12 June 2008


What is that strange noise? It's resonating all over this world. Where is it coming from? Blaft! The sounds of an alternate universe of creativity, dreams, eccentricity, and well...purple creatures:
What is Blaft? Blaft is an amazing new independent publishing house, based in Chennai, that successfully launched itself into the realm of exploratory literature and art, on 16th May 2008. Don’t miss out on them. They present an array of unique and exclusive publications. If you want something new to read, you must pick up one of their books, all available on www.Amazon.com, www.landmarkonthenet.com, and all major bookstores in India, USA, and Canada. So, who started Blaft? Two extremely versatile, excited, and happy characters: Rashmi Ruth Devadasan lives a life of cinema, theatre, and writing. Her ideal world would be rows of bookshelves and DVDs She has worked with Director Gautam Menon since his first film Minnale, and is an active part of The Perch Collective. Kaveri Lalchand is an apparel manufacturer and exporter, and a fashion designer. She is passionate about theatre, dance, the culinary arts, travel, old buildings, meditation, people and books. What have they published? The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction selected & translated by Pritham Chakravarthy edited by Rakesh Khanna Cover illustration by Shyam Cover design by Malavika PC Mad scientists! Desperate housewives! Murderous robots! Scandalous starlets! Sordid, drug-fueled love affairs! This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best-selling authors of Tamil crime, romance, science fiction, and detective stories, none of them ever before translated into English, along with reproductions of wacky cover art and question-and-answer sessions with some of the authors. Grab a masala vadai, sit back and enjoy! List of authors: Suba; Rajesh Kumar; Vidya Subramaniam; Indra Soundar Rajan; Ramanichandran; Pattukkottai Prabakar; Tamizhvanan; Pushpa Thangadorai; Brajanand V.K.; Resakee Price: INDIA Rs 395/- US $17.95 India: Order from Landmark Bookstores Outside India: Pre-order from Amazon.com

Zero Degree by Charu Nivedita translated by Pritham K Chakravarthy edited by Rakesh Khanna Cover design and illustration by Malavika PC

With its mad patchwork of phone sex conversations, nightmarish torture scenes, tender love poems, numerology, mythology, and compulsive name-dropping of Latin American intellectuals, Charu Nivedita's novel Zero Degree stands out as a groundbreaking work of South Indian transgressive fiction that unflinchingly probes the deepest psychic wounds of humanity

Price: India Rs 315/ - US $9.99 India: Order from Landmark Bookstores Outside India: Pre-order from Amazon.com

when this key sketch gets real tongue is fork hen is cock when this key sketch gets real my baby eagle's dream comes true drawings by Natesh Chennai-based artist Natesh is perhaps better known for his installation artworks and colorful paintings, which have recently been exhibited in New Delhi. This collection of some seventy ink drawings of surreal combinations of hands, women, fish, tigers, eagles, and rhinoceroses showcases the amazing things Natesh can do with a simple black line.

Price: INDIA Rs 395/- US $17.95 Outside India: Pre-order from Amazon.com

Each book delves into strange, bizarre and brilliant worlds. This is a feast for the every reader’s mind. Blaft plans to keep growing and casting purple eyes on strange stories, dreams, and worlds. In future, they are planning on translations of fiction from various South Asian regions, English fiction, comic books, graphic novels, children's books, non-fiction, textbooks, how-to-manuals, encyclopaedias, and kitchen appliances, Wonder which world they may capture in their forthcoming publications.

Catch the Blafters on www.blaft.com 27 Lingam Complex, Dhandeeswaram Main Road, Velachery, Chennai 600 042. India. T: +91 98843 06144 / 98840 06145 Email: blaft@blaft.com


Rakesh said...

Thanks for the post Sam!!!
FYI... Books will be available on Amazon and in US bookstores only from mid-July... they are still on the ship :-)

Samyuktha P.C. said...

Muchly welcome. :) Shall inform readers about that.

Samakshi said...

Hey Samyuktha,

You have a wonderful blog this side!
Thanks for adding Culturazzi to your network :) The club was started to bring people in arts, cinema, literature, music and theater across the world together on a common platform- where they can share their thoughts, opinions, and interact with each other. We are always looking forward to readers like you. Do let us know if you want to be a part of the club and post reviews etc, will be our pleasure!

For any queries you can simply shoot a mail to culturazzi@hotmail.com , we'll revert right back :)

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Joel said...

hmmm... sounds interesting..!

Mukund said...

hey Sam,

Shall I mail to this id to get a writeup about my company?


Samyuktha P.C. said...

Yes Mukund. Surely. Send in the details about your company to cornerscripts@gmail.com. We'll discuss it there.


Shutterfly said...

oo sounds interesting.
If they are looking for young artists you know who to come to :O)

Samyuktha P.C. said...

ha.. Shilo. Surely. To you they shall. Nice work on your blog. Haven't really had time to read other blogs this week. Will comment. Lovely work, yet again.


Sriram said...

Hey Sam,

The blog is really nice, great to see your email this morning, keep up the goodwork :-)

How is your new career shaping up? hope all is well and u r enjoying it.

take care, cya soon


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Varuna said...

Under submissions, the Blaft website says that 'all submissions become the property of Blaft Publications and may not be returned'. I am presently looking for a publisher for my ms, but i found this rather threatening. No publishing house simply keeps ms like this. Obviously I'm not going to check Blaft out.