Indian Fiction: Why Reading is the Perfect Escape.

It is holiday season! Yippee. The schools have broken up, the heat wave is lasting longer than the obligatory two days, the roads to the coast are jam-packed with heaving cars and sweaty people armed with sun screen and swimsuits. So, have you booked your holiday yet? For me, holidays to India always start with a list. As soon as we let the family know that we’ve booked our tickets, ... Read More »

The wait is over…

The wait is over…

My debut, ‘Monsoon Memories’, is out today! You can buy it here: eBook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monsoon-Memories-ebook/dp/B00DHVEEDS/ http://www.amazon.com/Monsoon-Memories-ebook/dp/B00DHVEEDS Paperbacks: http://www.amazon.com/Monsoon-Memories-Renita-DSilva/dp/1909490059/ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monsoon-Memories-Renita-DSilva/dp/1909490059 http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Monsoon-Memories-Renita-DSilva/9781909490055   Do let me know what you thought of it, or better still, do a review on Amazon! Thank you 🙂   Read More »

Feast Days

Last night, Shirin, the protagonist of Monsoon Memories appeared in my dream- ‘Not long to go now,’ she said, ‘What are you doing to celebrate the launch? Are you having a feast?’ And instantly I was transported to the feast days of my childhood- the air smelling of caramelised sugar and candy floss; the sun reflecting off the gold adorning people decked in all their finery so they looked as ... Read More »

The Mystery of the Missing Coconuts

‘There’s a thief in the village,’ my mum sighs into the phone, ‘Steals coconuts, chickens and he even stole Dhooma’s prize milking cow it seems.’ ‘What about the noise?’ I say. ‘Did nobody hear anything?’ ‘Well, they must have heard the chickens squawking and thought a frog got in the hen house. And the cow, well, you know how deaf Dhooma is-he would sleep through a hurricane. And his wife ... Read More »

A quote for Monsoon Memories

A quote for Monsoon Memories

When Oliver emailed me and said that Heather Gudenkauf had consented to read my book, I couldn’t believe it! I was excited and at the same time extremely nervous. I had reserved Heather Gudenkauf’s ‘The Weight of Silence’ at Waterstones, captivated by the blurb and had devoured it the moment I had a copy of the book in my hands. I hoped fervently that this amazing author would like my ... Read More »

The most important thing in the world

Once every week, I speak to my grandmother and our conversations go something like this, give or take a few words, every single time: Me: How are you, Gran? Gran: Not well, aches and pains everywhere, that balm you got last time is finished. It worked wonders. Me: I will get it next… Gran: Never mind that, have you eaten? Me: Not yet. Gran: Why not? Me: It’s nine o’clock ... Read More »

Do you believe in omens?

Once upon a time, there was an albino frog, who, tired of being teased by his counterparts for being different, took refuge in my mother’s warm, dark kitchen. However, the poor frog had not reckoned with my mother, who, bleary eyed with sleep staggered into the kitchen in search of a tumbler of tea and almost stumbled over a white blob sitting right by the doorway. She squinted at it, ... Read More »

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