Publishing News [National]

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In the smartphone era, where children are glued to mobile, laptops and tablets, there are a precious few who still consider books as their best friends. One such precious child is a nine-year old student of Lancers International School - Maya Louise Joshi. A voracious reader, she not only reads the books from cover to cover but also shares their reviews on her blog. She claims to have read more than 300 books last year. Her blog titled ‘Fabulous Books’ is about the remarkable books that she has read. According to her they are fabulous because they provide an important message, such as not to judge people and to be courageous.

And who is her favourite author? “Eva Ibbotson, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton and JK Rowling,” she quips. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Journey to the River Sea, Wonder and Tuesdays at the Castle are some of the books she has reviewed on her blog.

Baqir Shameem, a retired Brigadier from the Indian Army, released his book The Chenab Connection, a fascinating love story that traverse between India and Pakistan. Brigadier Shameem has served in the Indian Army for over three decades and witnessed the growing Indo-Pak conflict from close quarters. Speaking at the book release, Brigadier Shameem said, “After I completed my fourth book, my daughter-in-law Pooja asked me to write a love story. I thought if it had to be love, why not base it on regional folklore? Two folklores that immediately came to my mind are Sohni-Mahiwal and Heer-Ranjha. Coincidently, both these folklores are "from the Chenab region.”

The Chenab Connection is a fictional love story about an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl falling in love and managing to settle down, having a family, under the looming shadow of hatred that has grown stronger over the last seven decades. The book was launched by Brigadier Shameem’s wife, Nilofar. The book release was followed by a conversation with the author and senior journalist, Tina Sharma Tiwari on the topic "Can Chenab connect the hearts and minds of the people like it connects the land?”

Niyogi Books recently launched an illustrated lecture based on their book In The Shadow Of The Devi Kumaon: Of A Land, A People, A Craft by Dr Manju Kak in New Delhi.

The untamed beauty of the Himalayas immediately captures our collective imagination with visions of serenity, natural splendour and mysticism. But these mountains also dictate the lives of those who live by its laws—the resilient hill dwellers, or paharis, whose work and lives are shaped by their surroundings. In the Shadow of the Devi: Kumaon details the legacy of a land, a people and a craft deeply intertwined with its environment. Manju Kak looks at this enigmatic land of Kumaon through the prism of woodcraft, unique in its aesthetic in this part of India, documenting the styles, influences and techniques used by the craftsmen of Uttarakhand, as well as Kumaoni artisans’ worldview and beliefs.

The book is beautifully complemented with photographs by award-winning Kumaoni photographer Anup Sah and Vaibhav Kaul, among others. It is also a visual delight for those who have an interest in the region. It adds to the existing knowledge on Uttarakhand, emblematic of other Indian hill states, though its focus is on Kumaon, the land that lies in the shadow of the majestic mountain Nanda Devi.

Institut français India has launched the very first Romain Rolland Book Prize, an award for the best translation of a French title in India. Translations into all Indian languages (including English) will be considered, for any literary fiction title published between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017.

The eminent jury will be composed of Namita Gokhale, author, founder and co-director of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival; Annie Montaut, prof. Hindi at INALCO (Paris); Michèle Albaret-Maatsch, literary translator; Renuka George, literary translator; and Chinmoy Guha, professor university of Calcutta and literary translator.

For regional languages, consultants will join in to assess the quality of the translation.

The jury will be chaired by the Embassy of France in India. The awardee will be announced at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 / Jaipur BookMark 2018.

A curated trip to Paris Book Fair in March 2018 awaits the publisher and the translator of the winning translation.