Jhumpa Lahiri and five other authors on Obama’s summer reading list

Jhumpa Lahiri and five other authors on Obama's summer reading list

  Image Source American President Barack Obama has begun his annual summer vacation with a promise to dedicate 52 hours towards reading. With that promise and two weeks to spare on Martha’s Vineyard, the White House has released his reading list for this summer. 1. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri   Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland is a powerful novel–set in both India and America–about two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant.

Ayn Rand’s novel ‘Ideal’ goes in print for the first time in 70 years

Ayn Rand's novel 'Ideal' goes in print for the first time in 70 years

          After Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman, it’s time for author and philosopher Ayn Rand‘s new novel to set the literary world abuzz!  Author of the famous classic The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s previously unpublished novel Ideal has been released in print for the first time in over 70 years. Ideal tells the story of a beautiful but tormented screen actress Kay Gonda. ‘Accused of murder, she is.

India to get its first Book-Town this November

India gets its first Book-Town this November

  Inspired by the National Book Town of Wales, Hay-on-Wye, which hosts the famous annual Hay Festival, Maharashtra is coming up with its first ‘town of books’ this November, most likely in the coastal village of Malgund — the birthplace of Marathi poet Krishnaji Keshav Damle. The state government is also on the look out for a village that would be ideal for a second town of books close to the hill.

Arre yaar, bhelpuri and more new words in the Oxford English Dictionary

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  A lot of new words, including the Indian slang ‘arre yaar’ and ‘bhelpuri’ have found their way to the Oxford English Dictionary this month. The two words Arre Yaar that can mean anything from ‘hey buddy’ to ‘you got to be kidding me’ in desi street lingo are the pet words for any Indian. After the inclusion of ‘keema’ and ‘papad’ earlier this year, the addition of these new.

Author Ramachandra Guha wins Japan’s prestigious Fukoka Award

Author Ramachandra Guha wins Japan's prestigious Fukoka Award

  Leading Indian historian and author Ramachandra Guha has been awarded Japan’s prestigious Fukuoka Prize in the Academic category. The award honours those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia. Guha is the author of several notable books including Gandhi Before India, Patriots and Partisans,  A Corner of a Foreign Field and India After Gandhi. “Ramachandra Guha has pioneered the new horizon of environmental history viewed from the general.

10 things you need to know about EL James’ new Fifty Shades novel ‘Grey’

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  Author of the famous erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James has announced on Monday that she is releasing a new set of books, this time from the point of view of its title character Christian Grey! The announcement has created quite a stir among the author’s huge fan base worldwide. Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming novel. 1. The book, called Grey, is a reworking.

10 Books That Are Being Adapted Into Bollywood Movies

Books being Adapted Into Bollywood Movies

  More and more people from the Indian movie industry are jumping onto the bandwagon of book-movie adaptations. Using a book’s story to make a movie bigger has been a growing trend in contemporary cinema. While earlier their were period films such as Devdas, more recently there have been Haider, adapted from Shakesapeare‘s Hamlet, and the upcoming Bombay Velvet, which is inspired from writer Gyan Prakash’s Mumbai Fables. Here’s a.

A Happy Accident: Author Salman Rushdie Reveals His Ratings Of Classic Novels

A Happy Accident: Author Salman Rushdie Reveals His Ratings Of Classic Novels

    Award-winning British Indian author Salman Rushdie has again sparked controversy with his ratings of some classic novels on a popular book review forum. The ratings, though surprising, are seen as a welcome revelation from one of the most important authors of our time.  Rating books on the Goodreads website, Rushdie gave Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis only one star, and Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mocking.

Amitav Ghosh shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize 2015

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  Renowned Indian author Amitav Ghosh has emerged as the only Indian among 10 finalists for this year’s Man Booker International Prize for his contribution to the English language writing, the Times of India reported.  The Booker Prize, awarded every 2 years, recognizes an author’s overall contribution to literature, and is awarded to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation.

Top bestsellers of 2013-14 in Crossword’s Popular Choice award list

Top bestsellers of 2013-14 in Crossword's Popular Choice award list

  Crossword Bookstores has unveiled it’s list of 14 books that’ll run for the Crossword Popular Choice Book Award 2014.  The list includes some of the most coveted titles of 2013-14. Here are the selected titles. 1. Like It Happened Yesterday by Ravinder Singh Ravinder Singh‘s Like It Happened Yesterday is a contemporary novel about childhood, life and simplicity.  2. Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian Set in Mumbai, Coimbatore and Boston, Ravi Subramanian creates.

New Dr. Seuss Book, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’, coming this July

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  After the stunning announcement of Harper Lee’s new novel making it’s way to print, it’s time for Dr. Seuss to surprise the literary world. The legendary children’s author will have a new illustrated book — “What Pet Should I Get?” — in bookstores on July 28 from Random House. The nearly complete manuscript for “What Pet Should I Get?” had languished for more than 20 years after Seuss, whose real.

Hot in Reading: Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books

Hot in Reading: Mark Zuckerberg's Year of Books

  Earlier in January, Mark Zuckerberg declared 2015 the “Year of Books” and invited Facebook users to join him with the aim of getting through a new book every two weeks while discussing it on Facebook. Zuckerberg has selected the titles based on their ability to “emphasise learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies”, and encourages Facebook users to discuss their thoughts on the titles in the comments thread of.

Rushdie’s new novel and the controversy with Jnanpith winner Bhalchandra Nemade


    Author Salman Rushdie has lashed out at Jnanpith award-winning Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade for his comment that Rushdie’s works lacked literary merit. Shortly after being chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith award on Friday, Mr. Nemade made the remarks at a felicitation programme organised by the Matrubhasha Samvardhan Sabha in Mumbai, The Hindu reported. He dismissed the works of Mr. Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul as “pandering to the West.” Mr..

Top 20 most loved books on Facebook

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  Whether you’re a reader or have friends who are readers, chances are you have seen and even participated in the popular Facebook meme “10 books that have stayed with you” that recently went viral over the social media site. It goes something like, “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have.

The Future Library Project: Works that won’t be read for a 100 years

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  ‘A forest in Norway is growing. In 100 years it will become an anthology of books.’ The award-winning young Scottish artist, Katie Paterson has conceived The Future Library project, a work of public art to be completed over a period of 100 years. Paterson has planted a forest of 1,000 trees outside Oslo, and if everything goes as planned, every year for the next 100 years, one writer will add.

Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography set to release on Nov 6


  Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s much-awaited autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ will hit the stands on November 6 with a high-profile release of the book in his home city Mumbai. Published worldwide by Hodder and Stoughton and by Hachette India in the Indian sub-continent, the book has been co-authored by renowned cricket historian and media personality Boria Majumdar, the Hindustan Times reported.  “I knew that agreeing to write my story would need.

George RR Martin republishes Game of Thrones children’s book


  We’ve all wished at some point, as we watched a brutal sword fight on HBO’s popular drama Game of Thrones, that we had an age-appropriate way to share this story with our young kids/nieces/nephews. Now, finally, winter is coming for the kids as well. This fall, Tor is rereleasing George R.R. Martin’s 1980 children’s story The Ice Dragon, which is set in the same A Song of Ice and Fire world as.

To Kill a Mockingbird and other ‘life-changing’ books by women

life changing books by women

A U.K. based survey has selected To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize winning classic by Harper Lee, as the most influential book written by a woman. “With human rights under attack the world over, the enduring appeal of Harper Lee’s great tale gives hope that justice and equality might yet triumph over prejudice”, said Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.  Baileys women’s prize for fiction recently launched a campaign to find novels,.

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate, dies at 90

Nadine Gordimer

  South African writer and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, Nadine Gordimer, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Gordimer’s intense, intimate prose has helped expose apartheid to a global readership and continues to illuminate the brutality and beauty of her country long after the demise of the racist government.  Her books are rich with terror: The fear of the security forces pounding on the door in the middle.

34 year old Harry Potter in new Rowling story!


    Rejoice all Harry Potter fans! Harry Potter has made his first appearance in seven years on JK Rowling’s website Pottermore, on Tuesday. Writing from the viewpoint of her books’ journalist character Rita Skeeter, Rowling has penned an article about a Hogwarts School reunion, which includes description of a 34-year-old Harry. The 1,500 word tale describes Harry as having “threads of silver” in his hair, and he also has a small.

George Orwell’s house in Bihar to become a Museum


  The ramshackle house in Motihari, Bihar where legendary British author George Orwell was born in 1903, is being renovated to be turned into a museum that will celebrate the author’s life, The Times of India reported. Orwell is the author of cult classics such as “Animal Farm” and “1984“, which painted a grim “Orwellian” picture of a future totalitarian society where big brother is always watching, has a unique India.

Salman Rushdie Wins PEN/Pinter Prize


  Indian-born Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie was today named the winner of this year’s prestigious Pen Pinter prize for his outstanding literary output and support for freedom of expression. The award was established in 2009 by writers’ charity English Pen in memory of famous British playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter. Maureen Freely, chair of the judging panel, said: “This prize is English Pen’s way of thanking Salman.

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