‘One must exercise the imagination to remember that a century ago this was a place of solitude, filled with the call of crickets and murmuring pines, and that a spy once lived here. He was a spy who had fallen in love with the land of his mission and remained its lifelong lover.’ Scroll carries an excerpt from Journey to Lhasa: The Diary of a Spy by Sarat Chandra Das.
Lone Fox Dancing, Ruskin Bond’s bestselling autobiography wins the 2017 Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Prize for Best Non-Fiction (English). Click here to know more.
Book launch of ‘Upcountry Tales: Once Upon a Time in the Heart of India’ by Mark Tully. The book was launched on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The author was in conversation with Ira Pande, author and columnist. Sunit Tandon, theatre personality, did a dramatized reading from the book. Click here to view album.
‘We have seen terrible cruelty in our times…. Innocent men being killed as they go about their everyday affairs. Writers being killed because you don’t agree with what they write. These are frightening times’
Click here to read excerpts from the interview with Nayantara Sahgal.
‘When The Moon Shines By Day is a perturbing wake-up call of India’s transformation – “In 1975, we had a clear dictatorship. Today’s situation is worse because we’re under the guise of a democracy but the travesties are far worse – mob lynchings, murders in view of the police.’ Author Nayantara Sahgal discusses When the Moon Shines by Day with Githa Hariharan on Facebook. Click here.
‘What is projected today as Hinduism is a travesty of Hinduism. Hindutva is a distortion of Hinduism and that is what we are shrinking into; that’s what is taking place today,’ During a Facebook live chat with Githa Hariharan about her latest book, When the Moon Shines by Day, Nayantara Sehgal criticised the increasing intolerance and violence in the country. Click here.
Book launch of ‘When the Moon Shines by Day’ by Nayantara Sahgal. The book was launched on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at Lecture Room 1, India International Centre Annexe. The book launch was followed by a conversation between the author and Seema Chishti, Deputy Editor, Indian Express. Click here to view album.
‘I don’t practise any religion, but I think my philosophy of life is Hindu. I think that of all the possibilities of what happens after death, reincarnation is the most persuasive and the most likely. The most attractive. I don’t think there’s conclusive evidence for it, but I think it’s the best idea of all. Heaven and Hell is a stupid idea.’ Wendy Doniger in Open Conversation with Tunku Varadarajan.
‘In this brilliant, dystopian satire, Nayantara Sahgal draws a telling portrait of our times.’ Click here to read an extract from the book When the Moon Shines by Day by Nayantara Sahgal.