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Magical Women

"In an island that floats at the beginning of time, there is a Rulebook for Creating a Universe. This book is old, with instructions on how to make forever worlds."

– 'Rulebook for Creating a Universe', featured in Magical Women

A compelling collection of stories that speak of love, rage, rebellion, choices and chances, Magical Women is an anthology that brings together some of the strongest female voices in contemporary Indian writing. Combining astounding imagination with superlative craft and edited by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, these tales will intrigue and delight in equal measure. Available now in bookstores across India and on Amazon


Praise for 'Rulebook for Creating a Universe' and Magical Women

...A similarly dreamy story is Tashan Mehta’s Rulebook for Creating the Universe, set on an “island that floats at the beginning of time”. [...] It is a velvety origin story told through a sequence of events that left stars in my eyes for quite some time...

– The Wire

...Meanwhile, in another of the anthology’s standout stories, The Liar’s Weave author Tashan Mehta’s Rulebook for Creating a Universe, a young girl living on an island-before-time as part of a community that weaves new universes from magical lotus stalks decides to go against the said rulebook and rebel against the community’s long-followed diktats that prohibit her from weaving the kind of world she wishes to [...] If this Magical Women anthology is anything to go by, and as things stand, one can see no better platform through which [new female] stories can be told — no longer held hostage by old narratives...

– Factor Daily

...The theme of women, speaking, listening, creating continues in Tashan Mehta’s “Rulebook for creating a universe”, outright the most beautiful narrative in this collection...

– Kaani Literary Magazine

...Tashan Mehta's story has left me with a painful need for The Liar's Weave. A great collection...

– KJ Charles, Goodreads

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