I am a scholar-novelist. I write in different genres because the word is supple and powerful, sometimes more powerful than the sword.

Explore to learn about some of my writings and presentations, including information on my forthcoming novel GHOST IN THE TAMARIND.


Colonialism, Nationalism and Thugs: Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan’s Forthcoming Film Has the Opportunity to Get It Right (But It Probably Won’t)

The Mumbai film industry is finally making a film about Thugs. Starring Aamir Khan the film, Thugs of Hindostan, is slated to be released around Diwali (November), 2018.

As I and others have written, the British invented—yes, that’s the right word— a group of people called “Thugs” as they were completing their conquest of India (the Hindostan, complete with archaic spelling, of the film title). In that time of war and tremendous social chaos (the 1830s), robber gangs roamed parts of Central, Northern and Western India. …. Read More…


FORTHCOMING in 2017 from University of Hawai’i Press–my latest novel! Check out the beautiful cover!


Shankar Ghost Cover


Videos of My Public Lecture and My Interview with Dr. Vida Robertson at the University of Houston (Downtown). From My Visit as 2016 CCRS Scholar-in-Residence.

In Summer 2016, I was invited by H. Nikhila of English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India, to record an interview on Film, Translation and Myth for the multimedia journal Caesurae.

The interview was conducted before a live audience on the campus of the English and Foreign Languages University. Go here for the interview.

CASTE AND LIFE NARRATIVES, a special issue of the journal Biography, will be out by the end of Summer 2017.

My co-editor: Dr. Charu Gupta of University of Delhi.

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The images above and at the bottom of the page relate to my forthcoming novel GHOST IN THE TAMARIND


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