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Sat 05 Dec 2020

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Indic Book Club Author Q&A: “The Friendless God” by S Anuradha


S Anuradha

financial journalist, historian, commentator, archivist and novelist

S. Anuradha has been writing as a financial journalist, historian, commentator, archivist and novelist. She seeks absolute truth in Advaita Vedanta, transactional truth in journalism and subjective truth in fiction. She writes to give life to the voices of people, events and ideas which have been forgotten, not because they were unimportant but simply because they were not written about. She believes that knowledge is freedom and writing is the best way to preserve knowledge. Anuradha published her debut novel ‘The Friendless God’ in 2017. The novel is set against the background of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid conflict and tracks the lives of a religious son and an atheist mother through the worlds of Carnatic music, Kalamkari painting and gardening. The novel reaches the denouement on the day millions gathered in Ayodhya to claim the land they consider the birthplace of Rāma. She has also edited a lecture series on ‘Shiva Samhita’ a medieval Yoga-Vedanta text in Sanskrit which was published by Motilal Banarsidass under the title “Advaita Vedanta of Shiva Samhita.” She has also written about the history of Hindu Centre, a Singapore-based voluntary organisation which promotes the study of Hinduism. Anuradha is a financial journalist by profession and lives in Singapore.