Compliments of the Season to you
I hope you have enjoyed the holiday season and your celebrations whether Yuletide and Solstice; Christmas and Boxing Day; Hanukkah; Ashura or combinations of the different seasonal events.
We have even had the gift of rain that has washed and replenished this parched land. Listening to the sound of rain on the roof was bliss.
Clean the women’s library, London
My Christmas and Boxing Day were peaceful and shared with friends and family, some through the magic of technology. We were fortunate enough to enjoy lovely food and thoughtful gifts. It was low-key due to the many demands on time and energy throughout the year but relaxed and cheerful. Thanks to all who sent cards, e-cards, calendars, letters and gifts which are all very much appreciated.
Another of the unexpected pleasant surprises over the holiday season has been reading the reviews of the Indo-Aus anthology “Fear Factor Terror Incognito”. For the authors and readers as well as others who may be interested, here they are:
Fear Factor Terror Incognito Reviews
JagranCityPlus Central Delhi
December 28 2009
Book explains fear factor of terrorism
Addressing the dread of living with unpredictable peril, constant fear and terrorism, Oxford Bookstore and Picador India hosted last week the launch of the book ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a cross-cultural anthology of stories by Indian and Australian authors. The book was launched by Joginder Paul, renowned Urdu writer. It was followed by a panel discussion on escalating terrorism all over the world, in which poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra participated, among others.
The book is edited by Meenakshi Bharat, professor of Venkateshwara College and author of many literary works. “It is an attempt to ward off fear and restore humanity by reminding the readers about mankind, unity, peace and harmony. It motivates them to uphold humanitarian values and light the fire of anti-terrorism, thereby making the planet safe for the entire human race,” Meenakshi Bharat said. The articles have been contributed by famous authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent, including David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Neelum Saran Gour, Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Fisher, Susanne Gervay, Tabish Khair, Denise Leith, Andrew YM Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh and Janhavi Acharekar; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne. They do not offer solutions; instead they lead readers along hidden paths to make their own discoveries.
Friday, December 25 , 2009
Walk on the Wild Side
Fear Factor: Terror Incognito (Picador, Rs 295) edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle brings together stories from two different lands to explore the theme of terrorism. This anthology of short stories also serves another latent purpose. It is a collaborative effort to understand whether the artist responds to these violent times any differently than the layman. The answer, the editors argue, is in the affirmative. An artist — whether an author, a painter or poet, located in India or abroad — often attempts to examine the complex factors that have led men and women to inflict terrible retributions on society. Fear Factor includes contributions by Salman Rushdie (“For Kashmir, for Paradise” taken from Shalimar the Clown), Kiran Nagarkar (“In search of Essar” from God’s Little Soldier) as well as a kitschy story by Gulzar in which a Muslim man, hounded by the fear of death in riot-torn Mumbai, ends up killing a fellow Muslim on a local train.
World Wide News
by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi
Monday, December 14, 2009 2:01 PM IST
First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST
Last Updated :
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalam media has a character of its own and it keeps a certain level of dignity amongst the vernacular media in the country, said Sujata Sankranti, writer and lecturer in English at the Delhi University. She was addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club …
Sujata’s short story ‘’An Eye for an Eye’’ [published in ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’] is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel ‘’In the Shadow of Legends’’. Regarding the theme of her novel, Sujata said that an act of terror did not end with the act. Its consequences go beyond the act. She said that her story [in the anthology] was about the consequences of terrorism.
She also read out from her work and said that she was happy to present the story … Sujata had won first prize for her story ‘’The Wrap and the Weft’’ (sic) in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 1998.
Fear Factor-Terror Incognito is an important cross cultural anthology with India and Australia with respected editors Meenakshi Bharat from India and Sharon Rundle from Australia. Meenakshi and Sharon meet many challenges to get this cutting edge anthology published. It is a major achievement to be published in India, Australia and UK by Picador. The stories explore terrorism as it impacts on us all through narrative fiction and includes the wonderful writing of Sujata, Booker Prizes winners to emerging authors with new voices. It was a brave venture that crosses the oceans to unite our region in the commonality of us all, as we face this threat. I was privileged to write my story ‘Days of Thailand’ that sits besides some of the world’s great Indian and Australian authors. Susanne Gervay www.sgervay.com
“Fear Factor: Terror Incognito” a collection of stories, book launch & discussion
12/10/2009 6:30pm-8pm India Standard Time
(12/11/2009 12am local)
Event Details : Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi in association with Picador India is hosting the launch of ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a collection of stories to instil humanity, wisdom and ward off fear, written by famous writers like Gulzar, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Keneally to name a few. Edited by Meenakshi Bharat, Professor of Venkateshwara College, New Delhi and Sharon Rundle, author, the book will be release by eminent Urdu writer Joginder Paul, followed by a panel discussion with famous poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra.
About the book: ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’ is a collection of stories meant as a call for humanity and sanity in response to the fear mongering that goes on today. And, actually, it’s a very firmly light and cheeky collection with a great perspective and sense of humour.
Today’s Writing Tip
Now that the tension and excitement leading up to the festivities is over and we have a brief respite before ringing in the New Year, it’s time to reflect and draft a piece of writing to work on through the year. Then you’ll have a story, poem, play or article ready to submit by next September for the 2010 Festive Season.