Ishani Malhotra’s tryst with romance fiction
As the demand for romance fiction in English
rises in the subcontinent where a robust English fiction readership
keeps growing, new debutantes to the sphere of fiction writing are
emerging with their debut novels being picked up by publishing
houses as Harlequin India. Ishani Malhotra is an upcoming author
from India who has worked as a correspondent with The Hindustan
Times newspaper, Kolkata Edition for two years. Her tastes when it
comes to reading include works of Jhumpa Lahiri, Dan Brown and
Buddhist literature :
Vessantara Jataka leads the way
In the large collection of Jataka stories –
stories of the Bodhisattva, some have been more popular than the
rest. They are mainly the longer stories such as Vessantara, Kusa,
Vidura and Ummagga, which devotees have loved listening to and
artists have delighted in painting.
The amazing Strauss family
One of the earliest of Early Romantics, Johann
Strauss, the youngest of the Strauss family made the foursome.
Father, Johann I and two brothers Eduard and Josef were also
composers along with him, Johann Strauss II. Strauss snr. Was known
mostly for his brilliant score, Rodetsky March while Johann composed
400 waltzes by himself. Eduard some 318 and Josef 300 polkas, galops
and other dance pieces.