Media Coverage

Interviews – International media

Interviews – Traditional media

  • Hindustan Times – Indian mythology meets the supernatural world in this fantasy thriller
  • The Hindu – Shweta Taneja’s latest fantasy novel takes a dig at patriarchy and gender inequality
  • New Indian Express – ‘Reluctant feminist’ writes a feminist thriller set in a supernatural world
  • Deccan Chronicle – The lady doth THRILL…
  • Economic Times – Bengaluru is the perfect for writer Shweta Taneja, city’s slow pace gives her time to weave stories
  • The Hindu – Shweta Taneja makes a potent argument for gender equality through The Matsya Curse
  • Deccan Chronicle – A mix of Indian mythology packed with a superhero punch, this book is the best of both worlds
  • Punjab Tribune – Readers can relate to the supernatural world in my book: Author Shweta Taneja
  • The Hindu – Being a hybrid author, Shweta Taneja says, allows her to experiment and explore all opportunities, mediums, and platforms available
  • Asian Age – A young student turns into a paranormal investigator to impress her boyfriend.
  • The Week – Fighting ghosts of patriarchy
  • Femina – Obsessing over the occult
  • Business Standard – Author promotes fantasy book through a quiz
  • The Hindu – Shweta Taneja talks about the anger of Anantya, the tantric detective heroine of her latest book
  • DNA – Author-graphic novelist Shweta Taneja, whose new book “Cult of Chaos” explores women’s safety is gearing up to celebrate the launch here through a quiz themed on witches and vampires!
  • Asian Age – The chaos creator
  • The Hindu – The launch of Shweta Taneja’s Cult of Chaos was just as unique as the genre she has explored in her book. 
  • The New Indian Express – A Thriller with a woman at its Helm
  • Mail Today – Adventures of a tantric vigilante
  • Economic Times (Panache): The terrible, scary and horrific side of society is explored in the book, billed as the country’s first tantrik detective novel, which also talks about women’s safety.
  • Business Standard – Book delves in Delhi’s underbelly.
  • Tehelka – My protagonist is a fearless woman – Shweta Taneja
  • The Hindu – Electric Underground
  • Deccan Chronicle – Spooken word
  • The Hindu – Kids crack a whodunnit
  • Time Out – Packed with equal amounts of humour and adventure, Shweta Taneja’s debut children’s novel makes for an entertaining read

Interviews – New Media

  • SheThePeople – Shweta Taneja’s Anantya Tantrist Is Back with ‘The Matsya Curse’
  • DDReviews – Author interview
  • Radio City – Interview with RJ Ginnie in Delhi
  • – At a time when occult practices are hardly believed and those which were earlier considered sort of mandatory are now understood to be superstitions, can a book themed around black magic attract readers?
  • ExpressNews – British Council hosts a book discussion of The Matsya Curse
  • Writersmelon – Writing brings out the stories I dream of – Shweta Taneja
  • BlogaddaShweta Taneja is a tantrist masquerading as an author, graphic novelist and journalist. 
  • Kitaab – The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Shweta Taneja
  • Radio One – Interviewed on radio in Delhi by Radio One
  • NBA – Coverage of The Matsya Curse book launch by local television channel (link)
  • I became a writer by chance – A conversation with Shweta Taneja
  • – Ghost hunting in Delhi


  • Hindustan Times, Brunch – In a world of hashtags and -isms, is it impossible to fight for equal rights without becoming a ‘feminist’?
  • Mint, Lounge – Almost surreptitiously, Indian fantasy has made a niche for itself in the English language in India


  • Factor Daily – The fabulous women writers who’ve enlivened – and are enriching – Indian SF
  • Observer Post – Short story wins Editor’s Choice Award
  • YourStory – These women artists are all set to draw a huge crowd at Comic Con this weekend  
  • Curious Reader – 10 Indian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels You Should Read.
  • – A short history of South Asian speculative fiction

Quotes and mentions

  • Mint – Delhi gothic
  • IndiaToday – Myths and fantasies
  • Mint – How to sell a book
  • Factor Daily – ‘I didn’t know Indian sci-fi existed’ is an all-too-familiar statement one hears 
  • The Quint – Read Your Way Through India: These old libraries won’t disappoint.
  • The Hindu – In the suspenseful world of crime novels, are cell phones a buzzkill?

Book Reviews

Anantya Tantrist Mysteries

In top ten in Asian Age, Oxford Bookstore, WH Smith Bookstores and Bahrisons Bookstores lists.

  • ‘Anantya is one feisty character.’ – Femina ‘Cult Of Chaos is a chick-lit take on the horrors of the megacity.’ – Mint
  • ‘Cult of Chaos promises to be a crime-busting story unlike any other.’ – Asian Age
  • ‘The terrible, scary and horrific side of society is explored…’ –Economic Times (Panache)
Interview in Deccan Chronicle
Interview in Deccan Chronicle
  • ‘Taneja sure knows how to get the readers hooked and hang in anticipation..’ – Mail Today
  • Anantya Tantrist is the new gumshoe in town’ – The Hindu
  • ‘Her protagonist is so well developed that she can have Twitter discussions with her.’ – The New Indian Express
  • “The launch of Shweta Taneja’s Cult of Chaos was just as unique as the genre she has explored in her book.” – The Hindu
Front page interview in The Hindu MetroPlus, February 2015
Front page interview in The Hindu
  • “… the country’s first tantrik detective novel, which also talks about the key issue of women’s safety.” – Business Standard
  • ‘…engages and piques your interest at every level…’ – Deccan Chronicle
  • ‘Edgy thriller’ – Mid-Day

For reviews and excerpts of this series, head here.

How to Steal a Ghost@Manipal

Made it to the Top of the Charts in the Juggernaut app. Read more excerpts and reviews.

  • “A young student turns into a paranormal investigator to impress her boyfriend.” – Asian Age
  • “A paranormal adventure, full of romance, jealousy, folklore, gadgets and ghosts.” –The Hindu
Media coverage of How to Steal a Ghost @Manipal in Asian Age

The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong

  • The story flows smoothly and Kartik’s detective skills keep the reader interested and curious till the very end.” – The Hindu
  • “This book is a must-read as it’s both entertaining and frightening.” – RobinAge: Weekly Children’s Newspaper
  • “The gripping writing style, makes for an interesting read” – Bangalore Mirror
  • “A crisp, mysterious tale, the novel unravels a web of mystery, deceit, hoaxes and supernatural events.” – Business Standard
  • “Skilfully created, spontaneous and riveting.” – The Sunday Tribune 
  • “A breezy mystery that should appeal to its target audience.” – The New Indian Express

Read excerpts, reviews on the book page

The Skull Rosary

Nominated for The Best Writer and The Best Cover in the Comic Con India 2013 awards

18 Jan 2014, City Express
Interview in The New Indian Express
  • “Good and evil are a lot more subjective in this book.” – Bleeding Cool, UK
  • “Explores taboo subjects and provides a perspective on the humane emotions experienced by a God” – The New Indian Express
  • “The Skull Rosary comes as a breath of fresh air….Five stories – each exploring ideas of wrath, revenge, lust and incest”  – Bangalore Mirror
  • “Curiosity about the darker side of Shiva” – Mid Day

For more reviews and details, head to the book page.

Krishna Defender of Dharma

Reprinted many times over and included in CBSE School Reading List

  • “Quick glimpses of one of the world’s oldest and most dramatic stories, with at least hints of its religious and moral underpinnings.”  – Kirkus Magazine
  • “It’s simply fantastic. A great job towards the young generation by writing this masterpiece. Congratulations!” – Adi Yogi Das, Theatre Artist,  ISKCON, Delhi through email

For more reviews and details, head to the book page.