Archive for the ‘News’ Category

17
Sep

Nepal Book Festival 2011

The Kathmandu Jatra or the Nepal Book Fest, going on in Patan, is the first of its kind in the country. International writers – William Dalrymple, Mohammed Hanif and Patrick French – and 60 Nepali writers have promised to attend the function. There will also be many Nepali traditional writers and English writers.

The less-known world of regional language writers will get a good platform for their works and voices. The country’s rich heritage and folklore are represented in such works.

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04
Sep

Historical Sketch Of The Dutch Presence in India– ‘De VOC India’

How has the Dutch, who ruled various ports and cities of India, influenced them? What is the impact of their rule in Kerala’s architecture, religion and culture? What is the reach of the Dutch rule in the country? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Bauke van der Pol’s yet-to-be-released book, De VOC in India.

This Dutch historian traces the influence of the Dutch on India and Indians during and after their 150-year rule (1615 to 1800, approx). Photos, rich text and detailed information make this a great read. Out of 25 chapters, a whole chapter is solely dedicated to Dutch history in Fort Kochi, a coastal hold of the Dutch in Central Kerala.

On his visit, van der Pol was amazed to see the names of streets that were once named in Dutch –Rose Street (Roose Straadt), Lily Street (Lelij Straadt), Napier Street (Heere Straadt) and so on. There were supposed to be seven bastions in Fort Kochi. Some are still in use – the Bristow Hotel (Holland Bastion), Thakur House( Gelderland Bastion), Bastion Bungalow (Stroomburgh) and Bishop’s house (Bastion Zeeland). Some houses, too, have been preserved in their Dutch style. A visit to Vypeen Island revealed the use of Dutch surnames.

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10
Jul

163-year-old Assamese Dictionary Found In The US

A proud moment for the Assamese – the language’s first grammar book has been recovered from the library of the University of California in the US. The 163-year-old book was printed in 1848. It was compiled by reverend Nathan Brown. His dictionary was centred around Jaduram Dekaborua’s vision of the language that had words based on actual pronunciations.

Conservationists, traditionalists and liberals have been debating about the usage of Sanskrit-origin words and those of others in Assamese language. This discovery will also help in the simplification of the Assamese spelling system. The difference between the two major groups are the presence and functions of vowels – especially the positioning of short and long vowels.

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11
Feb

Suresh And The City

Ajay Mohan’s debut novel, Nothing can be as Crazy… tells us about the curious ways of life in the Indian Service-class. Suresh joins a bank as Probationary Officer, and is the straight and conservative kind. Besides, he’s also a second-generation city migrant, who is still wet behind the ears, especially when it comes to the all-absorbing life in the city.

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06
Feb

Ken Follett’s Book-Turned-TV Series Receives Nominations

Author of several bestsellers, Ken Follett has one more reason to be proud of his books. And, this time, for the success of The Pillars of the Earth as a TV mini-series!

The television mini-series of the novel has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and also for a Writers Guild of America award.

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31
Jan

A Boost For E-Readers!

In probably what could be a first in the book industry – and especially for the online one – e-book downloads of Amazon Kindle outsold paperbacks, in the US, in the last quarter of 2010! And this is exclusive of Amazon’s own freely downloadable books.

Amazon is the world’s biggest online retailer and has recently acquired other sites and a major DVD mail-order and streaming business. Even though the sales of paperbacks have increased, most people – especially youngsters and those who travel widely – opt for the online version as it’s more convenient.

The Kindle device itself has recorded brilliant sales in the US and abroad.

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30
Jan

Indian Curries Made Easy!

Indian cookbooks don the shelves of many a library across the planet. From spicy Murgh Tikka and hot kebas to rasagollas and mithai, everything the average Indian loves to have in his country is available in hotels and restaurants elsewhere. And the best part is that

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11
Dec

18th Patna Book Fair Kick-starts!

We need an international book fair in Patna, feels Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. He was inaugurating the 18th Patna Book Fair at the Gandhi Maidan, yesterday. In alliance with UNICEF, the book fair’s theme is ‘Right to Education: Special focus on underprivileged children and girl child’.

The 12-day fest is organised by the Centre for Readership Development (CRD), and has over 670 book stalls, with a wide range representation from publishers, corporates, NGOS and others. On weekdays, the fair will be open from 11.30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. School and college children will have free entry to the book fair.

The organising committee of the fair will be giving away awards for journalism, literature and theatre, on December 19.

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10
Dec

Happy 30th B’day Tinkle Comics

Yep, Tinkle Comics turned 30 today! Growing up, I’m sure, most of us have read Tinkle. At least one full volume. Even now, when I travel on the train and have forgotten to carry my books to read with me, I hound the nearest peddler for a copy of the comic! And, my favourite character is Tantri the Mantri!

Twelve-year-old Elaine D’Lima launched the first Tinkle book on 14 November 1980.

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03
Dec

What’s Love Gotta Do With Us?

Faraaz Kazi’s first book reveals the story of Rahul and Seema’s life and love. Check out the soon-to-be-released book’s trailers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzAkUUAdcrM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRCML9LHQ7s&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

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