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  • Nobel winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 Yesterday

    Mexico City: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's...
  • Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health 'delicate' after pneumonia, says the Colombian President 2 days ago

    Bogota: Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has recovered from pneumonia but his condition remains "delicate", Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday. Garcia Marquez, who was hospitalized for nine days in Mexico City for dehydration and a lung and urinary infection, has been receiving treatment at his...
  • Meet Vidya, Neha, Ananya, Priyanka: A complete guide to the absolutely terrific women in all of Chetan Bhagat's books 3 days ago

    Delhi: Pretty, long hair, jhumkas, or sexy toes. The women character in author Chetan Bhagat's novels have always been feisty, interesting and independent. Most of his damsels have been vocal about their sexuality and have had a modern outlook towards life. Be it the the fashion designing student, the call...
  • Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole books, dies at 68 1 week ago

    London: British comic author Sue Townsend, the creator of teenage angst-ridden 'Adrian Mole', has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed on Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Born in Leicester, Townsend left school at 15, married at 18, and by...
  • Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, hospitalised April 4, 2014

    Mexico City: Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalised in Mexico City, federal health officials said on Friday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information. They declined to specify the cause of his illness, saying Garcia Marquez's family had asked...
  • Khushwant Singh: The noted author and journalist no more March 20, 2014

    Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 99. ...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): End of a literary juggernaut March 20, 2014

    Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 99. ...
  • 1999 Interview: Khushwant Singh on his life and career March 20, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to senior journalist Karan Thapar on BBC's Face-To-Face show in 1999, the noted author and journalist Khushwant Singh talked about his life and career. Khushwant Singh died at 99 this morning. ...
  • Khushwant Singh: The scholar-witness of an era March 20, 2014

    A life as extraordinary and creative as Khushwant Singh's is difficult to summarise. In his 99 years, he lived several average lifetimes worth, and in several avatars: writer, critic, journalist, academic and, above all, witness to Independent India's milestones. How such a valuable witness chose to react to these milestones...
  • Khushwant Singh, the man with many avatars March 20, 2014

    Admittedly, there isn't any Indian over the age of ten who doesn't know Khushwant Singh; know him in one of his various avatars: the Sardar in the lightbulb, the writer behind the slim seminal defining work on Partition, the editor behind Illustrated Weekly, the columnist whose trenchant wit was evident...
  • Khushwant Singh, the man whose obit was written 31 years ago March 20, 2014

    Journalist Dhiren Bhagat wrote this pre-obituary of Kushwant Singh 30 years ago. It was appeared in now defunct 'Sunday Observer'. Dhiren Bhagat died 24 years ago. This obituary appeared on February 13, 1983. I was saddened to read that Khushwant Singh passed away in his sleep last week. What a...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): 'The Sardar in the lightbulb' switches off March 20, 2014

    One of India's most renowed authors, columnists and journalists Khushwant Singh died in his Sujan Singh Park home in New Delhi on March 20, 2014. He was 99. The 'Sardar in the lightbulb' logo for Khushwant Singh's widely-read column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was designed by one of...
  • Khushwant Singh: A writer who had no regrets and intellectual pretentions March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Khushwant Singh died at 99. He missed a rare century by just one year. As film actress and model Gul Panag tweeted 'what a man, what a life', he was a totally different type of writer and journalist. Unlike his peers, he had no intellectual pretentions. He was...
  • Khushwant Singh: facts and his fictions March 20, 2014

    - Khushwant Singh was born on 2 February 1915 was a novelist and journalist. - An Indo-Anglian novelist, Singh was best-known for his trenchant secularism, his humour, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He...
  • Noted author and columnist Khushwant Singh dies at 99 March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Noted columnist and well-loved author Khushwant Singh died on Thursday. He was 99. His cremation will be held at the Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi at 4 pm. Singh was regarded as one of India's best-known writers and columnists. Born on February 2, 1915, in Hadali, now in...
  • Indian author Pankaj Mishra wins $ 150,000 Yale literary prize March 11, 2014

    Washington: Award-winning Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers from seven countries who have won a $ 1,50,000 Yale University prize each in recognition of their literary achievements. Essayist and novelist Mishra has been selected for the prestigious Windham Campbell Literature prize in the non-fiction category, Yale University said...
  • Read Vikram Seth's poem 'Through love's great power' - a protest against the SC ruling on gay sex January 29, 2014

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013, verdict criminalizing gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. Celebrated author Vikram Seth, who has been a champion of the LGBT community for some time...
  • Theatre not dead, says Mahesh Dattani at Jaipur Lit Festival January 19, 2014

    Playwright and stage director Mahesh Dattani on Sunday denied that theatre was dead and said the medium of stage drama had instead cemented its own place in the contemporary era of visually rich cinema. "I do not think that theatre is really dead. It's a drawing room conversation for you...
  • Outrage over December gangrape led to more awareness: Gloria Steinem January 19, 2014

    Iconic feminist, activist and writer Gloria Steinem says that the Delhi gangrape was a very important incident that helped in fighting violence. "I think it's very important and it helps all of us, because we are all fighting violence in general and specifically female violence whether its in war zones,...
  • Our country very good at editing realities, says Jerry Pinto at JLF January 18, 2014

    India is good at editing realities, turning a blind eye to them and believing that fail to exist, author-journalist Jerry Pinto has said. "Be it the issue of criminalising homosexuality, of prostitution or a new political party's win as an outcome of public outburst, we tend to edit realities and...
  • Jo Nesbo to retell William Shakespeare's Macbeth in new novel January 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Jo Nesbo, the famous crime writer whose thrilling Harry Hole novels are a worldwide bestseller, has been commissioned by Hogarth Press for the retelling of one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies. The tenth of the Harry Hole thrillers, Police is Nesbo's most recently released novel. The nail-biting, attention-gripping...
  • Author Manil Suri wins Britain's 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award December 4, 2013

    Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel 'The City of Devi' describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding supernovas and streaking superheroes, Britain's Literary Review said on Tuesday. The prize, which has been bestowed by the magazine every year...
  • Nilanjana Roy wins debut book award for her novel November 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Editor, critic and author Nilanjana Roy has won the 2013 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for her debut novel--The Wildings. According to the Shakti Bhatt Foundation, the novel is a "startling" narrative in which the characters are street cats in Delhi's Nizamuddin East. The judges--poet and novelist Meena...
  • Uncovering the truth about the Bangladesh war November 12, 2013

    Professor Gary Bass of Princeton University has written The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War in East Pakistan, tapping into newly declassified resources, including hours of White House tapes. The book makes no bones about the fact that the massive refugee crisis in the run-up to the 1971 war could have...
  • A rickshaw puller's journey from prison to books November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: He was a rickshaw puller and she was a celebrity author. There was no way Manoranjan Byapari would have met Mahasweta Devi. But destiny willed otherwise. At a chance meeting, she asked him to write for her 'Bartika' journal. Thus began Bypari's stint as a writer that has...
  • Alice Munro: Marathons in Sprint October 22, 2013

    In Boys and Girls, Alice Munro accomplishes the perfect storyteller's feat--instilling in the reader feelings of delight, shock, surprise, suspense, and dejection, all over the course of a single short story. The narrator is a young girl whose father raises foxes in a pen for selling their fur to traders...
  • Watch: Vinod Mehta talks about his book on Meena Kumari October 12, 2013

    Journalist Vinod Mehta talks about the life and times of the legendary actress Meena Kumari in his book 'Meena Kumari The Classic Biography'. ...
  • Alice Munro of Canada wins the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature October 10, 2013

    Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. The 82-year-old Munro, who only writes short stories, is often compared to Russian writer Anton Chekov for the depiction of the human condition in her fiction, with plot and drama frequently being secondary to moments...
  • Helen Fielding reveals why Mark Darcy has been killed in ‘Mad About The Boy’ October 10, 2013

    'Mad About The Boy' - the third book in the popular Bridget Jones franchise is set to release this week. It is being said that the character of Mark Darcy has been killed in the book, and it is getting some strong reactions worldwide. CNN-IBN's Sanjay Suri spoke to its...
  • Bestselling thriller writer Tom Clancy dies at 66 October 2, 2013

    Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as 'The Hunt for Red October' and 'Patriot Games' made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66. Penguin Group (USA) said Wednesday that Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not...

Book Extracts

Book excerpt: 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase'

Parul Sharma, the author of 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase', grew up in the small towns of Uttar Pradesh. This was fortunate because it ensured that she ran into some rather quirky characters pretty early on in life.

Book Reviews

'The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly' is a story of hope, determination

Sun-Mi Hwang is writer based in South Korea. She has written over 40 books which cover a variety of genres and themes. She has written books for children as well as adults, and has also won numerous accolades for her prolific writing. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel which was first written in 2000. The book went on to become a bestseller, and was adapted into a graphic novel, a musical as well as an animated movie.