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Foreword to the 25th anniversary edition of Amit Chaudhuri’s ‘A Strange and Sublime Address’

‘Sandeep, meanwhile, had come to the conclusion that the grown-ups were mad, each after his or her own fashion. Simple situations were turned into complex dramatic ones; not until then did everybody feel important and happy.’ In Amit Chaudhuri’s A  Strange and Sublime Address, Sandeep is a small boy, an only child who lives in […]

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Growing Out Of The Cocoon

Greetings. I’d never have imagined that my book—and especially one written in my mother tongue—would be launched in the capital city of India. I have mixed feelings on this occasion. I cannot but be unhappy about the circumstances that occasioned this. However, I cannot turn my back in sadness. During the nightmarish time when my […]

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Biography, Global Issues, History, Indian Culture, Indian Literature, Penguin Random House India, Random House India, Spring Fever 2016

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives – Day 2 at Spring Fever 2016 with Sunil Khilnani

March 16, 2016. The slight breeze at the beautiful, open premises of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi was neither too warm nor too chilly – it was pleasant enough to entice folks to Come Out and Read at the annual Penguin Random House Spring Fever. Spring Fever, a festival of – and for – book […]

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The Challenge of Contemporary History – Day of 1 Spring Fever 2016 with Ramachandra Guha

It’s that time of the year when book lovers from all over the country have thronged to the India Habitat Centre in Delhi for the annual Penguin Random House Spring Fever. The fans appear giddy with excitement as they browse through the books from among 5,000 titles published by Penguin and Random House. As in […]

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Indian Literature, Jaipur Literature Festival 2016, Media, Penguin Random House, Penguin Random House India, Random House, Random House India, Sneak Preview, Uncategorized

The Unsuitable Boy – With Karan Johar, Shobhaa De and Poonam Saxena

Finally, that time of the year is here and book lovers couldn’t be more rejoiced! Jaipur Literature Festival is back with its 2016 edition and it’s bigger, better and merrier! We met with an enthusiastic crowd of readers on the very first day of the Fest. And even though it was a weekday, Diggi Palace […]

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Indian Literature, Management, Opinion, Penguin Random House, Penguin Random House India, Quotes, Random House, Random House India, Reading

How to become a better writer

We all have a story to tell, or so they say. The problem is, for most people, getting your story out to the world. While only a fortunate few become bestselling authors earning millions of dollars a year from their writing, it is not impossible to enjoy success as a published writer in many other ways. Your dreams […]

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How publishing spurred on India’s freedom struggle

In the age of repression and terror, gems were few and far between. The lack here was not of nationalist agenda, but of leaders. In an era before films, books and publishing were the only real ways of promulgating any kind of news or propaganda. Here we list some of the most influential efforts in […]

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Art & Culture, Extracts, Fiction, Indian Culture, Indian Literature, Myths and Epics, Penguin Random House, Penguin Random House India, Random House, Random House India, Uncategorized, Women Writers

On the threshold of Kali Yuga, only a saviour can rescue the world. An excerpt from Usha Narayanan’s ‘Pradyumna: Son of Krishna”

That night, Prince Vama had a vision so vivid that he felt he was in heaven, watching a divine drama unfold. Lord Brahma was seated on his swan in Brahmalok, the highest of the seven worlds. Vama watched as the Creator gave life to the brilliant sun, the moon, the earth and the ten prajapatis― […]

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