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Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
AP Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Known to millions simply as ‘Gabo’, Garcia Marquez was widely seen as the Spanish language’s most popular writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. »
Author Donna Tartt. Ms. Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

The Washington Post and the Guardian have won Pulitzer Prizes in public service for revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort. »
Pakistani novelist, Kamila Shamsie. Photo: Ramesh Sharma in conversation

Negotiating identities

Kamila Shamsie talks about Pakistan’s growing literary scene, her new novel, and love for her home city, Karachi. »
A Rebel and Her Cause — The Life and Work of Rashid Jahan: Rakhshanda Jalil; Women Unlimited, 7/10, Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi-110016, in association with IGNCA, New Delhi. Rs. 395.

New Arrivals: English books

The Sixth Extinction — An Unnatural History: Elizabeth Kolbert; Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No.3, Pocket C-6 & 7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-11007... »
Ira Trivedi, author of

Sex and the city

Ira Trivedi talks about her new book and the changing sexual mores of Indian youth. »
Vijay Seshadri
April 16, 2014

India-born poet wins Pulitzer

When it released, published by Greywolf, a small independent publishing house in Midwest America, Vijay Seshadri’s slim volume of poetry slipped under the radar, as poetry, ever beautiful, groundbr... »
Nasreen Munni Kabir. Photo: Nagara Gopal
April 12, 2014
Her Own Voice

Looking back at a lifetime

Nasreen Munni Kabir talks to people. She has had conversations with Lata Mangeshkar, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and A.R. Rahman. And most recently with Waheeda Rehman, the star of films like Guide »
Good Governance — Never on India’s Radar: Madhav Godbole; Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002.
Rs. 500.
April 8, 2014

New Arrivals: English Books

India Public Policy Report 2014 — Tackling Poverty, Hunger and Malnutrition: Rajeev Malhotra; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 745. »
Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
April 5, 2014

Forever Khushwant

The text message that I received announcing Khushwant Singh’s passing away was unambiguous and direct, as momentous events in one’s life are. I phoned David to ask if it were true and he confirmed... » 1 comment
April 5, 2014

The incorrigible sardar

The other day at New Delhi railway station, a man in his early 20s sat engrossed in Delhi: A Novel. The Dehra Dun Express had arrived but he was oblivious to the melee. “Khushwant Singh died... »
April 5, 2014

The secret of Nordic noir

Two months ago, I found myself sitting at a roadside tea stall in Jaipur, India. As the noise and smells assailed me, it felt quite natural to ask: what on earth am I doing here? What are my books... »
April 5, 2014

Mail matters

At the age of 14, V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai invented the world’s first email system and was awarded the first U.S. copyright for “email”. This invention would not only shape his life — and bring him to... » 2 comments
New Delhi, April 3, 2014

Picked up by the wind

It is a short interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, the famous novelist of Japanese origin, but the thoughts thrown up are deep and unresolved. For instance, one of the resounding questions thrown by cha... »
Sue Townsend
April 14, 2014

A farewell to Adrian Mole

Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 and three fourth -year-old undiscovered intellectualAdrian MoleAt 13... »
An October 1, 1999 photo from files showing British comic author Sue Townsend. The author, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68.
LONDON, April 11, 2014

Adrian Mole creator dead

British comic author Sue Townsend, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Born in Leicester, Ms. Townsend left school at 15, married... »
Bangalore, April 6, 2014

Champa questions the political stance of Jnanpith awardees

Well-known Kannada writer Chandrashekar Patil (Champa) has questioned the “mindset” of Jnanpith Award winners Girish Karnad and U.R. Ananthamurthy in endorsing corporate bigwigs while campaigning f... »
Photo: K.K. Mustafah.
April 5, 2014

Anees Salim

WHEN: I like to write when everyone is asleep. So I start very early, around 3.30 a.m., or very late, after midnight. I usually write for 3-4 hours at a stretch. Once I am really into a stor... »
April 5, 2014

Ode to a poet

This is both a testimony and an ode to a life worth remembering. Nagarjun, born Vaidya Nath Mishra in 1911, was a traveller, a free thinker, and a poet who wove the reality of life under British r... »
The Past As Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History; Romila Thapar, Aleph Book Company, Rs.595.
April 5, 2014

Excerpts from Of Histories and Identities

Religions in South Asia were generally flexible enough to allow people to worship in each other’s sacred places when there was a wish to do so and if they were allowed to. My first experience of re... » 1 comment
In this March 6, 2014 photo, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez has been hospitalised on April 3, 2014, at a local hospital in Mexico City.
MEXICO CITY, April 4, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hospitalised in Mexico

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalised in Mexico City with lung and urinary tract infections that are responding to treatment, federal health officials and the author’s so... »

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »