At the Hugo Awards this year — arguably one of the world’s most prestigious awards for speculative and science fiction — a fanfiction collective walked off with an award. Is this the moment of recognition that the oft-maligned genre had been waiting for?
Cow and Company by Parashar Kulkarni provides that fodder in the form of an epic battle of the ages between chewing gum, which the British Chewing Gum Company wants to introduce in India, and “the empire of paan — the sun never truly set on it”.
Milk Teeth lives up to its title in a number of ways — it alludes to that innocent first romance which often evolves into something a lot more complicated, the feelings around a first home that everyone must come to terms with and the process of reconciling with who you are and what you want.
For the initiated, there is something all-encompassing about the name ‘Madras’ — stitched together by millions of narratives, the city has perennially been on the cusp of tradition and modernity, warmth and cruelty, glamour and grime.
As I continued to read and talk to people about the sea, it baffled me that one thing could have so many facets to it. But with this bafflement came a desire to understand, and my hostility faded to the background.