THE FINE PRINT

  • The Lost Flamingoes: Stories of love, death and survival March 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Siddharth Shanghvi's second novel The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay has been shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. With characters that mirror some real life personalities, and a fictionalised account of the Jessica Lall murder and its fallout. This is a novel that encompasses very gritty stories...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest: Writes who put Jaipur on the world literary map January 31, 2009

    Five years ago if you had told anyone that Jaipur would one day be on the world's literary map no one would have believed you, but that is exactly what has happened. Take a look at the writers who have made that a reality. ...
  • Fiveday Jaipur Lit fest comes to an end January 26, 2009

    New Delhi: The Jaipur Literature festival has hit the home stretch at the weekend. The stars of Saturday would have to be Pico Iyer with William Dalrymple on Monday morning and then Simon Schama who seems to be the rock star of the world of history. He also has...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest: A starstudded cultural affair January 22, 2009

    Jaipur: The Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off on Wednesday, and the organisers promise it's going to be quite the starstudded cultural affair. Day 1 of this fiveday Literature Festival kicked off with the inauguration by the Governor of Rajasthan. The highlights of Day 1 included an informal session with the...
  • Literature Festival begins, Jaipur all 'lit' up January 22, 2009

    Jaipur: Day 1 of the fiveday Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off with the inauguration by the Governor of Rajasthan. The highlights of Day 1 included an informal session with the inimitable Vikram Seth speaking candidly on life and his family. Keeping it in the family, was his mother, Leila, the...
  • Madhu Trehan's book looks back at Operation Westend January 19, 2009

    New Delhi: Journalist Madhu Trehan has spent six years investigating the aftermath of Operation Westend, Tehelka's famous sting operation, which exploded onto the national platform, exposing corruption in defence dealmaking eight years ago. That was usurped by a raging moral debate, culminating in an attack on the jouranlists involved ...
  • Vikas Swarup's 2nd book to be made into film too January 19, 2009

    After the phenomenal success of Slumdog Millionaire, its sweep of the Golden Globes, and a lot of Oscar buzz, CNNIBN speaks to the man behind the Slumdogstory, Vikas Swarup. Amrita Tripathi: We're here in the Capital with Vikas Swarup, the bestselling author of Q&A and I have two versions...
  • Ruskin Bond's latest book hits stores this Xmas December 22, 2008

    New Delhi: For 10yearold Soumya it was no ordinary trip to the book store. She's meeting the man who has often taken her on journeys into the enchanted world of words Ruskin Bond. Based in Mussoorie, Bond has been writing for 50 years now, but his fans still can't...
  • Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard hits stands December 5, 2008

    New Delhi: Bestselling author J K Rowling's latest offering hits stands on Thursday, worldwide. No Harry Potter isn't back with another adventure, but Rowling has released The Tales of Beedle the Bard a yearandahalf after the final Potter title hit stores. The Tales of Beedle the Bard finds mention in the...
  • Rushdie, Kiran Desai bring out AIDS Sutra December 2, 2008

    New Delhi: December 1 is World AIDS Day and here is a look at a book called AIDS Sutra, with 16 top writers from India pitching in to highlight the scale of the issue. About 2.4 million Indians live with HIV/AIDS and the book, the anthology AIDS Sutra, aims to...
  • Bikram Singh puts together Husain's life in book December 2, 2008

    New Delhi: Maqbool Fida Husain is the latest book on the artist that tries to capture his long, very long, life from his initial years of struggle and poverty to life under the arc lights and beyond. The book covers 60 years of paintings done by the prolific artist....
  • Become a Bone collector, get your copy today! November 25, 2008

    New Delhi: You wouldn't know it to look at him, but American comic book artist Jeff Smith and his onceuponatime underground comic Bone transformed the comic book industry in the US and worldwide since his journey began, in 1991. "Yeah, definitely Bone was like a cult book. Originally my wife...
  • Speaking For Myself: The memoirs of a first lady November 23, 2008

    New Delhi: First ladies don't often write memoirs and certainly no other first lady has ever written one like Cherie Booth Blair's Speaking for Myself. While her obvious adoration of husband and former British prime minister Tony Blair runs right through the book, Cherie makes it clear that she isn't...
  • Navtej Sarna's book on the last Punjab maharaja out October 12, 2008

    New Delhi: Navtej Sarna will be off to Israel, as Ambassador by next month, but the longestserving spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs had a different hat on on Saturday evening that of an autor at the launch of his book The Exile in the Capital. The Exile deals...
  • Daniel Lak connects with India through new book October 9, 2008

    Daniel Lak covered the Indian subcontinent for the BBC for nearly 20 years, many of them as the South Asia correspondent, based in New Delhi. A Canadian writer and documentary filmmaker, he lives in Toronto. At the launch of his latest book, India Express: The Future of a New Superpower,...
  • Ratan Tata releases Zubin Mehta's biography October 8, 2008

    Mumbai: Who better to interpret the meaning of music than the legendary Zubin Mehta. Sharing his experience amidst the elite of the town, the music maestro is back in home town for a series of concerts and the launch of his book titled Zubin Mehta The Score of My...
  • Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace found dead September 15, 2008

    San Francisco: David Foster Wallace, the writer best known for his critically acclaimed 1996 novel Infinite Jest, was found dead at his home in Claremont, California, police said. The Claremont Police Department said Wallace's wife had called them on Friday night, saying she returned home to find her 46yearold husband...
  • Adiga, Ghosh in Man Booker shortlist, Rushdie omitted September 11, 2008

    Mumbai: Not one but two Indian authors, Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh, have made it to the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the year 2008 that was announced in London on Tuesday afternoon. ...
  • Two Indian authors in Man Booker Prize shortlist September 10, 2008

    London: Not one but two Indian authors, Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh, have made it to the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the year 2008 that was announced in London on Tuesday afternoon. Man Booker Prize 2008 Judge, Hardeep Singh Kohli said, "I am very happy...
  • Move over Harry Potter, Twilight Series is here August 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Move over Harry Potter, Stephanie Meyers and her Twilight Series is here! A fantasy romance saga told through four books, the Twilight Series is a curious love triangle between a human girl, a vampire and a werewolf quirky enough to spark anyone's imagination. No wonder the fourth book...
  • Stage set for Coelho's book, The Alchemist July 23, 2008

    Mumbai: Paulo Coelhos best selling book, The Alchemist is all set to take a centre stage when the stage version hits the theatres in September. Tom alter, who is playing the lead role in the play said, We have done just one dress rehearsal so far, the final product is...
  • Review: Sea of Poppies, a good tale told well June 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Sea of Poppies is the first book in Amitav Ghosh's IBIS trilogy. It's set in the 19th century, right before the Opium Wars, a time when the British Empire got Indian farmers to cultivate massive amounts of opium, instead of their traditional crops. Ghosh weaves a rich tapestry...
  • Watch: Rahul Bose reads from Amitav Ghosh's latest June 17, 2008

    Author Amitav Ghosh's latest book, Sea of Poppies, was launched on Monday with actor Rahul Bose arriving in style to read out snippets. ...
  • Bond is back on the paperback after 40 years June 16, 2008

    New Delhi: World's most beloved spy, agent 007, is on his next mission and this time it's on paper. This week we review the latest Bond book, which literally boasts of his devil may care attitude. James Bond is back on the paperback after 40 long years with Sebastian Faulkes' Devil...
  • The Silent Raga is a pleasant saga May 11, 2008

    New Delhi: There are some pieces of writing that pull a string within you and then there are some that make you hear the unheard notes of everyday music. Ameen Merchant's debut novel does just that. So get ready for a musical journey called The Silent Raga. "We shall not cease...
  • Behenji: An unauthorised biography of Mayawati May 8, 2008

    New Delhi: It's hard to imagine that she was once shy and tonguetied. We know the stereotype of Mayawati as the Dalit leader in pink chiffon, but surprisingly little is known about her personal life. Apparently she cooks extremely well and she also taught at a Government primary school...
  • Superstar Shobhaa De writes about incredible India May 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Shobhaa De may still be the the final word on steamy writing in the country, but don't go looking for that in her latest book, Superstar India From incredible to unstoppable is the 60yearold's take on India. Nevertheless, she still sets cash registers ringing for publisher Penguin with...
  • I learnt a lot from Big B in The Last Lear: Arjun Rampal April 13, 2008

    Mumbai: Bollywood hunk Arjun Rampal showed up for the launch of a new book released by the Tommy Hilfiger group, titled Iconic America. The book, a comment on American pop culture, will be available to buy at all Tommy outlets. CNNIBN took the opportunity to talk to the actor about...
  • Mani Ratnam's son star attraction at CPM camp April 1, 2008

    Coimbatore: He is only 17 years old, but can hold forth the MarxistLeninist ideology better than a professor of political science. And he has believe it or not authored a book called The Contours of Leninism. Nandan Maniratnam is the son of of noted film director, Mani Ratnam. "Marxism...
  • After Anita, Kiran; Ashvin Desai goes the write way March 17, 2008

    New Delhi: Literary giant Anita Desai's husband and Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai's father Ashvin Desai has just come out with a book which released in the Capital on Sunday evening. While Ashvin did make it a point to joke about being part of this family of literary heavyweights, he...