Entries by Shankari Chandran

Panel – South Asian Festival of Arts and Literature

I was recently invited to speak on a panel at the South Asian Festival of Arts and Literature in Sydney. The topic was South Asian Writing in Australia. It was wonderful to be featured with talented, committed writers, playwrights and academics like Roanna Gonslaves (author of Permanent Resident), Adib Khan, Sharon Rundle and Champa Buddhipala. […]

Review – The Economist 1843

I was recently reviewed in The Economist’s 1843 magazine, about ideas and culture. It’s a small segment, but every word was reassuring. Here is the link to my facebook post about it: https://www.facebook.com/shankarichandranauthor/ Here is the text (yes, I copy typed it, it’s short): Out of the Shadows In the eight years since Sri Lanka’s civil […]

Review – Vihanga Perera

Here is a really interesting review by writer and commentator Vihanga Perera. He makes some insightful criticisms which I take on board. He also makes some really beautiful comments. Thank you for the review Vihanga. https://slwakes.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/destruction-is-never-random-shankari-chandrans-song-of-the-sun-god/

Review – A Truth More Violent than Fiction – by Sanjana Hattotuwa

I was recently reviewed by Sanjana Hattotuwa in Sri Lanka. It’s a beautiful review. I’m so grateful for the support Song of the Sun God has been receiving in Sri Lanka. He reviews my book withThe Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasam. It’s an honour to be featured alongside him. http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=163932 A truth […]

Review – Goodreads

I was really excited to receive my first Goodreads Review. Hopefully in time there will be so many, I’ll manage to be casual about them. I suspect I’ll never be casual about reviews. I’m really grateful to this reader for taking the time to read and support Song of the Sun God. Here it is: […]


Interesting parenting moment this morning. I reversed out of a friend’s driveway and a car tore around the corner, at far more than the 40km/hr speed limit. I braked hard and said: Sh*t a f*cking brick. Then I parked and looked at the ambivalent faces of my 5 and 7 year old sons. They were horrified, […]

Mamamia – when my 6-year-old used the C-word

Here is my latest one for MM: http://www.mamamia.com.au/lifestyle/how-to-stop-your-kids-from-swearing/ ARTICLE Yesterday as I was parking the car, my 6-year-old (Tercero) happily informed me that he had learnt a new word. Now Tercero loves new words. At family gatherings his party trick is that he spells words such as unhygienic and unrealistic for adoring elderly relatives. I […]

7 ways being a teenager has changed in the last 20 years

This post is an old (sponsored) one I did for Mamamia.com.au but at the time, I forgot to put it onto my blog (I was in the throes of re-writing my novel – the throes are over but the waiting continues – endlessly, relentlessly, anxiously…) http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/things-that-have-changed-in-the-last-20-years/ ARTICLE: 25 years ago (or so) I was a […]

Kindergarten Conundrums (Mamamia!)

Hi guys, Here is my latest for Mamamia. Today was a big day – my third one’s first day at school. And now I’m back to writing as school holidays are officially over. You know where to find me. http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/is-your-child-ready-for-school/   My three-year-old knows how to find Youtube clips of Lightning McQueen in German – […]