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  • In conversation with author Aatish Taseer 20 hours 22 minutes ago

    Speaking to CNN-IBN, journalist and author Aatish Taseer talks about his book 'The Way Things Were'. ...
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand dies at 80 November 30, 2014

    New York: Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse, has died. He was 80. Strand, whose works were translated into more than 30 languages, died on Saturday morning at his daughter's New York home from liposarcoma that had spread...
  • British crime writer PD James dies at age of 94 November 27, 2014

    British crime writer PD James, creator of poetry-writing detective Adam Dalgliesh, has died at the age of 94, her publishers said on Thursday. "We will all miss her," Charles Elliott, her editor at Knopf, said in a statement. "Her books were in a class of their own, consistently entertaining yet as...
  • Chetan Bhagat: My books are not classics, but they're not of the read-and-throw variety; they fall in the middle - they connect, have an impact November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: India's biggest-selling author in English is often dismissed as persona non grata by literary critics, but that doesn't faze Chetan Bhagat. Ten years on as a professional writer, the banker-turned-author says he is better prepared to face criticism. "I can dispassionately talk about it. It cannot bother me enough to...
  • Littering is just as bad as anti-nationalism: Chetan Bhagat on PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Dressed in a simple pink shirt and a black half Nehru jacket, popular Indian author Chetan Bhagat mopped his brow as he blinked in the harsh lights. He was chatting with a few professors and media persons on a balmy evening here, in Delhi. In the city to promote...
  • Tamil poet named for Singapore's highest cultural award October 16, 2014

    Singapore: Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer KTM Iqbal will be awarded Cultural Medallion, the country's highest cultural award by, President Tony Tan Keng Yam. It is the highest recognition for the 74-year-old Tamil poet whose achievements include more than 200 children's songs written for Radio Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s,...
  • English the new caste system, decides if you can have a girlfriend, job: Chetan Bhagat October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing criticism for the crass Hindi lines used in his latest book 'Half Girlfriend, author Chetan Bhahat has hit out at critics saying that English has become the new caste system in India. He also went on to say that English even decides whether or not a person can...
  • Google doodles 'Malgudi Days' on RK Narayan's 108th birth anniversary October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: "Who's the man behind the book on our doodle in India? It's Malgudi's native son, famed Indian writer RK Narayan. Narayan is a well known pioneer of early Indian literature and set most of his stories in the fictional town of Malgudi. Happy 108th birthday to RK Narayan!,"...
  • Excerpts of Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano's works in English October 9, 2014

    Paris: Missing Person: Published by David R Godine (Original title: Rue des Boutiques Obscures) - "In this strange, elegant novel, Patrick Modiano portrays a man in pursuit of the identity he lost in the murky days of the Paris Occupation, the black hole of French memory." --"I am nothing. Nothing but...
  • Stirring portrayal of German occupied France wins French writer Patrick Modiano the literature Nobel October 9, 2014

    Stockholm: Media-shy French writer Patrick Modiano was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation". Modiano debuted with La place de l'étoile published in 1968. The writer who lives in...
  • 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 whitebearded, prolific writer was a master of realistic fiction and is revered the world over for addressing war, love, God and...
  • India grants oneyear visa to Taslima Nasreen September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given oneyear visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015. The 51yearold 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 antiestablishment 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

    Firsttime 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 Halfformed Thing" tells the story of a young woman's...
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    WinstonSalem: 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 Londonbased 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...