Writers Anukrti Upadhyay, Jahnavi Barua, Madhavi S Mahadevan and Rucha Chitrodia talk to Subodh Sankar about the latent feminism – and wanderlust – of their latest heroines, young women who traveled to new terrains and took on the hardships and heartbreaks.
In collaboration with Bangalore Literature Festival
Anukrti Upadhyay has post-graduate degrees in Literature and Management, and a
graduate degree in Law. She also wrote a doctoral thesis on human relationships in post-
modern Hindi stories in a past life.
She writes fiction and poetry in both English and Hindi. A collection of Hindi short stories,
titled Japani Sarai and a short novel, Neena Aunty, has been published by Rajpal and Sons
and two short novels in English, Daura and Bhaunri, by HarperCollins under their prestigious
literary imprint, Fourth Estate in 2019. A third novel in English, Kintsugi, is out from
HarperCollins in July 2020. A volume of short stories in English will be published by
HarperCollins in July 2021. Short stories in both and English and Hindi have appeared in
prestigious literary journals.
Anukrti has previously worked for Goldman Sachs and UBS in Hong Kong and India in various
senior legal and compliance positions. Currently she works with Wildlife Conservation Trust,
a conservation think-tank. She is an Indian national, and divides her time between Bombay
Jahnavi Barua is an Indian writer based in Bangalore. Next Door (Penguin India, 2008), her
debut collection of short stories was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story
Award. Her next, a novel called Rebirth (Penguin India, 2010), was shortlisted for the Man
Asian Literary Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The third, Undertow, a novel, was
published by Penguin Random House India (Viking Books) in February 2020 and was longlisted
for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020 and the BLF Atta Galatta Book Prize 2020. It won the Best
Fiction Prize in the Auther Award 2021. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized and her
work is part of several university syllabi. Jahnavi studied medicine but is not a practising doctor.
She was born in Guwahati and raised between Assam, Meghalaya, Delhi and Manchester.
Madhavi Mahadevan is an award winning author of several children’s books. Her fiction for adults includes two collections of short stories, Paltan Tales and Doppelganger, an e-novella Swansong and two novels based on the Mahabharata, The Kaunteyas and Bride of the Forest, The Untold Story Of Yayati’s Daughter.
She lives in Bangalore.
Rucha Chitrodia is the author of It’s Also About Mynah, a debut novel recently published by Amaryllis. A journalist for 26 years, she has worked with The Economic Times and The Financial Express and is currently with The Times of India. A short story by her is included in the humour anthology Jest Like That (Atta Galatta). She lives and works in Mumbai.
Subodh Sankar is the co-founder of Atta Galatta, a Bangalore based independent bookstore with a focus on Indian, vernacular writing and a venue for the art community of the city, that is popular for its literary, art and cultural events
Since its inception 9 years ago, the bookstore has hosted over 3000 events, including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, art shows, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops.
Atta Galatta has been associated with Bangalore Literature Festival, Lekhana Writers Festival, She the Woman, the Women’s Writer’s Festival and the Under-25 Literature Festival as the official bookstore partner for these events.
Atta Galatta has also conceptualized and conducted the Bengaluru Poetry Festival, a unique platform that is solely dedicated to promoting the art of poetry by bringing leading poets from all over the world to Bangalore.
Subodh has in the past been an entrepreneur in the field of Information Technology.
Subodh lives in Bangalore, India, with his wife, teenage daughter and two dogs and is passionate about history, the business of sports and world cuisine.