Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Work at Mud Luscious and Also Some Other Things Also

I have a very short piece called firang up at mud luscious.

ml press will be publishing a chapbook of one of my pieces called Three Scenarios Leading to the Rape of a Teenage Girl in the Tropicool Icy-land Urban Indian Slum. If you order it now, it is only $2.

Interesting Lesson of the New Year- ‘Buenos Nachos Hombre’ apparently does not mean ‘Happy New Year’ in Spanish.

Music That Made Me Happy- Bad Man by Missy Elliot featuring Vybz Kartel and M.I.A.. The Leningrad Cowboys cover of My Sharona

Music That I Unintentionally Listened to on Loop – 'I’m Not an Actor’ by MLTR. There is this one line where I thought he was saying ‘even in my hearts I know’, which I thought was neat because it implied he had two hearts which is neat. Then I thought he said ‘even though my arts are low’ which wasn’t so neat because it was like oh I am tortured artist and I was like whatever. Then I found out he was actually saying ‘even though my odds are low’. MLTR also had a song where the chorus went 'that's why you go away and away.' Because sometimes one away just isn't enough.

Pritham Chakravarthy now has a blog. She is the illustrious translator behind The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Zero Degree by Charu Nivedita and Where Are You Going, You Monkeys? — Folktales from Tamil Nadu by Ki. Rajanarayanan.

Other Things To Ponder- ‘24’ once showed a Big Bad Muslim Terrorist Area while playing Mann Ke Manjeere in the background, possibly because Indipop songs about women’s empowerment are very terroristy. One of the Muslim inmates on ‘Oz’ was called Sanjay Afsana, because Sanjay is a well-known Muslim name. In a movie whose name escapes me at the moment but probably had great music, Ramarajan wore a shiny shirt with shiny bow tie and sunglasses because he was from America and that’s what Americans dress like when they come from America.



X said...

Other things to ponder: In the TV show "Heroes", scientist Mohinder Suresh is supposedly from Chennai, and there is a bit in some episode in the first season which is supposedly set in Chennai, and they show street scenes in which all the signs are in Hindi, the streets are paved with cobblestones, and everybody's wearing a turban. Also, Madras University apparently decorates its genetics classrooms with big stuffed owls and antique globes.

kuzhali manickavel said...

"Heroes" is definitely definitely responsible for giving us waaaaay too many things to ponder. If I remember correctly, the alleged Madras University exterior resembled something which can only be described as a pagoda.

Snigdha said...

The autos, the autos, you're leaving out the light blue autos

Anonymous said...

You short story in Tehelka's got me hooked to your writing.

It was excellent. Very different from those I've read so far.

And I've read Khushwant Singh's many. So no sex/fornication was the best part. :P

It must feel great to have your work published in a magazine like Tehelka!

Scherezade said...

In an episode on the Daily Show, Aasif Manadvi is standing against a supposedly "Indian" backdrop while reporting about the Mumbai terror attacks. Just a small hiccup - the building in the background is actually in Isfahan, Iran. Excellent episode and commentary marred by one technical mishtake. Even the mighty fall.

Anindita said...

Congrats on the pub...liked it!

kuzhali manickavel said...

@ zeba, anindita- thanks for the kind words, much much appreciated :)

@ scherezade- oh snap, say it ain't so Daily Show. then again, India and Iran do have so much in common. both their names start with 'I'. both are filled with brownish-hued people with funny names. and perhaps most importantly, they are both somewhere over there.

Anonymous said...

There's so little information available on the net about you yet.
I don't even know where you're from! :o

But something I really really want to know...was the piece in Tehelka really 'original fiction' or somewhat autobiographical? :)

kuzhali manickavel said...

hai zeba- i am from india wonly

tehelka piece is fiction :)

OilPastel said...

i just finished reading Insects are Just like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings.
I want to tell you that I'm generally happy you exist.
Ok? Ok.

kuzhali manickavel said...

thanks oilpastel, i am appreciating very much. i am generally happy you exist too :)

sidhrt said...


"I'm not an actor
I'm not a star
And I don't even have my OWN CAR"

breaks my heart, truly.

(do you reply to useless comments like this as well? why? you shouldn't bother)

now i have to type 'collyzin' which sounds like a friend of mine from orissa saying 'collagen'

kuzhali manickavel said...

hi sidhrt, i reply to this comment because i too am not an actor or a star and i don't have a car so this is a very poignant song for me

sidhrt said...



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