A Monsoon Feast

A Monsoon Feast

A Monsoon Feast: Short Stories to Celebrate the Cultures of Kerala and Singapore

Edited by Verena Tay

Across the seas, the winds blow between two lands, whispering back and forth what is seen, heard, tasted, smelt, felt in each place: the green trees, the tropical heat, the lush rain, the peoples of enterprise and culture, the aromas of different flavours and more. A Monsoon Feast is the point at which these winds intermingle, their conversation celebrating the best of what Singapore and Kerala have to offer.

A highlight of Insight India 2012 (a Singapore-Trivandrum business and cultural exchange organised by DFP), A Monsoon Feast comprises seven short stories by renowned writers from Kerala and Singapore that provide deep insights on the various concerns and ways of life of both communities. The collection, featuring a foreword by author and poet Professor Kirpal Singh, includes stories by well-known author Shashi Tharoor, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning author of twelve books, including The Great Indian Novel, and inaugural Singapore Literature Prize winner and popular author Suchen Christine Lim. Also featured are works by authors Felix Cheong, Jaishree Misra, O Thiam Chin, Anjali Menon and Verena Tay. A unique literary collaboration, A Monsoon Feast intimately connects the reader to the heart of two similar and yet different cultures.

Summary of Contents

Big Wall Newspaper

by Suchen Christine Lim

Death of a Schoolmaster

by Shashi Tharoor

Because I Tell

by Felix Cheong

A Life Elsewhere

by Jaishree Misra


by O Thiam Chin

In Memory of Kaya Toast

by Anjali Menon


by Verena Tay