As I watched the Write India video the other day, I teared up and realized I wanted to tell the stories of my stories, the lessons I learned, and express my gratitude for the Write India program.
But, what is literary fiction? Even experienced writers often have difficulty defining this genre. It's like porn. You know it when you see it, but ask someone to define it, and they either can't or won't.
Recently, I was involved in a discussion in a writer’s group about Chetan Bhagat. Unlike most similar discussions, this one did not degenerate into the vitriol that usually happens when Chetan Bhagat is mentioned. In part, because the discussion was not limited to Bhagat himself, but included Amish Tripathi, Durjoy Datta, Ravi Subramanian, and other bestsellers. … Continue reading I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey
When the #DeadAdityaKapoor hashtag goes viral, Maya Kapoor races toward Lilavati Hospital--and her husband. But, a monsoon downpour threatens to stop her. Will she reach in time to say goodbye to Aditya? Inspired by Ravi Subramanian's Write India passage, The Hashtag wrestles with the real emotional toll of virtual rumors.
What happens when Ravi Subramanian, India’s bestselling author of banking thrillers, decides to write a romance novel set in the “glitzy world of bestsellers”? What insights would he give about becoming a best-selling author? Would switching genres work? Who’s the real Aditya Kapoor? Find out all this and more in this review of The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian.
The Wall Street Journal has called Ravi Subramanian “the John Grisham of banking.” A Mumbai-based banking executive, Subramanian is the two-time winner of the Crossword Book Award in the Popular category. In 2013, he won the award for his banking thriller, The Bankster. Set in the fictional GB2 bank in Mumbai, the book is a … Continue reading Book review: The Bankster (2012)
W is for writers, specifically Indian writers. I asked my Facebook peeps to suggest their favorite Indian writers. The answers were enlightening. Expats living in India suggested authors like Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, and Arundhati Roy, while Indians suggested Jhumpa Lahiri, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, and Ashwin Sanghi. Of course, I have my own favorite … Continue reading W is for writers