Join us for a quiz and discussion on tantrism, mythology, fantasy and other dark sciences. The author, Shweta Taneja, will read from her latest novel, The Matsya Curse and share her experiences with author, Annie Besant about researching and writing the occult. There are some eye popping anecdotes and prizes to be won. So come along, will you?
Through this urban fantasy series, the author aims to use humour, an entertaining story to introduce urgent issues of gender, class and caste abuse. The society created in the fantasy world reflects and mirrors our own, with its social, cultural and ethical questions. Through supernatural characters, the author hopes to talk about politics of power, gender and crime. With an element of pop culture, Shweta has given birth to a modern, twisted and psychedelic version of tantrism.
About the novel
The Matsya Curse: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery is a feminist thriller set in an Indian supernatural world. It's got this kickass female heroine Anantya Tantrist who deals with the city, her personal relationships, her enemies and her self-appointed job as a tantric detective through humour, swagger and a lot of dark mantras. The novel liberally plays with mythology, questions our society's blindsightedness when it comes to caste and gender, and uses humour to play up feminist ideas.
The Matsya Curse was partly edited while Shweta Taneja was at Chichester University, UK as a Charles Wallace India Writing Fellow to the Chichester University in early 2016.
About Shweta Taneja
Shweta Taneja is a bestselling author based in Bangalore. She’s been a Charles Wallace India Writing Fellow, a roadie for an amateur band, a volunteer for a tree festival, and a cashier at a play. The Matsya Curse is the second of the Anantya Tantrist mysteries. The first one, Cult of Chaos (2014), has found a cultfollowing owing to its name. Her other novels include How to Steal a Ghost @Manipal (2016), and The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong (2013). She has also written two graphic novels: The Skull Rosary (2013) whichwas shortlisted for Best Writer Award at Comic Con India and Krishna: Defender of Dharma (2012) which is part of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya’s must-read list.