of viciously aggressive investors who enter a nation to maraud lt’s resources and will stop at nothing to make money. A stunning meditation on human nature and survival instincts, this novel poses intense moral questions. Discover a world of love and deception as it weaves through the extraordinary world of magical realism.
FIFTY PARSI PORTRAITS
include The City Father assassinated in broad daylight
The Aristocratic Sisters owing allegiance to the British monarchy, fifty years after Independence
The Principal who bent all his priciples for a masseuse
The Accountant who organised tax raids on his own clients
The thumri humming High Priest of Navsari
The Magician who was tricked by his maid
The Conman who met Marilyn Monroe through time travel
The renowned Forensic Expert who hypnotised roosters
The Stud who fathered half a village in Pune
The Serpent Avatars with their Bollywood glitz
The Serial Philanderer who seduced countless
domestics behind a water tank
BIZZARELY BAWDY REAL LIFE TALES MORE FANTASTIC THAN ARABIAN NIGHTSSECRET LIVES OF UNFORGETTABLE BAWAS
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“His articles laced with subtle wit, wisdom and affection,
offer deep insight into the Parsi way of life which is rapidly disappearing.”