Sunday, October 22, 2006

XLer in News: Anuradha Vijayakrishnan (98BMD)

This makes her the 2nd literary star from the batch of 98 - the other being S Minsthy, IAS
congrats!.. way to go :0)
her story, Narayani's Journey in NW 14 can be downloaded from:

It's Written In The Stars
A banker who wrote in the small hours. And how one meeting changed her life.
Like most of his discoveries, David Godwin's latest find found him, rather than he finding her. Kochi-born Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, a 32-year-old banker from Chennai, was an occasional scribbler till then, publishing her poetry and short stories wherever she could. But she landed up one day recently at Godwin's London office wanting to meet the legendary agent. Luckily for her, he was in town and available. They met. She showed him a short story she had just published in an anthology of New Writing, NW 14, that the British Council had published along with Granta. And told him she had written a novel. Godwin asked her to e-mail it to him. "I get a lot of manuscripts on e-mail. I read them all conscientiously but there is very, very little I actually like. This I liked," says Godwin. From a South Indian banker trained in Carnatic music, Anuradha suddenly finds herself with a golden future as a writer.

Anuradha is the 60th author and the sixth Indian to enter Godwin's select agency. An editorial makeover was perhaps the first perk. She is currently brushing up her novel about a girl who commits a murder. Like all his finds, Anuradha is an improbable candidate who will soon join the world's literary firmament: she has a degree in chemical engineering besides an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. She stole time after working in Citibank well past midnight to write her novel. Watch out for India's next litstar to shine across the world sometime next year.

Anuradha Vijayakrishnan's Profile

Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, working with Citibank in Chennai, was born in Cochin in 1974. She has a Bachelor?s in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Her interest in literature stems from her culturally oriented family. She has also received training in Carnatic music. Her poems have been published in Femina (1995) and in the anthology Voices in time (Poetry Society of India, 1995), and her short story in Indian Literature (2002). Her short fiction Narayani's Journey has just been selected for inclusion in New Writing 14, an international anthology from British Council and Granta. She is married and has a one year old daughter.

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