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BOOKS AND AUTHORS - January 2020

Jan 2020

Aug 13, 2021

A Book "The Earthspinner" by Anuradha Roy

  • Award-winning novelist Anuradha Roy's next book, a story about the changed ways of loving and living in the modern world, will release in September.
  • In the book, titled "The Earthspinner", Roy delves into the "life and mind of Elango the potter, who must navigate complicated and impossible love, the dedication of a beloved pet, his own passion for creativity and a world turned upside down by the petty violence that characterises the present day".
  • "This novel is about themes close to my heart: creativity, the freedom to live and love — which in our country are constrained by community, religion, state harassment.

Aug 12, 2021

Book 'Spy Stories: Inside the Secret World of the RAW and the ISI'

  • These are some of the claims in Spy Stories: Inside the Secret World of the RAW and the ISI, journalist couple Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark's latest book, published by Juggernaut, on the alleged secret dealings of Indian and Pakistani intelligence agencies.
  • While the authors have pieced together the anecdotes in the book from talking to several high-profile serving and retired spies, their main sources are two lesser-known, mid-level ex-officers, one in the ISI and the other R&AW.
  • On Jadhav — who was arrested in Balochistan in 2016 on charges of being an Indian spy and who has been languishing in a Pakistan jail since then — the authors write that ISI used the network of Uzair Baloch, a Karachi-based "landlord, trader, thug, local hero, robber, and philanthropist" with "deep connections into Iranian Baluchistan", to spy in the Iranian port city of Chabahar.
  • The authors quote an unnamed colonel in the external intelligence wing of ISI as saying, "The ISI waited patiently, hoping to grow Jadhav into something special and then when he was big enough, as a target, ISI would pull him in".

Aug 11, 2021

Book "How the Earth Got Its Beauty" by Sudha Murty

  • A book titled "How the Earth Got Its Beauty" authored by Sudha Murty. The book was published by Penguin Random House imprint Puffin, has illustrations by Priyanka Pachpande. Sudha Murty is a prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces, and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages.
  • Sudha Murty was the recipient of the R. K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.

Aug 10, 2021

Book Titled "The Year That Wasn't - The Diary of a 14-Year-Old" Released

  • Veteran actor Shabana Azmi has launched the book titled "The Year That Wasn't – The Diary of a 14-Year-Old", which is penned by Kolkata girl Brisha Jain. The book was written by a 14-year-old girl, which chronicles the lockdown days seen through her eyes as the Covid-19 pandemic spreading last year.
  • The book handholds readers through a journey – the hopeful beginning of a new decade, the confusion triggered by a pandemic, lockdown travails, coping with the whole new world of online schooling, a new digital divide, the vaccine race, the waning of the pandemic's severity and it's a resurgence.

Aug 09, 2021

First-ever Book on History of ITBP

  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) has brought out the first-ever book detailing its history and role. It was released by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at the ITBP Academy in Mussoorie.
  • Tittled 'History of ITBP', the book has been published to make a reference volume of factual history and knowledge available to officers and jawans, which will also be useful for administrative and training purposes for in depth details about the force.
  • There was no such book on the ITBP available till this publication. It contains historical achievements of the force since its inception and reflects different facts and facets about developments in the force over the years. Approximately 1,000 exclusive historical photographs have been included in the book.
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