SHORT STORY

  • Actor Tom Hanks to publish collection of stories November 4, 2014

    New York: Actor Tom Hanks will publish a book of stories linked to his collection of typewriters, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said on Monday. The book, which will include photographs, is still untitled and no publication date has been set. "I've been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 - both...
  • Excerpt from Batik Rain by Ashwini Devare August 19, 2014

    Batik Rain explores the theme of rootlessness and displacement. It's about people who are drifting. But just as you are about to give up, the mist clears a little, bit by bit, till sunlight penetrates through and you feel the warmth. The stories revolve around individuals who yearn for a...
  • Harry Potter creator JK Rowling just posted a new short story about the singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck August 18, 2014

    JK Rowling's website Pottermore has posted new writing by the bestselling author about the international wizarding singing sensation Celestina Warbeck. The 500word entry about Celestina, who is sometimes known as the 'singing sorceress,' provides neverbeforeknown facts about this obscure character whom readers never 'meet' in the Harry Potter series although...
  • Is the world on the brink of a new Harry Potter series? Harry is 34. Neville Longbottom is an alcoholic. 15 things revealed in JK Rowling's explosive new tease July 9, 2014

    Author JK Rowling teased a new short story just days ahead of her man wizard Harry Potter's 34th birthday. Written as a news report by the magical newspaper Daily Prophet's gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story is set around a Quidditch World Cup final in the Patagonian desert and is...
  • Quick Quiz: Can you guess the literary works these Bollywood films are based on? July 7, 2014

    This is a good time to test your literary accomplishments. While these works of literature are popular and timeless, the characters in the films are familiar and vibrant. ...
  • Some stories in Savage Harvest are deeply disturbing December 23, 2013

    The tumultuous partition of India and its aftereffects are still fresh in people's memories. Those who suffered because of it have got myriads of stories to tell and they have been telling them in some form or the other since 1947. I myself have read some heart wrenching first hand...
  • 5 films that take their cue from short stories July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Like any other film industry, Bollywood also has a fascination for literature. The Hindi film industry has always given importance to the stories that have immense drama values and a leaning towards the common Indian lives. The filmmakers have tried to make famous stories in such a way...
  • A pleasant kind of heavy and other erotic stories is weird, sensual July 1, 2013

    A stark red cover, purple text, urban settings, 9 short stories and 210 pages, a perfect blend to look forward to. A pleasant kind of heavy and other erotic stories by Aranyani came in yesterday along with two other books and I decided to pick this up. Not because...
  • Bapsi Sidhwa proves love is anything but blind June 7, 2013

    Bapsi Sidhwa slips into several skins in this collection of short stories. A young Gujarati wife crossing continents and cultures to her new husband in the US, an American wife in Lahore seeking companionship and perhaps more from a Pakistani minister, a conservative Parsee mother trying to convince...
  • 'Dirty Love' is a book of short stories on Mumbai: Sampurna Chattarji May 17, 2013

    Sampurna Chattarji's 'Dirty Love' is a sequence of stories set in the restless swirl of a Bombay where dreamshuttles speed through the rain and men fall prey to dirty love. Reeking of sewers, fish markets, slaughtered meat, and peopled with loners, misfits and drifters, these tales prise open the surface...
  • Excerpt: Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories October 30, 2012

    Boats on Land looks at India's northeast 'uniquely' and its people against a larger historical canvas the early days of the British Raj, the World Wars, conversions to Christianity, and the missionaries. The Boats on Land quietly captures our fragile, awkward place in the world. Written by Janice Pariat, a...
  • Lost Charlotte Bronte story finally published March 1, 2012

    London: A longlost short story written by Charlotte Bronte for a married man with whom she had fallen in love was published online for the first time and comes out in print. The manuscript composed in French and titled "L'Ingratitude" was found in a Belgian museum, the Musee Royal...
  • Guha among 22 awarded Sahitya Akademi Awards February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi and novels and essays by Gopalakrishna Pai, Kashinath Singh and Manik Sitaram Godghate alias Grace are among 22 books which were awarded prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards for this year. Eight books of poetry, seven novels, three essays and one each short story,...
  • Deepti Naval's short stories look at real India November 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Actress Deepti Naval has joined the legion of Indian writers with her maiden collection of short stories. 'The Mad Tibetan: Stories From Then And Now', which was launched in Mumbai by actor Amitabh Bachchan, will be released in the capital by director Muzaffar Ali Nov 12. Naval made her debut...
  • Chronicle of Indian business' iron women November 2, 2011

    In the corridors of Indian politics and in the highperformance business sweat shops the gender order is slowly shifting in favour of power divas the women achievers. Sample an alchemist. Sugar queen Rajshree Pathy turned a barren stretch of land in Andipatti and Theni district of Tamil Nadu to a...
  • Quercus snaps up Oxford student in twobook deal October 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Quercus, a young, vibrant, internationally successful and awardwinning publisher of fiction, nonfiction and children's books.has acquired two books by debut author Prajwal Parajuly. Jon Riley, editorinchief, bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for 'The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories' and 'Land Where I Flee', a novel, for a respectable...
  • To pull tourists, Himachal books its legends August 26, 2011

    Shimla: The seat of deity Kotlu Devta is trusted by locals for disposing of domestic, social and criminal disputes. They believe the complainant just has to hammer a nail into the pillar of the temple and the offender confesses his crime. Surprised? The practice is still prevalent in Baghi village of...
  • 'Turtle Dove: Six Simple Tales', nice & sweet June 30, 2010

    With little doubt, the joy of a short story is in that, that it allows you to succumb to its own delicious reality, pulling you through its twists and turns. With Divya Dubeys Turtle Dove: Six Simple Tales, the joy is intact. The compilation throws you into a world familiar...
  • Dasgupta in race for top UK prize May 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Young India author Rana Dasgupta has been shortlisted for Britain's National Short Story Prize, which is considered world's biggest award for a single short story. Dasgupta is actually a British writer of Indian origin, who now lives in India. His first novel, Tokyo Cancelled, was published in 2005. Dasgupta...
  • An anthology with a feminist viewpoint September 13, 2006

    New Delhi: The Indian wave of writing isn't just about the Vikram Seths and Vikram Chandras. There's a generation of new writers, waiting in the wings. Says writer Susan Koshy, "I don't think I write easy things to read." Another writer, Annie Zaidi, who doubles up as a Frontline reporter, says, "If...