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What Writers and Artistes feel about Kashmir in Ten Tweets


What are writers and artistes tweeting about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir? What is their attitude to the people in this region?

Rahul Pandita, author and conflict writer from Kashmir, tweeted that “In all, a majority of Kashmiris have no idea what abrogation of article 370 means. Argue with them for a minute and one realises they are totally ignorant. All they know is ‘India will now take away everything.’ From our sources we know NSA(National Security Agency) is aware of it. Big challenge.”

Mirza Waheed, Kashmiri writer and novelist who now lives in London, wrote, “August 11, 2019. Day 7 of Seige of Kashmir. We are not allowed to say Eid Mubarak to our families.” But is it a seige or an attempt to integrate the state into the country?

Vikram Chandra, a commonwealth prize winning American Indian novelist, wrote, “In his Aug 8 speech, PM Narendra Modi did say it was for every Indian to share the concerns of the citizens of J&K. Best way to do that today is to reach out to Kashmiris in other parts of India, spending Eid away from home. Make them feel that they ARE at home.”

Actress Shabana Azmi tweeted “Kashmiri Pandit Youth invite every Kashmiri who has been unable to travel home for Eid for a get together…”

Novelist and essayist Chetan Bhagat has taken a stand where he says, “August 5, 2019. Kashmir is finally free. Free to grow, free to make a future. #Article 370 goes. #OneCountryOneSystem.” And also, “Article 370 never gave Kashmiris freedom. It only created selfish leaders who created a terror filled society and robbed Kashmiri youth of opportunity. It is finally time for it to go. Anyone objects, tell them loudly: One Country, One System.” Read more

Penguin Random House partners with Twitter Books India: #twolittlebirds

Furthering its commitment to connecting its authors with the widest possible audience, Penguin Random House in India this evening partnered with Twitter India to announce the introduction of their Twitter Books vertical in the country.

At their party at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Penguin Random House became the first publisher in the region to be verified by Twitter on their @penguinbooksindia handle.  A number of Penguin Random House authors, including Shobhaa De, Amitav Ghosh, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Mohammed Hanif, Devdutt Pattanaik, Bibek Debroy and KR Meera have also become the first authors to be verified within the new books vertical. Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, has been the first publisher to be verified.

Through the Twitter Books vertical, Penguin Random House will work closely with its writers to maximise the opportunities the platform presents, both in terms of written content and video through Vine and Periscope, to engage in even more real-time conversations with readers, and potential readers.

Penguin Random House will not only use the platform to expand its writers’, existing reach but also introduce new authors to the medium.  This evening India’s most loved author Ruskin Bond joined twitter under the verified Twitter handle @RealRuskinBond. His first Tweet read: “Hello World. Delighted to be on Twitter”

“Authors and readers are at the heart of everything we do at Penguin Random House, and we are dedicated to helping the two connect as easily and directly as possible,” said Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO Penguin Random House India.  “In an increasingly digital world, the online space has fast become the most effective way of discovering books and authors.  We already have the largest digital footprint and engaged social media communities in the region but are delighted to now be working with Twitter India and their new books vertical to broaden this audience further.”


Live tweets: Lahore Literature Festival attracts big names, art lovers and bibliophiles

Mohsin Hamid, novelist.With heavyweights like Ayesha Jalal, Mohsin Hamid, Shobhaa De and Lyse Doucet in attendance, the Lahore Literature Festival is set to get literary hearts racing. Held at the Alhamra, the three-day event brings together authors, journalists, artists, critics, and editors for stirring conversations and thoughtful reflection.

Visit the Dawn.com page here for live tweets

Pakistan: Shobhaa De, Ritu Menon to attend second Islamabad Literature Festival

Shobha_DeIndian authors Shobhaa De and Ritu Menon will take part in the three-day second Islamabad Literature Festival from April 25 to 27 organised by the Oxford University Press (OUP).

Announcing this, OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid OBE and Dr Asif Farrukhi, the co-founders of the Karachi Literature Festival and the Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) said at a press conference on Tuesday that over 120 writers and speakers from Pakistan and abroad from five countries would take part in the festival. There will be 67 sessions and 14 book launches.

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India: The pats with the brick bats

The Lucknow Literature Carnival, which concluded on Sunday, left some asking for more, while others went back with a smile on their faces having met celebrities like writer Shobhaa De, actor Jayant Kriplani and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Young novelists Durjoy Dutta, Meghna Pant and Ravinder Singh along with beautician Vandana Luthra, writer and theatre actor-director Dolly Thakore, Salim Arif and actor Lubna Salim made for an interesting mix of conversations and discussions.

There was enough representation from Bollywood as well, with the usual suspects – Muzaffar Ali, Sudhir Mishra and Atul Tiwari – in attendance at the LLC, alongside former Army chief, General VP Malik who narrated tales from the Kargil war.

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