Category: Indian publishing

  • Bookforum has an interview with Juan Goytisolo, conducted by Peter Bush, who has translated some of his work. This is what Goytisolo has to say about State of Siege, his forthcoming novel: “I went back to Bosnia in winter. It was bitterly cold. The journalists had all gone. I felt I couldn’t write a second […]

  • Everyone remembers the Ballad of East and West–or at any rate, they remember one line from it: East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. It’s been quoted again in this review of The Geography of Thought, which posits the thesis that there is such a thing as a Western […]

  • Speak of the Brat Pack, and think of Jonathan Safran Foer–Boy Wonder wrote Everything is Illuminated before he turned 26. Is the Babu merely being paranoid, or does this recent profile of Foer gush in a way he normally associates with wannabe Teen staffers writing about their favourite member of a boy band?

  • Was Leonardo Da Vinci a…cryptographer? That’s one of the premises behind Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which has been getting a lot of media attention. Wiredhas a more informed take than most on the cryptography that forms the background to Brown’s intricate mystery, while The New York Times can’t stop reminding the world that […]

  • It’s hard to find articles about writers in the Indian media that don’t reduce the breed to a stream of soundbytes, which is why the Babu was delighted to see this profile of Vijay Tendulkar in a recent issue of Man’s World. The photographs by Ashima Narain are a treat. The Boston Globe thinks Theory […]

  • Tanya Grotter, Barry Trotter…move over for the Bengali version. The Babu is disappointed in his brethren: they have restricted themselves merely to producing unauthorised Bengali translations of the Harry Potter books. What, no Harendranath Parthar Darun Golpo? The Babu recognises that his interest in the Commonwealth Prize is at best tepid. His real excuse for […]

  • The Babu is not a fan of Meera Syal’s writings (her books do not inspire the gag reflex brought on by Chitra B Divakaruni’s work, but that’s about it). On the other hand, he has nutured hopes that Syal might be dazzled enough by his impecccable dhoti to invite him to join the cast of […]

  • The Babu regrets his absent-mindedness–forgot to link to this article about Khushwant Singh. (The Washington Post may require you to go through a brief registration process–tedious but worth it.) Another fortnight before The Hindu, once the last of the gunslingers when it came to defending the sanctity of its literary pages, posts its Literary Section–now […]

  • Even before Yann Martel, The Babu knew there was a reason why he loved the free spirits who run Canongate. Join their campaign–support The War Against Terrorism (TWAT for short). Every war produces its blue-eyed intellectuals, and the name that’s on everyone’s lips is Fareed Zakaria. Here’s a somewhat gushy profile of the man. The […]