Tag: Banned Books Week

  • Banned Books Week: Chiki Sarkar, from the publisher’s desk

    I am writing here as a publisher and as someone who has to deal with injunctions against books on a regular basis. I wanted to use this blog to think a little about how these injunctions work and what they mean for us publishers. In the last year at Penguin, I have encountered two injunctions […]

  • Banned Books Week: Sanjay Sipahimalani, Three Episodes

    My Satanic Verses: Three Episodes Sanjay Sipahimalani  1988. I rush to the bookshop the moment I hear the news. Smirking, the bookseller tells me that the few copies they received have been sold and, because of the ban, no more are forthcoming. I take this personally, spending many hours in the following days pestering the road-side […]

  • Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read

      In Barranquilla when Gabriel Garcia Marquez was beginning his writer’s apprenticeship, the beating heart of the city for its young journalists, writers and politicians was the Libreria Mundo, a bookstore run by Don Jorge Rondon. He ordered books, writes Garcia Marquez, “above all the new books from Buenos Aires, where publishers had begun the […]

  • Banned Books Week: Salil Tripathi’s Ten Commandments of Offence

    The Ten Commandments Of Offence, meant for people who feel offended:  1. An artist/writer/person can say whatever s/he wants, even if it is offensive. 2. If it is offensive to you, don’t read it. 3. If you feel strongly against it, argue against it. 4. But don’t threaten violence against that writer or artist, nor […]

  • Banned Books Week: Deepanjana Pal reviews The Satanic Verses

    “I actually started re-reading The Satanic Verses well before I’d got my hands on a copy of Joseph Anton, all because of Mihir Sharma who wrote in a column that The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s “most unreadable” work. Once I’d stopped hissing indignantly, I wondered whether Mihir was right and a particularly potent attack of youthful adoration had made […]

  • Banned Books Week: Arpita Das on Reading In Sin

    READING IN SIN by Arpita Das  As far back as I remember I can hear my father’s words to my brother and myself, ‘Try everything once at least in life, even if it is a vice. And read absolutely everything.’ I internalized both pieces of advice to a fault perhaps, and when I turned 13, […]

  • Banned Books Week: Ashok Malik on unbanning the banned

    Alexander Campbell was a Scotsman who served in the 1950s as Time magazine’s correspondent in New Delhi. In 1958, he wrote a book called The Heart of India, which was seen as so repulsive and diabolical that the government banned it in March 1959. Campbell also wrote travelogues called The Heart of Africa and The […]

  • Banned Books Week: Banning Books In India

    A brief look at the history of banned books in India: The 1930s: Almost exactly 70 years since Katherine Mayo’s Mother India was placed on the list of banned books, the import of this “drain-inspector’s report” is still prohibited. More typical of books that incurred the disapproval of the State in pre-Independence India was Arthur Miles’ […]