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Calcutta and the Pujas

If you’re from Calcutta and no longer live there, you will know what I mean when I say that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to display your heartfelt pride in your home city. I really want to indulge in ‘My city is World’s Best’chest-thumping, but the city makes it very, very difficult. Pretty much the only … Continue reading

Turbulence: Events and updates

Further updates and links here:   Update – The book tour is done, and after travelling from Calcutta to Jaipur to Kochi to Bangalore to Bombay for round 2, I”m fairly glad it’s over. Much fun was had, and there are a few updates, and this is a big one: Mumbai Mirror on Turbulence going … Continue reading


This post is from 2010, when the Indian edition was launched. For the updated page for Turbulence with other editions/reviews/links , visit this page. Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections – but then he gets on a plane from London to … Continue reading


Because fungus was growing on this blog. Again. So. About a month to go to Turbulence. Proofs are done. Covers are in. There’s going to be a limited edition hardback, with an extra section ( a cluster of very short stories set in the world of the novel, with the few compulsory drastic reveals) with … Continue reading

How the years speed by

I finished my first book almost exactly eight years ago. Don’t remember the date, but it was in April 2002. I’m about a week away from finishing my fifth, my first young adult novel. That, plus about fifteen issues of comics, twelve short stories or so, two screenplays sold but as yet unproduced, a couple … Continue reading

You will experience

This isn’t the cover, it’s an announcement poster; you can see it at Hachette’s stall at the World Book Fair. But essentially, this is it – my new novel is called Turbulence and will be out this year. We’re thinking September/October.

More anthology goodness

The Swiss-Indian comics anthology is out. It is called When Kulbushan met Stockli (I still think my title suggestion was far cooler, but I’ve forgotten what it was so maybe it wasn’t) and it is full of multicolour graphic goodness. Again, this post is a linkdump for now – though I seriously doubt there will … Continue reading

Kickass Bongs #3: Batman was Bengali

or spent a lot of time in Calcutta; how else would he know about the relationship between a ghoti and his fish? From the Batman TV Episode An Egg Grows in Gotham [2.13] Robin: “Ghoti” is “fish”? Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in “tough” or “laugh”. O becomes I as in … Continue reading

Exploding pens

Had much fun yesterday reading to kids at Eureka Bookstore, probably the best-known store in the city as far as younger readers are concerned. Was asking grave young readers, who were arranged in Roman military formation for some reason. Scholastic should be pleased with me – many copies of Bewitched were sold, though I was … Continue reading

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June 2023