The Odisha government passed a bill to launch the first-ever Odia language university for post-graduation in literature and linguistics among other subjects.
The university which will be established in Bhubaneswar will also devise ways to make Odia script more adaptable to technology.
It mainly aims at making Odia script more adaptable to computer technology.
It would also administer PG courses in literary criticism, the evolution of East Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology, musicology and translation into and from Odia.
The book of Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran named “How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century” launched by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The book records the crucial meeting of the CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) on the eve of India-Pakistan Defence Secretary-level talks in May 2006.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) launched a web portal for the supply of textbooks to schools and individuals.
The web portal of NCERT will enable schools to place orders for their books online. It will also enable individual buyers to place their orders.
The NCERT is an autonomous organization set up in 1961 by the Union Government as a literary, scientific and charitable Society under the Societies.
The world’s shortest woman Jyoti Amge presented a 51-feet high book at a program on 6 of August.
The book Kadve Vachan is written by Jain saint Acharya Tarun Sagar Maharaj. It was unveiled by her in the presence of BJP state president Ashok Parnami.
It is the ninth volume of the book written in Hindi.
Amge is considered to be the world’s shortest woman by the Guinness World Records at 62.8 cm.
Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu (additional charge) C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan.
The book includes transcripts of the first 23 episodes of Prime Minister’s monthly address on radio ‘Mann Ki Baat’.This book will enable citizens to read and understand Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and his ideas of development.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal was also present on the occasion. ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is a new design of communication to reach people and it has truly worked as a revolution.
He chose All India Radio as the medium for broadcasting his programme because it is the only medium which reaches 99% of the population of the country.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the fourth volume of Selected Speeches of Former President Pranab Mukherjee.
The book titled- Selected Speeches of President Pranab Mukherjee was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in presence of President-elect Ramnath Kovind and other dignitaries.
Under Former President Pranab Mukherjee, Rashtrapati Bhavan became a ‘Lok Bhavan.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee receives the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The book aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher education and highlights issues being faced by Indian Universities.
The book is compiled by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “President’s Lady” (Pranaber Preyosi) on his wife Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee from Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The author of the book is Sangeeta Ghosh.
Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee was essentially a private person with a strong interest in music (particularlyTagore music) and paintings.She restricted herself to music, painting and writing and she tried to take Tagore music to a non-Bengali audience.
BJP President Amit Shah and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat released a coffee table book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life in New Delhi.
The book – Making of A Legend, composed by Sulabh International Founder Bindeshwar Pathak.
The book fully explains about the Life History of Narendra Modi.
Amit Bhardwaj, the founder of Amaze Mining & Research Limited launched his third e-book ‘Cryptocurrency for Beginners ‘ in the series, after ‘Cryptocurrency Trading for Beginners’ and ‘Cryptocurrency Mining for Beginners’.
The book empowers readers with the concept of the blockchain.
‘Cryptocurrency for Beginners ‘provide information on cryptocurrencies. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are set to transform the world with their efficient solutions.
President Pranab Mukherjee launches digital initiatives Swayam, Swayam Prabha, and National Academic Depository - in New Delhi to push e-education in the country.
The main aim of the initiatives is to raise the Gross Enrollment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 to 30 by 2020.
Swayam Prabha is the platform of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programs 24X7 using GSAT-15 satellite.
National Academic Depository will facilitate online verification of certificates.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a photo book titled "President Pranab Mukherjee - A Statesman", at an event in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The book mainly covers the Presidency and documents his various roles.
It is a comprehensive photographic record of India's 13th president.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launched the book which titled 'The Emergency - Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour'.
A book is written by Surya Prakash who is a chairman of Prasar Bharati.
The book was launched to honor all those who fought for the restoration of democracy in the country in the mid-1970s.
Israeli author David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar".
David Grossman, the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize.
He will share the £50,000 ($64,000) award money with his translator Jessica Cohen.
Other important works of David Grossman includes The Yellow Wind, To the End of the Land.
His works have been translated into over 30 languages.
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu presented 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for the Parliament Library.
The written works of national movement evoked a sense of popular participation, feeling of oneness and unity for the nation.
Gandhi's writings played an instrumental role in weaving the freedom movement together with the morals of truth and non-violence.
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank, book titled ‘ Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji’. will be offically released.
The first copy of the book on the social and political life of Vajpayee was presented to our President Pranab Mukherjee.
The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” authored by Arundhati Roy released recently.
It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton from the United Kingdom and Penguin India.
Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work.
President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of two books " Mann Ki Baat-A Social Revolution on Radio" and "Marching with a Billion-Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm" at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The program mainly connected with the 'New India' particularly about youth.
The book Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid-term written by journalist Uday Mahurkar analyses the changes of cultural in a developing country.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and IAS officer Haulianlal Guite published a philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism“.
Haulianlal Guite is the first civil officer to write on Philosophy after John Stuart Mill’s work titled “On Liberty” published in 1858.
The book explores interesting arguments against atheism. It also explores the nature of science, religion, evidence and love.
China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year rivalling Wikipedia and Britain’s Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The main objective of this project is to guide public thought.
Union Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released the book titled “Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry” jointly authored by Shri Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog) Shri Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce) & Ms. Vidya Krishnamurthi.
In addition, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu also launched Hi-speed free Wi-Fi services for the visitors at National Rail Museum.
About the book "Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry":- This book by Shri Bibek Debroy is a great contribution for Indian Railways. We can shape the future of Indian Railways by linking the past through this book.
This book traverses the timeline from 1830-1947. The book is written in a storytelling manner. The book narrates some anecdotes of Indian Railways History.
About WiFi Services in National Rail Museum:- The National Rail Museum, New Delhi, became a high speed RailWire Wi-fi zone.
The Wi-Fi facility has been commissioned by RailTel in association with Google for providing high speed state of the art world class internet experience to the hundreds of people visiting the National Rail Museum every day.
RailTel is also in process of providing fast Wi-Fi at 5 more tourists sites of Delhi namely Red Fort, Humayun Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, QutubMinar and Rajpath Lawns being maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N.Vohra inaugurated Mr. Babar Afzal’s “Pashmina Art Exhibition” and released his book “6 TIMES THINNER”.
This event was organized by the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) at the Abhinav Theatre.
Appreciating the innovative idea of using pashmina fabric as a medium to paint, weave and embroider, the Governor complimented Mr. Afzal for his ingenuity in meaningfully and aesthetically highlighting the pashmina goat and its rare soft wool which is used for producing valuable shawls and garments, prized the world over. He lauded the artist’s efforts to highlight in an altogether unique manner, the centuries old tradition of pashmina craft, which is a hallmark of Jammu &Kashmir.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat released the book 'Home of the Brave' on the history of Indian Army's Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in New Delhi.
The book is authored by Mr Nitin A Gokhale, Defence & Security Analyst and Brig S K Chatterji (Retired).
About the Book 'Home of the Brave':- 'Home of the Brave’ traces the early history of the RR, its organization, including its raising and subsequent deployment in Punjab, the North East and in Jammu & Kashmir.
The RR, a formidable Counter Insurgency Force, has won many laurels in the operations. In addition to fulfilling its primary mandate of securing the Nation, the Force has also conducted several softer measures to win hearts and minds of the people- a critical and valuable practice that the Indian Army has embraced.
The book also reflects upon the role of the RR in strengthening the professionalism of the Indian Army and military ethics and values throughout its rank and file.
'Home of the Brave' will serve as an authentic record of achievements of the RR for all the Army units and Army training institutions. For defence policy planners, research scholars and military historians, this book provides factual and well chronicled information.
Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, on 23 March 2017, launched a Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution.”
The book was launched to commemorated National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee year.
The book summarizes NDDB's remarkable 50-year journey and the value it has created for millions of dairy farmers in India.
The book also underlines the NDDB’s belief that cooperative principles are as relevant in the present time as they were in the past. It also highlights the Board's efforts towards bringing about socio-economic change in rural India.
National Dairy Development Board : The National Dairy Development Board was set up by an Act of Parliament of India.It is an institution of national importance. It was founded by Dr. Verghese Kurien.
The NDDB was created in 1965.Its main office is located in Anand, Gujarat. It subsidiaries include IDMC Limited-Anand, Mother Dairy, Delhi, NDDB Dairy Services, Delhi and Indian Immunologicals Ltd, Hyderabad.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has launched his autobiography named ‘My Story’ in Kolkata in the presence of former Indian cricketer Saurav Ganguly
This book was triggered by how he was affected by Phil Hughes’ death when India were touring Australia in 2014-15
Michael Clarke: Michael John Clarke is a former international cricketer and captain of Australia.
He was retired from One Day cricket after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and retire from all forms of cricket after the final test of the Ashes Series from August 2015.
The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning: Anand Neelakanthan
The book titled The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning was released on 7 March 2017. The book will be available to readers beginning on 15 March 2017.
The book was written by the noted author Anand Neelakanthan.
About the book : It is the first book in the series Baahubali: Before the Beginning.
The plot of the book is considered as the prequel to the acclaimed movie Baahubali: The Beginning, which was released in July 2015.
As per the author, it is a tale of intrigue, power, revenge and betrayal. The revelations in The Rise of Sivagami will grip the reader and not let go.
Anand Neelakanthan : Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. Before the present book, he wrote three fiction books based on the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
He is the bestselling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished and the Ajaya series.
He has written the screenplays for various popular TV series, including Star TV’s mega series Siya Ke Ram, Sony TV’s Mahabali Hanuman and Colours TV’s Chakravarthi Samrat Ashoka.
His books have been translated to different languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese and Indonesian Bahasa.
The book titled Rekha: The Untold Story authored by Yasser Usman was in news in the first week of March 2017. The book that was published in August 2016 by Juggernaut suddenly came into news after few reports claimed that Rekha was secretly married to Sanjay Dutt.
As per reports, she applies vermillion on her forehead as she is married to Sanjay Dutt. It also claims that these details were mentioned in a book named, ‘Rekha- The Untold Story’, written by Yasser Usman.
These claims made Yasser Usman come forward and deny such claims that are making rounds on the internet. He said, ‘this is wrong and nothing of this sort is mentioned in his book.’
Elaborating the story, Usman spoke about the part that was mentioned in the book and that is, rumours of their affair surfaced in 1984, when they, Rekha and Sanjay Dutt, were working in a film together, probably Zameen Aasmaan. In fact, rumours of that time also claimed that they got married, which later made Sanjay Dutt come out and deny the allegations.
About Rekha: The Untold Story : The book, Rekha: The Untold Story tells about Rekha and her childhood and what made her enter Bollywood. It also talks about her relationship with the reigning superstar of the time, her many other love affairs, the shocking suicide of her husband and her curious relationship with her androgynous secretary Farzana.
Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra released book titled Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories which takes a different look at stats.
The defensive opening batsman narrated about the cricket records and player performances more lucidly that reflects player’s impact in the game of cricket. It is based on the Impact Index analytics by Jaideep Verma, Soham Sarkhel and Nikhil Narain.
The book is more about Impact Index measures performance based on the match in series context and not just plain statistics.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh's biography, 'The People's Maharaja', was released
The authorised biography of the erstwhile scion of Patiala royalty, authored by Chandigarh-based writer Khushwant Singh, sheds a new light on the sequence of events that led to the 1984 army action at Golden temple in Amritsar.
An actor turned politician Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politicianis being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘ .
The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
The book will be published on her birthday on October 16 by the publisher HarperCollins India
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 8 February 2017 released the book titled - Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand.
The book was written by K Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
The book is considered as an authoritative narrative as the author K Vijay Kumar spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) that planned and executed the Veerappan’s encounter in 2004.
Highlights of Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand : The book is a lucid and incisive account of the rise and fall of India’s most dreaded forest brigand.
The book narrates various incidents that shaped Veerappan’s life - whether it is his birth in Gopinatham in 1952 or his death in 2004 in a shootout in Padi.
It traces his dramatic rise from a small-time poacher and sandalwood smuggler to a brutal fugitive who held three states to ransom for two decades.
The book describes ruthless killings and high-profile kidnappings masterminded by Veerappan in a fascinating detail.
K Vijay Kumar : He is a former 1975 batch IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre.
He headed the prestigious Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNA) in Hyderabad in 2008.He also served as the Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Author Salman Rushdie’s new novel titled 'The Golden House' is slated to release in September 2017. The announcement was made by Penguin Random House on 7 February 2017.
The book will be published in India by Penguin Random House, which acquired the subcontinent rights from the Wylie Agency.
Rushdie’s forthcoming novel is a modern-day thriller, which tells a story of a mysteriously wealthy family from Bombay that is desperately seeking to forget the tragedy they left behind as they settled in New York City.
Salman Rushdie : Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist.
He was born in Bombay (British India) into a Muslim family of Kashmiri descent. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. It was also deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions.
His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was the subject of a major controversy. It provoked protests from Muslims in several countries.
In 1983, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the United Kingdom’s senior literary organisation.
In 2008, The Times ranked him 13th on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography, Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored was in news in the second week of January 2016. The book is authored by Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer.
Released on 20 January 2017, the book came in news because it reveals certain facts about Rishi Kapoor’s life, like meeting with Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most-wanted men, on two occasions in Dubai.
For the first time, they met in 1998 when Rishi Kapoor was invited to Dawood’s house in Dubai for tea. Defending his meet with the gangster, the actor says that he met him before 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts took place. At that time, Dawood was not an enemy of the state.
They, Rishi and Dawood, once again met in 1989, when he was shopping with his wife Neetu Singh in Dubai.
Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored : The book, Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored covers the story of Rishi Kapoor, who is a son of a famous father and father of a famous son. The book says that the actor is a hyphen between his father and son.
It narrates how he grew in the shadow of a legendary father and how he skipped school to act in Mera Naam Joker.
It also speaks about his encounter with his heroines, his approach to his craft, Dawood Ibrahim, and his tryst with clinical depression among others.
Memoir Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored is published by Harper Collins.
Akhada is the authorized biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler and a coach.
The book is written by sports journalist Sourabh Duggal and was released on 21 December 2016 at the Chandigarh Press Club.
This book tells the story of a man of tremendous fortitude, of a father who fought against all odds to give his daughters Olympians Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari
A book on the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was released on January 4, 2017 in New Delhi by the Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari in the presence of the UnionMinister for Finance and Corporate, Arun Jaitley.
The book titled, ‘The People’s President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’ has been written by Shri S.M. Khan who served as the Press Secretary to President Kalam.
Through this book, the author has made an attempt to make people aware about the lesser known facts and stories responsible to make Dr. Kalam as the People’s President.
The book also mentions the various National and International tours made by the great President during his tenure, with the first one being to Gujarat in 2002 where he was received by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi.
A new research reveals that ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet’, a popular play written by William Shakespeare was dated wrongly.
The research claims that the final version of the play actually came 2 years later than the assumed date, as a result of which scholars overlooked the message that was hidden in it for centuries.
According to the popular belief, Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in early 1601, at a time when Queen Elizabeth I still sat on the throne. However, the researchers now claim that Shakespeare did not release the final version for another two years and that he may have used it to flatter the newly crowned King James I in 1603.
The researchers claim that Shakespeare would have started working on the play right after the coronation of James I, following Queen Elizabeth’s death. In fact, to support their theory researchers point out that the play’s ending which saw dead Norwegian King’s son Prince Fortinbras take over the throne after the death of the entire royal family was intended as a direct parallel to the coronation of James I, who also assumed power after Elizabeth’s death.
According to Gary Taylor, a research professor at Florida State University in the United States of America, the transition from the old regime to new regime brought on by Prince Fortinbras of a neighbouring country in the play seems to be an intentional reference to James VI of Scotland taking over as King James I of England.
Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor's autobiography titled "Khullam Khulla" will hit the stands on January 15 next year.
The book's title has been borrowed from the 64-year-old actor's famous song "Khullam Khulla Pyar Karenge Hum Dono".
The 64-year-old tweeted: “My autobiography – Rishi Kapoor-uncensored ‘Khullam Khulla’ releases 15th January.
Courts of India-Past to Present: Supreme Court Editorial Committee The book titled Courts of India- Past to Present was in news on 12 December 2016. The purpose of the coffee table book is to introduce the complexities of the Indian Judiciary to common public in a simple and non-technical manner.
Highlights of the book : The primary focus of the book is on the evolution of higher judiciary in India in the colonial period.
The book remarks that the establishment of High Courts in Bengal, Madras and Bombay provinces in the 19th century is the real beginning of functional higher judiciary in India.
It covers important events like the establishment of Federal Court under the Government of India Act, 1935 and the historic trial of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.
It also covered important judgements of the Supreme Court like Kesavananda Bharati Case (1973), Indira Sawhney Case (1992), SR Bommai Case (1994), etc.
To maintain the simplicity, several photographs are included in the book that better illustrates the narrative in the book.
Apart from the formal and established judiciary, the book also touches upon other periphery elements like chicken liver test practised in northeast India.
Under this practice, a chicken liver is handed over to a chosen person by the priest. The chosen person interprets the liver to find out the guilty. It was compiled by the Supreme Court Editorial Committee headed by Justice SA Bobde.
It was published by the Publication Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The foreword for the 512-page book was written by the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur.
Amazon, which started as an online book retailer, has announced Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as the best-selling book of 2016.
The playscript by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, was also named this year's 'Most Wished For' and 'Most Gifted' book.
Three Harry Potter-related books have been included in 2016's 'Kids and Teens' bestsellers list.
The Indian Army has launched a mobile application 'Veterans Outreach App', The app was launched by Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag.
The app facilitates route guidance on a Google map to any chosen service facility. A link has also been provided to a 'Pension Calculator' on the website of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension) called 'Suvigya' which enables a veteran to check his/her pension entitlement.
The app also facilitates 'Finding Coursemates' from among veterans registered on the Indian Army veterans' portal. The app, prepared under the aegis of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV), has specific features like 'Ask a question' and 'Locator Services' that enable locating of Ex-Servicemen Cells, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Polyclinics, Station Canteens and Sainik Aram Grahs across the country.
Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing it my Way” has won the Crossword Book of the Year Award (Autobiography category)
The book is penned by renowned cricket historian and Tendulkar’s close friend Boria Majumdar
Earlier, it also had entered the Limca Book of World Records for being the best selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.
It also holds the record for logging up Rs. 13.51 crore in retail value terms, with its cover price being Rs. 899.
The book titled Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement was in news in the last week of November 2016 as it was acquired by Penguin India.
The book is Narain’s personal account. The book includes an “environmental manifesto” in which she lays out an outline for the direction India must take, if it is to deal with the exigencies of climate change and environmental degradation.
In the book, Narain goes on to discuss how corporate lobbies and political interests often scuttle effective resolution of environmental issues.
Sunita Narain : Sunita Narain is an Indian environmentalist and political activist. She is also a proponent of the Green concept of sustainable development.
She is Director General of the India-based research institute the Centre for Science and Environment, Director of the Society for Environmental Communications.She is also the Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.
In 2005, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri.In 20009, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Calcutta.
In 2016, she was named in 100 Most Influential People of Time Magazine.In 2016, she received the IAMCR Climate Change Communication Research in Action Award.
The much-popular writer, storyteller Ruskin Bond has returned after a long sabbatical with a brand new collection of stories titled ‘Death under the Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean’.
The book consisting of 8 fresh thriller stories is set in the popular holiday destination, Mussoorie, in the bygone era of 1960-70. Through the stories, the writer narrates a murder mystery featuring an elderly woman- Miss Ripley-Bean and her friends.
It has been published by Penguin India. It is, in fact, a product of numerous thoughts and conversation shared between Ruskin Bond and Udayan Mitra from Penguin India. Like any other Ruskin Bond book, these stories too are replete with humour and unique characters. The suspense is such that it can hook the attention of both children and adults alike.
Ruskin Bond : Indian Author of British descent, Ruskin Bond lives in Landour, Mussoorie with his adopted family.
He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992, Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his immense contribution to the growth of children’s literature in India.
He wrote his first novel, ‘The Room on the Roof’ at the age of 17 in London. The book, which was semi-autobiographical, was based on an Anglo-Indian boy called Rusty. He was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the same in 1957.
He has published several pieces of work since then including non-fiction stories, supernatural fiction, short stories, autobiographies, poems, essays and children’s books.
Some of his best works include ‘The Blue Umbrella’, ‘The Eyes are not Here’, ‘A Face in the Dark and other Hauntings’, ‘Funny Side up, ‘A Flight of Pigeons’ and ‘The Lamp is Lit’. Bond’s much-awaited Memoirs will debut next year. It is expected to reveal a lot about the author’s life in Mussoorie.
Senior journalist Akshaya Mukul won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2016 for his book Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India.
The judges, authors Samanth Subramanian, Mahesh Rao and Janice Pariat, chose Mukul’s book for its “eye-opening and captivating exploration into a parallel literary culture that can often feel at a great remove from English-speaking metropolitan India”.
Mukul had also won the best non-fiction book prize for Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India at the Ramnath Goenka awards. However, he boycotted the event.
The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize was set up in 2008 to encourage authors from the sub-continent.
The book talks about Jaydayal Goyandka and Hanuman Prasad Poddar, two Marwari businessmen-turned-spiritualists, who set up the Gita Press and Kalyan magazine.
The book goes on to explain how Gita Press created an empire that spoke in a militant Hindu nationalist voice; and how ideas articulated by Gita Press played a critical role in the formation of a Hindu political consciousness.