Amitav Ghosh

  • Police failure to discharge duty during Muzaffarnagar riots: Amitav Ghosh September 17, 2013

    Acclaimed author and Padma Shri awardee Amitav Ghosh, however, underlined that fortunately the Muzaffarnagar riots did not have repercussions across the country. ...
  • Watch: Modi remains culpable for 2002 Gujarat riots, says Amitav Ghosh September 17, 2013

    Indian author Amitav Ghosh said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi remains culpable for 2002 riots as it happened on his watch. As Modi is nominated as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Amitav said for a man having such a past to occupy the highest post would be deeply destabilizing. He was...
  • After Amartya Sen, author Amitav Ghosh says his vote won't go to Modi September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: After Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, yet another intellectual has come out strongly against Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Acclaimed author and Padma Shri awardee Amitav Ghosh said that for him, Modi remains someone culpable for the Gujarat riots of 2002. Amitav Ghosh further said...
  • Amitav Ghosh, Jeet Thayil shortlisted for lit prize November 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Six books including "River of Smoke" by Amitav Ghosh, "Narcopolis" by Jeet Thayil and "The Wandering" by Pakistan-based author Jamil Ahmad, have been shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013. The list, announced in a gala at the Mayfair Hotel in London, it includes six writers --...
  • Column: Have today's writers become performers? July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: In today’s market-driven world, have the soul, spirit and persona of the writer undergone change? Is he more marketer than writer, keeping his eyes firmly on market-forces and hot-wiring his talent to tango with themes that are reader friendly? Is he exploring and exploiting the public space...
  • Amitav Ghosh's 'Sea of Poppies' gets Bhojpuri touch July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The magic of Booker Prize shortlisted Amitav Ghosh's novel, "The Sea of Poppies," a gripping tale of the sea journey of indentured labourers during the 1830s, just before the Opium War, is set to be translated on celluloid. Tentatively titled "Afeem Ka Sagar," some of the most compelling parts...
  • Amitav Ghosh's 'The Shadow Lines' to be filmed November 3, 2011

    New Delhi: It all began in 2005 when Anupam Barve bought novelist Amitav Ghosh's 'The Shadow Lines' from a bookshop in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The filmmaker from Pune wrote to the author, saying he wanted to adapt the book to celluloid. He has now signed a contract with Ghosh. Barve was convinced...
  • Man Asian Literary Awards: 5 Indians in long-list October 29, 2011

    New Delhi: The forthcoming books of five Indian authors — 'Rebirth' by Jahnavi Barua, 'River of Smoke' by Amitav Ghosh, 'The Sly Company of People Who Care' by Rahul Bhattacharya, 'The Folded Earth' by Anuradha Roy and 'The Valley of Masks' by Tarun J Tejpal — have made their place...
  • Amitav Ghosh shortlisted for Hindu prize September 26, 2011

    New Delhi: Seven writers, including Amitav Ghosh, Sunil Gangopadhyay and UR Ananthamurthy, are in the fray for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2011, the Chennai-based newspaper group has announced. The shortlist for the award was unveiled by journalist Manu Joseph, who won the award last year for his 'Serious Men', at...
  • Parsi community important to India: Amitav Ghosh July 2, 2011

    New Delhi: The Parsi community is an amazing pool of talent, having created modern India as we know it, says one of the country's foremost novelists and chronicler Amitav Ghosh, who tails his Parsi protagonist, Bombay merchant Bahramji Naurozji Modi to China in his new novel, "River of Smoke" -...
  • Amitav Ghosh talks about 'River of Smoke' June 19, 2011

    Amitav Ghosh in a special interview to CNN-IBN speaks about on his new book 'River of Smoke', the sequel to 'Sea of Poppies'. ...
  • Don't mix Naipaul's views and works: Amitav Ghosh June 15, 2011

    One of India's best-known writers Amitav Ghosh speaks on VS Naipaul's recent comment on women authors. ...
  • Amitav Ghosh on Anna, Baba's fasts against graft June 14, 2011

    Speaking to CNN-IBN, Amitav Ghosh weighed in on the Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare's method of tackling corruption. ...
  • Summer solstice: new novels from Ghosh, Adiga May 11, 2011

    June will be a big bang month for English fiction from Indian writers with global reputations. If you're compiling your summer reading list, make sure you include what promises to be an awesome twosome: Amitav Ghosh's 'River of Smoke', the second novel in the Ibis Trilogy. And Aravind Adiga's 'Last...
  • Penguin India sweeps Indiaplaza Golden Quill awards September 10, 2009

    Bangalore: Penguin has performed an astounding clean sweep at this year's Indiaplaza Golden Quill Awards, with two of its biggest bestsellers winning the awards in all three categories. The awards were announced in Bangalore last week. The Readers' Choice Awards, decided by an online poll, went to Amitav Ghosh's Sea of...
  • I wanted a gay protagonist in my novel: Neel Mukherjee July 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Writer-reviewer Neel Mukherjee, whose book Past Continuous has won the Vodafone-Crossword Books Award 2008, feels that writings on alternative sexuality are gradually coming out of the closet in India. "I would like to believe it (writing freely about alternative sexuality) is a trend in India. The English-educated urban centres...
  • Amitav Ghosh wins Vodafone-Crossword award July 24, 2009

    New Delhi: Novelist Amitav Ghosh shared the Vodafone-Crossword Book Awards 2008 for his book Sea of Poppies with writer-reviewer Neel Mukherjee for his novel Past Continuous in the English fiction category, a press statement issued in the city on Thursday said. The awards were announced at a glittering function in the...
  • Rushdie shortlisted for Vodafone-Crossword awards July 21, 2009

    The Vodafone-Crossword Book Awards 2008 shortlist is star-studded - and finding place are The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, Past Continuous by Neel Mukherjee and Escape by Manjula Padmanabhan. The announcement was made by a panel comprising publisher-writer Urvashi...
  • Booker prize to be announced today, 2 Indians in row October 14, 2008

    New Delhi : The prestigious Man Booker Prize winner for 2008 will be announced on Tuesday in London. With two debut novelists including Indian Aravind Adiga in the shortlist along with Amitav Ghosh, the competition looks stiff for the 50,000 pound prize. All the six books nominated for the...
  • 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 writers in Man Booker Prize shortlist September 10, 2008

    London: The shortlist for Man Booker 2008 is out and two Indian authors have made it to the list. The 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...
  • 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...
  • Ghosh, Adiga shortlisted for Man Booker Prize September 9, 2008

    London: Authors Amitav Ghosh and debutant Aravind Adiga have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2008 on Tuesday. However, author Salman Rushdie failed to make the 2008 Man Booker Prize shortlist for literature. Ghosh's widely-acclaimed Sea of Poppies and Adiga's The White Tiger beat Rushdie's The Enchantress of...
  • Indian flavour: Three authors and a judge at the Bookers September 7, 2008

    London: Three Indian authors are on the Booker Dozen or the Longlist for this years Man Booker Prize. Amitav Ghosh, Arvinda Alaga and Salman Rushdie. However, this time around there's another Indian connection Hardeep Singh Kohli who is on the panel of judges. "Of the many things you do...
  • Indian authors book their place in Man Booker Longlist August 4, 2008

    New Delhi: On Tuesday this year's Man Booker Longlist was announced in London. And marking their position on the list are three Indian authors, Salman Rushdie who is back on the list after winning the Booker of Bookers for the second time. And giving him company on the list are...
  • Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh in Booker 2008 longlist July 29, 2008

    London: The latest novels of Indian-born writers Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh have been named in a longlist of 13 books for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced on Tuesday. Rushdie has been entered for The Enchantress of Florence, described by some critics as his best since the much-decorated...
  • The Music Room bags Crossword book award July 5, 2008

    Mumbai: The Crossword Book Awards for 2007 were announced on Thursday in Mumbai. Author Amitav Ghosh, a former winner of the award, was the chief guest of the ceremony. He felicitated the winners including Namita Devidayal whose book, The Music Room bagged the popular book award, and Usha K R who...
  • 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...
  • Reading between the lines with Amitav Ghosh June 19, 2008

    Author Amitav Ghosh has been winning awards since his first book The Circle of Reason was published in 1986. His credentials are top drawer, the ex- Stephanian and Oxford alumnus has also taught Comparative Literature at universities in India and the US. A one-time journalist, Ghosh writes essays and fiction as well...
  • 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. ...