Category Archives: Writers

Why Literary Agents Stop Reading a Manuscript

Got this in the mail. Livia Blackburne summarized the following points on why literary agents stop reading a manuscript at the Boston Book Fest. The method used was unique: an actress picked manuscripts at random (from the slush pile I … Continue reading

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Here’s the Video "The World According to Monsanto" Directed by Marie-Monique Robin

Since the minister of state for environment has temporarily withheld the go ahead for the Bt Brinjal (after we all contributed brinjals for the world’s biggest Baingan Bharta), here’s a video that will damn the whole genetically modified crop lobby. … Continue reading

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An Award, a Personal Disappointment

Imagine this: Do you invite a guest, who accepts with great difficulty, who leaves important work, commutes an hour and a half, arrives at the function, and then make him walk through a black entrance – because his invite is … Continue reading

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The Gyan of an Indian Best-seller

Aaah, missed the Kala Ghoda lecture by Chetan Bhagat. No worries! Apropos this post about Anita Roy’s observation that the Indian mid-list writers are making it good (after all, more than 10,000 copies sold is a good figure in India, … Continue reading

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Author Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Kurt Vonnegut author of such books as “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Cat’s Cradle,” has died. He was 84. Read more inin this CNN article Excerpt follows: “”He was a man who combined a wicked sense of humor and sort of steady moral … Continue reading

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Why Is Indian Publishing Like This Only?

How could one write about a panel discussion called to discuss “Generation Next” where the discussion veered toward everything but generation next? Actually though it said “Generation Next” it was subtitled rather ambitiously as, “How regional language publishing is being … Continue reading

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Are writers that cheap, and Dan’s Dastangoi

How cheap can writers get? Or, rather, be? Read the following from the back of beyonds where writers are considered cheap. Some days back a man from Coimbatore would phone me persistently to do articles and he would pay something … Continue reading

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