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  • Unreal Elections: Internet's favourite parody bloggers try to answer crucial but entirely fake questions ahead of 2014 polls 09-04-2014 10:08 AM

    Why Narendra Modi's favourite movie is The Lion King, what happens to Arnab Goswami's milkman when he tries to cheat him, how Sonia Gandhi reshuffles her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears, Why Arvind Kejriwal can't get rid of his shawl in the Delhi summer, what fills Manmohan...
  • Chiki Sarkar to head publishing at Penguin Random House India 20-03-2014 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: Chiki Sarkar, currently Publisher at Penguin Books India, has been appointed as Publisher, Penguin Random House India with overall responsibility for building the local publishing programme in both English and local languages. Milee Ashwarya and Meru Gokhale have both been appointed to the role of Publishing Director, Penguin...
  • Siddharth Varadarajan claims thugs beat up his flat care taker 06-03-2014 04:07 PM

    New Delhi: Senior journalist and former editor in chief of 'The Hindu' Siddharth Varadarajan claims that four thugs have attacked the caretaker of his flat in Delhi and threatened him. In a tweet he said, "Four thugs beat up the caretaker of my flat in Delhi, saying, 'Tell your sahib...
  • Penguin India urged to approach higher court 23-02-2014 09:30 PM

    Penguin India, which recently withdrew American author Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism, has been urged to approach higher courts to establish a strong precedent of upholding freedom of expression. A group of academicians and authors on Sunday said they were forwarding a petition concerning the withdrawal of the book along...
  • 'The Hindus' effect? Wendy Doniger's 'On Hinduism' on Kindle eBooks bestsellers list in India 19-02-2014 03:45 PM

    New Delhi: The controversy over Penguin Books India withdrawing all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies has also resulted in a greater interest in Doniger's other works. On Hinduism, a different book by Wendy Doniger is currently the...
  • Ideas 2014: Freedom of expression is like rape in India, says Taslima Nasrin 18-02-2014 11:33 PM

    Author Taslima Masrin has said that freedom of expression is like a rape in India. In a special series Ideas 2014, CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to Taslima Nasrin on withdrawal of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' by Penguin India sparked outrage. The author said she...
  • Ideas 2014: Is India facing a cultural emergency? 17-02-2014 10:56 PM

    In a special series Ideas 2014, CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to Historian Ramachandra Guha and biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi on withdrawal of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' by Penguin India sparked outrage. ...
  • 'The Hindu' and Penguin: Unfolding of a protest 16-02-2014 01:26 PM

    Like everything else nowadays, it started with a Facebook comment where Brinda Bose, who teaches at the Department of English, University of Delhi, suggested that this outraged lot could meet outside the Penguin stall and read out excerpts from books once banned. So a few students, unlike the mammoth number...
  • Journalist Siddharth Varadarajan asks Penguin India to pulp his book and revert copyright 15-02-2014 11:13 AM

    Journalist and author Siddharth Varadarajan said he has asked Penguin Books India to pulp his book and revert copyright, days after the publishing house caved in to pressure from various right wing groups and decided to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from...
  • 'The Hindus' row: Readers ask Penguin India to give up copyright 15-02-2014 09:39 AM

    New Delhi: Even as Penguin Books India on Friday defended its decision to withdraw Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus', a Bangalore advocate, on behalf of readers, has issued a legal notice to the publisher asking it to give up its copyright. Advocate Lawrence Liang of the Bangalore-based Alternative Law Forum claims...
  • Full text: Penguin India's statement on withdrawal of 'The Hindus' 14-02-2014 10:37 AM

    Penguin Books India has decided to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites. In a...
  • Penguin took a rational call on Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus': Kian Ganz 13-02-2014 09:20 AM

    Penguin Books India has decided to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites. Critics say...
  • In which a book is unpulped, and so is a publisher

    Read Only |  Arunava Sinha
    In an ideal world, Penguin Books India would not have had to settle out of court with a self-proclaimed protector of the Hindu faith and...

  • Wendy Doniger blames Indian law for withdrawal of her book by Penguin 12-02-2014 07:57 AM

    New Delhi: A day after news broke of Penguin withdrawing Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History', the writer has now come to the defence of its publishers while blaming the Indian law. "Penguin, India, took this book on knowing that it would stir anger in the Hindutva ranks,...
  • FTP: Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus' withdrawn: Is withdrawing a book the right way to express disagreement with its contents? 11-02-2014 11:10 PM

    Penguin Books India has reportedly agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites. ...
  • Full text: Petition seeking Penguin Books apology for Wendy Doniger's book 11-02-2014 10:01 PM

    In a petition filed on Tuesday, the Penguin Group has been asked to apologise for the publication of the factually incorrect and offensive book 'The Hindus-An Alternative History' by Wendy Doniger. Penguin Books India, earlier in the day, reportedly agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The...
  • Penguin agrees to withdraw Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus' from India and pulp all copies 11-02-2014 12:53 PM

    Penguin Books India has reportedly agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites. The...
  • Draupadi in High Heels is a fun but slightly unconvincing read 07-02-2014 06:11 PM

    Draupadi in High Heels is one of the newly published books by Penguin Metro Reads. Written by Aditi Kotwal, the novel is about the life of Deeya, a rich, slightly spoilt young woman with a thriving fashion store, and a sharp sense of independence. However, her independence is jeopardized when...
  • Sifting through The Life and Times of Layla The Ordinary 17-01-2014 09:15 PM

    The Life and Times of Layla The Ordinary is one of the best books released for the young adult section in recent times, for more reasons than one. This is Minna Madhavan's first work for the young adult sphere, and has been published by the Penguin Group, under the young...
  • Winter woes in the US, people and animals battle cold 08-01-2014 12:31 PM

    The freeze across the US has broken records, and is proving to be harsh even for polar bears and penguins, forced to take shelter indoors. Schools have shut because of the cold in the USA. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan attends the Penguin Lecture in Delhi 01-12-2013 08:27 PM

    Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan visited Delhi to attend the Penguin Annual Lecture 2013 podium. In his address, the actor spoke about empowering the country's women, Indian cinema, poetry and more. The event was held in Thyagaraj Stadium. ...
  • Big B: Everyone can watch a Hindi film, but they can't read a book 30-11-2013 09:23 AM

    New Delhi: Indian cinematic icon Amitabh Bachchan Friday took to the Penguin Annual Lecture 2013 podium, much to the joy of an eclectic audience of almost a thousand, and left them more star-struck as he spoke about empowering the country's women, Indian cinema, poetry and more. The 71-year-old, looking handsome...
  • 26/11: The Inside Story - How Ajmal Kasab was recruited 12-11-2013 11:38 AM

    An excerpt from The Siege: The Attack on the Taj by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, offering an inside view of what really happened on the night of 26/11, and what went into the conspiracy. May 2008 - Pakistan A party of Lashkar trainee fighters bumped along in a hand...
  • Amitabh Bachchan to deliver this year's Penguin Lecture 08-11-2013 05:03 PM

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will deliver this year's Penguin Lecture, which has featured some of the world's most respected leaders, thinkers and writers over the years. One of the first annual lecture to be organized by a publishing house in India, the annual lecture has become one of the...
  • 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' review: An 80 kmph ride through Shillong 21-10-2013 06:32 PM

    The barrel of a pistol stares at you and a girl with unkempt hair and piercing eyes has her fingers on the trigger. The cover of Ankush Saikia's 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' sets the mood for what is to follow. A novel set in Shillong. And comparisons with Anjum...
  • Ravi Subramanian proves Penguin's popular fiction strategy: acquire established bestelling authors 26-09-2013 11:25 AM

    With the publication of Ravi Subramanian's fifth novel Bankerupt, Penguin Random House India's commercial strategy is becoming increasingly evident. In July this year, Penguin took away the bestselling Subramanian from Rupa, where his first four novels Devil In Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, If God Was A Banker, and The Bankster...
  • Bankerupt has all elements to be a bestseller 16-09-2013 04:22 PM

    It was around the same time last year when I had first met Ravi Subramanian. His latest book Bankster had got released and he was in Delhi for some event related to it. This was the first time he was meeting a blogger and for me, this was the first...
  • Watch: Annual march for graduated Penguins in US 29-07-2013 09:16 AM

    In a San Francisco zoo, a group of baby penguins waddled to their new home on Penguin Island. This annual march celebrates their graduation from the 'Fish School'. After graduation, they get to reunite with their fellow penguins in the world's largest captive Magellanic penguin colony. ...
  • Penguin offers Ravi Subramanian Rs 1.25 crore for two-book deal 18-07-2013 03:15 PM

    Ravi subramanian's move from Rupa Publications to Penguin India may not be about the money but you cannot be blamed for thinking it is. The publishing giant has offered the author Rs 1.25 crore for a two-book deal making it the highest advance given by them to any Indian writer....
  • Ostlere's 'Karma' is a once-in-a-lifetime book 08-07-2013 06:31 PM

    There are good books, there are great books and then there are once-in-a-lifetime books. Cathy Ostlere's 'Karma', which is a novel in verse, falls in the third category for more reasons than one. It hit all the right spots even before I had read the award-winning book. It was as...