The Hindustan Times has published a list of the greatest Indian novels ever written.  The paper says, “It might feel incomplete (only books written in English or translations of works in Hindi and other regional languages figure here). It might seem biased (they’re personal picks from the best literary minds of our time). It might even appear as though we’ve missed your personal favourite (lists tend to do that). But for anyone looking to jump into the rich world of Indian writing, it’s a beautiful and imperative start. ”

A jury of eight – writers, publishers, academics and book critics – nominated 10 books each. The jury comprised of Amitava KumarChiki SarkarDavid DavidarHarish Trivedi, Jeet ThayilJerry PintoRavi Singh and Sunil Sethi. 

Neutrality is the most vulgar political position, especially when the most bigoted partisans are calling the shots and you want to play along, and even host them, writes S Anand in this open letter to Prakriti Foundation, Chennai

“Since I have known you personally, and since you have supported Navayana’s work earlier, I thought I should keep an open mind and talk to you. Did you really see merit in this book? And that’s why I called you. I just wanted to ask you why you were doing this.  I am sure you had thought this through, but I still wanted to hear you out. Your defence shocked me more. You said, this was just a “marketing tactic” and you said you were doing this so that more people come to your Amdavadi Snack House in Chennai, and eat your dhoklas and theplas. “If Modi’s poetry will bring them in, so be it.” I could not believe this. I felt angry and even betrayed.

With an extensive line-up of 139 speakers, this year’s festival is set to make waves in Indian literature scene: DNA

Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan

The extensive list of speakers at the festival this year includes a motley crew of award- winning writers and academics from across the globe. From Pulitzers to Man Bookers— the “somebodies” of the art and culture world, will all be there.

Renowned brands in literature and art who have confirmed their participation include writers Jhumpa Lahiri, Jerry Pinto, Amish Tripathi; actor Rupert Everett, actor and theatre personality Irrfan Khan, and sports personality Mar Kom to name a few.

manu josephJerry Pinto’s “Em and The Big Hoom”, Manu Joseph’s “The Illicit Happiness of Other People” and Rahul Pandita’s “Our Moon has Blood Clots” have been shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award 2013.

This was announced Wednesday by a panel comprising publishing consultant Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, authors Ravinder Singh, Anuja Chauhan and Vishwajyoti Ghosh and senior commissioning editor Vaishali Mathur.

The four-day literary feast Mountain Echoes 2013 that brought writers, authors, musicians with many thought provoking and informative sessions on diverse subjects, intriguing discussions, and musical concerts came to a close on Sunday evening. An initiative by the India-Bhutan Foundation, Mountain Echoes is produced by Siyahi. Richa Shukla’s report in The Times of India.

Dr Karma Phuntsho discussed his work withPramod Kumar KG. He spoke about his chronicling of Bhutanese history in the book Reviews: History of Bhutan. Jerry Pinto andSathya Saran spoke about the many lives of Jerry Pinto. Jerry had the entire audience engaged with the force of his words, as he talked about all the different kinds of work he has done – from his book on Helen to his book on Leela. “No book is worth hurting someone,” he said in answer to Sathya’s question about how he had to take some anecdotes out of his book.

Cobalt_BlueThere’s a new colour on the literati bookshelves this season, and it’s ‘Cobalt Blue’. The book by Sachin Kundalkar was originally published in 2006 in Marathi, but it’s Jerry Pinto’s translation into English that has brought this sensitive book about a mysterious paying guest who sparks off both a homosexual and a heterosexual relationship, back in the news.