Books
Translating India: An author’s balancing act while translating from Marathi to English
"Interesting" Rahul Gandhi Extraordinarily Well-Read, Says Shashi Tharoor
Review: A Biography of Innovations by R Gopalakrishnan
Of course we don’t read poetry. We’re Singaporean
Needy kids get help in learning to read
James Franco to direct, star in film about poet Shel Silverstein
Jacob and Esau, Itamar and the Rabbit, and mutual fear
Site of Struggle
2018-02-17 04:11:42 The Constitution of India – Miracle, Surrender, Hope Rajeev Dhavan. Universal Law Publishing. This book by one of India’s foremost lawyer-intellectuals is based on a lifetime of thinking and reading on the Indian Constitution. The author gives us his views in a crisp and direct manner, unencumbered by scholarly circumlocution. There are no footnotes, just a list of readings at the end that hint at the author’s erudition   Read More ...
Publications forced to re-print books, claims Opposition
2018-02-16 15:07:34 A day after Education Minister Vinod Tawde said there is no obscene language in thesupplementary books meant for students from Class I to V, the Opposition on Thursday alleged that the publication houses were asked to change the language of books overnight. “The minister is misleading the people. The Education Department was set to distribute the books with language unsuitable for students   Read More ...
Dhasal Literature Festival: Day-long festival with poetry, theatre and music
2018-02-16 02:10:01 Commenting on the current “hypernationalism” prevalent in the country, Marathi filmmaker Nagraj Manjule said: “It is important to love your country, but it is more important to love people. Once we will love people, it will make us more humane towards people of all religions and castes and that will also make us patriotic.” The director of “Fandry” and “Sairat”, Manjule was addressing the audience at the Dhasal Literature Festival held at Sir J J School of Arts on Thursday   Read More ...
Fil-Am writer wins top U.S. prize for children’s novel
2018-02-14 20:22:36 NEW YORK – A Filipino American writer won the prestigious John Newbery Medal, one of the top literary prizes given out at the American Library Association’s awards for young adult and children’s literature. Erin Entrada Kelly’s middle grade novel “Hello, Universe,” about the bond that forms between a Filipino American boy, a Japanese American girl and a deaf girl after a shocking act by a neighborhood bully, won for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, according to a report by the New York Times   Read More ...
‘People are museums of memories’
2018-02-12 15:19:44 Sudha Menon’s four non-fiction books — Devi, Diva or She Devil-The Smart Career Woman's Survival Guide, Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, Legacy: Letters to their daughters from eminent Indian men and women and Gifted: inspirational stories of people with disabilities have gathered good readership. The Pune-based author, columnist and writing coach adroitly uses her skills of a former journalist and takes reportage to a new high in narrating inspirational, human interest stories in these books   Read More ...
VOX POPULI: 'Sayonara' to Ishimure, who found a paradise in 'sea of sorrow'
2018-02-12 07:02:38 Michiko Ishimure grew up reading few books worth reading, and perhaps the only notable literary work she went through before turning 20 was “Daibosatsu Toge” (Great Boddhisattva Pass), an epic multivolume novel by Kaizan Nakazato (1885-1944). The writer and activist also loathed literary magazines that she received from the big cities. Instead, she tried to create works based on a dialect that was spoken by elderly people in Kumamoto Prefecture's Amakusa, where she was born, and Minamata, where she moved as a child   Read More ...
Translating India: An author’s balancing act while translating from Marathi to English
2018-02-12 05:09:36 I began translating simply because I wanted my children to be able to appreciate the short stories I was reading in Marathi. When I realised that the translation had come out well, I realised that many gems in Marathi literature, which I had read since childhood, were unknown and unavailable to the people at large. Ranjit Desai was my favourite author and I began with his Raja Ravi Varma   Read More ...
We don’t need no judgement
2018-02-09 11:15:43 In her first non-fiction book Status Single: The Truth About Being a Single Woman in India, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, author of Faraway Music, Sita’s Curse, and You’ve Got the Wrong Girl!, writes of the lives of urban, single women who have lived through struggle, unfair labelling, but have triumphed over every obstacle. “I have a huge fan following on Facebook,” says Sreemoyee as we settle down to chat during a meet-up with the Bengaluru-based women whom she interviewed for her book   Read More ...
Swedish linguists discover Jedek language in Kelantan - Nation
2018-02-09 00:48:41 PETALING JAYA: Linguists from a Swedish university have stumbled upon a previously unknown language spoken by only 280 people in a rural area of Kelantan while doing research on another language. The discovery of the Jedek language was made by researchers of the Lund University while they were studying the Jahai language in the Sungai Rual area near Jeli. “Documentation of endangered minority languages such as Jedek is important, as it provides new insight into human cognition and culture,” said Joanne Yager, a doctoral student at Lund University in a press release on EurekAlert   Read More ...
67 countries, 500 people & one book of poems
2018-02-06 18:29:39 A unique multilingual anthology of 948 poems — including translations — in 85 languages was recently launched at the International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) for the first time. Five hundred poets from 67 countries have contributed to the anthology titled Amaravati Poetic Prism, 2017 published by a Vijaywada-based organisation. It was first published in September 2015. The nearly 1000-page anthology contains poetry in diverse Indian languages such as Awadhi, Mizo, Santhali, Koya, Gondi along with foreign languages like Keresan ( spoken in New Mexico), Zapotec ( spoken by an indigenous tribe in Mexico), Estonian, Latin, Croatian along with other major languages   Read More ...
Kerala High Court stays gag order against media from publishing news against MLA’s son
2018-02-06 14:28:44 The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed a gag order issued by a lower court, restraining the media from publishing news against the son of a legislator in the state assembly. Justice B Kemal Pasha granted the stay while considering a petition filed by the Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama, challenging the interim order issued by the sub-court judge, Karunagapally, imposing restrictions on the media from publishing any defamatory statements against Chavara MLA Vijayan Pillai’s son Sreejith   Read More ...
Anthology of 100 Indian poems translated into Portuguese
2018-02-05 18:23:41 An anthology of 100 Indian poems, translated into Portuguese for the first time, was released at an event organised at the Indian Cultural Centre in Sao Paulo. The 100 Great Indian Poems from over 3,000 years of Indian Poetry written in 28 languages was released on Friday, by Vijay Chauhan, Consul General of India in Sao Paulo, an embassy release said   Read More ...
INTERVIEW: Insta Poet Rupi Kaur On Poetry And Criticism
2018-02-05 12:29:26 Watch Instagram's favorite poet, Rupi Kaur speaking exclusively to India Today on her upcoming book, taking the Instagram world by storm with her poetry, dea   Read More ...
Many benefits in getting the young to pick up the reading habit
2018-02-05 10:01:32 I am writing about how reading as a national pastime has fallen off in Singapore. From a young age, reading and how to read effectively must be inculcated as it is absolutely essential to the development of the mind. We should draw inspiration from the United Kingdom, where I have observed that reading is very much part of the culture. Readers there have access to some of the finest libraries and bookstores in the world   Read More ...
Are we approaching the cusp of change when it comes to writing and reading Indian thrillers?
2018-02-04 12:14:40 It’s a hectic winter. Having taught workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and other cities over the past years, I was in Puducherry the other week to speak to a group of 15 or so aspiring authors about how to write thrillers. At the same time, I was gearing up for a tour — as I, in the coming months, would be speaking on the subject of thrillers at literary festivals across the country   Read More ...
Beyond Boundaries: ‘Mera Yakeen Kareen’, an Indian poet’s ode to the children killed in Peshawar school terror attack
2018-02-04 10:11:33 Going beyond borders and boundaries that separate us, Sehajpreet Singh, a Ludhiana-based Punjabi poet has written an anthology of poetry, ‘Mera Yakeen Kareen’ (Believe Me), a tribute to the school children who were killed in a deadly terror attack in 2014 at Peshawar in Pakistan. At least 141 people, including 132 school children died in one of the deadliest terror attacks at the Army School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, after seven terrorist stormed into the school and went on a rampage   Read More ...
Handcrafted Memoir
2018-02-02 22:15:02 Written by Mark Tully. Book name: Life Among the Scorpions: Memoirs of a Woman in Indian Politics Writer: Jaya Jaitly. Publication: Rupa Publications India. Jaya Jaitly, crafts pioneer and politician, has written a book which is two biographies in one. It is the story of her life and an apologia, which does not mean an apology but an explanation or justification, of the life of George Fernandes, one of the most charismatic Indian politicians   Read More ...
‘Rank Odour of Hellfire’
2018-02-02 22:14:54 Book: Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Writer: Syeda Saiyidain Hameed. Publication: Rupa Publications India. This is an immense labour of love. For twenty years, says Syeda Hameed, she has “lived with a man she never met”: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Over these two decades, she has read all on Bhutto that she has been able to in both English and Urdu; made several research visits to Pakistan; spent time in the sprawling personal library of her protagonist; delved deep into the archives at Lahore; and met as many of Bhutto’s contemporaries as she could   Read More ...
"Interesting" Rahul Gandhi Extraordinarily Well-Read, Says Shashi Tharoor
2018-01-31 20:09:52 New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor today said party president Rahul Gandhi is an "interesting" person with a tremendous intellectual curiosity, but the country "sadly" has not seen enough of him. He was replying to questions from students of the Delhi University's Hindu College at the 'Mushaira Literature Festival' after delivering a lecture in a jam-packed auditorium. Asked about his opinion about the new party chief, Mr Tharoor said, "Gandhi has grown up with ideas, perspectives, anxieties, and a degree of knowledge and vocabulary base that many of the youths will find congenial   Read More ...
Shahid Kapoor Hasn't Read Swara Bhasker's "" Letter But Says It 'Feels Odd'
2018-01-30 22:11:19 Actor Shahid Kapoor says he hasn't read on his film "" but that it's not the 'right time' for a piece such as hers and that it 'feels odd that someone said something on a personal level.' Swara's letter, published on , the lone critical voice from the film industry against the beleaguered film. In her op-ed, the title of which explains how the actress felt "reduced to a vagina" after watching the film, Swara calls out "" director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his glorification of and , customs that denied women their right to life and liberty   Read More ...
Parents, clerics concerned about children's books from Saudi Arabia
2018-01-30 10:02:57 Some Muslims have raised concerns about a few children's books being sold in Singapore, saying their content could be misunderstood by impressionable young readers and steer them towards violence and extremism. The English books originate from Saudi Arabia and may not be suitable in multiracial and multi-religious Singapore, they say. One of the books, titled Men In Captivity, is the tale of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his mother to allow him to perform a "jihad", or holy war, against Christians   Read More ...
Parents and clerics raise concerns about children's books from Saudi Arabia
2018-01-29 13:00:04 SINGAPORE - Some Muslims, including parents and clerics, have raised concerns about a few children's books being sold in Singapore, saying their content could be misunderstood by impressionable young readers and steer them towards violence and extremism. The English-language books originate from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and may not be suitable in multi-racial and multi-religious Singapore, they say. One of the books titled "Men in Captivity" is the tale of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his mother to allow him to perform a "jihad" or holy war against Christians   Read More ...
‘Delhi is capable of its moments of liberation’: Akhil Katyal on being a queer poet and his undying love for the Capital
2018-01-29 12:29:59 Poetry has, undeniably, been a dominant theme at this year’s Jaipur’s Literature Festival. Apart from writers, nearly 30-odd poets made their way to Diggi Palace to speak, perform and discuss poetry. While the festival has done a fantastic job of scouring poets from across the world, it also enabled readers to meet those Indian poets who are slowly changing the landscape of poetry through their writing   Read More ...
12 books by La Salle writers to be launched
2018-01-28 20:12:34 Eight La Salle writers, including National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista, will launch their books at “8×12: A Book Launching” on Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m., at Libraries Multipurpose Room, 12/F Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila. Event is organized by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Literature Department of DLSU in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (USTPH), University of the Philippines (UP) Press, Bookmark Inc   Read More ...
Zee JLF 2018 | I am accused by those who haven't read the book: Shashi Tharoor
2018-01-28 01:41:03 "We need to seriously take back Hinduism and face up to what it teaches because very often the alternatives that are being taught are dangerous to our social peace and cohesion," said author Shashi Tharoor at a Zee JLF on Saturday. "I am being accused by those who haven't read the book and, therefore, don't see that the book is coming from a lifetime of reflections and practice, that I am suddenly advertising my faith for political reasons," rued Tharoor   Read More ...
Children's book about challenges of creating canned bread gains popularity
2018-01-27 05:46:23 A children's book which features the story of soft, long-lasting canned bread created by a Japanese bakery is quickly becoming a popular topic of conversation. Known as "PANCAN," the innovative bread product was developed by a bakery in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, called "Pan Akimoto." The challenges that the bakery faced in perfecting its product have been captured in the book "Sekai o Sukuu Pan no Kanzume" (Canned bread that saves the world) published by Holp Shuppan Publications, Ltd   Read More ...
‘Book readers do not threaten people’
2018-01-26 12:19:33 While anti-Padmavat protestors have been wreaking havoc across several Northern States during the past few months, tucked far away in small town Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, a young author of four novels accepted an offer from Juggernaut to weave a work of fiction on the burning queen, Padmavati. “I was into a deep journey of research as I was already working on my fifth book, Prithviraj Chauhan – The Emperor of Hearts, and I could not resist the offer to write on one of the most fascinating brave and beautiful figures in history,” says Anuja Chandramouli   Read More ...
Feminist novelist Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88; writers honor her legacy
2018-01-24 12:20:35 During a time when science fiction has barely crawled out of its shell and was considered laughably lowbrow, it was unheard of for a woman to make her mark, let alone dip her feet in, in the once-male dominated genre. But Ursula Le Guin defied the odds when she entered the scene with her intricately-crafted fantastical tales, grappling with difficult issues such as gender inequality, environmental destruction and racism, all the while creating richly-imagined alien worlds and complex characters   Read More ...
‘Tamil daily’s editor apologised for publishing Vairamuthu’s comment’
2018-01-23 20:32:10 The Manavala Mamunigal Mutt Jeeyar in Srivilliputtur, Virudhunagar district, on Tuesday said that the Editor of Tamil daily Dinamani, K. Vaidhyanathan, had apologised at the Andal shrine for having allowed Tamil poet-lyricist Vairamuthu to make ‘derogatory’ remarks against the Vaishnavite minstrel. The remarks in question, which the lyricist had attributed to a research publication, were published in Dinamani. Some sections of devotees, along with the BJP and a few Hindu outfits, have since held protests against Mr   Read More ...
Singapore primary school pupils rank No. 2 in global reading test
2018-01-23 05:02:42 Primary 4 pupils in Singapore have emerged second out of 58 territories in an international test that measured how well they can read. The results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released last month, also found that pupils here outperformed their peers in other countries in navigating online texts. Singapore pupils came up tops - surpassing 13 other territories and countries, including the US - in the online task, where they answered questions related to information on the Web   Read More ...
Don’t read 2G book with politically coloured glasses: A Raja
2018-01-21 04:08:20 STATING that he had presented the first copy of his book, 2G Saga Unfolds, to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Telecom minister and DMK leader A Raja Saturday said that the book should not be read with coloured, “political” glasses. “Don’t see this book with political specs [spectacles]. Your specs should be very clean. It should not be BJP glasses or Congress glasses, or even Communist glasses,” Raja said at the launch of his book, which details his account of what transpired in the 2G case   Read More ...
Delhi’s culture calendar: Here’s how you can enjoy the winter with poetry, music, drama
2018-01-18 09:14:10 The Delhi government is undertaking a series of initiatives to revamp the arts and culture calendar of the capital. The idea, officials said, is to bring the finest forms of art and culture to people in a hassle-free manner. In a recent message to residents, Delhi’s minister of culture and languages, Manish Sisodia, said that art helps people find meaning of life amid personal and social struggles and hence the government is committed to facilitating and promoting creative expressions and cultural diversity in a range of art forms   Read More ...
7 out of 10 teens can use cellphone but not read basic text says report
2018-01-17 06:01:21 New Delhi: More than seven out of ten children in the age group of 14-18 years can use a cellphone, but cannot read basic text fluently in their language, says the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The report also says that females have reduced access to cellphones. While only 12 per cent males have never used a cellphone, the corresponding number of females is much higher at 22 per cent, it says   Read More ...
Read very few children’s books as a boy: Ruskin Bond
2018-01-14 16:15:20 His prolific ability to churn out stories for kids notwithstanding, one of India’s most-loved authors Ruskin Bond read very few children’s books as a boy as he graduated straight from comic papers to adult fiction. Bond shares this secret in his new book Till the Clouds Roll by, Beginning Again, which is a story about his life when he was 10-years-old and coming to Dehradun for his winter holidays, a few months after his father had been taken from him by “death’s dark angel”   Read More ...
Magic in the Everyday
2018-01-13 05:17:23 Maya, all of 15, wanted to be like the popular girls in school. But her t-shirt was just too long and her hair too tidy. She enjoyed watching Netflix, gorging on butterscotch brownies and experimenting with lipsticks, and no longer wanted to be Maya “the misfit”. However, soon, she became aware of her special powers that allowed her to look through illusions   Read More ...
15 Books You Should Be Reading In 2018, As Recommended By Singapore’s Leaders
2018-01-11 12:04:13 “When was the last time you read a good book?” This was the question posed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the launch of the , a five-year campaign launched in 2016 to encourage Singaporeans to “Read More, Read Widely, and Read Together”. With the world changing so quickly, reading is an important habit and tool to broaden our minds and give us new perspectives   Read More ...
Tamil language club expands workshop to help writers - Nation
2018-01-10 00:49:14 THE Tamil Language Revival Club of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Teluk Intan, Perak, will be expanding its literary workshops to help aspiring writers, Malaysia Nanban reported. It quoted Tamil Department lecturer Dr Muniisvaran Kumar as saying that the club had conducted two series of short-story writing workshops since April. Each seven-week session is part of the effort to help young local writers improve   Read More ...
100 years of the Tamil short story
2018-01-07 07:33:53 The Hindu Lit for Life is going to have an exclusive Tamil lit fest for the first time this year. It could not have come at a more appropriate time as 2018 marks the completion of the centenary of the Tamil short story. The event will honour senior writer Indira Parthasarathy with a lifetime achievement award and five short story writers with awards and cash prizes   Read More ...
Five Tamil writers to be honoured for their work
2018-01-06 19:13:35 The first edition of The Hindu Lit for Life - Tamil fest will honour five writers for their contribution to Tamil literature. Veteran writer Indira Parthasarathy, who has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award, will confer the awards on the writers during the festival to be held at Lady Andal School in Chetpet. The award will include ₹1 lakh each, a citation and certificate   Read More ...
Bengaluru most well read city in India: Survey
2018-01-06 10:16:29 Bengaluru has emerged as the most well read city in India, while Mumbai and Delhi stands at second and third position, respectively, according to a survey conducted by Amazon India’s Annual Reading Trends Reports for 2017. “We are very excited with this year’s Reading Trends Report and are thrilled to see Indian writers among the most read authors for the fifth consecutive year! We are truly committed to helping our customers enjoy their passion for reading by offering them a wide selection of books with unique choices across languages, genres and authors,” Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India, said in a statement   Read More ...