Published Picador India 2009 & Picador Australia, 2010.


Comments from reviewers on Fear Factor Terror Incognito anthology of stories from Australia and the Indian sub-continent:

“Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle, editors of Fear Factor, an anthology of fiction relating to such current issues as terrorism, refugees, and fear of the other, present an intriguing mix of work by Indian and Australian authors, new as well as established. Alongside extracts from novels by Tom Keneally, David Malouf, Salman Rushdie and Kiran Nagarkar one finds stories presenting very different aspects of the main theme. In ‘Packing Heat’, for example, Devika Brendon provides an insight into the mind of a female suicide bomber; in marked contrast, Meenakshi Bharat’s ‘Compensation’ shows that an act of terrorism can sometimes have unexpectedly positive outcomes. Picador Australia are to be congratulated on releasing this book originally published by Picador India.”
Elizabeth Webby, “The year’s work in fiction” in Westerly, Volume 55:1, July 2010. P135.

"… a kind of two-nation project that seems timely … Nagarkar's brilliant tale of a man out to murder Rushdie being immediately followed, to devastating effect, by Rushdie's contribution. Other standout pieces are by David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Denise Leith and Neelum Saran Gour."
In Short: Fiction. Weekend Spectrum: Books. The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 April 2010.
Fear Factor.

"Three big names - Salman Rushdie, David Malouf and Thomas Keneally - are deservedly here by virtue of republished material, but there are plenty of stories from lesser-known writers from both India and Australia, many of which have been written specially for this book… Preceding Salman Rushdie's contribution is Kiran Nagarkar's darkly amusing In Search of Essar about a man determined to carry out the fatwa on Rushdie."
Age, The (Melbourne, Australia). Saturday March 27 2010. Author: Reviewer Lorien Kaye
The Age Review.

"this collection is significant. It deals with fear and terrorism, but also the fear of fear. And this is timely …" Review by Hazel Edwards in Buzz Words and Pass It On online newsletters; ABC Books Online.

The Launceston Examiner (Tasmania) Unsettling collection of short stories 24 Apr 10 | FEAR FACTOR (Terror Incognito) Edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle (Picador, $25) ELEMENTS of revenge, betrayal, racial violence, even black humour surface in this collection of short stories by authors selected from Indian ...
Launceston Examiner.

UTS U:Readit (print version pdf)

UTS U:Readit.

UTS Postgraduate News.

UTS: Writers Connect Autumn Issue, April 2010.

UTS Transforming Cultures Research Centre Writers' Anthology Panel.

Indo-Australian Literary Collaboration UTS Poster Presentation Event.

Commonwealth Foundation website: 1998 winner Sharon Rundle was introduced to the editor Dr Meenakshi Bharat by another former winner Sujata Sankranti from Delhi, and together they have edited an anthology of well-known and emerging writers from Australia and the Indian subcontinent. Entitled "Fear Factor, Terror Incognito", it was released at the end of July 2009 by Picador India; and in October by Picador Australia. Sujata has also published a book of her short stories, 'The Warp and the Weft'.
Indo-Australian Literary Collaboration

Commonwealth Foundation Journal article
Short Story competition winners forge international links
29 January 2010
"Sharon Rundle and Sujata Sankranti corresponded for over a decade before meeting in Dehli last year, highlighting how the Short Story competition encourages people-to-people links around the Commonwealth."

Dainik Jagran
JagranCityPlus Central Delhi
City buzz
December 28 2009
Book explains fear factor of terrorism
Addressing the dread of living with unpredictable peril, constant fear and terrorism, Oxford Bookstore and Picador India hosted last week the launch of the book 'Fear Factor: Terror Incognito', a cross-cultural anthology of stories by Indian and Australian authors. The book was launched by Joginder Paul, renowned Urdu writer. It was followed by a panel discussion on escalating terrorism all over the world, in which poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra participated, among others. The book is edited by Meenakshi Bharat, professor of Venkateshwara College and author of many literary works. "It is an attempt to ward off fear and restore humanity by reminding the readers about mankind, unity, peace and harmony. It motivates them to uphold humanitarian values and light the fire of anti-terrorism, thereby making the planet safe for the entire human race," Meenakshi Bharat said. The articles have been contributed by famous authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent, including David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Neelum Saran Gour, Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Fisher, Susanne Gervay, Tabish Khair, Denise Leith, Andrew YM Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh and Janhavi Acharekar; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne. They do not offer solutions; instead they lead readers along hidden paths to make their own discoveries. Jagran City Plus.

Friday, December 25, 2009
Paperback Pickings
Walk on the wild side
Fear Factor: Terror Incognito (Picador, Rs 295) edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle brings together stories from two different lands to explore the theme of terrorism. This anthology of short stories also serves another latent purpose. It is a collaborative effort to understand whether the artist responds to these violent times any differently than the layman.

The answer, the editors argue, is in the affirmative. An artist - whether an author, a painter or poet, located in India or abroad - often attempts to examine the complex factors that have led men and women to inflict terrible retributions on society.

Fear Factor includes contributions by Salman Rushdie ("For Kashmir, for Paradise" taken from Shalimar the Clown), Kiran Nagarkar ("In search of Essar" from God's Little Soldier) as well as a kitschy story by Gulzar in which a Muslim man, hounded by the fear of death in riot-torn Mumbai, ends up killing a fellow Muslim on a local train.
Telegraph India

World Wide News
Whisper Words

by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi

Indian Express

Indian Express

Monday, December 14, 2009 2:01 PM IST

'Malayalam media keeps dignity'
Express News Service
First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalam media has a character of its own and it keeps a certain level of dignity amongst the vernacular media in the country, said Sujata Sankranti, writer and lecturer in English at the Delhi University. She was addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club … Sujata's short story ''An Eye for an Eye'' [published in 'Fear Factor Terror Incognito'] is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel ''In the Shadow of Legends''. Regarding the theme of her novel, Sujata said that an act of terror did not end with the act. Its consequences go beyond the act. She said that her story [in the anthology] was about the consequences of terrorism. She also read out from her work and said that she was happy to present the story … Sujata had won first prize for her story ''The Wrap and the Weft'' in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 1998.
Fear Factor-Terror Incognito is an important cross cultural anthology with India and Australia with respected editors Meenakshi Bharat from India and Sharon Rundle from Australia. Meenakshi and Sharon meet many challenges to get this cutting edge anthology published. It is a major achievement to be published in India, Australia and UK by Picador. The stories explore terrorism as it impacts on us all through narrative fiction and includes the wonderful writing of Sujata, Booker Prizes winners to emerging authors with new voices. It was a brave venture that crosses the oceans to unite our region in the commonality of us all, as we face this threat. I was privileged to write my story 'Days of Thailand' that sits besides some of the world's great Indian and Australian authors.

Susanne Gervay.com

"Fear Factor: Terror Incognito" a collection of stories, book launch & discussion

12/10/2009 6:30pm-8pm India Standard Time
(12/11/2009 12am local)

Event Details: Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi in association with Picador India is hosting the launch of 'Fear Factor: Terror Incognito', a collection of stories to instil humanity, wisdom and ward off fear, written by famous writers like Gulzar, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Keneally to name a few. Edited by Meenakshi Bharat, Professor of Venkateshwara College, New Delhi and Sharon Rundle, author, the book will be release by eminent Urdu writer Joginder Paul, followed by a panel discussion with famous poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra. About the book: 'Fear Factor: Terror Incognito' is a collection of stories meant as a call for humanity and sanity in response to the fear mongering that goes on today. And, actually, it's a very firmly light and cheeky collection with a great perspective and sense of humour. Delhi Events.