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Shinie Antony is a writer based in Bangalore. Mainly a short-fiction writer - Barefoot and Pregnant and Seance on a Sunday Afternoon - she has compiled the anthologiesKerala, Kerala, Quite Contrary and Why We Don't Talk. While Kerala, Kerala, Quite Contrary has stories by Susan Visvanathan, Cardinal Vithayathil, Gauri Amma, Sara Joseph, Hormis Tharakan and Shreekumar Varma among others, Why We Don't Talk has a foreword by Shashi Deshpande and stories by Anita Nair, Chetan Bhagat, Jaishree Misra, Anjum Hassan, Jahnavi Barua, Usha KR and others.
Shinie Antony has written two novels: Kardamom Kisses (2005) and When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied (2011). She has also written a book for children, Goddy Tales, and contributed to anthologies Voices of Change - Extraordinary Life Stories (Plan India) and Beantown Boomtown (on Bangalore compiled by Jayanth Kodkani and Edwin Sudhir).
She has won the Asia region prize from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association for her story 'A dog's death' in 2003.
- Writing & Newsclips
- Everyone's a superhero. Deccan Herald, Aug 2011.
- Why tell a tale. Deccan Herald, Aug 2011.
- Why we eat out. Bnet, Jan 2011.
- Another new year?. Times of India, Jan 2011.
- Love in the time of lawsuits. DNAIndia, june 2010.
- The French connection. DNAIndia, Jan 2010.
- Mother of all problems. Times of India, Jan 2010.
- A dog's
death. A short story by Shinie Antony that won the 2002 Commonwealth
Short Story Competition.
and Tell, a short story in the Statesman. August 2003.
Mom. Motherhood changes one's priorities. In the Statesman, 21
I had to write for a livelihood, it would have killed my
creativity". Interview by Humra Qureishi in the Tribune, Dec 2002.
do you determine the sex of a writer?. Shreekumar Verma discusses
the new women authors like Abha Dawesar and Shinie Antony who do not
fit into neat categories. NewIndpress.
- Review of Abha Dawesar's
- A haunting melody of
memories. Review of Malathi Rao's "Disorderly Women".
- When Mira went forth and multiplied
- Sam is 'The One' for Mira. Mira is Sam's better, er, half. A faithful ex, an unfaithful wife -- both ferociously ovulating -- and a man who has the worst of both worlds. A distinctive understative style, humorous and witty writing. T he characters are funny and impactful at the same time. The rampant clawing desperation makes for a good read.
- Review by Karishma Attari in DNAIndia.
- The politics of want. Review in ExpressBuzz.
- Review in the winnowed blog
- Sèance on a Saturday
- Howling at the moon, slitting a vein, cyber sex?there are only so many ways to cope with private hells. In high-rise solitude, modern man has begun to redefine his need for society. A hundred voices are trapped in his cell phone, but there?s no head upon his pillow. Aching for love and teal Jimmy Choos, the spirit is calling out, no, not to the dead, but the living.
Here in these twenty-something tales are the things that go bump in the mind.
- Review in the Hindu.
- Review at desicritics.org.
- Review at Reflections of a Silverfish blog.
- Kardamom Kisses
Rupa, New Delhi. (2005)
- In Kardamom Kisses, members of a dysfunctional family flail along
life's funny path, hoping for salvation, or at least some action.
The north and south of India clash in a celebration of contrasts as
secrets come tumbling out, familial ties are refurbished and love
is not quite what it seems.
There is Punjab and there is Kerala, brought startlingly alive, and
when Kedar weds Mangala, little does he bargain for whole cities and
families to disdain each other. Pressured and soon celibate by
compulsion, he turns to other pursuits, notably a second wife, while
she copes with the results of hasty breeding.
The children born to them travel into a future that alarmingly begins
to resemble their roots and realize that in life magic is at a
Sparkling wit savages societal snapshots as Shinie Antony takes the
nice and the nasty to transform her debut novel into a merry carousel
of touching moments. Here is a novel that clicks its tongue,
asking the Great Indian Family to get moving.
- Sawnet Review by Niranjana Iyer
- Back home with Kardamom Kisses. Interview in the Hindu by Prema Manmadhan.
- Connecting the North/South disconnect. Review in the Deccan Herald.
- Faith aside. Express India review.
- Planet Polygamous
Indialog, . (2005)
- Infidelity brings on all kinds of debate. For and against.
The 36 stories in this volume delve beyond the conventional cheating between
spouses into the larger betrayals that sully the soul. Keeping faith with one
lover would sometimes mean sinning against another...The stories here include a
family secret that comes to light too late, a young girl's ache for an
imaginary lover, a married woman who couldn't be more divorced and a hooker who
sometimes dances to please herself.
- Sawnet Review by Reeta Sinha
- Betrayals and kisses. Review in Tribune India.
- Weaving narrative threads. Review in the Deccan Herald.
- Barefoot and Pregnant
Rupa, New Delhi (2003)
- A collection of short stories about the less commonly described sides
of motherhood -- postpartum depression, poverty, pregnancy from sexual
- Sawnet Review by Susan Chacko
collection that defies set norms. Review in The Hindu.
Books edited by Shinie Antony
- Why We Don't Talk
- This anthology with a foreword by Shashi Deshpande, showcases the rich variety of contemporary Indian short fiction. The impressive list of contributors includes Anita Nair, Jaisree Misra, Chetan Bhagat, Susan Visvanathan, Amit Varma and many more. The stories are provocative and insightful, offering a glimpse of the exciting experiments that Indian Writing in English is undertaking in terms of style and form. They articulate the varied facets of life in clear, well-crafted voices.
- The spaces between silences Review in the Hindu.
- No false promises. Review in the Deccan Herald.