I remain grateful to reviewers and interviewers who discern and glean out thoughts worthy of sharing in their pieces. After her excellent review Reshmy follows it up with this interview in which I manage to surprise myself. Read on.
Varad Sharma highlights the tone of the book by selecting certain important instances of thought in his review. Thanks Varad.
‘Roll of Honour questions the authoritative power. It is about different identities an individual takes in different phases of life on the basis of colour, religion, community, language, and nation. The author is blunt in describing the events and the experiences (and even the abuses). … One should read this novel to get an insight about what the youth went through during troubled times in Punjab.’
What does a writer say when a reviewer born in Bhopal in 1983 confesses that, ‘The eyes still haunt me and I am perpetually running away from certain realities in the embezzlement of fiction that may touch base human emotions but doesn’t touch human suffering at the hands of fellow countrymen. … When Amandeep Sandhu asked me to read his second book for my views as a reader I knew if I say a yes, it would be my test too. A test if the adventurous reader has the guts too.’
Then she says this on the book. I feel humbled. Please read …
Friends, last December I was surprised by the cold wave in Calcutta. That is when, through Julia Dutta, I met Dipali Taneja. I was hungry, blown by the cold. The evening conversation with excellent kebabs and continental food at Dipali’s gave me strength and I came away knowing I had made a new friend.
This is the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness month and suddenly Dipali asked me for an interview. I just now got the blog entry from her and am so pleased to see how she read Roll of Honour and has structured her entry. Over the past few months many readers have brought such a variety of readings to the book, Dipali sees it as a book against child sex abuse and I feel so satisfied that she sees it like that. Towards the end of the interview I have made a request to all of us readers. Read on… Thank you Dipali.
Friends, this is another proud coverage. Though the book has been very well received I wanted to know how it will be accepted in Punjab. Prof Manju Jaidka invited me to speak at the Punjab University Department of English under the aegis of the Sahitya Academy. Parul Bajaj covered the event even without me knowing about it. Now that is a nice surprise. Please read on.
Karthik Keramalu asked me for an interview and I said not if the questions are the usual. He promised new questions, fresh ones. I must admit I was very happy to answer them. I like young people taking up a challenge and overcoming barriers. Please Read on.
Anuradha and Manoj are committed to creating a user friendly and interactive website around reading. I felt honoured they chose to open their site interviews with me. Best wishes, we need more interlinked readers. Read on.
Friends, Freya is a traveler, a motorcyclist, a reader of books, a social media consultant and she loves her dogs. While some of us were blindly posting the copyright messages on Facebook, she fought an interesting copyright issue on Facebook and managed to convince the folks there that some images by a certain photographer were plagiarized and got them pulled down. Thank you, no nonsense girl Freya!
‘Reading Roll of Honour gave me an insight into the lives of Sikhs after 1984. After partition this was the next big religious event that I was too young and too far geographically to remember, this book helped me understand the people of Punjab better. I’d definitely recommend this book if these kind of stories are your thing.’
Read on here.
Friends, I am really happy to post this interview that The Hindu has carried. As a writer one often writes in a vacuum but when one suddenly sees a brilliant review in an esteemed page one feels both humbled and excited. That is what had happened with ‘Sepia Leaves’ that Uday Balakrishnan had reviewed a couple of years back. That he followed up with this interview for ‘Roll of Honour’ pleases me no end. Thank you Uday.
‘A teacher of mine used to say: the mad are poets without language. Whether he is the stoic father in [my earlier novel] Sepia Leaves or the traumatised boys in Roll of Honour, whether it is schizophrenia or depression, my attempt is to extend storytelling to situations where language frequently fails to articulate reality.’
Please read here.