Garden of Enchanted Stones: Amarendra Khatua

Garden of Enchanted Stones: Amarendra Khatua


Amarendra Khatua’s anthology “Garden of Enchanted Stones & other poems” encircle around love, longing, exile, despair and the ephemerality of existence. Half-made songs of love⋅⋅⋅

Diwali: The Bowl of Light


Inner Darkness primordial, sempiternal, deep As you sow, so shall you reap. You think, earthlings, lighting up a few candles and Diwali diyas, will brighten⋅⋅⋅

Bonding with China in Delhi, via books and culture


Beijing-Delhi bonding via books and culture. This is the way to go, and the New Delhi World Book Fair provides just the platform to rediscover this ancient civilization morphing into a major global power through Chinese literature.

Global guidelines needed for security & freedom of thinkers, writers: K.S. Bhagwan

KS Bhagwan

In this interview with India Writes Network, Bhagwan speaks about increasing intimidation and threats faced by writers, thinkers and scholars not just in India, but also across the world. Against this backdrop, he argued for the need for the UN to create a set of global guidelines to protect intellectuals, writers and thinkers who are targeted by fanatics of all stripes.

Booker glory beckons Amitav Ghosh


The Booker glory beckons Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh yet again. Having narrowly missed the Anglophone world’s most coveted literary honour in 2008, the⋅⋅⋅

ISIS is now the Fourth Reich: V. S. Naipaul


Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul has warned the world of a “contemporary Holocaust” as the ISIS threatens to create a “Fourth Reich” through violence and⋅⋅⋅

My Book Story: When Things Fall Apart…


“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon⋅⋅⋅

The Seduction of Delhi


Nehru Park Flames of crimson, blue moon in full bloom, birds transmuting into humans, rocks permeated with love. Nehru in dialogue with Lenin and the⋅⋅⋅

China to be Guest of Honour at 2016 New Delhi Book Fair

Xi flowers

Seeking to build a knowledge bridge between the two ancient civilisations, India has selected China as the Guest of Honour at the New Delhi World⋅⋅⋅

Modinama: One man, hundred days, 180 books


The journey of a tea-seller from Vadnagar, a small village in Gujarat, to the most prized address in New Delhi – 7 Race Course Road – is the stuff of which contemporary myths and folklore is woven. Not surprisingly, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life story has launched a thousand tales about the man who evokes diverse emotions among Indians and the world at large. The publishing industry in India is on a roll, with over 180 books published on Modi within the first 100 days of his taking office.

Written mostly in Hindi and Gujarati, the books provide a melange of perspectives and insights into Modi the leader as well as Modi the person.

The authors who penned these stories include former journalists, lawyers, RSS workers and even his body guard. Presented in multifarious ways, these works range from political biographies to comics. Bookstores across the country display these books; some have even been translated in Mandarin and French.