The Darling Books of May

So what’s cooking this month at Westland/Tranquebar? Grab your seats at a banquet of infinite variety laid out by Prema Srinivasan in the Pure Vegetarian Cookbook. Like the best books on cuisine, this one doesn’t just dish up a boring list of recipes, but examines the ethos behind each inviting offering.

And here’s another view from the kitchen. Apparently, it’s a man’s place! Jugaad chef Samar Halarnkar’s comes with rare culinary advice in The Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking,  directed at men only. There goes another female bastion.

More lessons—of a different kind—from Certified Speaking Professional Scott Friedman, the author of several innovative writings on business efficiency. Best of all, his Celebrate proves, point by point, that happiness at the workplace has an exponential effect on the bottomline.

Sometimes, 13 is not an unlucky number. Demonstrating that is Baker’s Dozen, an anthology of shorts by both new and established writers, brought out in a joint effort by Elle India and Westland-Tranquebar.

Soumya Bhattacharya’s next, with If I Could Tell You, which comes in tender compelling prose that conveys a father’s rendering of his own life to his daughter.

We’ve also got four new books by Deepak Dalal (all Silverfish-Westland releases): fun and useful reading for your children and—probably—you.

In Beauty Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide to the Perfect Skin and Hair, international skin and hair care expert Dr Dinyar Workingboxwalla brings you comprehensive information on what to look for in grooming products, on how many of these can be found in your kitchen, and how to maintain the looks of a model. A sample passage is available in the May issue of our newsletter, Tranquebar Times.

And three generations come together to make up A Sense for Spice, Tara Deshpande Tennebaum’s lively description of what goes on in a Konkan kitchen, and what the diaspora has taken from it. Look for the interview with her in Tranquebar Times!

Multi-faceted writer, Adil Jussawala, has written Duckbill’s wonderful Right Kind of Dog, poems for young adults illustrated by Westland’s design chief, Gunjan Ahlawat, and you can find another interesting interview on Page 11, where Asha Nehemiah, author of Staying on My Toes Happily, elaborates on the joys of writing for children.

Celebrations are in order!

The Westland-Blaft Story

The Laughing Corpse

We thought we’d make an announcement here, disclose news that makes us very happy. Blaft and Westland have tied up.

Blaft  Publications, an independent house based in Chennai, has a wide and varied list, including bestselling Indian crime novels, experimental fiction, pulp art, and graphic novels. Blaft was  founded by Rakesh Khanna, Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, and Kaveri Lalchand, in 2007, with its first titles, including the much-loved Tamil Book of Pulp Fiction, being published in  May 2008.

Blaft and Westland  kick off with a series of four titles by one of the subcontinent’s best-loved fiction writers, Ibne Safi. These will be published, appropriately, under Westland’s literary imprint, Tranquebar.

We are proud to bring you Ibne Safi’s ‘Jasusi Dunya’— a dysfunctional world of titanic villains, mad-genius detectives, and alluring femmes fatales. With a huge cult following among readers in both India and Pakistan, this series spans 125 novels published between 1952 and 1979, and includes some of the bestselling books in Urdu even today. Blaft and Westland will bring out the evocative—even eerie—titles Poisoned Arrow, Smokewater, The Laughing Corpse and Doctor Dread, translated by the renowned Urdu scholar Shamsur Rahman Faruqi.

We are confident that our tie-up will enable us all to expand and diversify our list of books even more grandly!