My story ‘Neelam’s Wedding’ has been shortlisted in the Fish short story competition 20/21. Brusque Glaswegian Asian, Dean, arrives in Delhi to be best man at his friend’s wedding. He’s received by the straight-laced Vinod, an officer in the Indian Army. The pair quickly get on the wrong side of each other, and Vinod, for reasons of his own, decides to torpedo the wedding. Just how does he do it?
Just signed the contract with the enthusiastic and energetic publisher ‘Fly on the Wall’ for my next collection of short stories, ‘The House with Two Letter-Boxes’. All the stories in this collection are set in the North East of England and they are not, repeat not, middle-class. Expect a world you can recognise, and a language you are familiar with (depending on your origins). Publication date end of next year.
Took me a while to realise that ‘The Map of Bihar’ had been given a mention by Nicholas Royle in ‘Best British Short Stories 2020’ and, in particular, the story ‘Washing Machine Wars’. Thanks to Selma Cavalho for pointing this out, and thanks again to Circaidy Gregory Press for publishing me.
Massive thanks to ‘The Hyderabad Review’ for daring to run with this story about struggle, love and racism in the UK. Good to reach another part of the Indian reading public.
Here’s what the Editor-in-Chief had to say about the story: ‘When I started reading, the very first thought of a foreigner writing on Indian subjects interested me. As the story went on it really intrigued me to know whats coming. I could visualize everything in front of my eyes and I was able to connect with the character, “Prem” and imagine the western world in the 60s and the racial discrimination. A great story!’
I’m hoping ‘Foxtrot in Fulham’ will be the centre-piece in my next collection, but meantime, you can read it here for free!
‘In the Kitchen’, a diverse anthology of stories with a diversity of authors launches today. Edited by culinary genius and author, Susmita Bhattacharya, and Farhana Shaikh of Dahlia Publishing, you can expect it to whet your appetite for all kinds of delicacies. Except for my story, ‘A Bird on the Wing’, set in a dismal Glasgow of the sixties. Betrayal, grief, vengeance – now they’re the things I’m more comfortable with. See ‘Short stories’ page on how to buy.