Madras on My Mind (A City in Stories)

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About The Book Once upon a time by the sea, there was a story – and another and another – and some wandered into these pages to make up a city. So meet, among others, a travel guide who falls for a French tourist, a rice merchant with Kollywood dreams, a god whose editor proves elusive, a portly musical lawyer caught in a noir plot, and a man in search of family in the Great Madras Flood. Find yourself, among other places, in Town, at that gastronomic oxymoron, the Udi...
About The Book

Once upon a time by the sea, there was a story – and another and another – and some wandered into these pages to make up a city.

So meet, among others, a travel guide who falls for a French tourist, a rice merchant with Kollywood dreams, a god whose editor proves elusive, a portly musical lawyer caught in a noir plot, and a man in search of family in the Great Madras Flood.

Find yourself, among other places, in Town, at that gastronomic oxymoron, the Udipi cafe, in Velachery, looking for pot or maybe for love , on Kaanum Pongal day all across Madras, even in a fast car on East Coast Road , Feelings the city – till it lures you back with its lovely lies.

It’s all here: the salt in the breeze, the eternal summer, the swing of the sea.

It’s Madras on your mind.

 

About The Author

Chitra Viraraghavan has worked in academic publishing, taught English, and is a book editor, school textbook writer and author of The Americans: A Novel. She is working on her second book, a work of historical fiction. Delhi Thatha, a children’s book about a philosopher, is forthcoming.

Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a humour writer, cartoonist, columnist and the quintessential Madras-Chenni novelist. Ice Boys in Bell-bottoms is a chronicle of a 1970s childhood in the city while jump Cut is a seriocomic thriller with the Madras film industry as its backdrop. His comic epistolary play, Dear Anita, sends up the Indian publishing industry, as does a work of nonfiction, how Be a Literary Sensation. His most recent novel is The Sentimental Spy.

 

Contents

 

Contents Page No.
Notes to the Reader ix
Flowers on the Madras Train 1
Bujjai  
The destoryer 7
K.Srilata  
Still Life at Marana Vilas 14
K. Raja  
Orange, Like Firecracker Flowers on a Strung 26
Priyamvada N. Purushotham  
House of Powders 35
Sanobar Sultana  
Sweet Calamity 43
M. V. Swaroop  
A Passing Show 58
Harry MacLure  
Learning Spanish in Chennai 69
Usha Chaya  
The Rice and Fall of 'Royal' Ramana Rao 79
Krishna Shastri Devulapalli  
Curd-rice Cricket 91
V.Rammarayan  
Mind Your Tongue 99
Dilip Kumar  
Eclipse 107
V. Susarshan  
Daylight Moon 117
V. Sanjay Kumar  
Objects of Desire 129
Aniruddha Sen gupta  
Redungattan 142
Kalpana Komal  
Triplicane to Taramani 153
G. Sampath  
Split ends 162
Chitra Viraraghavan  
The Appalling Lack of Vice & Spice in Chennai City 173
Anuja Chandramouli  
My Mother's Madaras 181
Vamsee Juluri  
Water and After 192
P. Balasubramanian  
About the Contributors 201
Acknowledgements 207
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Item Code: NAO858 Author: Chitra Viraraghavan & Krishna Shastri Devulapalli Cover: Paperback Edition: 2017 Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers ISBN: 9789351775720 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 220 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 175 gms
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