2nd July 2016, Saturday
ON THE ROAD with Tanushree Podder’s ‘Solo In Singapore’ and lots more… became a flavour in itself as the evening began with Randhir Khare introducing the author and talking about women travellers in general. This was followed by a short but captivating audio-visual presentation prepared by the Centre. It specifically focused on the magic of women travellers, especially solo women-travellers and their accounts on the way to nirvana. Tanushree Podder then talked about her experiences and how the book came to be. She invited Alefiya to read some passages from the novel. The floor was then thrown open to questions and answers from the audience, but interestingly enough turned into an enlightening zone as every other patron began recounting tales of adventures and thrilling accounts of finding oneself whilst lost.
ABOUT THE BOOK AND THE AUTHOR
Solo in Singapore is a rip-roaring, side-splitting account of a young girl’s experience in an alien land and her efforts at keeping herself buoyed in choppy waters. Tanushree Podder is a well-known travel-writer and novelist whose first novel Nurjahan’s Daughter was published in 2005. It was followed by Boots Belts Berets, which has now been reissued in an abridged version. Then came Escape from Harem and On the Double. SIS is her fifth fiction.