Up for the 2020 shinies! Jinni, trapeze master, devadasi, printer’s devil, tiger-man & assorted bestitudes!

The hoary winds of winter are here, as are the reminders for all the wonderful and numerous works great science fiction and fantasy that were published round the year. As always, I would love for you to read my two most recent stories, always mainly for your entertainment and also if you’re voting for the awards.

As always, especially if you’re a new and/or international SFF reader (hi, my friends from India!), I would love for you to consider voting for the awards if you’re able. You don’t need to have an expert’s opinion on all the award categories; not all voters do, and the awards benefit from the opinions of a wider range of readers. The Locus Awards which open for voting in February are a free online vote, and the Hugo Awards can be voted for online with the purchase of a Supporting Membership to the award year’s WorldCon (which is different every year, but for 2020 it’s ConZealand). I’ll be really glad if you take some time to familiarize yourself with these processes and participate in them, because your presence in the fandom makes me feel more visible. Voting for my works is absolutely optional to this. If you’d like a handy and frankly awesome list of the books by other authors that I enjoyed this year, don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post.

And now for these two:

His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light (7521 words, Tor.com)

Eligible for: Novelette at the Hugo, Nebula, Locus Awards; Short story (no separate novelette category) for the World Fantasy Awards

binu, shezhad
If you’ve only ever read one story by me, you’ve probably read “His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light.” I received my first ever royalty statement for this novelette! A professor in Pakistan is teaching it in her graduate class! Someone very kindly put it on the Nebula suggested reading list months before I even wrote an award eligibility post! More cool news that’s currently TBA but soon, very soon!

And, uh, look, we all know that drawing isn’t my strongest suit but I love these boys, ok? Both Binu and Shehzad were characters in my other stories before. They’ve come a long way, grown up in ways I didn’t expect and taken me by surprise.

Karen Burnham’s review in Locus Magazine

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Physical books I have acquired since I came back home in September:

– Janaki Bakhle, Two Men and Music: Nationalism in the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition
– Mikhail Bakhtin (trans. Hélène Iswolsky), Rabelais and His World
– Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, Aranyak
– Nrishinghoprasad Bhaduri, Mahabharat’er Pratinayak
– Nabarun Bhattacharya, Sreshttho Golpo
– Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (a gift)
– Anuja Chauhan, The Zoya Factor
– William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
– Prabhatkumar Das (ed.), Bangla Jatrapala’r Gaan
– Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (a gift)
– Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (a gift)
– Gerard Jones, Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
– Kuzhali Manickavel, Things We Found During the Autopsy
– Misc., Innocent When You Dream: A Tom Waits Reader (a gift)
– Haruki Murakami (trans. Abhijit Mukherjee), Ek Dojon Murakami
– Suniti Namjoshi, The Fabulous Feminist
– Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table
– Philip Pullman, The Butterfly Tattoo
– José Saramago, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
– Shripantha, Battala
– John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces (a gift)
– Sarah Waters, Affinity

Now how many books is that? What am I ever going to do with all these physical books? Read them in a month before I leave to roam the world again?


Books to be taken along to the Little Town Across the Ocean:

Books for Academic Reference

Shasti Brata, Confessions of an Indian Woman Eater (not home yet)
Sheila Dhar, Raga N’ Josh (not home yet)
Jeremy Lewis, Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane
Jerry Pinto, Surviving Women
Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha
Salman Rushdie, Joseph Anton
The Book of Penguin

Books for Hopeful Author Sighting

Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories (not mine)
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
China Mieville, Perdido Street Station
Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Terry Pratchett, Night Watch
Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Books for General Sustenance

Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions
Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar, Thakumar Jhuli
Satyajit Ray, Feluda Somogro Vol. 1 (not home yet)
Satyajit Ray, Feluda Somogro Vol. 2
Satyajit Ray, Shonku Somogro (not home yet)
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Books One Has Worked On

Avan Jesia, Tower
Ravinder Singh, Like It Happened Yesterday

Update: Could not eventually bring most books in the list. Blame international luggage limitations.

Nerdjoys are:

Doctor Who Season 4. Boy, is David Tennant (first encountered in a Harry Potter film, eugh; Harry Potter has scarred our lives for eternity and a day) the cutest Doctor ever.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Faerie Queene (*sigh* No, really).

– Being paid to travel and present a paper. (Now if only we could finish writing the paper! Now if only we could start writing the paper.)

– Jolchhara coffee with cigarette and Hide and Seek biscuits in the morning, along with interesting conversation. (This makes me suddenly miss A, who I know is always on campus but the last time we chatted was more than a week ago. I must look him up more often, hmm.)