NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Kindle Magazine’s Biannual issue is out.
- Books for 2015 – Arunava Sinha talks to publishers about what they’re looking forward to (via Scroll)
- A new comic book from India has a heroine who was gangraped and develops a Hindu goddess alter ego. Notwithstanding mountains of evidence, commentary, writing and literature, the American author ‘discovered’ “that rape and sexual violence in India was a cultural issue, and that it was backed by patriarchy, misogyny, and people’s perceptions.” only after talking to one cop following the Dec 16 gangrape (TW:graphic details behind the link). I’m not holding my breath on this one.
- A new volume of photographs on the Kannada writer, Kuvempu, has been released.
- Assamese writer Bipul Regon will be publishing a collection of poetry in Malayalam.
- ‘Draupadi’ – An excerpt from ashort story by Mahasweta Devi, translated from the Bengali by Spivak
- An excerpt from Ajaz Ashraf’s new novel, The Hour Before Dawn
- Penguin released a translation of Nirmal Verma’s A Rag Called Happiness, by Kuldip Singh (I missed this one, it was out in November).
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- Vikrant Pande on translating Marathi writer Milind Bokil’s ‘Shala’
- Nirupama Dutt on Chandigarh’s culture of poetry recitals and mushairas.
- Mahendra Prasad writes on the new crop of young writers in Odia literature magazines.
- Reviews of Janice Pariat’s new novel, Seahorse, are out: here’s Urvashi Bahuguna in Helter Skelter (she’s convinced the book is “her story”), Jayathi Madhukar in Bangalore Mirror,
- A review of Arundhathi Subramaniam’s collection of poetry, When God is a Traveller, by Sumana Roy in IE
- A review of Ghulam Nabi Bhat (Shahid)’s collection of short stories, Ailaan Jaari Hai, in the Kashmir Reader.
- Rakshanda Jalil reviews Shamsur Rahman Faruqi’s great The Sun that Rose from the Earth (“every single one of its 600-odd pages is a connoisseur’s delight, brimful with evocative detail and flavoursome with the choicest of Urdu verses”)
- KK Srivasatava reviews Ramakanta Rath’s collection of poetry, Frontier Lyrics
- K Santhosh has a new review of KR Meera’s Hangwoman
- Vaishna Roy says Aatish Taseer’s The Way We Were is “a book of ideas”
- Ramya Sarma on Deepti Kapoor’s A Bad Character: “This is not an especially pleasant book, nor one that will endear the characters and their behaviour to its readers, but it is a strangely compelling one.”
- Anusha Parthasarthy reviews Saad Bin Jung’s Matabele Dawn, set in India and Africa.
- JB Rose reviews Anita Nair’s Idris, Keeper of the Light
- A review of Australian author Brian Stoddart’s new murder novel, set in Chennai
- Pratik Kanjilal on the casual and sexual violence in Upamanyu Chatterjee’s new book
- Arunava Sinha deconstructs Ravinder Singh’s slightly creepily titled Your Dreams Are Mine Now
NEWS, AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- A large number of Hindi writers were given awards for literature by the Uttar Pradesh government. Notably, Doodhnath Singh was given Bharat Bharti Samman (UP’s highest honour) and Mamta Kalia received the Lohia Sahitya Samman
- Bilal Tanweer won the Shakti Bhatt Prize 2014 – he couldn’t come to collect it India, so Shovon Chowdhury delivered an acceptance speech for him.
- Mirza Waheed talks to Nandini Nair of Businessline on cricket, Kashmir and growing up. In Greater Kashmir, he talks about the process of writing: “Memory informs the imagination, and imagination may sometimes colour, even shape and bend memory.”
- Aditi Mehta on meeting Vikram Seth
- Kannada writer Devanuru Mahadeva on why he’s refusing to chair the Kannada Sammellan next year, and on the status of the language generally (“Kannada is being strangled to death”)
- Goan writer Manohar Shetty on why he writes about the world of animals, in a conversation with Esther Elias in the Hindu.
- Ahmedaband will celebrate the 122nd birth anniversary of Gujarati writer Dhumketu (Gaurishankar Govardhandas Joshi)
- In the Hindu, an interview with David Davidar on his choices in a new anthology of Indian stories
- Chetan “Deti hai to de varna kat le” Bhagat says, “I am not doing sequels like J.K. Rowling. #Blessed
Publishing and Sales
- A profile of the Gandhi Book Store in Mumbai, via Bombaywalla.
- Amar Chitra Katha, which publishes Hindu mythology based comics for children, has a new website.
- Nepali writer Buddhi Sagar’s anticipated second novel, फिरफिरे was to come out on March 8th, but has been delayed
- Can Byomkesh Bakshi become a new franchise (like…..Bond?) Sandipan Deb in Livemint.
- Neel Mukherjee on how Western publishing views Indian writing: some choice words on the sari border/spices/bangles book covers and the obsession with classifying Indian novels as ‘saga’s.
- The President of India’s memoirs are going to be published online only for a week, before print publication begins. This seems to have created a row.
- Here‘s where you can get free passes to the Raipur Sahitya Fest. The event seems to have run into controversy already.
- Here‘s the list of speakers for the Zee Jaipur Lit Fest.
- All India Radio is organising an event for the former Prime Minister Vajpayee’s birthday. He wrote some fairly pedestrian political poetry. Meanwhile this year, two fine women writers died (Turaga Janaki Rani, Rajam Krishnan), Kedarnath Singh won the Jnanpith Award, and it did nothing. Jai ho.
- The Kolkata Book Fair this year is focusing on literature from…Britain.
- A performance of Pranabandhu Kar’s play “Eka Maati Aneka Akasha” (Odia) in Bhubaneswar in commemoration of his birth centenary. Also there’s a new website on him.
- Event | National Book Fair | Puducherry | Dec 19 |Link