Principles Of Prediction – Anushka Jasraj (40% Discount)


This is a fiercely assured and original collection. Its stories are jewelled with flashes of surrealism and quiet humour, all resulting in a remarkable blend of introspection and playfulness.’ –Mahesh Rao

“Jasraj is a brave, almost reckless writer, unafraid of going down discomfiting, occasionally absurdist paths in her storytelling.” –

“There is something eerie and prescient, and deeply discomfiting, about how Jasraj captures distance, disconnection…’ – The Paris Review

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There is in the short story the extraordinary ability to hold and enthrall, to capture whole worlds with intensity and brevity. And that’s exactly what Anushka Jasraj accomplishes in this luminous stories. In the story that gives this collection its name, a weather forecaster tries to maintain her sanity while a storm threatens, literally and figuratively. In ‘Circus’, a young woman runs away from her home and husband to live with Rajan, the lion-tamer, the perfect being both, man and woman. In the award winning ‘Radio Story’, politics and nostalgia come together to form a complex mesh of love and violence, while ‘Elephant Maximus’ stars the unforgettable Cassata in the role of cat-napper and elephant-kidnapper.

In spare prose that heightens the impact of every little revelation , story after story – some of them subtly interlinked – draws us into the lives of sisters and friends, men and women in relationships casually shrug off easy definition. There is a tenderness here, and bewilderment as well as reconciliation, as characters strip themselves bare to show us their most intimate fears and fantasies.

About the Author

Anushka Jasraj is a fiction writer based in Mumbai. She holds a BFA in Film Production from NYU, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a 2015-16 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and was a regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia in both 2012 and 2017. Her work has been published in Granta and Principles of Prediction is her first book.


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