The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) is published today and I’m marking the event by launching a new section of Vish Puri’s website, which is called Vish Puri’s India. Whether or not you already know the series, it’s a great way of finding out more about the places that Puri, his team of undercover operatives and Mummy visit, and the cultural phenomena they encounter. Click here to read about India’s wily diamond couriers, the real Love Commandos, and the country’s hereditary genealogical record keepers. You can also download delicious recipes from the Puri family kitchen. Plus there’s a Free Stuff section! For more on Puri himself and his past cases you can also visit Vishpuri.com.
Tarquin has been invited to the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates and will be participating in events on November 6 and 7 at the Sharjah Expo Centre. http://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-sharjah-world-book-fair-7721-1.html
This is a story I did for BBC TV a few years back with my wife, Anu. It’s about India’s voracious appetite for gold. The piece is as timely today as gold imports continue to skew the country’s trade deficit and gold investment locks up ever more precious capital. In July alone India’s gold imports amounted to $2.9 billion (Source: Reuters). That figure seems likely to rise in the coming months (despite government/central bank intervention) as we enter the big wedding/festival season. I shot, produced and edited the story.
Vish Puri (The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, 2012, etc.) helps a couple whose mutual affection is thwarted by India’s rigid caste system Kirkus Review of The Case of the Love Commandos “No one knows why Puri’s female operative, known to him as Facecream, has joined the Love Commandos, a group dedicated to helping intercaste couples marry over their parents’ objections. But it’s in her commando role that she sneaks Tulsi, a Thakur girl, out of her final exams to elope with her lover, Ram, a Dalit, or untouchable. By the time they get to his hiding place, Ram has disappeared, and Facecream must turn for help to her boss, who’s about to leave for Jammu to visit the […]