“Remarkable first novel–sharp, deeply moving and full of truth.” — Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
“Most novelists know that it is very hard to write dialogue. Saskya Jain somehow makes it look easy. As a consequence you often feel that you are not reading but listening.” — Manu Joseph, author of Serious Men and The Illicit Happiness of Other People
‘Fire Under Ash’ shortlisted for the 2015 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, and named among the TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2014 in the Business Standard and the BEST BOOKS OF 2014 in the Sunday Guardian.
“The Experienced Debutante”, interview in Ahmedabad Mirror, Feb. 6, 2015.
“How to Write a Couplet”, interview in Outlook Magazine, January 2015 issue.
The Good Book Corner interview, Jan. 17, 2015.
GO Hyderabad, interview, January 2015 issue (not online).
“Not Just Another Book About Delhi”, review and interview in GQ Magazine, Dec. 26, 2014.
Excerpt of ‘Fire Under Ash’ in scroll.in, December 17, 2014.
Sakshi Telugu newspaper feature, December 9, 2014.
New Indian Express Hyderabad feature, December 8, 2014.
Deccan Chronicle / The Asian Age interview, November 5, 2014.
Exclusive excerpt from ‘Fire Under Ash’ in Femina Magazine, November issue, 2014 (not online).
“Jain’s clever use of advertorial hoardings to capture the signature tune of changing India is arresting. As is her ability to chain her characters to the architecture that surrounds them… [S]he has a story to tell and she tells it well.” Review in Mail Today, November 2, 2014 (not online).
“This is accomplished storytelling. It is compelling, and it holds up a mirror to the hypocrisy, the double standards, the cruelty of life.” Review in The New Indian Express, November 1, 2014.
E-booksindia.com interview, October 28, 2014.
“Each character is written with an abundance of grey, making them as baffling as real, and people you don’t necessary enjoy identifying with. Mark of the brave.” Review in Verve Magazine, October 18, 2014.
New Asian Writing interview, October 14, 2014.
“[S]harp candour, smart dialogue.” Review in livemint, October 4, 2014.
Platform Magazine interview, September issue, 2014.
“Why Saskya Jain’s novel is essential reading”, ‘Fire Under Ash’ featured in ELLE magazine, September 2014 issue (not online).
“On Tour with Saskya Jain through Delhi“, feature by Goethe Institut New Delhi, September 2014.
‘Fire Under Ash’ featured in The New Indian Express’s ‘Book Tasting‘, September 14, 2014.
Bangalore Mirror interview, September 10, 2014.
AuthorTV interview at the Bangalore Literature Festival, September 2013.
The Hindu interview (correction: Saskya did her MFA at this programme), January 2013.