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  • UR Ananthamurthy: Eternally vigilant writer, thinker and teacher August 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, known as UR Ananthamurthy, died on Friday. He was 82. Ananthamurthy was one of India's best known writers and thinkers both within India and abroad. He wore many hats. He was a celebrated English professor, acclaimed writer, admired activist and a loved mentor to many. Born at...
  • Veteran Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy dies at 82 August 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, known as UR Ananthamurthy, died on Friday. He was 82. Ananthamurthy was one of India's best known writers and thinkers both within India and abroad. He wore many hats. He was a celebrated English professor, acclaimed writer, admired activist and a loved mentor to many. The Karnataka government...
  • Irish writer pips Jhumpa Lahiri to win top UK prize June 5, 2014

    First-time Irish novelist Eimear McBride beat five other authors including Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri to win this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. McBride's debut "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" tells the story of a young woman's...
  • Luis Suarez named England's Footballer of the Year May 5, 2014

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) on Monday, completing an award double after taking the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) accolade last month. The 27-year-old Uruguayan finished ahead of team-mate Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in the poll. The...
  • Kannada writers Ananthamurthy, Karnad to campaign against Modi in Varanasi April 14, 2014

    Bangalore: Jnanapeeth Award winning renowned Kannada writers U R Ananthamurthy and Girish Karnad have now decided to campaign against the BJP candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi. The Progressive Writers Association (PWA) is planning to organize a public meeting against Modi in Varanasi on May 4. The PWA wants to back...
  • Khushwant Singh: The noted author and journalist no more March 20, 2014

    Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 99. ...
  • Candour, humour and single malts, that's what you brought to us: Tisca Chopra mourns Khushwant Singh death March 20, 2014

    Mumbai: Acclaimed actress Tisca Chopra mourned the death of her grand-uncle, celebrated writer-journalist Khushwant Singh. Her memories of him are about "candour humour and single malts". "Candour humour and single malts, that's what you brought to us... may you find it wherever you are. Will miss you Khushi uncle," Tisca posted...
  • Woody Allen on big screen after 8 years in John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo' March 20, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor-director Woody Allen will be seen on the big screen in a full-fledged role after eight years. Allen, who is otherwise known to make cameo appearances in his own films, will be seen in 'Fading Gigolo' with Hollywood's two appealing actresses Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. In the movie,...
  • Khushwant Singh: A writer who had no regrets and intellectual pretentions March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Khushwant Singh died at 99. He missed a rare century by just one year. As film actress and model Gul Panag tweeted 'what a man, what a life', he was a totally different type of writer and journalist. Unlike his peers, he had no intellectual pretentions. He was...
  • In conversation: Bangladeshi writers Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed February 24, 2014

    An explosion of new writing from Bangladesh is fast spreading across the world of contemporary literature. Two of the newest literary stars from the country, Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed, both have new books out this year. Chaudhuri's candid and moving account of growing up and growing away, Beloved...
  • 'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' take top Writers Guild Awards February 3, 2014

    Los Angeles: The writers of 'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' were given top honors by their peers on Saturday at the annual Writers Guild Awards, a strong predictor of success in the screenplay categories at the Oscars in a month's time. Spike Jonze won the best original screenplay award for 'Her,' a...
  • The good should win right from the beginning, say Salim-Javed January 11, 2014

    The Hindi film industry realised the importance of good writing with the emergence of Salim-Javed. Together they wrote superhit films such as 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar' and 'Sholay. Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar were known for their straight-forward opinion. CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand talks to them about the role of a writer in...
  • Every person who knows his job and is aware of that is an arrogant person: Salim-Javed January 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Salim-Javed, one of the most celebrated scriptwriters of the 1970s and 1980s, were seen as arrogant during their prime and the two feel that 'every person who knows his job' is arrogant. The duo scripted commercially successful films 'Zanjeer', 'Sholay', and 'Deewaar' before parting ways about 32 years ago. They...
  • 'American Hustle,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' in race for Writers Guild Awards January 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Screenplays for two films depicting graft and greed in America - 'American Hustle' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street' - were among the nominees on Friday for the Writers Guild Awards, a prognosticator for the film industry's top prizes, the Oscars. Notably missing from the nominees for best adapted...
  • Ghaziabad lawyers, deed writers on strike over robbery; demand immediate arrest of accused December 5, 2013

    Lawyers and deed writers in the sadar tehsil and sub-registrar offices in Ghaziabad on Wednesday struck work following another robbery overnight in which a stamp vendor was looted of Rs 18 lakh. They said the strike would continue till the culprits are arrested. Two more incidents were also reported on Tuesday. On...
  • Rajasthani folk writer Vijaydan Detha passes away November 10, 2013

    Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha, who gave a modern touch and identity to folk tales of the colourful desert state, died in Borunda village on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. Detha, 87, is survived by three sons and a daughter. Popularly known as "Bijji', Detha kept himself confined to his village Borunda near...
  • A rickshaw puller's journey from prison to books November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: He was a rickshaw puller and she was a celebrity author. There was no way Manoranjan Byapari would have met Mahasweta Devi. But destiny willed otherwise. At a chance meeting, she asked him to write for her 'Bartika' journal. Thus began Bypari's stint as a writer that has...
  • Protiva Gupta's latest is a carefully researched book November 1, 2013

    The Venetian merchant Niccolò de' Conti who travelled to India in the 15th century refers to the Andamans as the `islands of gold'. Conti, whose travels accounts influenced Genoese map makers and explorers, tells the story of a lake in an island of the Andamans whose waters could turn iron...
  • He credited JK Rowling, says Shah Rukh Khan's Chief Digital Strategist October 7, 2013

    New Delhi: When blogger Agratha Dinakaran slammed Shah Rukh Khan for giving a speech at AIMA (All India management Association), which, as she says, was hugely inspired from British author JK Rowling's speech that she made at Harvard in 2008, little did she know that disregarding the credit, which the...
  • Did Shah Rukh Khan plagiarise JK Rowling's speech? October 6, 2013

    New Delhi: In his interviews and shows, Shah Rukh Khan comes across as someone who quickly connects with the audience through his words. Recently, the actor was invited to speak at an AIMA (All India management Association) gathering where he talked about the fundamental things that shape the life of...
  • Writing is the act of interpreting real life events: Eshwar Sundaresan June 20, 2013

    A techie community of around two hundred Indians stationed in Milwaukee suddenly finds itself under a siege. On a fateful Friday, a cyclonic snowstorm-Super Susan-is breaking winter records outside their windows. And beyond, somewhere in the inky darkness, a serial killer who targets immigrants is on the loose. An indiscreet...
  • WB: Women govt staff supporting Left protest near Mamata's office June 19, 2013

    Kolkata: Around 60 state government women employees on Tuesday went on a protest march along the main corridors of the Writers' Buildings, the state secretariat, against spurt in sexual violence and atrocities against women across West Bengal. Officials sources said the protesters, all pro-left women employees, held placards decrying the state...
  • West Bengal: Medical team examines Mamata Banerjee April 19, 2013

    Kolkata: A medical team from the private clinic, where she was treated recently, on Friday examined West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at her Writers' Buildings office for an hour and advised her complete rest. "Since she is busy in her office, we could not contact her and so we...
  • Writer Laxman Mane facing rape charges surrenders April 9, 2013

    Noted Marathi writer and Padma Shri awardee Laxman Mane, who had been absconding, has surrendered after being accused of sexually exploiting 6 women. 63-year-old Mane allegedly raped and molested the women employees at a charity home where he was the working president. ...
  • Roger Ebert: 10 things to remember about him April 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Ten things to remember about acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday: 1. There were many firsts in his career Roger Ebert was the first journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism in 1975. He also earned an honor given to the movie stars he wrote...
  • Marathi writer charged with rape of three women, absconds March 27, 2013

    Satara: A manhunt has been launched to trace leading Marathi writer Laxman Mane, who has been booked for raping three Dalit women working at a school he runs, police said on Tuesday. Mane's family meanwhile dismissed the charges. "He is still absconding and police teams are investigating the matter," an official...
  • Chinua Achebe, celebrated Nigerian novelist, dies March 23, 2013

    New York: The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway: "Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond," Chinua Achebe wrote in 'Things Fall Apart'. Africans, the Nigerian author announced more than 50 years ago, had their own history, their...
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Argo' win top Writers Guild Awards February 18, 2013

    Los Angeles: U.S. film and television writers gave their top two movie awards on Sunday to 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Argo' in the final Hollywood guild awards show before next week's Oscars. Writer Mark Boal won the Writers Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay for 'Zero Dark Thirty,' which...
  • Writers, artists live in anxiety in Pakistan: Farooqi February 11, 2013

    Kolkata: With political instability and extremism rising in Pakistan, noted Pakistani writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi feels artists and writers in his country live in anxiety and sometimes find it difficult to pen their thoughts. "It is difficult, it is not so easy. In such a volatile atmosphere sometimes it is...
  • I get smarter when I read those who are smarter than I am: author Mridula Koshy February 4, 2013

    'Not Only the Things That Have Happened' is a novel about the stories that make us and break us and then remake us. The novel takes place over a thirty-six hour period, travelling between far-flung places, characters, the past and the future. Time is a character here, revealing that though...