Welcome to the phatasmagoria of Nobel laureate Mo Yan. It's not for the faint of heart. Here's a taste of his upcoming novel POW! dark and hilarious, where the sex isn't prettified and no animal goes uneaten.
Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, is in turns witty, candid, scathing, self-important, and moving. There's a Rushdie for everyone: literary martyr and lion, champion of free speech, social critic, Page 3 oft-married celebrity.
The renowned author dismisses litfests as part and parcel of "the three-ring circus of the tamasha culture." But he forgets that Indian writing is no longer the preserve of upper class authors living in an transnational ivory tower.
Beset by an exodus of talent and new competition, the company that has published everyone from Jawaharlal Nehru to Romila Thapar, lurches toward an uncertain future.
Regardless of how dodgy pop fiction might be, it is prodding our writers to tell stories that are compelling and relevant to contemporary India.
The oldest purveyor of pulp romance has always remained current and relevant; its changing heroines marking the transformation of female fantasy over a century. Too bad its Indian incarnation remains stuck in time warp.
The sexy young Lalitha in Jonathan Franzen's widely feted novel speaks volumes about the white male fantasy about Indian women.
VS Naipaul’s 15-year-long tiff with author and former protégé Paul Theroux, ended with a handshake at the Hay Festival between the two. We scrutinise how and why writers quarrel with each other.
Whatever Sir Vidia thinks, the real battle for R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the literary world is not between men and women. It's between literary fiction and popular fiction.
Philip Roth is this year's Man Booker International author. However the award has come with its share of controversies.