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Premchand chose Hindi as his medium of work, but was also proficient in Urdu and Persian.
No one knows where the manuscript is.
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One and half years ago, Tamil writer Perumal Murugan had declared that the writer in him is dead after he was forced to withdraw his novel 'Madhorubhagan' for hurting 'religious and social sentiments....
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One may disagree with the views Bhagat expresses in his columns and other public forums. I myself, on most occasions, find it difficult to agree with him. However, it is perfectly possible for one to disagree with him and yet appreciate his positive contributions to the public space. Depriving him of this credit, which he has duly earned, would be criminal to say the least.
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On 16 March, The Guardian published a review of Anjali Joseph’s novel The Living. It was a glowing review. “An exceptional, unexpected work", was just the title. Samantha Johns was livid. She shot o...
(Schedule is subject to changes, check the daily agenda usually posted by the reception for last minute venue switches.) 10 am: Rich and Poor French economist Thomas Piketty will talk to Sebastian Mal...
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KOLKATA -- Eminent Bengali author Mani Sankar Mukherjee, who penned 'Chowringhee' and other popular novels, will be awarded an honarary doctorate of letters by the University of North Bengal at Siligu...
KOLKATA -- Eminent litterateur Mahasweta Devi has been hospitalised following age-related illne , hospital sources said on Thursday. The 89-year-old writer-activist, who has got a number of awards lik...
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We are a part of a fast-paced and dynamic ecosystem where our wishes are fulfilled through a mere touch of a smartphone screen. Our relationships are public property, to be "shared" with friends and strangers. Often times, love begins, progresses and even ends on social networking sites. We hardly have the time to think about what went wrong or how to make amends or learn from mistakes. The mantra is to "move on" and forget all about past experiences.
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We have embedded ourselves tightly into the visibility of life. We have diminished the "thinking" component of our existence. We have accepted a life which is seen by others rather than the one which is lived by us. We convince ourselves and make ourselves believe that we are good and innocent and we have done no wrong. Hence, in the bright light of day, in the eyes of society, we become what we are seen as -- the Virgin Indian.
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Kiran Nagarkar, one of the country's most respected authors, a Sahitya Akdemi winner, and now to be awarded the Tata Literature Lifetime Achievement Award is no stranger to controversy. He burst on t...
It was interesting to notice the reactions of the audience when Chetan Bhagat stepped on stage at a literature event recently. Most people were fans and cheered vociferously. Others snorted and muttered in dissatisfaction. "Who invited him?" whispered one lady. "They allow anybody these days, don't they?" mused another. "How did he become so famous?" wondered a kurta-clad gentleman. "He should be banned!" spat an elderly man, drawing murmurs of support. (Banning anything seems to be in vogue.) This got me thinking.
It's a deuce of a situation really. Does one spend time introducing the cast of characters and laying out the background or just plunge straight into writing a tribute? The problem lies in the fact th...