The autobiography of a Goddess

PRIYA SARUKKAI CHABRIA’S books include speculative fiction, cross-genre non-fiction, a novel and two poetry collections. Awarded a fellowship for her Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Indian Government, her work is translated into six languages. She has experimented with the ancient Rasa theory of aesthetics, learnt Pali to read the JatakaTales, co-founded the silent film society Friends of the Archive, collaborated with filmmakers, dancers and artists and curated two seminars for the Indian Academy of Literature. Her work can be found in anthologies and journals including Adelphiana, Asymptote, Breaking the Bow, Caravan, IndianQuarterly. …Read more

Bombay/Mumbai: Immersions
Many writers, artists and photographers have chronicled this city in word and image –and ours is one more venture, or journey, in this direction. But no journey of true discovery ends for the traveller, for the end of one journey merely marks the beginning of the next one. In this sense, our journey is also not complete. We realized that what one saw at noon must be seen again in starlight; that which was seen in summer reveals another aspect in the monsoon; sights and smells cherished in childhood vanish and are replaced with other sensations and a different understanding. One has to retraced one’s footsteps or place new ones alongside older paths as materiality and memories morph, implanting on each other, shaping the contours of our imagination and existence. …Read more

Love: Stories
A collection of love stories from different decades – beginning in newly independent India and extending to the near future. The stories are wholly or partly set in Bombay, adding a pelt of memory to the urgency of passion.

Photographs by Christopher Mark Taylor

Ice Wine
His mother mails: if Shailaja agrees, consider calling your cousin to Toronto. After all Neerja is alone in New York while her mother is seriously ill here. You know she can’t return until she gets her Green Card…The mail smokes out the girl from his youth in Chennai, a girl with his aunt’s wide smile, a flame flitting in and out of his memory. Sesh calls the number his mother sent. Puts on his best big brother style, slips in a phrase of Tamil and tells her voice mail to call him back. …Read more

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