It was a lovely, sunny day to be reading from 'Love Across a Broken Map' at the Durham Book Festival. Here are some pictures from the day .
It's the one year anniversary of the publication of 'Love Across a Broken Map'! And, the e-book is out just in time for it. We're so happy that we're offering free downloads of 21-23 July. So, go for it and spread the love. Download here.
The Whole Kahani members, Reshma Ruia, Kavita Jindal and Catherine Menon had facilitated a creative writing workshop at the London School of Economics on the 25th of February. Hear the podcast here.
Members of The Whole Kahani talk to Anjana Parikh from Quint about the issues that face South Asian writers in getting their work published in the UK: https://www.thequint.com/books/2017/04/17/british-asian-writers-are-struggling-against-labels-that-expect-them-to-write-of-a-colourful-nostalgic-india
The Whole Kahani members, Reshma Ruia, Kavita Jindal and Catherine Menon will be facilitating a creative writing workshop at the London School of Economics on the 25th of February. Find out more by clicking here.
It was a packed house that Sunday morning, despite the rain. Founding member, Reshma Ruia, introduced the Anthology as an exploration of “dark, pulsating loves which cut across ethnicities and divides. ”The Group read snippets from their varied stories, each illuminating a different shade of the drama of the heart, to an engaged audience and the swaying trees outside.
Festival blogger Amy McCauley wrote, "I’m impressed by the power of these voices, and by the boldness with which each writer tackles the complexities of modern love," in her review. You can read the full piece here: blog.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/2016/10/review-the-whole-kahani/
We're so pleased that Watermelon Seeds by Catherine Menon and Rocky Romeo by Dimmi Khan are part of the summer issue of the Asia Literary Review along with an introduction to The Whole Kahani collective.
At the same time, Kavita Jindal's story from Love Across a Broken Map, Three Singers, is now available on MIR Online, the web edition of the Mechanic's Institute Review.
James Holden describes the stories in Love Across a Broken map as stories where a South Asian identity is key to the protagonist, and stories where it is incidental. But even this broad dichotomy doesn’t really hold, as the stories cross this boundary in unexpected ways. It’s also notable that where the stories are set in the UK they aren’t about the ‘migrant experience’ and racism is only mentioned once in the book, and even then it’s a fleeting reference....
But ultimately it is the stories that make this such an engaging read. Because what all these stories have in common is that they are strongly driven by interesting and well- drawn characters. Many truths and observations emerge from their mouths over the course of the book, but the group achieves its aim of not tipping into stereotypical depictions of South Asian culture.
Read the complete review here: http://www.theshortstory.co.uk/the-short-story-review-love-across-a-broken-map-by-the-whole-kahani/
We read from Love Across a Broken Map at the Leicester Writes festival, followed by a Q&A with a engaging, participative audience. Thank you Leicester!