Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Ashok Banker

Via Suhail : Ashok Banker has a weblog called Indian English Spoken Here. His 'about me' section reads: "author of the Ramayana series, a contemporary English-language retelling based on the ancient Indian Sanskrit poem, the 'quintessential Bombay novel' Vertigo, and several other books".

Check out his latest post, in which he pans reviews Daniel Lak's Mantras of Change: Reporting India in a Time of Flux.

In an earlier post (which apparently appeared as a column in Rediff even earlier), he lavishes praise on some Indian women writers -- in particular, Shashi Deshpande, Anjana Appachana, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Chitra Banerjee Divakurni, Sunetra Gupta -- who do not get much recognition from the media. Along the way, he ends up trashing a few writers -- men and women -- he doesn't like. No, I am not going to name them here!

BTW, to those of you who live in Mumbai: Ashok invites you all to the book launch, organized by Penguin Books, to launch Armies of Hanuman: Book 4 of The Ramayana on June 16, 2005, at Crossword, Kemp's Corner, Mumbai. Perhaps some of you will blog about it!