‘In my opinion, vegetarianism is one of India’s greatest gifts to the world. The existence of a rich, varied vegetarian cuisine in each and every part of the country is the most distinctive feature of Indian cuisine. Lentils play a central role (be it gravies, vegetables, breads, sweets or savouries) ensuring adequate protein in the Indian diet.’—says Colleen Taylor Sen, author of Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India in an exclusive interview with ‘The Hindu’.
“I believe in people. I believe that they would like to ‘only connect’. I believe they can find a way to sympathise. I believe in the power of human empathy,”. Jerry Pinto talks about his new book A Book of Light.
“As in many parts of the world, when underlying causes of conflict have not been addressed, there is no ‘post’ war harmony. Simmering discontent and bitterness in an uneasy ‘peace’ is most-often sought to be suppressed by aggressive troop deployment and repressive colonial laws … This everyday nature of occupation defines the rhythm of life in these margins.” The Caravan carries an excerpt from Garrisoned Minds, edited by Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Verma.
Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions by Ruskin Bond, has been shortlisted for the Printed Book of the Year (English) Award. The final winners will be presented the award during the Publishing Next conference in Kochi (15-17 September, 2016). Read an excerpt from the book.
We are pleased to announce that ‘Into the Hidden Valley: A Novel’ by Stuart Blackburn is the winner of M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016. Parnel Bennetts presented the award at the HNS Conference in Oxford, England.
A lifetime is not enough to understand the human mind. Any time we think we have understood its complexities, it throws another surprise, reminding us of our limited capacities. And what if that mind is ‘different’ and suffers from a mental condition? Anupama Raju, author of Nine: Poems, in conversation with Jerry Pinto on A Book of Light.
Speaking Tiger’s Managing Editor Anurag Basnet tells Swati Daftuar, The Hindu, about ‘The Ruskin Bond Selections’—A new series by Speaking Tiger.
The thirty-five men and women lying dead before me were each shot with a single bullet that made a muffled ‘pop’ as it passed through their heads. Only minutes earlier we were fellow passengers on the Kabul to Kandahar bus that was stopped near Ghazni by anti-Soviet mujahidin. The Citizen carries an excerpt from Shyam Bhatia’s Bullets & Bylines: From the Frontiers of Kabul, Delhi, Damascus and Beyond
One of India’s most celebrated journalists, and the country’s best-known writer on food, recommends Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India.