This was a really fun book to be involved with. Mizoram is a super interesting place... a tiny Indian state nestled in the hills on the Myanmar border; remote and beautiful; culturally unique; a success story in terms of education and human development, but somewhat difficult for outsiders to get to know about.
The author, Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte, is a rockstar academic from Mizoram University & Stanford who has a Ph.D. in African-American literature and has written on the parallels between Native American folklore and Northeastern Indian hill tribe mythology.
Her book presents 6 stories from pre-Christian Mizo mythology that reflect her interest in supernatural love affairs -- between humans and weretigers, humans and phungpuinu (a terrifically icky sort of goblin), humans and lasi (a race of elves or faeries), and more.
Rajesh Kumar, the most insanely prolific of the many Tamil pulp fiction authors whose work we featured in The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol. I and Vol. II, has apparently begun writing even faster. The Coimbatore-based writer has been averaging three new titles a month since he got started in 1968, and was reportedly up to a lifetime total of around 1500 books. Now, however, our local tea kadai proprietor tells us that he's stocking eight or nine new Rajesh Kumar novels every month.
Let's repeat that: Eight or nine novels. Every month.
If you aren't familiar with the Rajesh Kumar yugam, peruse this profile by Samanth Subramanian.
Also, check out this interview of G Asokan, one of Rajesh Kumar's publishers, where he reminisces about the eighties when television had not yet taken over people's lives.
Here are a few of this month's Rajesh Kumar covers:
Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation
Please join us at3:30 P.M. tomorrow—Friday, January 17, 2014—at the Chennai Book Fair (at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam) for the launch of our new release, a translation of the screenplay of one of the most acclaimed Tamil films of recent years.
DirectorM. Sasikumarwill present the first copy to chief guestGautham Menon. ActorsJaiandSamuthirakaniand cinematographer S. R. Kadhir will be there, along withAnand Pandian, the editor and co-translator of the book, and film criticsBaradwaj RanganandPreminda Jacob, who have contributed essays. Sahitya-Akademi-award-winning Tamil authorSu. Venkatesanwill also speak at the event.
There will be a question and answer session at the end, followed by a book signing... and afterwards, of course, you can head onwards into the giant book fair tent and browse the stalls of hundreds of publishers, all of whom are offering their titles at a discount of at least 10%.
If you're not in Chennai tomorrow, please note that you can order the book online from our site.