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Suffragette royale

Left to right: Princesses Bamba, Catherine and Sophia Duleep Singh at their debut at Buckingham Palace, 1894.

Over a hundred years have passed since Sophia Duleep Singh marched with Emmeline Pankhurst and hundreds of other suffragettes to the British Parliament on a day that became infamous as “Black Friday”.

Suffragette royale

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
Rs 599

Over a hundred years have passed since Sophia Duleep Singh marched with Emmeline Pankhurst and hundreds of other suffragettes to the British Parliament on a day that became infamous as “Black Friday”. The suffragettes that day were beaten and attacked by the British police and mobs.

The makings of five kings

Last year saw some upturn in Saarc’s fortunes as a summit convened in Kathmandu after a three-year lapse and in the run up to it a number of long-awaited ministerial meetings too materialised.

‘The world needs average people to tell stories’


After studying engineering to please her mother, Juliet Philip left India to study Masters in Information Systems in the US because she “did not have a mind of her own back then”.

A musical journey

On the Wings of Music by Shantanu Moitra & Aruna Chakravarti  Harper Collins pp.135, Rs 325

Till now, only his music CDs hit market stands, but now claiming shelf space is music director-turned-writer Shantanu Moitra’s book about his life’s journey

A tasting table of life African

The best compliment you can pay a book is that you don’t want it to finish. And that is how this collection of short stories and excerpts from novels, most still works in progress, leaves you at the end — longing for more. In some ways you could criticise the anthology as a series of endless appetisers where you never reach the main course.

Baffling but beautiful

When I go book shopping, I do not usually seek short stories. I’ve read some that are magical, with the pith and epiphany of good poetry. But I dislike the momentariness of short tales. I prefer the length of a novel: the ability a long story gives you to settle into the world of its creation, find your place in it and lose the real world for those precious hours.

Going the warrior’s way

(Photo: Aadesh Pokhare)

Actor Olivier Sanjay lafont makes his literary debut with an adventure fiction fantasy novel set in modern india, with a 400-year-old demigod as the protagonist

A runaway street story


Author of Runaway Children, S. Hariharan drew inspiration from his life for the book that chronicles the lives of children who live on the streets

  • Including Americans pointless, says Peter Carey

    Australian author Peter Carey, who has twice won the Booker Prize for Fiction, slammed the decision to open the Commonwealth award to US writers, as judges prepared to announce the 2014 winner on Tuesday.

    Two US authors are among the six nominees for 2014 Man Booker, one of the highest-profile prizes in English-language literature, with the winner to be announced in a glitzy ceremony at London’s Guildhall late on Tuesday night.

    “There was and there is a real Commonwealth culture. It’s different. America doesn’t really feel to be a part of that,” Carey, 71, told the Guardian newspaper.

    The annual Man Booker Prize was until now awarded for the best original full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe. But, in 2014, the judges widened the field to any author writing originally in English, so long as their novel is published in Britain within the 12-month entry period. Opening the prize, called the Man Booker since 2002, to US novelists was a bid to establish the prize as the English-speaking world’s foremost literary award.

    “I find it unimaginable that the Pulitzer or the National Book Award people in the United States would ever open their prizes to Brits and Australians. They wouldn’t,” said Carey, one of only three novelists to have scooped the prize twice.

    The winner of the prize receives £50,000, but the award which began in 1969 guarantees a huge upsurge in book sales and a worldwide readership.

    Bookmakers have put Britain’s Indian-born Neel Mukherjee as the 5/2 favourite for The Lives of Others, ahead of Richard Flanagan of Australia with The Narrow Road to the Deep North on 3/1 and then Britain’s Ali Smith at 4/1 for How to be Both.

    Britain’s 2010 winner Howard Jacobson is fourth-favourite at 9/2 with J, ahead of US contenders Karen Joy Fowler on 11/2 with We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Joshua Ferris at 8/1 for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

    “Oddly this year, the American writers are the two outsiders,” Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmakers William Hill, told AFP. “Neel Mukherjee has become the clear favourite,” he said.

There are several ways of looking at the debates around freedom of speech.

This is truly epic. Though, perhaps, hysterical is a more apt description.