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Chaayos And HarperCollins Publishers India

A Chai-Sipping, Page-Turning Alliance

New Delhi, 24 April 2018: On World Book Day, Chaayos, India’s largest and most loved chai-café chain partnered with HarperCollins Publishers India to create a paradise for book and chai lovers in the country. Both companies kickstartedinitiatives and activities to reward and encourage chai-sipping-page-turning bookworms.

HarperCollins is one of the world’s leading publishers with an extensive list of titles from across the world. Their Indian authors include Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nikita Singh, Raghuram Rajan, Anuja Chauhan, Aravind Adiga, while their international list includes Agatha Christie, Paulo Coelho, Cecilia Ahern, George R.R. Martin, Satya Nadella and Mark Manson to name just a few. The association commenced on World Book Day with a trivia-based..
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Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece got revamped

In the 1960s Satyajit Ray wrote a screenplay for what would have been the first-of-its-kind sci-fi film to be made in India. It was called The Alien..

It was based on his own short story “Bonkubabur Bandhu”, about an alien landing in Bengal and befriending a boy. On being prompted by Arthur C. Clarke, who found the screenplay promising, Ray sent the script to Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, who agreed to back it, and Peter Sellers was approached. Then started the “Ordeals of the Alien” as Ray calls it, as even after a series of trips to the US, UK and France, the film was never made, and more shockingly, some fifteen years later, Ray watched Steven Spielberg’s film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and later E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and realized these bore uncanny resemblances to his script The Alien, including the way the ET was designed!

Satyajit Ray was a master of science fiction writing. Through his Professor Shonku stories and other fiction and non-fiction pieces, he explored the genre from various angles. A slice of hitherto undocumented cinema history, Travails with the Alien includes Ray’s detailed essay..
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Justin Trudeau at youth meet

Despite controversies involving the Paradise Papers, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada along with his wife Sophie Gregoire, a gender equality activist and speaker, was on a weeklong visit to India which ended on 24 February with a speech at Indira Gandhi National Stadium, Delhi. Trudeau's' YCC (Young Changemakers Conclave) keynote was directly meant for the young students of the nation..

Prior to the Prime Minister's speech, a number of discussions on the same platform ranged from recognising the third gender and their rights on a national front to working towards a greener, cleaner and sustainable environment and a dialogue on the future of the economy. These conversations also featured the likes of Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the famous transgender rights activist,
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35th IPA meet supported quality information

The 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries in London on 9th March saw agreement on a number of these priorities. Participants came from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical..
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Wiley's big dreams for India

Recently, John Wiley & Sons celebrated its 210th year completion worldwide. Peter Booth Wiley, the Chairman Emeritus, was in India and was felicitated by the Federation of Indian Publishers for his lifetime contribution to publishing during the 32nd International Publishers Congress in New Delhi. He represents the sixth generation of the Wiley family to play a leadership role in the company.

He shared Wiley's long-term investment goals in India with Financial Express's Vikram Chaudhary. It aims to build skills that provide worldclass job readiness in the country itself. 'We are betting big on India and want to make it..
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Stephen Hawking, you are a star

The brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76 in the early hours of March 14 morning.

The British scientist, born on 8 January 1942, was famed for his work with black holes and relativity and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.

At the age of 22, Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. But Hawking did not believe the doctors. He had other ideas. About himself and the world. 'He once said: It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love. In its tribute, The Gardian newspaper said, 'We will miss him for ever.' Read More


US publisher acquires rights to Murugan titles

Tamil writer Perumal Murugan's novels–One Part Woman and Poonachi, The Story of a Black Goat–soon will have a worldwide readership as US-based publisher Grove/Atlantic has acquired the rights for publishing them. The agreement was signed between Kannan Sundaram, publisher of Kalachuvadu Publications Pvt Ltd and Grove/Atlantic..

Interestingly, a few years ago the writer had to shift base from Namakkal to Chennai following strong threats issued by certain caste groups objecting to his Madhorubhagan (the original Tamil version of One Part Woman). The US deal was negotiated by Priya Doraswamy at Lotus Lane Literary on..
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Dump sellers seek dedicated space, legality

Complete series of Sherlock Holmes at 25% of the MRP, Brand new copies of Penguin Classics at Rs 150 per kilogramme! Best selling novels at Rs 99, beautifully illustrated Coffeetable books at Rs 500 each will lure every book lover to these four, neatly decked up bookstores on Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Marg, Daryaganj. Popularly known as the secondhand booksellers and dump booksellers, these stores have their own stories to tell and woes to share.

While being heavily criticised by the mainstream publishers for polluting and disrupting the usual flow of the book fairs at Pragati Maidan, these bookstores consider themselves as equal and a part of the publishing sector and as good as any one else in the book publishing industry.
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Indian newspapers score big @

Six Indian publications—India Today, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama and HT Media—scored big at WanIfra's Asian Media Awards. The 17th edition of the Asian Media Awards attracted 435 entries from countries all over Asia and the Middle East. The Awards will be..
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A new book on the Taj Mahal

Om Books International celebrated the launch of Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives on 13th March 2018 at Raj Bhavan, Lucknow. The stunning tome was launched by Chief Guest, Ram Naik, Governor Uttar Pradesh. Present on the occasion were Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, Rani Pakshalika Singh, Prof Ali Khan..
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DLF lit up the Delhi Haat, INA

'The sixth edition of the Delhi Literature Festival's turned out to be a fantastic affair', said one of its organisers, Kunal Gupta. The festival at Delhi Haat venue, INA included three days of panel discussions, book launches, poetry recitation, book reading and interaction with eminent authors, writers and bloggers.

This year the main topic of discussion was Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb. The two mighty rivers flow over an area in which (like the Nile Valley) a unique way of life and manners has spawned over the centuries. Delhi, Mathura and Agra are still the most influenced area of the Braj culture of the region..
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Celebrating women and writing

After an overwhelming response in various cities of the country last year, SheThePeople.Tv came back to Delhi this year with its second edition of Women Writers Fest. The likes of Namita Bhandare, Devapriya Roy, Kota Neelima, Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Mariellen Ward and Gurmehar Kaur among other celebrated women writers joined the stage to discuss and laud 'Women'.
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HarperCollins India's book over coffee initiative

Starting this March, some of HarperCollins' exciting new books will be available at places that serve a great cuppa.

These books will be available at cafes frequented by book lovers in Delhi and Bangalore, including Music and Mountains, Atta Galattta, Dialogues, The Bookafe, Side Wok and Cafe Wanderlust. You will soon be hearing about our books on their social platforms as well...
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