Happy New Year, India friends!
Please come join me and a lovely gang of coconspirators at Cafe Zoe on Thursday Jan 29 to celebrate the India release of my novel Bombay Blues (sequel to Born Confused) and my accompanying 'booktrack' album of original songs, Bombay Spleen--in the very city that inspired both (as you--as the peeps who make it what it is--did as well)!
Info as well at www.ThisIsTanuja.com.
Hope to see you there, and wishing you a wonderful 2015!
Author/singer-songwriter Tanuja Desai Hidier broke new ground in 2002 with her literary debut Born Confused, which was recently hailed by Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly as one of the best YA novels of all time, giving voice to a new multicultural generation. Its long-awaited, hotly anticipated sequel, crossover/adult novel BOMBAY BLUES sees heroine Dimple Lala journey from NYC to Mumbai. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai’s contemporary indie music and arts scene, Bombay Blues continues to explore issues facing this generation today. Immersing herself into the city's heady mix of uncertainty and determination, new connections and discoveries, haunting loss and revelatory love, Dimple finds the metropolis of her motherland becomes her challenging muse and partner on her journey into the unmapped—and unexpected.
CONNECTING - MUSIC | ART | LITERATURE
THE SOLO SESSIONS PRESENTS
BOMBAY BLUES - BOOK|ALBUM - LAUNCH PARTY
Thursday, January 29
5.30pm for 6pm start.
READING & PANEL DISCUSSION 6pm - 7:30 PM
Love-Art-Music: Identity from New York to a New Mumbai Moderated by award-winning author and journalist Naresh Fernandes with muralist, artist and co-founder of Kulture Shop Jas Charanjiva, veteran music journalist, DJ, and cofounder of the District Fifty house & techno label Kenneth Lobo, and Tanuja.
ACOUSTIC SET - from Bombay Spleen (Tanuja's booktrack of songs to accompany Bombay Blues) with Gaurav Vaz (The Raghu Dixit Project) and Tanuja.
LIVE MUSIC/DJ SETS 8.30pm-1am
THE3STYLERS- live band
Soulful | Funky | Electro Swingers
Music mixmaster DJ Uri on turntables & finger drums joins forces with Karan Joseph-keyboards, and True School of Music guitarist Sean Richie.
BOMBAY SPLEEN - Gaurav Vaz & Tanuja
DJ set from LoboCop (Kenneth Lobo) District Fifty Label
Funk 'n' Soul
VISUAL MIXERS: SOUND CODES
Visuals include stills taken by Tanuja during her research trips to Bombay—a reflection of the rich tapestry and textures of the city--as well as the video for "Heptanesia" from Bombay Spleen.
THE SOLO SESSIONS
A series of bespoke events connecting Music, Art and Culture. Each event brings together individuals from across the arts in an intimate setting.
Curated / Produced by Sweety Kapoor
FEEDBACK FOR BOMBAY BLUES/BORN CONFUSED
☆“Dense, lyrical, full of neologic portmanteaus and wordplay: This is a prose poem meditation on love, family and homecoming… A journey worth making.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Light blue touchpaper and retire: Bombay Blues crackles and burns like a fuse of gunpowder as Tanuja Desai Hidier again takes the coming of age novel to diasporic places it's never been before.”
“Living between and betwixt worlds isn't easy. Writing about it, even less so. That's what makes Tanuja Desai Hidier's Bombay Blues such a special book. Suspended between New York and a new Mumbai, she croons out the big questions without being ponderous, she mashes in the small, revealing details without being trite. It's the Bombay blues with an electronica underbeat. There's a groove for everybody in this mix."
—Naresh Fernandes, author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age and City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay
“A lovingly detailed homage to Bombay… Once again, [Desai] Hidier delivers an immersive blend of introspection, external drama, and lyricism.”
“From NYC to Bombay/Mumbai: Tanuja has masterfully created a landscape for her characters to navigate identity through art, music and relationships. Happy to see the return of my Born Confused namesake—the fictitious tabla-playing character of Karsh. People from all walks will find resonance in Bombay Blues as it addresses the evolution of cultures and the immigrant experience in a wonderfully lyrical manner.”
—Karsh Kale (musician, producer)
“A wonderfully witty sequel that both breaks and warms the heart in equal measure. Leaves you yearning for more.”
—Monisha Rajesh, author of Around India in 80 Trains
“Bombay Blues is a color-splashed, rollicking ride of a read through the twisting byways, soaring heights and hard falls back to earth of 19-year-old Dimple Lala's heart-testing journey home to India… Unflinchingly open, irrepressibly passionate Dimple Lala is an unforgettable character: a young Indian American woman proud to be brown and determined to turn the blues of figuring out where you belong into a syncopated jam session of new connections and discoveries.”
–Mira Kamdar, author of Motiba's Tattoos and Planet India
“I remember reading Born Confused and thinking, "This is it! This book is about me!" It was as if my own awakenings, confusions and dreams were all wrapped into heroine Dimple Lala. Today, as an expat artist who’s been laying foundations in India for the last eight years, building an independent art and culture scene from scratch, I'm so excited for the numerous ways art will undoubtedly, synchronously, imitate life—and life, art—in all their brilliance through the journey of Dimple’s arrival to my now hometown in the long-awaited sequel, Bombay Blues!”
—Monica Dogra (singer, actor)
FEEDBACK FOR BOMBAY SPLEEN
“A ‘Bombay’ song that could easily double up as a James Bond theme…Desai Hidier’s jazzy-pop tune [“Heptanesia”] is a worthwhile addition to the small cluster of non-Bollywood Bombay songs around.”
—Mumbai Boss, culture pick
"Rhythmically heavy, lyrically sharp, and—though it can be savored independently—an absolute must for Bombay Blues readers, bringing as it does the entire tale's world to your ears."
“Heartfelt, and filled with great melodies and imagery.”
—Karsh Kale (musician, producer)
JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL EVENTS:
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
Wed 21 Jan, 2:15-3:15 PM, Tanuja will be in conversation with Monisha Rajesh : “From Born Confused to Bombay Blues: New York to a new Mumbai". http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/program-2015-2
Thurs 22 Jan, 7-8 PM, Gaurav Vaz and Tanuja will hit the music stage for a Bombay Spleen acoustic set & then join Jeet Thayil's lineup Still Dirty for a few songs.
Sat 24 Jan, 10-11 AM, Tanuja will be in conversation with Lauren Child: “Imagine: From to Clarice Bean to Charlie And Lola”.
Sat 31 Jan: Crosswords/Kemps Corner, Mumbai Reading.
*EVERYTHING FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.**