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
NEW BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS, AND TRANSLATIONS
- I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai, has been translated into Kannada by journalist B S Jayaprakasha Narayana
- An excerpt from Iqbal by Zafar Anjum, a forthcoming biography of the Urdu writer and poet (Random House India, 2014)
- On Scroll, listen to three audio renditions of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s work.
- The Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association have launched a new magazine Leap+. See the first issue here.
- Via La.Lit, an excerpt from the English translation of Nepali writer Khagendra Sangroula’s memoir.
- Watch Sita Sings the Blues, the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective, on Youtube.
- Arunava Sinha’s translation of Bani Basu’s The Fifth Man appears to be ready.
- Caravan has published translations of Telugu poetry by Siva Reddy, Ismail and Varavara Rao, by Raj Karamchedu, and English poetry by Saroj Bal.
- Ashok Mitra’s Calcutta Diary, a collection of essays on living in Calcutta, has been republished by Routledge.
COLUMNS, REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Columns and Articles
- Where were the non-English Indian books at the Frankfurt Book Fair, ask Geraldine Rose and Sridhar Gowda (Bangalore Mirror). A fair question, that ends up, unfortunately in hankering over the lack of an Indian winner for the Nobel again.
- Lalitha J has a listicle of libraries in Chennai.
- Kuldeep Kumar in The Hindu on lesbian literature in Hindi.
- An interview with Tamil Indian-origin poet, KTM Iqbal, who won the Singapore Medallion for Culture last week.
- Meena Menon on visiting Urdu poet Ghalib’s home, in Ballimaran.
- Mythily Ramachandran on the emerging Little Free Library movement in India.
- Vikram Barhat for BBC on locating and selling rare Indian books.
- Thakur writes about the importance of new English writing on Nepal, in an op-ed for E-Kantipura.
- Bhavani Raman in the latest Economic and Political Weekly reviews a new history of classical Tamil literature by V Rajesh.
- Kuldeep Kumar in the Hindu writes about LGBTQ representations in Hindi literature.
- Snigdha Poonam writes on the rise of MBA graduates publishing novels in India.
- Eunice D’Souza reviews Ashok Srinivasan’s collection of short stories, Book of Common Signs (Fourth Estate 2014) in the Bangalore Mirror. “..Srinivasan lets himself down by turning out the usual treacle.”
- SB Easwaran in Outlook is all praise for the new Penguin India reprints of Raja Rao’s novels and works.Zafar Anjum writes about the debt that Indian literature in English owes to Raja Rao’s Kanthapura.
- Paromita Vohra reviews Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend.
NEWS: AWARDS, EVENTS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHERS
The Language Committee of the Wikipedia Foundation has endorsed
the project for a Maithili Wikipedia.
- Dr Tarannum Riyaz, noted critic and poet, has been awarded the SAARC literary award, 2014.
- The longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, 2015 has been announced.
- The shortlists for the Tata Literature Live awards for best first book (fiction and non-fiction), book of the year (fiction and non-fiction), and business book have been announced.
- The Samanvay Bhasha Samman for this year will be awarded to Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi.
- Mandharke Madhava Pai has won the Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Award for services to the Konkani language and for translations.
- Publishing houses in India have formed three associations to tackle predatory pricing by Amazon and Flipkart. Malavika Velayanikal has an overview.
- Wikisource has launched a new open access platform for Odia.
- The Odia poet Ramakant Rath is among 13 other persons who were recognised by the Odisha government for their contribution to the Odia people.
- Telugu writer and radio artist Turaga Janaki Ammal passed away. She was 80 years old. We havean obit with some resources and translations.
- Tamil writer Rajam Krishnan passed away. She was 90 years old. We have an obituary and links to some of her works.
- The schedule for the best litfest that India has – Samanvay is out. It is one of the few festivals that will cover literature from all over the country, and not just in English.
- Punjabi University in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, organised a two-day seminar on “100 years of Punjabi theatre”, dedicated to noted playwright and director Balwant Gargi
- News reports from the ongoing International Urdu Festival, in Karachi – The Express Tribune, The News, Dawn,
- News reports from the Urdu Drama Festival in Delhi – The Hindu.
- The Chandigarh Lit Fest is revising its format to have seminar-type sessions
- Moscow hosted a Hindi conference last week.
- An interview with Ranjit Hoskote on Hyderabad, and poetry.
- An interview with Vijay Seshadri, who won the Pulitzer for poetry.
The shortlist for the Hindu Prize for Literature 2014 is out. It accepts entries in English and in English translation. Unsurprisingly, nothing in translation has been nominated.
Shovon Chowdhury’s The Competent Authority (Aleph Book Co) has been nominated again (it has also been nominated for the Shakti Bhatt Award. So is Deepti Kapur’s A Bad Character, (Random House/Penguin) also on the Shakti Bhatt Prize shortlist.
Shashi Deshpande (one of my favourite authors) has been nominated for Shadow Play (in English). It draws from her earlier work, A Matter of Time. What changed? In The Telegraph, she says, “I see women have changed. Men haven’t.” She also speaks about the book in The Hindu , the Indian Express and the Deccan Herald. It’s been reviews in The New Indian Express and Biblio (paywalled).
Anita Nair’s Idris, Keeper of the Light (HarperCollins) is a fantasy-adventure sent in 17th century Malabar. Sridala Swami has reviewed it in Mint Lounge.
Hansda Showvendra Shekhar‘s The Mysterious Ailment of Rupa Baskey (from Aleph Book Company, again), set in a Santhal village in Jharkhand, is a family saga. Joanna Lobo reviewed it in DNA, Yatin Gupta in IBNLive.
Ashok Srinivasan’s The Book of Common Signs (HarperCollins) is a collection of short stories. Divya Trivedi reviewed it in Frontline.