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India-born Poet Vijay Seshadri Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections."

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

The Man Who Wrote His Own Epitaph

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex.

Khushwant Singh, Writer Who Targeted All With Wit, Dies

He shrugged off intellectual trappings and promoted jokes in a way that no other writer had ever done before him, or since.

Bengal’s Proverbial Everyman

The ‘babumoshai’ has moved up and down the social hierarchy in less than a century, but he dresses like it’s still the 1950s

Careless Whispers

Hugging saint’ in a spot of bother, ex-disciple alleges abuse in tell-all book

Banished From The Bookshelves

Six authors tell their stories about what it is like to see their life’s work go waste.

India Slips Down Asia’s Restaurant Rankings

If India served up a disappointing result in the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia in 2013, this year its performance could be described as undercooked.

Disgraced Indian Editor Charged with Rape

After months of apologies and outright denials, the former Tehelka magazine editor faces prison.

Indian Censorship and the Curious Case of Wendy Doniger

Penguin’s decision to withdraw controversial scholar Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History has resonated strongly in the academic world.

Penguin India Defends Decision to Recall Book

Penguin India has defended its decision to recall and destroy copies of a book on Hinduism by a prominent US scholar.

Why did Penguin Recall a Book on Hindus

Wendy Doniger said she did not blame her publisher Penguin India for withdrawing her book The Hindus

US Academic Angry After Book on Hindus Pulped in India

American scholar Wendy Doniger said she was "angry and disappointed" that all copies of her latest book on Hinduism will be pulped in India.

Why It's Easy to Ban Books in India

The problem, increasingly, in this Republic of the Gagged, is that everything seems to offend.

Penguin to Withdraw Wendy Doniger’s Controversial Book, The Hindus

Wendy Doniger has confirmed in an email to Firstpost that the book is being taken out of publication in India.

Read And Weep

Indian Readership Survey 2013 figures leave print media smarting.

Indians Among Tiger Mother Amy Chua’s List of Six Superior People

According to Chua and Rubenfeld, the three features that distinguish the six from others are superiority, insecurity and impulse control.

A Homegrown Comic Con Highlights Growth in Local Comics Market

As the popularity of the Comic Cons grows, so has interest from both Indian and Western publishers.

US Producer Buys Rights to Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy

Author Amish Tripathi, who created waves in Indian publishing with a $1 million book contract, has cracked it even bigger this time with an American producer purchasing the rights to “The Immortals Of Meluha.”

Illiterate, But in Love With Books

Since the vast majority of those who visit the library are tourists, he has named it the Travelers Library.

Why Indian Author Vikram Seth is Angry

The constitution protects the liberties and rights of Indian citizens. It is not for the judges to confer rights or take them away.

The Growth of India's Publishing Industry

It is being put down to the rise in the number of Indian authors writing in English.

Why India is a Big Market for English Language Dictionaries

India, among other countries like China and South Korea, is seen as a big market for the English language dictionary, despite a swell in digital tools for word learning and usag

Indian Writers Give Mills & Boon Brand a Fresh Lease of Life

Today the challenges for the Mills & Boon genre are multiple including carpet bombing from various other forms of entertainment for young women, a transition to digital reading habits and retail bookselling chains shutting down in India.

A Selfies Word For a Self-obsessed Generation

Two obsessions have come to dominate human social interaction in the age of social media: obsession with the self, and obsession with the screen

India’s Press Faces an Online Future

India is frequently considered the last vestige of printed news. In many ways, it is.

Libraries Battling Membership Decline

Libraries battling membership decline, but some startups using innovative ideas to buck the trend.

Woman Who Wrote on Life Under the Taliban is Killed

The author of a popular memoir of life under the Taliban that was made into a major Bollywood movie was shot dead

The Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Hinduism is famous for being a religion full of concepts that are difficult to pin down, largely because the religion doesn’t have a single authoritative text but many different scriptures and streams of belief.

Amitava Kumar: In Praise of Ian Jack's Small Town India

Author Amitava Kumar explains why Jack is a rare writer, chronicling India's neglected, small towns.

The Gay Novel: Passé in America, But Cool in India

As the gay movement goes resolutely mainstream, is the “gay novel” dying as a genre?

Vikram Seth to Return $1.8 Million Advance

It was around a year ago that Vikram Seth spoke about A Suitable Girl, the sequel to his massive (both in terms of the novel’s length and popularity) hit, A Suitable Boy.

The Moral Obligation of India's Media

The greatest crisis that the Indian media faces is not that it is light and populist, but that it is no longer perceived as credible by many of its own consumers.

Being a Bookworm May Slow Down Memory Decline

Reading books, writing and participating in brain-stimulating activities may help preserve your memory into old age

Asterix Goes Desi: His Next Adventure in India With Gandhix

This is a move that will probably be welcomed by Asterix’s many fans in India. God knows, nothing pleases us more than seeing a reference to ourselves in foreign culture.

Book Cafe Culture Takes Root in India

If a lot can happen over a cup of coffee, a lot more can happen now with the book cafe culture gaining popularity across the country.

Amitav Ghosh Among 12 Shortlisted for 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing

The prize, handed out every two years since 2009, was set up as an international, cross-disciplinary award to recognise excellence in the English language in any genre or form.

Tweet Enters the Pages of Oxford English Dictionary

The word 'tweet' in the sense of social networking has entered the hallowed pages of the Oxford English Dictionary with the lexicon breaking its rule that a new word needed to be in use for ten years before inclusion.

Music-movie-book Chains Shut Shop as Digital turns Mainstream

I: Book-music-movie retailing in India is in the middle of a shakeout with almost all the major chains either shutting down shops or diversifying to other segments

Story of Rajat Gupta's Arrogance & Downfall in Meticulous Detail

The Galleon Group insider-trading scandal involving Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta featured arrogance, greed and, ultimately, prosecution.

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