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An Upbeat Story

An Upbeat Story

(Penguin Petit)

Manjula Padmanabhan
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Manjula Padmanathan often gets asked to write short pieces for different publications around the country. This means, working with different kinds of people for different kinds of readers, an altogether enriching experience. However, when the brief is to write “something upbeat” in an almost impossible period of time for a publication that doesn’t quite lend itself to Padmanabhan’s typically macabre themes, her tongue-in-cheek humour takes the form of An Upbeat Story.

A dark yet touching story about a man with Down Syndrome and a woman confined to a wheelchair, told within an imagined conversation between a ‘writer’ and an ‘editor’, and written in Padmanabhan’s impeccable style. Funny, audacious, and tender, An Upbeat Story makes writing under duress seem effortless.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jan/2018

Length : 15 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

An Upbeat Story

(Penguin Petit)

Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanathan often gets asked to write short pieces for different publications around the country. This means, working with different kinds of people for different kinds of readers, an altogether enriching experience. However, when the brief is to write “something upbeat” in an almost impossible period of time for a publication that doesn’t quite lend itself to Padmanabhan’s typically macabre themes, her tongue-in-cheek humour takes the form of An Upbeat Story.

A dark yet touching story about a man with Down Syndrome and a woman confined to a wheelchair, told within an imagined conversation between a ‘writer’ and an ‘editor’, and written in Padmanabhan’s impeccable style. Funny, audacious, and tender, An Upbeat Story makes writing under duress seem effortless.

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Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanabhan (b. 1953), is a writer and artist living in New Delhi. Her books include Hot Death, Cold Soup (Kali for Women, 1996), Getting There (Picador India, 1999) and This is Suki! (Duckfoot Press, 2000). Harvest (Kali for Women, 1998 and subsequently in three separate international anthologies), her fifth play, won the 1997 Onassis Award for Theatre. She has illustrated twenty-two books for children including, most recently, her own first novel for children, Mouse Attack (Macmillan Children's Books, UK, 2003; Picador India, 2004). Her comic strips appeared weekly in The Sunday Observer (Bombay, 1982-86) and daily in The Pioneer (New Delhi, 1991-97). Her most recent exhibition was of etchings and lithographs (London, December 2003).

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