Vol XVII An Angel on the Rock

Krishna Shastri-Author Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a cartoonist, children’s illustrator, graphic designer and writer. He has worked in advertising, designed greeting cards, illustrated school textbooks, written film scripts and original stories for children. His first novel, ‘Ice Boys in Bell-bottoms’ (HarperCollins, 2011), is a humorous chronicle of a 1970s Madras childhood. His second novel, ‘Jump Cut’ (HarperCollins, 2013), is a seriocomic thriller set in Chennai with the film industry as its backdrop. At present, he is working on a book of humorous prose, a young adult novel, the sequel to his first book and a play you might see sooner than you think.

Cunning Lingo

The other day, I went to a bar. I do that when my wife ‘loses’ the key to the liquor cabinet and becomes temporarily hearing impaired, which she’s prone to now and again. My companion on these outings is usually my old friend, the redoubtable Ramki Ramakrishnan. A man who’s always there during alcohol emergencies, no questions asked. Not to mention, a man who can be an alcohol emergency if questions are asked. Continue reading

Vol XVII Pick me up

Stephen King AuthorThe King of Horror is also at heart, a master story-teller. His “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“, is a bible for all aspiring authors who have always wanted to but didn’t know how to.

King takes the reader through an eventful journey that begins with his childhood and his early attempts to write, the publishing of his first novel Carrie, his battle with alcohol addiction, his near-fatal accident and his return into full-fledged writing, in his inimitable style, that the world has come to love. Continue reading

Vol XVII Leave the child alone


Waking upto a bicycle ride into the dawn; fat warm mornings under the mango trees; the stillness of afternoon lying on the floor reading a book while the hand reached for a curl of murukku; games of badminton in the evening; long hours of the night star gazing – this was the promise I made myself all through the school year. Of a summer vacation when I did whatever I wanted simply because I felt like doing so and not because it was expected of me. Continue reading

Vol XVII Supercall

Peter James-Author Peter James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace thriller series. Before writing full time, James lived in the U.S. for a number of years, producing films including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.

A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with James overseeing all aspects, including scriptwriting.

James’ novella ‘The Perfect Murder’, had its world stage premiere in 2014, and his first Roy Grace novel ‘Dead Simple’ has now been adapted for stage, and will tour the UK in 2015. In 1994, in addition to conventional print publishing, James’ novel ‘Host’ was published on two floppy discs and is now in the Science Museum as the world’s first electronic novel. Famed for his in-depth research, in 2009 James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, and in 2013 he was awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award by Sussex Police with whom he rides along regularly. He has also been out many times with the NYPD and the LAPD in the US and with many other police forces around the worlds, as well as doing extensive research with offenders in prisons and psychiatric institutions. Continue reading