Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Amit Varma in race for Asian Literary Prize

Fellow blogger Amit Varma of India Uncut fame is turning novelist. And possibly a prize-winning one at that.

The Man Asian Literary Prize is an annual award for an "Asian novel unpublished in English". And this year their longlist includes Varma's debut novel "My Friend, Sancho".

The largest single group of submissions for the Man Asian Literary Prize was from India -- accounting for around half of the 21 books in the longlist.

These will be whittled down to a shortlist in October this year while the winner will be crowned at a ceremony in Hong Kong the following month.

"My Friend, Sancho" is set in Mumbai. Abir Ganguly, a young journalist on the crime beat, is asked by his editor to write a profile of Mohammad Iqbal, the victim of a police encounter. In the course of writing about another man’s life, his own is transformed. The reason is Iqbal's daughter, Muneeza – or Sancho, as her father used to call her.

Varma is busy finishing his novel-in-progress (which made the longlist on the basis of its first three chapters) and India's most famous blogger may not get enough time to work on the India Uncut blog, which is usually updated several times a day.

In a post on Tuesday, Varma wrote he needs "to submit my entire manuscript by August 1 to remain in contention for the prize, and I’m not quite done with it yet. Thus, for the next few days, I take a break from India Uncut."

Which is bad news for all those addicted to daily updates from India Uncut on Bollywood, media WTFs, 'where our taxes go' and Indian cows.

But here's hoping for some good news on the famous-blogger-turning-prize-winning-novelist front.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Osian's Cinefan Film Festival 2008 Awards

Best Film - Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Best Director - Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys
Best Actor - Ammor Hakkar in The Yellow House
Best Actress - Hiam Abbas and Rona Laipaz-Michael in Lemon Tree
Special Jury Award - Salt of This Sea by Annamarie Jacir

Confessional by Ruel Dahis Antipuesto and Jerrold Viacrucis Tarog

Best Film - Gulabi Talkies by Girish Kasaravalli
Best Director - Remo D'Souza for A Story of the Red Hills
Best Actor - Rajat Kapur for The Prisoner and Govind Namdeo for Kabootar
Best Actress
- Umashree for Gulabi Talkies

Hidden Faces by Handan Ipekci

Bioscope by K.M. Madhusudhanan

Ramchand Pakistani
by Mehreen Jabbar and Salt Of This Sea by Annemarie Jacir

The Band’s Visit
by Eran Kolirin

(Official website)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Death of a Poet - Palash Kumar

Palash died in a car accident this weekend.

Were the following lines, penned by this poet, to prove prophetic?

And thus ended the cycle of pain and love,
He walked away with a baggage of longings --
--- which refuse to fade
She walked away with a look in her eyes,
And a prayer on her face

Listen to his story, his Guftagu, in a silent place - his world, his blog, a place where Palash lives on, in words etched for eternity. Read on

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

June 2008 Blog Mela

Bikerdude listens to an acapella performance

Purple Cow goes to Assam

Zigzackly knows exactly how to quit smoking

India Uncut has a storyline for Savita Bhabhi

Mudra Mehta reveals the difference between girls and guys

Idea-smithy reveals why she hated being a woman

Stupendous Man discovers the source of Ekta Kapoor's inspiration

Jabberwock is waiting for Ekta Kapoor ki Mahabharata

Twisted DNA is a guy who goes to the gynaecologist

Krish Ashok has not written a review of Dasavathaaram

That's all for now. The July 2008 Blog Mela returns early next month. But before leaving, do please vote for the best post in the June 2008 Blog Mela.

The best of June 2008 blog mela
Purple Cow
India Uncut
Mudra Mehta
Stupendous Man
Twisted DNA
Krish Ashok
None were that good free polls

Check out previous Blog Melas
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008

Did you just come across a quirky, interesting or something-that-tugs-at-your-heartstrings blog? If yes, feel free to nominate it for the July Blog Mela being hosted here on August 2

Blog Mela Rules
- Posts must have been written by Indians or have an Indian angle
- Only posts published between 1-31 July, 2008 would be accepted
- If possible, please nominate individual posts, not the whole blog
- Feel free to nominate something you have written. Immodesty appreciated
- You can nominate as many blog posts as you like - provided you really like them
- Only nominations received before midnight on August 1 stand a chance to be featured on the Top 10 list
- No, you don't get any moolah for nominating or getting featured in the Blog Mela. That could change once I am a millionaire but for now you'll just have to bear with me
- Yours truly reserves the right to nominate good posts which you ignore

How to Nominate
- Leave a comment on this post OR better still - Mail me at toeknee (at) gmail (dot) com

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