Author bio

Mridula Koshy

Mridula Koshy - book author

Mridula Koshy is the author of If It Is Sweet(Tranqubar Press), a collection of short stories. If It Is Sweet won the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Prize.

She lives in New Delhi with her poet-schoolteacher partner and three exceptionally wonderful children.

She was many other things before she became a writer: a cashier at a Kentucky Fried Chicken,swap-meet sales clerk, backstage dresser at fashion shows,waitress who set a table cloth on fire, polisher of silverware in the back room for many months afterward, writing adviser, a professional advocate of multiculturalism (it was the late 80s), a painter (not of the fine arts variety), receptionist at a law firm (fired for losing phone calls), collator of tax forms, union organizer, community organizer, reading fairy at the library.

Mridula Koshy is the author of books: If It Is Sweet, Not Only The Things That Have Happened, Bicycle Dreaming, Three heart attacks, NOT ONLY THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED, Not Only the Things that have Happened, The Good Mother, Lost Boy, bicycle dreaming, Aito huijaus - 10 novellia nyky-Intiasta

Author books

In If It Is Sweet, precisely etched characters collide, the blind suddenly seeing the blind. Mridula Koshy plumbs the chasms across which they stare, asking the question: what is it people see when they see one another? Her characters are proximate, though from vastly different class backgrounds. Servants and mistresses. Middle-class insomniacs wandering the same footpaths on which labourers wake to care for their sleepless infants. An old man, his maid, and a koodawallah, and a conversation that ends in both insight and blindness. If It is Sweet does not set out to transport the reader to another world. It is one rooted in an unsettled world; it intends to unsettle
A woman relinquishes her four-year-old son to tourists passing through town. Losing him, she loses the story of her future. A world away from her, the boy becomes a man without the story of his past. Decades on, the mother struggles on her deathbed to find the story that will release her from life; the son’s struggle is for the story that will allow him to live.

Not Only the Things That Have Happened is a novel about the stories that make us and break us and then remake us.

The novel takes place over a thirty-six hour period, travelling between far-flung places, characters, the past and the future. Time is a character here, revealing that though the story of our present is always told for us, the story of the past and the future is ours to tell.
The boarding school is closed for vacations. Two girls, the last two, wait nervously for their parents to come and take them back home. One of the girls, now an adult who has lost those parents, receives an odd phone call, which brings back memories of that troubling wait. Mridula Koshy’s captivating story teases out the particular kind of heaviness of the heart that only a child can feel.
From If It Is Sweet by Mridula Koshy, published by Tranquebar Press, an imprint of Westland Ltd., New Delhi, 2009.
From one birthday to the next, thirteen-year-old Noor watches as her family comes apart. Her father, Mohammad Saidullah, loses his job pedaling his bicycle door-to-door to collect household discards; he is forced to join the ranks of those rag pickers who work New Delhi's landfills. And when Ameena Saidullah follows her son, Talib, in his exit from the family, Noor sees it as further evidence of her mother's preference for the son over the daughter. Noor's own dream of riding a bicycle is complicated by her conflicted feelings about her father's livelihood. Not until Noor falls for a boy from the lowest caste is she forced from her place on the sidelines to enter into the fray of her own story.