Books of the week: From short story collection The Demoness to Ghazala Wahab's Born A Muslim, our picks
Our weekly roundup of books that should be on your radar.
Amitav Ghosh on his book Jungle Nama, folk traditions: 'We have to find ways to make reading collaborative'
Through his new book Jungle Nama — written completely in verse, with artwork by Salman Toor — the writer wishes to uphold and celebrate folk traditions of storytelling by engaging with diverse mediums such as audiobooks, graphic novels and video-gaming.
Writer Salil Tripathi's Twitter account restored after brief suspension over poem on Babri demolition
Tripathi is a senior journalist and chairperson of the PEN International's Writers in Prison committee
Mira Nair, Noam Chomsky among 200 authors, filmmakers demanding Umar Khalid's release in Delhi riots case
Khalid has been arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February this year
Amitav Ghosh talks three new projects, thinking in visual terms and the interplay of capitalism, imperialism
Amitav Ghosh has announced three new projects — Jungle-Nama, a verse retelling of the legend of Bon-Bibi, a Sunderbans epic; a new collection of essays; and The Invisible Hand, a work of non-fiction informed by his research for the Ibis trilogy. 'If you’re a city-dweller, a story like Bon-Bibi is an oddity to you. But if you’re living in the Sunderbans, Bon-Bibi is your life,' he said in this interview to Firstpost
Over 300 personalities including actor Naseeruddin Shah, historian Romila Thapar issue statement against CAA, NRC
Over 300 eminent personalities from the creative and scholarly community of India, including actor Naseeruddin Shah, filmmaker Mira Nair, vocalist TM Krishna, author Amitav Ghosh have expressed solidarity with people protesting against the CAA and NRC.
Books of the week: From Benyamin's Al Arabian Novel Factory to The Family Table, FirstCulture's picks of 2019
FirstCulture picks: Our choice of 2019 books that should be on your radar.
Aatish Taseer OCI row: 260-plus signatories including Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh urge India to review cancellation of citizenship
According to multiple reports, more than 260 writers, journalists, artists and activists, in a written statement released by PEN America have urged the government to review its decision to revoke writer and journalist Aatish Taseer’s OIC
Gun Island: Amitav Ghosh's anthropological approach to fiction stops short of visionary in his latest novel
Amitav Ghosh's approach suggests that he writes fiction as anthropology, deliberately illustrating propositions through the characters and events in his novels. His latest novel Gun Island feeds us elaborate information about the milieu, including its myths and its past, but the characters do not stand out and we wait for the protagonist's emotional entanglements in vain
Amitav Ghosh says Jnanpith award recognises 'trust, affection that arises between writers and readers' communities'
We are living in a time when writers are increasingly beleaguered, embattled and marginalized. Around the world, everywhere we look, there is a closing of minds, a narrowing of horizons, and a palpable fear of the future, says Amitav Ghosh.
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Modi at SCO summit, Leila review, GDP overestimation claim; today's must-read stories
Narendra Modi showed that in his second term, he retains the maneuverable deftness to play the great power game into which India has been thrust due to the changing geopolitical environment.
Amitav Ghosh, who recently won the Jnanpith Award, talks about the themes in his latest book Gun Island, the link between human and animal modes of communication and technology's potential to function as witchcraft
From what I gather from Amitav Ghosh’s relatively detailed portrayal of his last months in his essay, ‘The Ghat of the Only World’: Agha Shahid in Brooklyn, Shahid died peacefully, having embraced death as he had embraced life before his mother’s death.
TM Krishna, Githa Hariharan, Hemant Divate on signing appeal urging citizens to 'vote out hate politics'
With the 2019 elections fast approaching, writers, filmmakers and artists such as Girish Karnad, TM Krishna, Urvashi Butalia, Shanta Gokhale and Anand Teltumbde among others have signed this appeal to all citizens to vote for an India that 'renews the promises made by our Constitution.'
Amitav Ghosh's Gun Island follows the story of protagonist Deen Dutta, a dealer in rare books who spends much of his time indoors, until circumstances lead to a shift in his beliefs and he is forced to embark upon an extraordinary journey
Previously, Amitav Ghosh has been a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, and his books Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke were also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in the years 2008 and 2012 respectively
Ahlawat Gunjan, the design head of Penguin Random House India, says that creating a cover is like providing a visual personality to someone’s years of work | #FirstCulture
Debate on inclusion of Chetan Bhagat book in syllabus is about institutional responsibility, procedure: DU professor
The latest addition to the many voices being raised on the Chetan Bhagat's book comes from a DU professor who took to decrypt the confused debate around the book's inclusion in the syllabus.
The Paris Agreement is a plan to maintain global inaction on climate change and not a plan to mitigate its adverse effects or to prevent further impacts due to temperature rise, as Amitav Ghosh has concluded in his new book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Mahatma Gandhi propagated his thoughts decades before climate change came to be treated as a serious subject of discourse, and of national and international concern