Achala Upendran

12508778_10153286644301700_951564930586332104_nI read, write and breathe fantasy books, new, old and in-between. My favourites include the Harry Potter series, Tolkien’s extravaganzas (especially The Silmarillion), Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time and Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy.

After an undergrad and postgrad in English Literature, I dabbled in mainstream publishing, working on the editorial team of HarperCollins India, in Delhi. I now freelance edit and assess manuscripts, as well as do my own writing.

For reviews (I prefer to work with fantasy books, since that is what my blog is dedicated to), edits and anything else (maybe you just want to debate Sirius versus Severus?), you can get in touch with me at: achala.upendran@gmail.com.

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10 thoughts on “Achala Upendran

  1. I discovered your blog about Sirius Black on Twitter, as well as an article you wrote about the “James Potter Complex.” I really enjoyed those. You’re a great writer, and you gave me some interesting things to think about. I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

    Also, Rowling and Neil Gaiman are both heroes of mine. And read the entire Wheel of Time series, although it’s been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into a good epic fantasy. Contemporary fantasy seems to have captured most of my attention, at least for now.

    Have you read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work (other than his conclusion to the Wheel of Time?) I like his Stormlight Archive series. Now that his second book has come out, maybe it’s time for me to get into some epics again…

    • Thank you so much for your very kind words! No, I haven’t read any more Sanderson, though I was considering starting the Mistborn trilogy. Have you read it by any chance? Would you recommend it?

      And yes, there’s nothing quite like sinking into a long, epic series. It’s the perfect way to switch off from the world!

      • Other than the end of the Wheel of TIme, The Stormlight Archive is the only thing of his I’ve read. I’ve heard good things about Mistborn, but I wouldn’t know myself.

  2. Hello there! I stumbled across your blog post about the orchestration of Sirius’ death. It was an illuminating and thought-provoking read. You are a brilliant writer – you’ve illustrated your points clearly, and you’ve chosen really interesting topics to write about.I’m off to read the rest of your blog!

    Oh and about Byron – the world needs more Byron. His poetry is awesome. Also, more Keats and Shelley and everybody.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked the Sirius post–as you must have gathered by now, he’s my favourite character and I love how, despite his relatively minor role, he provides so much food for thought! I hope you enjoyed whatever you read!

  3. Your blog is awesome. I am currently working on a concept which involves a heist by a teenage Gandharva bard in the palace of Krishna. The other POV characters involve a rugged middle-aged Rakshaha looking for the killers of his family in the Mahabharata universe. Working on worldbuilding right now.

  4. Hello,
    I just discovered your blog (Who Killed Sirius Black) and realized that we have a lot of the same views on Harry Potter, life, and just stuff in general. Your writing is fantastic! You illustrate your thoughts clearly and get right to the point, which is a good quality in a writer. One weird question though: If you were in Hogwarts, what house do you think you’d be in? I’m either a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw.

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