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  • Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Google doodles the great Russian author's epic novels September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A collection of images set within an interactive doodle attempts to capture the grandeur of the works one of the world's greatest novelists - Leo Tolstoy. The white-bearded, prolific writer was a master of realistic fiction and is revered the world over for addressing war, love, God and...
  • India grants one-year visa to Taslima Nasreen September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given one-year visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015. The 51-year-old writer was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her...
  • Author of 'Play With Me' Ananth, on his transition from selling books to writing one August 17, 2014

    In an interview with Vivek Tuteja, author Ananth talks about his new book 'Play With Me'. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Vivek Tuteja: Why did you take to writing? What prompted this? From selling books to writing one, how was the transition at some point? Ananth: I...
  • Radical Bengali writer Nabarun Bhattacharya dies at 66 July 31, 2014

    Kolkata: Famed Bengali writer Nabarun Bhattacharya, a Sahitya Akademi awardee known for his radical left and anti-establishment views and championing of the marginalised urban milieu, died at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his associates said. He was 66. Bhattacharya, who left behind his...
  • Irish writer pips Jhumpa Lahiri to win top UK prize June 5, 2014

    First-time Irish novelist Eimear McBride beat five other authors including Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri to win this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. McBride's debut "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" tells the story of a young woman's...
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    Winston-Salem: Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why...
  • Writer Taslima Nasreen tweets she does not have cancer, test result shows her tumour is benign May 15, 2014

    Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has confirmed that she does not have cancer, days after she tweeted that she underwent a biopsy to determine the cause of a tumour. Nasreen tweeted that her tumour is benign. In fact, a visibly relieved Nasreen tweeted "It's BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN...
  • Had unfettered access to Modi, says his biographer Andy Marino May 8, 2014

    There are more than 10 books on the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in stores now. One book that seems to be flying off the shelves is London-based biographer Andy Marino's book. He talks of getting unfettered access over a period of a few weeks, in an exclusive interview...
  • Nobel winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 April 18, 2014

    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 masterpiece...
  • Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health 'delicate' after pneumonia, says the Colombian President April 17, 2014

    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 home...
  • Meet Vidya, Neha, Ananya, Priyanka: A complete guide to the absolutely terrific women in all of Chetan Bhagat's books April 15, 2014

    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 centre...
  • Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole books, dies at 68 April 11, 2014

    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 23 was...
  • 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 for...
  • 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 quiet...
  • 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 served...
  • 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 Pakistan's Punjab,...
  • 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...
  • Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have married, admits JK Rowling February 2, 2014

    A section of fans knew it all along. They'd talk about it in forums and chat rooms and would get into lengthy explanations when they'd be scoffed at by other Potterheads. Today they feel vindicated as author JK Rowling admitted she made a mistake by marrying off Ron Weasley and...
  • Read Vikram Seth's poem 'Through love's great power' - a protest against the SC ruling on gay sex January 30, 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 that...
  • 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...
  • 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...

Book Extracts

Excerpt from Batik Rain by Ashwini Devare

The stories revolve around individuals who yearn for a sense of belonging and how they go about trying to find that.