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November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

The Whispering Room | Dean Koontz It’s either fight, or die… The second gripping thriller in an exciting new series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk, from the master of suspense and New York Times No.1 bestselling author. ‘Do what you were born to do’ These are the words that ring in the mind of a…… Continue reading November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

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#PublisherSpeak: Tina Narang on HarperCollins India’s children’s books division

Recent studies have shown that a clear majority of kids prefer humour over much else, and like books that have characters they can identify with. Basically, books that are more entertainment than infotainment (which is the key factor for parents determining what their child should read). And that is precisely what we hope will be the keyword for the list: engaging content for children that helps establish a long-term bond.

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‘How does anyone know what your caste is?’ An excerpt from ‘Ants Among Elephants’

In your own town or village, everyone already knows your caste; there is no escaping it. But how do people know your caste when you go elsewhere, to a place where no one knows you? There they will ask you, “What caste are you?” You cannot avoid this question. And you cannot refuse to answer. By tradition, everyone has the right to know. If you are educated like me, if you don’t seem like a typical untouchable, then you have a choice. You can tell the truth and be ostracized, ridiculed, harassed—even driven to suicide, as happens regularly in universities.

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Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

My Adventures with Satyajit Ray For those who know their Indian cinema, Shatranj Ke Khilari is film-maker Satyajit Ray’s only feature film in Hindi/Urdu and also his most expensive film, employing lavish stage design and stars of both Mumbai and Western cinema. Jindal, Ray’s young and artistically committed producer of the movie, looks back on…… Continue reading Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

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Why We’re Excited About Gulzar’s Debut Novel, ‘Two’

As is true of all literary genres, the success of the novella depends not on the nature of its structure alone, but far more importantly, on the literary dexterity of the person who writes it. When Gulzar embraces the format, the novella has met a truly consummate partner. As proof, one has only to read Two.

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13 Editors Tell You What Makes Them Say ‘Yes’ to a Manuscript

    We asked our in-house editors – the yay- or nay-sayers, the people who decide whether or not to publish manuscript, the folks whom you’ll work with as they delete a word here or add a sentence there to make your book the best possible version of itself – what makes them say yes to a…… Continue reading 13 Editors Tell You What Makes Them Say ‘Yes’ to a Manuscript

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Excerpt: Everyone has a ‘Bombay’ story…

Mine started a day in December 2004, when I sat in a Premier Padmini cab, three bulging suitcases tied with a blue rope to its roof. We had left behind a troubled history in the unyielding city that was Delhi, sold off our nine-month-old flat, our second-hand Maruti 800 DX and all the furniture bought…… Continue reading Excerpt: Everyone has a ‘Bombay’ story…