2014 is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for Britain's Booker literary prize, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. File photo
AP 2014 is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for Britain's Booker literary prize, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. File photo

Americans aplenty as UK’s Booker Prize goes global

Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book longlist for the prestigious fiction award, which will be announced on October 14. »

A rebel’s manifesto

A little known booklet, Communist Vadhayanthram: Trotskymuthal Beriavare by P. Kesavadev slams Stalin’s Russia »
Chetan Bhagat

What gives Chetan a Kick now?

If there’s one thing common between a bestseller and a superhit, it has to be Chetan Bhagat. With every book of his made into a film, it's no surprise he was asked to write the screenplay for upcom... »
Author Zia Haider Rahman THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW

‘Writing is really an interruption of reading...’

Author Zia Haider Rahman discusses his writing style, influences and concept of identity. »
Author Anjali Banerjee

Haunting India

India-born Anjali Banerjee grew up in Canada and the U.S. She writes both for children and adults, and not all of her protagonists are from the South Asian community, though some are. As for protag... »
CHENNAI, July 24, 2014

Jayakanthan’s stories as they first appeared

Popular Tamil writer Jayakanthan, winner of both Sahitya Akademi and Jnanapith award, is again on the spotlight. A collection of 20 short stories written by him in the 1960s and the 1970... »
Author Dinesh C Sharma
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Heart and progress

Enjoying the fruits of economic growth and riding the development wave has its flip side too. That seems to be largely the case in India today, where rapid progress has also led to an increase in l... »
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Changing stories

The lavish wedding parties of commercial Hindi cinema, where jiving divas have immortalised the idea of family festivity with songs and costumes and dance moves seeping into everyday middle class l... »
Writer Sumit D Chowdhury at Masala Art, Taj Palace, New Delhi. Photo R.V. Moorthy
New Delhi, July 16, 2014
Table for two

A game changer

Career is such an important part of one’s life that its success or otherwise has a significant impact. First-hand interactions with youngsters and peers, friends and seniors in the industry about... »
Bangalore, July 15, 2014

Love in the time of terrorism

At 27, Aarti V. Raman is the published writer. Her second novel Kingdom Come is a gripping romantic thriller. A romantic at heart, Kingdom Come is set in Kashmir, travels between Lon... »
Eleanor Marx — A Life: Rachel Holmes; Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No. 3, Pocket C-6&7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070. Rs. 699.
July 14, 2014

New Arrivals — English books

The Oxford Handbook of The Indian Economy in the 21st Century: Edited by Ashima Goyal; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 2495.The US-Ind... »
Multifaceted: Lakhsmisree Banerjee
Bangalore, July 13, 2014

‘I am a humanist’

Lakhsmisree Banerjee is a Fulbright scholar, has written five poetry books, many academic journals and is also a Hindustani vocalist. She says, “I have been singing since the age of three and coul... »
COIMBATORE, July 11, 2014

A poet cannot live by craft alone

As much as I’d like to tell you that poets spend their entire time writing, not bothering with the real business of life, the truth is that poets work too. And they are involved in various profess... »
Telling tales Anjum Hasan
Bangalore, July 23, 2014

Sophie Das’s choice

A cup of lemon tea and vegan cookies on a Saturday evening with your favourite author is something no book lover would give a miss. And if the author happens to be city-based novelist Anjum Hasan,... »
Author Shobhan Bantwal
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Pulse of India

Shobhan Bantwal grew up in Belgaum, Karnataka, a region known for — besides a beautiful landscape — the hostility between the Kannada and Marathi communities that rears its ugly head from time to t... »
Author Durjoy Datta Photo K.R. Deepak
New Delhi, July 16, 2014

Labour of love

After “Of Course I Love You”, “If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love” and “You Were My Crush Till You Said You Love Me”, popular fiction writer Durjoy Datta has come up with yet another book that mines... »
Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain
KOCHI, July 16, 2014

Urdu writer Sulekha Hussain dead

South Indian Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain passed away at her residence at Vaduthala, near here, on Tuesday. She was 85. She is survived by a daughter. Born in an affluent Katchi Memon... »
Nadine Gordimer, a South African Nobel Prize winning-author who died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. (File photo)
JOHANNESBURG, July 14, 2014

Nobel laureate, activist Nadine Gordimer dies

Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated apartheid’s dehumanisation of blacks, she was also a determined po... »
Swarnim Kalbande. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore, July 13, 2014

Writing them young

Swarnim Kalbande is only 14 and is already becoming popular with his first experiment with writing. His first published book The Swords of darkness –Appearance of Krito is the first in a series of... »
Nico Raposo's fourth book “Shoot the Bluebird” (STB) (Penguin)
July 13, 2014

The series continues

Love for Mumbai, passion for writing and the desire for penning a book series, has made Nico Raposo bring out his fourth book “Shoot the Bluebird” (STB) (Penguin) under the Bollywood Knights series... »

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

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. <... »