Sunday 20 May, 2018

Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again.

By Ruskin Bond Try once more! That just about sums up my life. A series of failures leading up to a modicum of success. Today we hear of smart young writers turning out instant bestsellers, their books selling in hundreds of thousands. For [...]

Author Bharti Kirchner discusses mystery writing & her feisty new private investigator Maya Mallick

BY VEENA RAO Indian-American author Bharti Kirchner is known for exploring different genres through her prolific pen. With her newest offering, ‘Season of Sacrifice’, an intriguing new mystery series, she introduces Seattle-based nutritionist-turned–private [...]

Sex scandal jeopardizes Nobel Prize for Literature

Stockholm, May 3 (IANS) The Nobel Prize for Literature, one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural awards, could be cancelled in 2018 as the institution that awards it is mired in a sex and financial scandal. The Swedish Academy is under [...]

Chetan Bhagat must ‘surprise’ readers or he will perish

By Saket Suman  A writer who was once a phenomenon, literally took Indian publishing by a storm, popularised reading in a magnitude that India had never known before, Chetan Bhagats reputation as a writer has fast crumbled over the past few [...]

Truth, Trump and more: James Comey’s eventful career

  By Vikas Datta Title: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership; Author: James Comey; Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Pages: 305; Price: Rs 799 As an Assistant US Attorney in New York in the early 1990s, James Comey was part of the anti-mafia [...]

Sanjay Dutt is upset about his unauthorized biography, but can he really do anything about it?

By Saket Suman New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Celebrity memoirs and biographies, despite the terrific attraction they have for readers, have come to be quite controversial in recent times. It was not very long ago that actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui [...]

‘The Beatles reinvented themselves in Rishikesh’

By Saket Suman New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) In February 1968, members of the legendary rock band, The Beatles, arrived in Rishikesh for a “momentous” sojourn. A teenage rebel — a diehard Beatles fan himself — watched [...]

Fearful of writing about gods and humans, Perumal Murugan turns to goats

By Saket Suman New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) He can barely speak a few lines of English, yet his deep insight and observations of rural life are reshaping how we view the hinterland. With a distinctive voice — as fresh as it is ancient [...]

Sea Prayer: Khaled Hosseini’s next novel is set amid Syrian refugee crisis

London, Feb 21 (IANS) The author of “The Kite Runner”, “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, and “And the Mountains Echoed” is all set to return with a new book later this year. Billed as a “lyrical and intensely [...]

The burden of being brown- and a woman

By Himani Kothari Title: Trust No Aunty; Author: Maria Qamar; Publisher: Touchstone: Pages: 178 If you’re a brown woman — of any age group, living in any part of the world — you have my sympathies. Because we are burdened [...]