Tag: Vodafone Crossword

  • Speaking Volumes: The English India wants

    (I began writing Speaking Volumes around 1996-97. Tony Joseph, who was then the features editor of the Business Standard, suggested a weekly column on books after it became glaringly obvious to the paper that I was challenged, to put it politely, where number-crunching was concerned. Since then, the column has run without a break for […]

  • The BS Column: In search of an Asian prize

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 27, 2009) The literary world attracts its share of harmless lunatics, and for some years, my mailbox was enlivened by the presence of a gentleman I will call Mr S K Parthasarathi. He had never been published, but had a burning desire to be recognised as an author. For […]

  • The Crossword Award: translators

    Translators, briefly profiled–Prema Jayakumar (“There has to be an emotional involvement”) and Ira Pande: “It seems to me that each time we present a book as a translated work, we offer an apology for writing in a language that is not the globalised and the mainstream one. This shows a terrible lack of faith in […]

  • The BS Column: Crossword shortlists 2009

    (Published in the Business Standard, 29 June 2009) In the eleven years since the first Crossword award was instituted, several groups of people have benefited. The awards have been handed out for nine years—it took a three-year break from 2000 to 2004—and the categories have expanded from just English fiction by Indian writers to include […]

  • The Vodafone-Crossword shortlist, 2009

    …is here. My apologies, meant to put this up earlier but had computer and Net problems. English fiction contenders: Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ (Random House)Amitav Ghosh’s ‘Sea of Poppies’ (Penguin India)Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ (Random House)Neel Mukherjee’s ‘Past Continuous’ (Picador India)Manjula Padmanabhan’s ‘Escape’ (Picador India)Anuradha Roy’s ‘An Atlas of Impossible Longings’ (Picador India)Preeta […]