NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- There were a couple of books to look out for in 2015 lists – DNA, Jaya Bhattacharji for Deccan Chronicle,
- K Jayakumar has written a new commentary ‘Apaarathayodu Anuraagapoorvam’ on Tagore’s Gitanjali, in Malayalam (Mathrubhumi Books)
- Two Assamese books translated to Malayalam: Pranab Kumar Barman’s poetry translated into Bengali by Sudipa Bhattacharjee as Pagli Brishti Porche, Dekho Dekho and Pankaj Kumar Dutta’s short story collection translated by Bidhisha Ghose as Fugu Macher Galpo.
- There is (justifiably) much excitement over the upcoming Murty Classical Library, which will be publishing five new translations from India’s classical canon, from five languages! Reports from the Economic Times, The Telegraph,
- Bidyasagar Narzary, Sahitya Akademi award winner, has released a new novel in Bodo: Malotini Dao Moina
- Assamese journalist and writer Saurav Kumar Chaliha’s translations and non-fiction have been digitised
- Out of Print‘s December issue is out: stories by Manju Kak, Altaf Tyrewala, more
- Kindle magazine’s special issue on Bangladesh is out.
- Chenthil Nathan’s Tamil translation of Manto’s story, Toba Tek Singh
- I’m thrilled to learn that Ruswa’s The Madness of Waiting is being translated to English by Krupa Shandilya, Taimoor Shahid for Zubaan Books
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
- I don’t understand the point of articles like this: in ET, a plaintive complaint: “Will anyone start an Indian Year of Books?” Dear author, why don’t you?
- Poet Tishani Doshi reviews Manohar Shetty’s collection of poems, Living Room.
- Rohini Nair says Aatish Taseer’s new book is difficult, but ultimately worth it. Vineet Roy, in BusinessLine also reviews.
- Aishwarya Subramaniam reviews two recent YA lit novels from India.
- Vaishna Roy reviews Somnath Batyabal’s racy new new cop thriller
- SB Pisharoty reviews Indrani Raimedhi’s book, My Half of the Sky, which chronicles the life journey of 12 women from the North East.
- Arunava Sinha asks, why isn’t translation the big story of Indian publishing?
- Anthony Cummins reviews Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves
- Karan Deep Singh, on how memories of WWII have endured in Indian folk songs
- How technology is helping the visually-impaired access libraries at Delhi University
- Vikrant Pande on the funniest Marathi writer of all time, Pu La Deshpande
- Kuldeep Kumar on how Shrilal Shukla’s Raag Darbari endures
- Asif Farrukhi in Dawn on the year in Urdu novels
- Sufi Showkat reviews a new volume of protest poetry from Arabic, English, Kashmiri, Persian and Urdu
- Dr GP Sharma argues that ’Syed Abdul Malik’s contribution to Assamese literature matches that of Lakshminath Bezbarua
- Aswathy Karnaver reviews two debut collections of poetry (in English) from India, by A M Sivakrishna and Rahul Sharma
NEWS: AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- Odia poet Soubhagya Kumar Mishra wins the Gangadhar National Award for poetry.
- After all the durm und strang, the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan had a tepid turnout.
- Hirendra Nath Dutta has been chosen for the 25th Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2014
- Maithili scholar Ravindra Nath Thakur wins the PrabodhSahityaSamman
- Dr. T.G. Prabhashankar “Premi” gets an honorary doctorate from the Vikramshila Hindi Vidyapeet in Bhagalpur, Bihar
- Padma awardee Laltluangliana Khiangte on the need for a ‘literary awakening’
- Telugu playwright and dialogue writer Ganesh Patro passed away. He was 69 and was being treated for cancer.
- Translator Arunava Sinha on why he translates and another column on the dearth of translations from India
- Hindi poet Nand Chaturvedi passed away. He was 91.
- Urdu writer Shamsur Rahman Faruqi on writing, the literature he loves, and Sufism: a nice interview
- Supreme Court judge Justice Dipak Misra, at a writers’ conference made the terrifying claim that “should be universally acceptable”
- Pakistani writer Intizar Husain makes a broad claim for writers: “as extremists do not read literature or our stories, we are safe”
- Ashok Srinivasan talks about his Book of Common Signs, and finally getting published.
- Contemporary Malayalam poet Atoor Ravi Varma on his poetry, music and translation.
- Slightly blunt obituary for Academician and thinker Hardiljit Singh Sidhu (Lali Baba)
- Konkani poet JB Moraes passes away at 82
- Literary journal Asian Cha has a poetry contest, ‘The Other Side’ (deadline: Feb 15)
- David Davidar of Aleph Book Co on the challenges that Indian publishers face in the future.
- Perumal Murugan’s book, One Part Woman has been facing boycotts and censorship attempts by the Hindu right – here’s an article from PEN, an excerpt in Scroll, a report in Indian Express.
- Indian publishers on the trends in 2014
- Tagore’s short story, ‘Postmaster’ to be made into a film
- A report on a two-day symposium on medieval bhakti literature in Odia held in Jan.
- Shrabonti Bagchi has a survivor’s guide to Indian litfests. Leave before Bollywood arrives
- An update on the Guwahati Lit Fest
- 200 years of Ghalib, and his hometown, Agra, forgot him.
- At the Amta Book Fair 2014, Bengali books did well
- Celebrations for the 87th birth anniversary of Nepali poet Agam Singh Giri