The ban on Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book proves that a society’s caretakers often don’t take care of its creative artists. Click here to read the full article.
‘In 1987 after leaving Lahore I was driving a taxi in Minneapolis (USA) when I [happened to] pick up a Pakistani. He was the son of a wealthy influential family and basically the story of Jack/Yaqub in the book is roughly his story. He hated his father, Pakistan and had become a criminal. But when I asked him why he didn’t return to Pakistan he told me he would rather die than go back…’Click here to read an excerpt from the interview of Nate Rabe with Images.
‘I wanted people to move past the idea of Indian food being greasy, spicy-hot food you got for cheap in a dive. I wanted them to explore beyond samosas, tandoori chicken, naan and tikka masala, which were all delicious, but only represented a tiny portion of India’s rich culinary diversity.’
In Shared Tables, Kaumudi Marathe shares family stories and recipes from Pune to Los Angeles.
‘In The Ring of Truth: Myths of Sex and Jewellery, she takes us from the good girl trope of Doris Day and bad girl trope of Marilyn Monroe to William Shakespeare to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, with little asides on French history, Indian mythology and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn along the way.’
Kaveree Bamzai, DailyO lists out six things from the book to know about sex, jewellery and some popular Indian myths.
We are thrilled to announce that ‘Uncertain Light’ by Marion Molteno is shortlisted for ‘The International Rubery Book Award’.
The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges.
What is terrorism other than forcing and suppressing people, deluding and stupefying them, inflicting pain, contempt and torment with cruel and merciless intent, all the while keeping them in fear of their lives?’ DailyO carries an excerpt from The Division of Heaven and Earth: On Tibet’s Peaceful Revolution by Shokung.
“I used to be rather intense as a young man. As I get older, life seems to get funnier. You also get more philosophical when you look back, you are prepared to be more forgiving,”’
One of India’s favourite authors, Ruskin Bond, on the company of undemanding ghosts, his obsession with semi-colons and why he ought to have named his recently-released autobiography, ‘Twenty-Two Steps’.
‘It can be reasonably argued that in India, from the beginning of its civilisational enterprise, nothing has remained singular for long; in fact, nothing has been, in a sense, allowed to be singular for long. Whether God or religion, philosophy or metaphysics, language or custom, cuisine or costume, every realm is marked by plurality. It is not accidental that in many Western languages the word India is plural—‘Indes’, meaning ‘Indias’.’ Indian Cultural Forum carries an excerpt from India Dissents: 3000 Years of Difference, Doubt and Argument edited by Ashok Vajpeyi.
Book launch of Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography by Ruskin Bond. Ruskin Bond was in conversation with Nalin Mehta, Consulting Editor, Times of India, and Joint Director, Times of India Literature Festival. Click here to view the album.
‘Sitting in the mountains, I remember the sea: tinsel on a vast field of water, and sunny white sheets billowing in the wind.
I remember a forest of nodding flowers and patches of red, yellow, green and blue light on a wall.
And I remember a little boy who ate a lot of kofta curry and was used to having his way.’
The Sunday Guardian carries an excerpt from Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography by Ruskin Bond.