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BOOKS AND AUTHORS - November 2019

Nov 2019

Nov 27, 2019

Book Offers a Peek into RS Functioning

  •  A commemorative volume on the role of Rajya Sabha, released, not only provides insights into the functioning of the Upper House, but showcases sharp comments from members on changes in the functioning of the House over the decades.
  • In the book, released during the 250th session of the House of Elders, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, cites the British Raj to question the ruling National Democratic Alliance government's reluctance to send some bills for deeper parliamentary scrutiny. Trinamool Congress floor leader Derek O'Brien, on the other hand, takes jibes at some parties for changing their policies on a "day-to-day basis".
  • In the book, Azad recalls that, in Colonial India, the "Champaran Agrarian Bill" was introduced in then Bihar-Orissa legislative assembly, several members demanded that it should be referred to a select committee. The Bill had come in the wake of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha and the British rulers requested Gandhi to review it. Later, most of Gandhi's suggestions were accepted and the Bill was enacted in 1918. "If the British government was amenable to the suggestions of the members of the Assembly to send a draft bill to a Select Committee, then why is the government of India unwilling, after more than seven decades of Independence, to subject legislative proposals to detailed scrutiny?"

Nov 24, 2019

Gadkari Releases Booklet At Agro Vision 2019 In Nagpur

  •  Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari today released a booklet titled 'Convergence of National Highway improvement/construction with water conservation and groundwater recharge' at Agro Vision-2019 in Nagpur. The 4-Day agriculture exhibition, Agro Vision-2019 began.

Nov 22, 2019

Late Pak Writer Intizar Husain's 1987 Urdu Novel To Be Translated Into English

  •  Booker-prize shortlisted Pakistani writer Intizar Husain's 1987 Urdu novel, "Tazkirah" has been translated into English as "The Chronicle" by American writer Matt Reeck, publishers Penguin Random House announced.
  • Originally published by Lahore-based Sang-e-Meel publications, the book is set in the "terrifying times" of the rule of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan's former president, and chronicles the story of a family and its illustrious homes.
  • As Ikhlaq, the main character, struggles to build a home in Lahore, the reader is introduced to a darkly comedic and dramatic chain of events.

Nov 17, 2019

Sudha Murty's New Book Launched

  •  Acclaimed author and Infosys Foundation chairman Sudha Murty has launched her much awaited book The Daughter from a Wishing Tree Unusual Tales about Women in Mythology.
  • The book was launched at the Crossword book store in Mantri Mall recently in the presence of Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and her husband John Shaw.
  • In mythology we always talk about Sita and Draupadi.
  • Apart from them, there are many women in mythology who have taken tough and difficult stands, have supported men at times and contributed to the society, Sudhy Murty said during an interaction with the Biocon MD at the launch.

Nov 15, 2019

Westland Launches New Children Imprint ''Red Panda''

  •  Leading Indian publishing house Westland announced the launch of their new children publishing programme under the imprint "Red Panda", on Children''s Day.
  • Under the imprint, Westland will publish a range of books for children across genres including fiction, non-fiction, picture books, activity books and young adult fiction.
  • ''Red Panda'' adds a new and exciting dimension to our publishing in India and, in some ways, completes the circle for us. We hope these books will be read and loved by young readers as well as by their parents and educators.
  • The first release from the imprint will be "Happy Birthday, World!", a picture book for young readers (four years and above) by India''s beloved children''s writer Ruskin Bond in collaboration with artist Maya Ramaswamy.
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