This is now going to become a fortnightly column, instead of weekly.
NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Two novellas by Urdu writer Ikramullah’s are out in an English translation by Faruq Hassan and Mohammad Umar Memon. The book, titled Regret, has been published by Penguin Random House India.
- A selection of Urdu writer Ali Akbar Natiq’s short stories are out in an English translation titled, What Will You Give for This Beauty?. The translation, by Musharraf Ali Farooqui, is published by Penguin Random House India.
- The ninth and penultimate volume of Bibek Debroy’s magisterial translation of the Mahabharata is out.
- Six volumes of literature from the Adil Shahi era are being published in Kannada translation, by Department of Kannada and Culture in Karnataka.
- Nepali Madan Puraskar laureate Dinesh Adhikari’s book of poetry has been translated to Hindi
- A three-volume Birinchi Kumar Barua Rachanawali was released in Guwahati
- Wonderful news: the Dhaka Translation Centre plans the creation of a collection of translations titled the ‘Library of Bangladesh’
- New publisher Speaking Tiger has its first three books out (all in English): Omair Ahmed’s novel, The Storyteller’s Tale, Mahesh Bhatt and Suhrita Sengupta’s novel/screenplay, All That Could Have Been, and a collection of essays by Ruskin Bond, A Book of Simple Living.
- Punjabi poet Amarjit Chandan’s verses have been translated to Greek
- Debut author Shweta Taneja talks about her upcoming book about ‘tantric detective’ Anantya. Conceptually, this sounds terrible. Hope it’s been executed well.
- Television journalist Pooja Talwar talked about her upcoming novel “Bebbe Diaries” at the recent World Book Fair in New Delhi
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- Tisha Srivastav comments on the lack of variety in Indian publishing in a column for Scroll, titled, “A new dictionary of book classification in bookstores”
- Mamta Sagar on the troubled genius of iconic Kannada writer Samsa
- Asit Ranjan Mishra asks, How should we celebrate Indian classical languages? He concludes, “Forcing students to learn Sanskrit is not important for our future generation to appreciate the great heritage of this country, making it easily available in the language he or she wants to read it is.”
- Anita Nair on three good Malayalam to English translations of Indian fiction last year.
- Dr IM Singh on the folk stories of the Meiteis of Manipur.
- Meera Sashital’s article on the Sanskrit poet, Banabhatta
- Writer Nikhileshwar on Perumal Murugan, intolerance and politics.
- Regional writers back Marathi writer Nemade on his tirade against Naipaul, Rushdie
- Sarah Hafeez reviews Mamang Dai’s The Black Hill in the Indian Express.
- A new review of Uday Prakash’s The Walls of Delhi, as translated by Grunebaum, in the QC
- Catherine Lacey reviews Deepti Kapoor’s A Bad Character in the NYT
- Bollywood loves lyricist Irshad Kamil’s recently published book of Urdu poetry.
NEWS: AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- The Vinda Karandikar Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar will be conferred on well-known Marathi writer D M Mirasdar.
- Kashmiri poet Gani Miskeen of Sopore passed away. He was 60.
- A profile of Madurai’s A.R. Subbier, who wrote Tamil bakthi literature, by S Annamalai in The Hindu.
- Via TOI a short interview with Goan writer Damodar Mauzo
- Renowned Urdu poet Kaleem Aajiz passed away
- Telugu Novelist Kesava Reddy passed away
- Another Tamil writer under attack for novel. Meanwhile, Tamil writer Perumal Murugan, who has stopped writing completely since his novel was censored and burned, has filed an affidavit in court in a proceeding challenging the ban on his book. “A writer cannot function under threat or fear,” he said.
- Kalyani Prasher asks, Is Hindi literature back in fashion? Another article speaks about the adoption of new technology in Hindi publishing.
- A number of new generation libraries in Mumbai are offering more than just reading room to members
- Binoo K John asks, How big is Indian publishing, really? and notes that a survey with the answers is forthcoming
- Here’s an interview with Ashok Chopra on his career as a publisher:
- TNN on the evolution of online publishing in India.
- A news report on the future of government publishing in India.
- The current BJP national government plans a probe into the activities of the IGNCA
NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Several new books, including two translations, will be released at the Goa Lit Fest later this month: Konkani novelist Mahabaleshwar Sail’s Aranyakand has been translated by Vidya Pai as Forest Saga, and Damodar Mauzo’s Mirage, also translated by Vidya Pai will be released. Also, Pete Judd’s Happy Valley Daze, Tales of Goa Gone, Amita Kanekar’s A Spoke in the Wheel, Manohar Shetty’s Goa Travels, Mamang Dai’s Black Hill, Wilfred Goes, Kapaz Jaki and more.
- An excerpt from Aatish Taseer’s The Way Things Were at Scroll.
- The third volume of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy, Flood of Fire, will be released in March 2015.
- Mubashir Karim’s story, The Road, was published in Kashmir Dispatch.
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- This article on the availability of LGBT literature in India is largely patronising (“I was unsure if the young kids showing solidarity were conforming to a peer’s ‘coolness’ quotient or were aware of what it means to be gay.”) Author gets rightly schooled by her own daughter who says “Mom, it’s not us with the problem; your generation has an issue with alternate sexuality.” Duckbill Publishing and Yoda Press get a mention, too.
- Chandrahas Choudhury on AK Mehrotra’s translations of Kabir
- Kuldeep Kumar on Neruda’s poetry in India, and translations to Hindi.
- Gillian Wright, who translated Shrilal Shukla’s Hindi novel Raag Darbari to English, talks about the book’s continuing relevance.
- Anita Nair says the best contemporary children’s writing in India isn’t in English
- Sarju Kaul reviews Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves in Asian Age, and Shilpi Raina reviewed it in Kashmir Dispatch.
- Sumana Roy reviews Upamanyu Chatterjee’s Fairy Tales at Fifty in Scroll, and Sanjay Sipahimalani reviews it for Livemint and Bibek Debroy reviews it in the Indiann Express.
- Vineet Gill reviews Laetitia Zecchini’s new book on the poet, Arun Kolatkar, in the Sunday Guardian
NEWS, AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- The Kerala State Institute of Children’s Literature Awards, 2013 were announced: ten writers won awards, including C Radhakrishnan for his novel ‘Ammathottil’. They seem to have a ‘science literature’ category as well- I am not sure if this is science fiction, or popular science.
- MT Vasudevan Nair won the Balamani Amma Award for contributions to literature.
- The DSC South Asian Prize shortlist is out – Jhumpa Lahiri (USA) nominated for The Lowland, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (India) for The Mirror of Beauty, Bilal Tanweer (Pakistan) for The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Kamila Shamsie (UK), A God In Every Stone and Romesh Gunesekera (UK) for Noontide Toll. Faruqi’s is a translation from Urdu, the rest are all in English.
- Janice Pariat talks about her book Seahorse in Verve magazine and her forthcoming poetry collection, The Memory of Place: Poems from Shillong and Elsewhere.
- In Kitaab, a column and interview with the fantastic Shashi Deshpande (“The problem, as I see it, especially in India, is that we seem to confuse fast-selling fiction with significant writing and then giving it undue importance.”)
- Meher Marfatia profiles the indefatigable Malati Jhaveri, who hiked, photographed, danced, did theatre, conserved Indian textiles and translated from Hindi to Gujarati.
- Kannada writer Devendru Mahadeva has refused to chair the upcoming Kannada Sammelan, on the grounds that the state is not committed to promoting the language and has not implemented it as the medium of instruction.
- Mirza Waheed on living in Kashmir and writing (“So why not Kashmir? If Orhan Pamuk can write about Turkey all his life, why can’t I write two novels about Kashmir, where I grew up?”). In a more detailed interview in Tehelka,
- In what is certainly one of the biggest deals in India Jerry Almeida has signed Rs 12 crore (book deal for a series of ten ‘Karma Kurry’ books with Jaico publishers (approximately $2.2. million). He says he’s going to donate the entire proceeds and income to a “national character building movement ‘Apeejay Karmayuga”
- SapnaOnline.com, the e-tailing arm of book store Sapna Book House, bought Ishita Technologies Pvt Ltd and its three brands—Bookadda.com, Acadzone.com and Koolskool.com.
NYT has already published its 2014 Notable Books list. (no notable books expected in the last month of the year I presume). For India, the count is one Indian (Ramachandra Guha for Gandhi before India), five persons of Indian origin, and no translations from here (more a reflection of the state of translation than the editorial choices of NYT).
NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Tarquin Hall’s The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing, the second book about Indian detective Vish Puri, is out in paperback. [Amazon]
- Two books by Mahasweta Devi will be out in new editions (paperback) in November – Breast Stories [Amazon] and Old Women [Amazon]
- Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves was released [Penguin] [Flipkart – pre order]
- Shamsur Rahman Faruqi’s The Sun that Rose from the Earth was released [Flipkart – preorder]
- Aatish Taseer’s The Way Things Were is up for pre-order (releasing December 2014) [Flipkart]
- Janice Pariat’s Seahorse is up for pre-order (releasing end November, 2014) [Flipkart]
- Sandeep Balakrishna’s translation of SL Bhyrappa’s Kannada novel, Aavarana, is now available as an e-book [Flipkart]
- Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa, a selection of short stories by, Damodar Mauzo, have been compiled and translated by Xavier Cota. [Rupa]
- Amit Chaudhuri’s edited volume of poems by AK Mehrotra, is out and includes Mehrotra’s translations of poems from the Hindi, Gujarati, Prakrit and Bengali [Penguin]
- Some of Pablo Neruda’s poetry for children has been translated into Hindi, Bengali and Marathi, for schoolchildren in India. [Latin American Herald Tribune]
- Amandeep Sandhu’s novel, Roll of Honour [Author’s site] has been translated into Punjabi, and the translation was released at the Chandigarh Lit Fest. [HT]
- Konkani writer Dr. Madhukar Joshi’s novel, Kodai Kosu, has been translated to English by Neeraja Vaidhya, as Inside Mortar and Pestle [ToI]
- Arunava Sinha, endlessly prolific, has a new translation of Bengali poet Amiya Chakravarti’s poem, The Exchange [his website]
- A new issue of Muse India is out, this one in honour of Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy, who recently died. [Muse India]
- Jane D’Suza’s book for children, Super Zero is out [The Hindu]
- Transgender rights activist Revathi has publisher her autobiography [The Hindu]
- Poile Sengupta has released her first novel, Inga, after several childrens’ books. [The Hindu]
- Vikrant Dadawala’s blog contains some translations of Hindi poetry. See, for instance, his translation of ‘Salt’ by Kedarnath Singh. [Link]
- Karnataka has two new Kannada magazines – one devoted to issues faced by the LGBT community (The Hindu) and another focusing on music (The Hindu)
- Cartoonist Paul Fernandes has a new book on Bangalore’s days past, titled, Swinging in the Sixties [The Hindu]
COLUMNS, REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Columns and Articles
- Karthik Subramaniam in The Hindu says Tamil blogging is thriving, as English blogging declines [The Hindu]
- Dilip Menon has a lovely essay in Caravan on Malayalam writer KR Meera [Caravan]
- Monojit Majumdar, a former member of the O.S.L.A. (One Sided Lovers’ Assocation) reviews Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend and finds it ”
- Mirza Waheed’s new book, The Book of Gold Leaves, has been reviewed this last week – The Guardian,
- Reviews of Zafar Anjum’s biography of Urdu poet, Iqbal – Rakshanda Jalil in Indian Express, Naresh ‘Nadeem’ in Tehelka
- Chitra Viraraghavan’s debut novel The Americans [Hindustan Times]
- Trisha Gupta in Caravan reviews two new thespian lives: Naseeruddin Shah’s autobiography, and a biography of Dilip Kumar [Caravan]
NEWS: AWARDS, EVENTS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHERS
- Book Fair | Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | November 1-15, 2014 | TNIE
- Literati, Chandigarh Literary Fest | Chandigarh | November 7-9 | DJ
- 16th North East India Book Fair | Guwahati | November 1-12, 2014 | ToI
- Telugu poet Madugula Nagaphani Sarma brings the Avadhanam, in Sanskrit, Hindi and Telugu . The Avadhanam is a live poetry performance- poetry in response to audience questions. | Delhi | November 2-9, 2014 | PTI
- IHC Samanvay Lit Fest (recommended) | Delhi | November 6-9, 2014 | website
- Pustaka Parishe (a Kannada book fair) | Bengaluru | December 7-9 2014 | The Hindu
- Kashmiri poet and writer, Amin Kamil, died at the age of 90. He wrote in both, Kashmiri and Urdu, and won, amongst others, the Sahitya Akademi award and the Padma Shri, for his poetry, ghazals, plays and stories. [DNA,] [Rising Kashmir] [Kashmir Life] [Kashmir Reader]
- Poet and translator, Aziz Indori, who worked in Urdu and Hindi, died at the age of 82 [Times of India]
- Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, says the heart of poetry is metaphor, which cannot be taught [Indian Express]
- Mani Rao in an interview with Zafar Anjum, on writing poetry, living in Hong Kong and her upcoming book on Kalidasa [Kitaab]
- Amit Chaudhuri, in an interview with Vaishna Roy, says he is “drawn to the quirky” [The Hindu] In Elle Magazine, he says “there is a much greater aesthetic space for literature here now than there was 15 years ago otherwise.” [Elle]
- Shamsur Rahman Faruqi on his new book, The Sun That Rose from the Earth, in an interview with Amrita Datta [Indian Express]
- Khaled Ahmed profiles Pakistani novelist Intizar Husain. Husain recently won the Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. [Indian Express]
- Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at the OdishaLitFest 2014 spoke about the importance of regional literature [IBNlive]
- The Kannada Book Authority directed Kannada book publishers to register all books with it, for the purposes of preparing a complete catalogue. [Business Standard]
- Amazon India has launched a Kannada books and music online store. [IBNlive]
- Nivedita Ganguly has another one of those Ebooks-are-changing-everything columns. [The Hindu]
- More on former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s project to promote Tamil literature. [ToI]
- Kannada publisher Navkarnataka is offering a special discount as part of the Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations [The Hindu]
- The Mopungchuket Ait Laisher Telongjem Library in Nagaland celebrates 75 years. [Morung Express]
- The Central Institute on Indian Languages may move from Mysore to Bengaluru. [The Hindu]
- 600 poets are participating in the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi’s Kaavya Saptaha, across 30 districts in Karnataka [The Hindu]