Kiran Manral (49) speaks like she writes – with witty remarks and astute takes on the world we live in. Whether it is about the world of literary writing and chick-lit, or about men writing women, Kiran’s observations on the contemporary Indian English literature is not to be missed. In a recent Zoom call with MAKERS India, Kiran Manral spoke about all these and more.
Even though Halloween is a festival of the West, its spirit is not just exclusive to America. Since you can’t party like all the other years this Halloween, what better way is there to celebrate than to curl up with an eerie book on your couch? While you are at it, might as well diversify your reading list and explore how Asian Literature feels about all things ghostly! Fear not, here comes a list of Asian horror stories, tailor-made for your Halloween reading spree.
Mrs. McNally was living a quiet life alone in the foothills of the Himalayas, fiercely guarding secrets that could unravel the lives of her daughter and granddaughter. Besides being haunted by ghosts of the past, she could also feel a presence in her home. How would she be at peace with the world when the vicious presence in her house won’t let her? This book is unlike any other horror story as it offers a very layered take on aging, fear of loss, identity, and losing the people who form the core of one’s existence
For all the horror fans this is one of the best novels ever written in thriller and horror genre.The Face at the Window by Kiran Manral is a novel about paranormal experiences and psychological mindset of a woman who was born and brought up in an orphan in India. The plot and twists will keep you awake at night. The Face at the window is definitely not for the faint of heart.
A journalist, a TEDx speaker, an entrepreneur, a researcher, an environmental activist – the feathers are unending on Kiran Manral’s cap. Ahead of Prime Day, we sat down with Ms. Manral for a heart to heart on many of her upcoming projects.
As a recipient of several awards such as the Women Achievers Award by Young Environmentalists Association and the recognition from Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, GoI, for excellence in the field of writing, Ms. Manral is no stranger to the spotlight. So when the spotlight was on her ahead of Prime Day, she chose to raise her voice for an issue that is critical to our entire generation.
Ms. Manral’s upcoming project revolves around climate change and pollution, which are two pressing issues of the modern day world and also happen to be her interest areas. As scientists estimate our inevitable doom inching closer day by day, we are now more than ever required to dwell on the impact we have in our daily lives on the environment. Ms. Manral says that she has written a few dystopian short fiction pieces which are based on the climate crisis, along with a series of reports on how pollution is impacting our health.
I worry about us, on this planet. I can see, year on year, how things are changing, how we are slowly tipping over. And I worry for our children.
An ardent lover of fiction, Ms. Manral says that “reading fiction helps you develop imagination, empathy, allows you to time travel, and live other lives”. She also dwells on the importance of non-fiction reading, which helps one widen their knowledge and assists in developing analytical skills. But above all, Ms. Manral takes joy in how “reading gives you words to put your thoughts into even when you speak or write”.
An award-winning writer herself, Ms Manral outlines the editor’s role in making sense of her ramblings and says how she is thankful to editors for deriving coherent sense out of long pieces at times. We are happy to have Ms. Manral’s writing as part of the Prime Reading program, and would recommend our readers to read her work Raising Kids with Hope and Wonder in Times of a Pandemic and Climate Change.
Thanks to the offspring for all his questions during the pandemic which led to this e-book. Gratitude to my fab editors at Westland Books, Karthik Venkatesh and Deepthi Talwar for seeing this one through. On @amazonIN Prime Day on @KindleIndia.
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“I was completely disinterested in getting married. The one ‘meeting’ a family friend set up I think I completely went against the grain of what was expected of me by being upfront that I hated cooking and would never get into the kitchen and that I was agnostic and didn’t believe in ritual. That was that. Fell in love, got married six years down the line. I think there is immense bravery in those who agree to an arranged marriage, and I admire them. I understand the convenience of getting married to someone who comes from a similar background, culture, etc, so the period of adjusting to life post marriage becomes easier. Having said that, I wouldn’t have it any other way and have instructed my son to please find his own spouse, I’m not going to be hunting one down for him.”
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Delighted to be mentioned here in stellar company of authors I look up to and some dear friends.
“Some of the most prominent authors in India are not full-time career writers. Twinkle Khanna is a successful interior designer apart from being a best-selling writer. Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee and Elif Shafak teach creative writing at leading universities while continuing to conjure heart-warming stories. Sudha Murthy is an engineering teacher along with being the chairperson for Infosys Foundation. Kiran Manral was a journalist previously and is now an independent research and media consultant. While Anita Desai is the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, another prominent author who shares her name, Anita Nair, hosts an annual writing workshop at the famous “Anita’s Attic” in Bengaluru. See our list of writing workshops in India to know more.”