Each week, we’re asking different writers, artists and others to share some of their current favorites. First up is Love Marriage author V.V. Ganeshananthan.
Coming in October, Jaggery — a new online literary magazine featuring work and authors connected to South Asia. (I’m a contributing editor.) The inaugural issue will include Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s poem, “how to be sri lankan in 2012 for those of you who aren’t,” plus photographs by Preston Merchant, fiction by Kuzhali Manickavel, an excerpt of Bushra Rehman’s much buzzed-about debut novel, Corona (a previous excerpt of which appeared in The Aerogram) — and more! We hope The Aerogram’s readers will check it out, and submit their own work for future issues.
2. Angry Brides
I’m late to the wedding party on this one, but a pal (Twitter’s @kitana_eh) just told me about it. It’s the work of Shaadi.com. According to this story from Little India, the game enables players to attack grooms demanding dowry with items including stiletto heels and pressure cookers. I’ve never played Angry Birds, but I’m going to take a look at this. (Also, way to surprise me, Shaadi.com.)
3. Sean Panikkar
Sean Panikkar, an incredible opera singer who I interviewed for Sepia Mutiny, was on America’s Got Talent as part of a trio of tenors called Forte. They made it all the way to the finals on Tuesday night where they performed “Caruso” and received a standing ovation from all four judges. Forte placed fourth overall in the talent competition on NBC which was won by dancer Kenichi Ibina. Watch the trio’s finals performance at America’s Got Talent!
V.V. Ganeshananthan is a fiction writer and journalist. Her debut novel, Love Marriage (Random House), set in Sri Lanka and its diaspora communities, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008. She teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan, and Tweets at @vasugi.