Shashi Tharoor releases Indian American Thampi Antony’s book at Sharjah book fair

Shashi Tharoor (center) giving a copy of "The Lady Biker" to Shajahan Madampat a the Sharjah International Book Fair on November 9. Looking on is author Thampi Antony.
Shashi Tharoor (center) giving a copy of “The Lady Biker” to Shajahan Madampat a the Sharjah International Book Fair on November 9. Looking on is author Thampi Antony.

“The Lady Biker,” a collection of 14 short stories, is an amalgam of American life and Malayalee experience.

The Lady Biker (original Malayalam title: Pen Biker), a collection of short stories by Indian American actor, producer and author Thampi Antony, was released at the Sharjah International Book Fair last month.

The book, published by Mathrubhumi Books, was released by Member of Indian Parliament and author Shashi Tharoor, who gave a copy to Abu Dhabi-based writer and cultural critic Shajahan Madampat on November 9.

Tharoor said he is a great Malayalam short story enthusiast and lauded Antony’s work.

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Antony, a resident of Alamo, CA, said it was a matter of great privilege and delight, as a writer, to have the work released by Tharoor, a public figure with enormous following and a packed schedule.

Referring to the excitement that the presence of the Indian National Congress MP created, he said that there was a near stampede at the event. “Even the security guards couldn’t do much,” he said. “Some of my closes friends couldn’t get anywhere near the book release event. I am delighted that he kept his promise to me and came for the release.”

The Lady Biker is a collection of 14 stories that was first published in several prominent Malayalam weeklies over a period of two years. The Lady Biker, the title story, was published in the Kalakaumudhi weekly.

In the author’s own words the book is an amalgam of the American life and Malayalee experiences.

“Each story is a conversation,” reviewer Veena Chand wrote in Mathrumbhumi. “Each character talks to the reader in plainest of languages.”

The Lady Biker is Antony’s fifth Malayalam book and second short story collection. He has also written a novel, a collection of poems and a play.

Antony has acted in 40 films, mostly in Malayalam, including Sufi Paranja Katha, Beyond the Soul, and Parudeesa. His latest movie Puzhayamma, directed by Vijeesh Mani, is scheduled to be released in the New Year. He also acted in Cash, a Hollywood movie that he produced.

The Californian has also produced 7 films, most notably the Calcutta News.

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