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Brinda Charry’s “First Love” at TimeOut

Posted by sahar_adil  |  06. July 2009

HarperCollins India & Reliance TimeOut present Brinda Charry’s ‘First Love’



HarperCollins Publishers India and Reliance TimeOut, the books, music, stationery, toys and gifts store of Reliance Retail, today launched Brinda Charry’s First Love – an exciting new collection of unforgettable narratives. The evening also featured the author, Brinda Charry, in conversation with Lavanya Sankaran, the author of The Red Carpet.

Brinda Charry, the reclusive New England-based wordsmith whose fiction often relates to the city of Bangalore where she grew up, presents an impressive collection of some fascinating tales from southern India in this anthology. Her themes of love, romance and fascination are carefully and touchingly rendered in each story.

Speaking at the launch, author Brinda Charry said, ‘I am very happy to be releasing the book at Reliance TimeOut in Bangalore. The stories in First Love are set in Bangalore and rural India and it is very apt that I should be speaking here today, apart from the fact that Bangalore is my hometown, even though I live and work in the US most of the time. After two novels, the challenges and pleasures of writing short stories, I found, were quite different. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing these stories and feel that the short story as a genre is making a comeback.’

Mr. Deepinder Kapany, Head – Reliance TimeOut added, "Diverse characters and inextricably linked plotlines that characterize compilation of short stories are finding increasing favour among today’s readers. I am sure this marvellous collection of compact stories featuring a variety of encounters and enticements will appeal to our customers and engage them with its simplistic literary grace.”

The compilation starts with an account of how a young girl finds herself falling in love for the first time ever when a new family moves in next door. As she jealously attempts to keep the object of her love to herself, she moves deeper into a web of imagination and deceit and further away from the innocence of childhood. The warmth and intimacy of this moving tale also enriches ‘Mallika’, the story of a little boy and girl who are fascinated with their neighbour, a eunuch; ‘The Secret’, the escapades of a middle-aged bachelor who yearns for some excitement in his life and finds it in marriage; ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, an unusual take on the popular folktale, and the other stories in this unforgettable collection from southern India.

Brinda Charry teaches Renaissance literature and fiction writing at Keene State College, New Hampshire. She is author of two novels, The Hottest Day of the Year and Naked in the Wind, which won the first India Plaza Golden Quill Critics Choice Award in 2008. Brinda has also won the Katha Award for Creative Fiction two times and prizes in the Asian Age, BBC World service, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and Hindu-Picador short story competition. 

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