Tidbit from 2014: U.S.-based Saaranga Books
A techie launched U.S.-based Saaranga Books to promote Telugu literature, but in seeking to gain a wider audience, he has brought out his debut novel in English. Raj Karamchedu’s All Things Unforgiven, which took a decade to write, involves Anasuya and Rushi, whose troubled marriage—and the violence in their Indian city—affects their only son, Arya, driving him away to America. He returns, however, to confront his past and find a resolution. Far from being a typical, angst-ridden story about immigrants straddling two worlds, Karamchedu notes, the novel immerses readers in the cultural and moral dilemmas of modern India.
Born in India, Karamchedu studied artificial networks in the U.S. and then worked at tech companies in Silicon Valley, where he still lives. Disappointed by the paucity of outlets for quality Indian writing, he started his publishing house and e-zine in 2010. He’s also a translator, and some of his translations of Telugu Dalit poetry are included in a forthcoming anthology from the Oxford University Press.
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