Publishing News [National]

The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival @The British Library in London was successfully held from May 21-22, 2017. Some of the world’s leading travel writers gathered together in Footloose: The Travel Session to discuss their personal journeys and the experiences behind their writings. Anthony Sattin, Hugh Thomson, Samanth Subramanian with William Dalrymple demonstrated that although the most historic form of literature, travel writing has an unending capacity for reinvention. While, singer and author Vidya Shah shared long lost music recorded by women in India, in the early days of the gramophone.

Constitutional experts all over the world examined the challenges faced by new and changing political realities all over the world, and how to understand and implement established legal systems in a shifting context. In a session exploring Lutyen’s Delhi, Delhi biographer Malvika Singh claimed, citizens should “take ownership” of their city spaces to create a workable city. The author of many books about the city elaborated: ‘The main point is citizens should take ownership of their spaces, protest, walk the talk and not just take what is doled out.’ There were many more interesting sessions, which attracted full audience at the event.

ZEE JLF@The British Library is the first of five cultural strands which form part of the India – UK Year of Culture in 2017, celebrating the deep cultural ties and exchange between the two nations in what is a year of great significance for the world’s largest democracy. The year-long programme also includes India@Edinburgh in August, The Independence Gala@Southbank Centre in October, a season of Dance & Theatre and the UK Premiere of the Bharat Symphony by Dr L. Subramaniam and the London Symphony Orchestra in November.

Latest releases from Parragon Publishing India are two new books by artist Sanjay Bhattacharyya. Titled Mirror to The World and Deep Dark Sigh, both the books were launched at a glorious gathering in New Delhi, organised in presence of a host of eminent guests including actor and MP Jaya Bachchan, art curators & critics like Suneet Chopra and Uma Nair, archeological restorer Aman Nath, and many among others. At the launch event, Vineet Sharma, MD, Parragon Publishing India, addressed the gathering giving a brief note on the company’s success in its 10 years of presence in the country.

“Printed books and materials are what we have been growing up with, and would like to sustain this co-operation further,” said Vineet, adding that Parragon takes pride at exploring a niche arena of the vast Indian art books, especially unearthing works of critically acclaimed painters like Sanjay Bhattacharayya. Born in Kolkata, and currently living in New Delhi, artist Sanjay Bhattacharyya is also a poet and a photographer. He has a style—classic yet unique. And a style that sets him apart.

“I know Sanjay (Bhattacharyya) since a long time. And it’s a privilege to be part of the launch event of his books today. Moreover, I still love physical books in this digital era; the feel of paper is not same as the feel on iPad,” remarked Jaya Bachchan. Mirror to The World is defined as a painter’s journey and the book covers Bengal’s art of the late sixties and seventies, portraying regional folk art, streets of Kolkata, painting of lord Krishna. Look Back in Wonder, A Re-Reading of Rembrandt, The Invisible Door & Dali are some masterpieces featured in this book.

The second book Deep Dark Sigh is a collection of poems, which can be termed as ‘poet’s other side’ and it narrates the author’s life from his college days till date. The poems resonate Sanjay’s inner feeling, frustration, moods on varied themes. Curator Uma Nair said Sanjay’s works speak the spirit of India. Both the books are now available on order from Parragon Publishing India.

In presence of a host of distinguished guests comprising India’s vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari; former union cabinet minister Natwar Singh; MJ Akbar, minister of state for external affairs; railway minister Suresh Prabhu and other political and thought leaders, Pentagon Press has recently released a new book titled Global Terrorism: Challenges and Policy Opinion, edited by Dhruv Katoch and Shakti, which is a compendium of the proceedings of the second edition of the Counter Terrorism Conference, organised by the Government of Rajasthan and India Foundation.

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee; Home minister Rajnath Singh; Ajit Doval, former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer; Dr Abdulla Abdulla, chief executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Malaysian deputy home minister; Md Shariar Alam, external affairs minister, Bangladesh; Ibrahim Rahimpour, Iranian deputy minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs and others, who were keynote speakers at the second Counter Terrorism Conference, are the main contributors to Global Terrorism, giving an insight into the need for co-ordinated action by all countries of the world to fight terrorism and eliminate this scourge for an imperative world peace. The views by the eminent personalities delve into vast range of issues related to terrorism, and bring forth clarity on what can and should be done, in order to fight the biggest threat to the society.

CAPEXIL, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, took a delegation of 15 member exporters to Abu Dhabi Book Fair, UAE from April 26 –May 2, 2017. The delegation of Indian exhibitors was led by Naresh Kumar Chutani and Sunil Kumar of CAPEXIL. The chairman of CAPEXIL Ramesh K. Mittal could not attend the event due to his other commitments. National Book Trust, India and CAPEXIL had set-up stands in this fair, which was spread in an area of 31,692 sq m, attracting 1261 publishers and 272,320 visitors, 612 authors, 507 events and 200 journalists.

Kapil Raj, second secretary, Embassy of India Abu Dhabi, UAE, visited the stands of Indian publishers & printers and interacted with them to understand their success stories as well as their difficulties to export their items.

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