Ms Congeniality At Booker?
At last, after a Booker prize drought of nine years, a Delhi girl (well, semi-Delhi girl, considering her dad still lives here even if mom Anita Desai prefers to live in her new home in Mexico) has made it to the Booker shortlist. Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss may not as yet be the top favourite for the prize, but if there was a prize for Miss Congenial Young Writer, last year's modest young visitor from New York with her Jesus & Mary convent school accent, would win hands down. If she wins, her publisher Penguin should perhaps bring her back for a victory lap and watch how the copies of her book fly off the shelves this time round.
IWE's German Twist
While our NRI star writers make it a point to first launch their books on Bharat mata ki soil, Raj Kamal Jha is doing it the other way round. His third novel, Fireproof, will be out...