Letter From The Editor

Excess TEHELKA’S first annual fiction issue
TEHELKA’S first annual fiction issue

IT’S IN KEEPING with the commitment we made last December. All year we would chase hard facts and interpret them, but at the very end, in the last issue of the year, we would turn to fiction, to remind our readers that a supple imagination is no less crucial to the concrete world. Last year the theme we offered to writers was excess. This year it is injury. Both define the zeitgeist in their own particular way. This year-end fiction special is a double issue. The credit for putting it together goes to Nisha Susan, Gaurav Jain and a group of talented illustrators and designers.

2009 has been a tough and satisfying year at TEHELKA, and also one of continuous growth. We have stuck to our mandate of aggressive public interest journalism, engaging, above all, relentlessly with the unfurling Naxalite narrative. Next year we promise to do much more. We wish our readers a great new year, and urge them to go to the TEHELKA website to participate in a national book readership survey that is underway.




Her story collection Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings (Blaft) can be found at major Indian bookstores. Subtropics, Anderbo, The Café Irreal, Eyeshot and the forthcoming anthology Best American Fantasy 3, feature her work.



Born in 1979, he teaches strategy at the University of Minnesota. Apart from études, a short fiction collection published in 2009, his poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Rhino, Rattle and nth position. He denies the possibility of a second book but the book may have other plans.



Bihar-born PhD-holder from Berkley, he is now a space scientist in California . His novel The Peacock Throne was short-listed for the Encore Prize and his most recent novel is called The Confession of Sultana Daku.


He is 38 and teaches English at a college in Bengaluru. He is a columnist, poet and translator.


Filmmaker and writer, she has directed and written several documentaries, including Morality TV aur Loving Jehad: Ek Manohar Kahani, Q2P, Where’s Sandra, Unlimited Girls and Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City, besides writing the Pakistani feature film Khamosh Pani and occasional prose in various anthologies.


He is 23 years old and was born in small-town Sangariya in Rajasthan. He did electrical engineering from IIT Roorkee and worked with an MNC before committing himself fulltime to his true passion – cinema and writing. He is now writing a feature film.


Guwahati-born and a St Stephen’s graduate, he is the Assistant Editor of the Assamese journal of literature and culture, Yaatra. He has authored the forthcoming poetry collection Grandmalullabies and The House With a Thousand Novels, a novel on “secret-killings”.


She is a writer based in Delhi. She has worked as an editor, journalist and travel writer among other things. Her book, The Dead Camel and other Love Stories, will be published by Zubaan in 2010.


Aka K Arivazhagan, he grew up in rural Tamil Nadu and now lives in Chennai. He’s written short story and essay collections as well as four novels, of which one, Zero Degree (Blaft), is available in English. He also translates short fiction into Tamil from English, Spanish and Arabic.


His story “Uncle Musto Takes a Mistress” won a 2009 PEN/O Henry Prize. Mohan grew up in Delhi and currently lives in New York, where he consults for non-profits and writes fiction. His work has appeared in India and the US, including the recent Delhi Noir (Harper- Collins).


Born in 1984, his first novel, Family Planning was published in nine countries. A graduate of Stanford University, he now resides in New York City, and is at work on a second novel.


She began with Mathematics in St Stephen’s Delhi, and then followed a whim at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Twenty exciting years in Rural Development followed which then produced, The Last Frontier: People and Forests in Mizoram (1996) and Nine by Nine, her first novel, in 2008.



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