If you’ve read and enjoyed The Face at the Window and Missing, Presumed Dead, here’s More Things in Heaven and Earth. My third book of the pandemic. It feels rather awkward to release a book during the pandemic. I feel apologetic to even put out requests to pre-order on my whatsapp, social media. Everyone is struggling right now, there is illness, death, grief that is choking us, as a people, as a country. But I do owe it to my book to talk about it. It is a strange book, it is dark, it is twisted and I promise you it will haunt you.
I cannot thank my editor at Amaryllis Manjul, Rashmi Menon enough for taking these chances on me, and my strangely disturbing books. Thanks to Amaryllis Manjul, Vikas Rakheja and Manoj Kulkarni for the trust and faith they place in me. To Mishta Roy at Drawater for this haunting cover. To Ankita, at Manjul who is getting this book out into the world. To you, my readers, who will read it, and hopefully find it thudding with your heartbeat, who will talk about it with other readers, who will gather it to you and make it yours. On Pre-orders Now
Feminism is about ensuring all people are equal, regardless of gender. It is about women having power over themselves, about getting rid of dominance. In this context, parenting assumes great significance. Kiran Manral – author, TedX speaker, mother to a 17-year-old son – speaks to All Indians Matter about the role of parenting in relation to feminism – especially when it comes to raising sons.
Yes, that’s the Bard of Avon’s line, one that has always resonated with me.
“And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet. Act 1 Scene 5 lines 187 188.
There are indeed more things in this world than we can explain, and we struggle to fit science and rationale to these.
This is among the books I’ve written that walks over quietly to the dark side, the one with no explanations, no definitions. The other two are The Face at the Window and Missing, Presumed Dead, all three have been books that have clawed themselves out of me. Dark, disturbing and emotional.
My third book out this terrible pandemic, and coincidentally my third book with my fabulous editor Rashmi Menon at Amaryllis Publishing, the third wonderful cover Mishta Roy of Drawater has done for my books by Amaryllis. (She’s done The Reluctant Detective and Once Upon A Crush earlier, and then The Face at the Window and Missing, Presumed Dead).
The book will be out soon. It is tough to get a book out in the pandemic, you can’t do the usual rounds of promotions, book shop visits, offline events, so I am hoping this book will find the bookshelves it so deserves.
I do hope you read it, love it, recommend it. It’s taken over four to five years of my life to write and a couple of years to make it to print. And do tell me what you think of the cover.
I have been holding my breath for the past few days. My most recent book, The Kitty Party Murder, published by Harper Collins, has been nominated in the ‘Most Popular Fiction’ category at the prestigious Auther Awards by the Times of India Group and JK Papers.
The last time I had a book on a book prize list, was way back with Saving Maya which made it to the Saboteur Awards, UK longlist. This is a prize supported by the Art Council England, so you can imagine, I was rather chuffed about it. And this nomination for popular choice at the Auther Awards makes me rather chuffed as well–given that it is my constant endeavour to keep reiterating that we need to given humour the importance and the platform it deserves in the arts. The Kitty Party Murder is a book that is close to my heart and I am so overjoyed to be part of the shortlist with dear friends like Koral Dasgupta, Preeti Shenoy, Sumana Roy, Anuja Chandramouli, Nirmala Govindrajan, Jahnavi Barua, Shuma Raha as well as authors I admire like Namita Gokhale, Shobhaa De, Kalpana Swaminathan, and others. This is a category that you get to decide who wins, and yes, this post is to request you to please vote for The Kitty Party Murder, if you’ve read my book and enjoyed it.
Today is the last day to vote, it will barely take you a few seconds. And earn you my undying gratitude forever and ever. Serious. Cross my heart. Here’s the link to vote or copy paste this in your browser: https://autherawards.in/public-voting/
“What Kiran Manral is doing here is that she is creating a new genre.”
“This kind of a setting for murder mysteries hasn’t been seen. There isn’t too much of this upper class, city dweller, apartment complex in modern day writing. Kiran Manral captures this world really, really well. She understands these people, she’s seen these people up close.”
“…a book that is so much fun to read and that achieves so many remarkable things in terms of Indian Writing in English.”
When a generous review from a kind book reviewer makes your morning! Listen in to what Bookasur aka P.K. Nissim has to say about The Kitty Party Party Murder. And if you haven’t read it yet, well….
The very wonderful Sumana Roy, who has to her credit brilliant works like Missing, A Novel and How I Became A True, and Animalica Indica amongst others , has written this on point essay in The Point, about post colonial Indian writing in English seems to be weighed down by the need to inform, to educate, even I dare say at times, to be moralistic or performative.
I am delighted to be mentioned in it, for my usual frothing at the mouth over some books I found unreadable but have been much lauded. Nothing for or against them, but they didn’t give me joy or catharsis and that is the one thing I look for when I read.
“Like the very best of comic fiction, Kay’s world is funny, filled with snark, biting observations about human nature, occasionally dark and entirely enthralling.
Nearly every sentence is packed with jokes and ideas that demand you savour each line for a truly rewarding read. And while the humour itself is wicked it is also humane. Kay might be given to abusing hyperbole and an extremely critical narrator but she doesn’t let anyone off the hook, least of all, herself. “