VIKRAM SETH

  • Kolkata Literary Meet 2014: A resounding success February 6, 2014

    The first year of the Kolkata Literary Meet being held independently from the Book Fair was a resounding success. An initiative by Kalam, with Gameplan as the chief organizers, the meet was sponsored by reputed corporate names such as Tata Steel, Exide and Google Srei. The panel not only boasted...
  • 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...
  • SC ruling on section 377 ruling hollow, shallow: Vikram Seth January 27, 2014

    Slamming the Supreme Court's ruling upholding Indian Penal Code's (IPC)section 377, criminalising gay sex, celebrated author Vikram Seth on Sunday said the judgement was "ethically hollow and intellectually shallow." "Just because a population is miniscule do you forgo their fundamental rights? Its ethically hollow and intellectually shallow," he said during a...
  • Aleph to publish Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy' sequel December 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Aleph Book Company has acquired publishing rights of Vikram Seth's muchawaited 'A Suitable Girl', sequel to the 1993 bestseller 'A Suitable Boy'. The novel is set for release 2016. Aleph will also be publishing the 20th anniversary edition of "A Suitable Boy", set to release February 2014. The announcement came...
  • Devil's Advocate: Judgement by SC on Section 377 is terrible, stresses Vikram Seth December 15, 2013

    After the Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377, writer Vikram seth stressed that the judgement was terrible. 'I am absolutely astounded by the narrow minded, uncompassionate, limited blinkered judgement of the particular bench,' Seth said. ...
  • SC judgement criminalising gay sex harmed Indian polity: Vikram Seth December 14, 2013

    Novelist and gay rights activist Vikram Seth has hit out at the recent Supreme Court judgement criminalising gay sex in the country. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Vikram said the judgment was worse than the Supreme Court ruling striking down an individual's right to challenge his detention...
  • Devil's Advocate: Judgement by SC on Section 377 is terrible, says Vikram Seth December 12, 2013

    After the Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377, writer Vikram seth stressed that the judgement was terrible. "I am absolutely astounded by the narrow minded, uncompassionate, limited blinkered judgement of the particular bench," Seth said. ...
  • SC order on Section 377 a disgrace: Vikram Seth December 11, 2013

    In the wake of the Supreme Court's verdict calling gay sex illegal, writer Vikram Seth said that the apex court has disregarded equality and non discrimination. "I think this judgement will be seen as a disgrace in the annals of Indian jurisprudence," Seth added. ...
  • SC order on Section 377 has disregarded equality: Vikram Seth December 11, 2013

    Writer Vikram Seth expressed his disappointment over the Supreme Court verdict calling gay sex as unconstitutional. "The apex court has disregarded equality and non discrimination," Seth said. ...
  • Vikram Seth asked to return advance money for sequel of 'A Suitable Boy': Reports July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Acclaimed Indian writer Vikram Seth has reportedly been asked to return his $1.7 million advance to his UK publisher Hamish Hamilton after he reportedly failed to deliver the sequel of his acclaimed novel "A Suitable Boy". The amount was reportedly paid to Seth when Hamilton commissioned the sequel...
  • Music, calligraphy, poetry in Vikram Seth's new work March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Music, calligraphy, conversations and poetry merge in Vikram Seth's new anthology of poetry, 'The Rivered Earth', an eclectic journey into the heart of rhythmic lyricism that the writer of 'The Golden Gate' a novel in verse is known for. The slim anthology, inspired by Seth's tryst with...
  • Penguin's annual 'Spring Lit Fest' in Delhi March 16 March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: A series of sneak peeps into new books by top Indian writers will be the cornerstone of a festival of literature, "Spring Fever", to be held March 1624 at the India Habitat Centre. An annual feature of PenguinBooks India, the festival will preview several new titles by authors like...
  • Rushdie row: Religion misused, says Vikram Seth January 26, 2012

    Kolkata: Criticising the government for the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, novelist Vikram Seth on Thursday said the affair was whipped up because of "power", "politics" and "misuse of religion". "The whole affair was whipped up because of power and politics and because of the...
  • 'A Suitable Girl' might become 'An Unsuitable Boy' December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Novelist Vikram Seth, who is writing a sequel to 'A Suitable Boy', may not name his new book 'A Suitable Girl' as everyone was led to believe. It could even be named 'An Unsuitable Boy'. "I wrote 'A Suitable Boy' many years ago and it was set in India...
  • Author Vikram Seth chases 'A Suitable Girl' January 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Novelist Vikram Seth is chasing a new story, 'A Suitable Girl', which is a sequel of his popular novel, 'A Suitable Boy'. " 'A Suitable Boy' was a very long book. I did not think it would get published. But as it did well, my publishers wanted me to...
  • Concern over classical literature in Jaipur fest January 22, 2011

    Jaipur: A growing concern to preserve vernacular and classical literature and to popularise it through translations is gradually occupying centrestage at the sixth DSC Jaipur Literature Festival underway here. "The new generation has limited access to classical and vernacular literature because most of us speak English. Ask me to name one...
  • Jaipur literature festival just got bigger January 17, 2011

    Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee, Vikram Seth, Patrick French, Junot Diaz the list would please the lover of the written word. These and over 215 writers from India and the world, including seven Booker Prize and five Pulitzer Prize winners will hold centrestage at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival scheduled...
  • Writers appeal for freedom of Liu Xiaobo December 10, 2010

    New Delhi: The pitch for the release of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has gathered fresh momentum with more than 500 highprofile literary signatories from around the world joining ranks with the Internationales LiteraturfestivalBerlin. The litterateurs who have joined the crusade against Xiaobo's detention include the likes of John Ashbery,...
  • Kerala hosts The Hay Festival November 15, 2010

    Thiruvananthapuram: God's Own Country Kerala became host to India's first literary festival.The first version of The Hay Festival had a stellar line up and engaged crowds. Other than some amazing discussions, the festival was marked by the presence of literary demigod Vikram Seth, musician Bob Geldof and Simon Schama. ...
  • Vikram Seth on A Suitable Girl, homosexuality July 4, 2009

    Bestselling author Vikram Seth is making headlines with a reported Rs 14 crore deal to write the sequel to A Suitable Boy, as well as a book of poems and one on essays. He has been very open about coming out to his family and he was elated to hear...
  • Vikram Seth strikes 1.7 mn pound publishing deal July 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Writer Vikram Seth, who is working on a sequel to his blockbuster novel A Suitable Boy, has finalised a deal worth around 1.7 million pounds to move his entire back list to Penguin UK, sources close to the deal said. This will be the biggest such deal struck by...
  • Vikram Seth to pen sequel to A Suitable Boy July 3, 2009

    New Delhi: In a move which will cheer hundreds of thousands of his fans, Vikram Seth, among the most widely admired writers in the world today, has announced that he is writing the longawaited sequel to his muchloved millioncopy bestseller A Suitable Boy. A Suitable Girl will be published by Penguin...
  • 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...
  • Vikram Seth's first audience, kid sister Aradhana January 23, 2009

    Jaipur: There's something about the city of Jaipur in the winter sun that adds to the ambiance of the literature festival and sets writers in the comfort zone. CNNIBN's Amrita Tripathi caught up with A Suitable Boy himself, Vikram Seth, for an informal chat, along with his sister, Aradhana. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The name's Bond, Ruskin Bond June 4, 2007

    New Delhi: He's 73, but still young at heart and loves adventures. He is one of India's favourite writers, Ruskin Bond. Bond was in Delhi to promote his latest book Omnibus5, when CNNIBN's Whazzup Junior correspondents, Raghav and Siddhant caught up with him for this exclusive chat. Sidhant: Which book of...
  • Seth, Chandra win Crossword Awards February 22, 2007

    New Delhi: It was the night of two Vikrams. Author of Sacred Games, Vikram Chandra and author of Two Lives, Vikram Seth have won top honours in the 2006 Hutch Crossword Book Awards in Mumbai on Wednesday night. Chandra bagged the award in the English Fiction category and Seth in...
  • Vikram Seth's letter on antigay law September 21, 2006

    Where love has lost its voiceSeptember 15, 2006 To build a truly democratic and plural India, we must collectively fight against laws and policies that abuse human rights and limit fundamental freedoms. This is why we, concerned Indian citizens and people of Indian origin, support the overturning of Section...