She also said the book had something for everyone. "There is something for people from 14 to 35 years. My husband is 40 plus so there has to be something for the 40 plus," Kareena, who co-wrote the book with Rochelle Pinto, said.
The book has Kareena's take on styling and has been published by Shobhaa De Books and Penguin India.
"When (writer Shobhaa) De called me for this book, I thought I might write a book when I'm 60. What if something more interesting happens 20 years later? But she said it was going to be a style diary."
"Then I realised: 'Yes, I'm stylish and I should take the compliment. I took the responsibility of how it feels like to be a style diva," she said.
She said one would get to know more about her through this book.
"As you turn the pages, you get to know Kareena more."
These poignant stories finely depict the lives of immigrants, through the themes of family adjustment, loss, and starting afresh in a new place. Set in suburban Toronto, New Jersey, Texas, and India, they draw out the conflicts in three generations of Indians whose lives interconnect even as they straddle the old and the new. What we sense is both the anguish of loss and the thrill of discovery.
Viswanathan's quiet prose imparts powerful emotions that ring true, and her rendering of cultural clash is truly skillful and nuanced. The depiction of her characters’ interior lives is so full and vital that they breathe and walk off the page. The reader is drawn in and completely absorbed into her world of transitions.
"Viswanathan's debut collection--set in locales as diverse as India, Texas, and Canada--comprises twelve masterfully told tales. . .The stories are brimming with compelling and complex characters. . .The strongest story is by far the titular "Lingering Tide," whose tight and sparing narrative illuminates the 45-year marriage of Surya and his late wife Uma." —Publisher's Weekly
"Whether she is writing about North America or India, a middle aged musician or a young boy, Latha Viswanathan's prose is unfailingly vivid, tender and intelligent, full of sensual details and pungent insights. Lingering Tide is a lovely, generous collection.” —Margot Livesey, author of Criminals
“Viswanathan writes so incisively and so intensely and so beautifully about what she refers to as this life, this moment, that readers owe her a debt almost even before they have read a single word. Her stories focus with lazer-like intensity on our shape-shifting culture and, as they do so, define it.” —Alan Cheuse author of The Grandmother's Club
“I have read a number of works by Indian or Indian-American writers and find Latha’s among the best. She has such a sympathetic but unsparing view of the interface between two cultures, and an eye for detail that draws the reader in immediately and is also rather eye-opening. I especially like the women’s voices— the mothers, and the parents, in fact. I especially loved the voice in ‘Cool Wedding.’ And beside being touching, these stories are often so funny.” —Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce
Latha Viswanathan has worked as a journalist, copywriter, editor and teacher in India, London, Manila, Montreal, Toronto and the United States. These stories have appeared in major American literary magazines and won awards. Her work received a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts in Fiction, was published in Best New Stories from the South and broadcast on National Public Radio. She currently lives and writes in Houston.
Toronto-based spoken word artist and author, Sheniz Janmohamed, has been invited to the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival which will take place in Jaipur, India, from January 24th to 28th, 2013. Janmohamed will be participating in a panel and/or a performance at the festival, which will be held at the stunning Diggi Palace over the course of five days. She joins a list of accomplished Canadian authors including Anosh Irani, Shauna Singh Baldwin and Wade Davis and as well as Indian luminaries like Shabana Azmi and Gulzar.
About Sheniz Janmohamed
With over 100 performances under her belt, Sheniz Janmohamed has performed at a variety of events including the TedXYouth Conference in Toronto (2010) and the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver (2012) to name a few. Her book, Bleeding Light , has received international praise and has been taught in numerous Canadian academic institutions including York University and the University of Toronto. Her experience in the art of spoken word spans over eight years and she teaches spoken word in schools across Toronto. Her initiative, Ignite Poets, has traveled as far as Kenya to develop the international spoken word scene and to give a voice to new young talent.
DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific, and the most prestigious celebration of national and international literature to be held in India. It encompasses a range of readings, talks, debates, performances, children’s workshops and interactive activities held in the beautiful heritage property, Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur. Entering its sixth year, JLF is now regarded as the Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing, drawing in writers and readers from across India and the wider world.
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For more information on the Jaipur Literature Festival, please click HERE.
The first installment of a three book series, The ACE Principle offers readers 15 Success Principles to Absorb, Comprehend and Excel in every area of life. The ACE Principle teaches readers to:
Using real life examples such as Usain Bolt, Lady Gaga, Angela Merkel and many more, Murali illustrates how anyone can observe and apply success secrets to lead an extraordinary life.
“This book is loaded with practical ideas to educate, motivate and inspire you to set and achieve bigger goals than ever before!” - Brian Tracy, Professional Speaker, Bestselling Author and Success Expert
“The ACE Principle works. Follow the guidelines Murali has set out and you'll become a success magnet.” - Raymond Aaron, New York Times Bestselling Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul
Murali Murthy is an acclaimed author, motivational speaker and coach. A Creative Director and Advertising Strategist, Murali Murthy has a Masters Degree in Communications and has held positions at various agencies across North America, Europe and Asia. Murali shares his passion with an ever-growing audience by delivering seminars, mentoring professionals, and volunteering his time with various marketing forums and organizations. Murali lives with his wife and two sons in Markham, ON, Canada.
Written by: Wendy Aujla, Special Contributor to MyBindi.com
A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison is a fictional story, however it puts into perspective how human trafficking is a horrifying reality across the world. Addison introduces the reader to two young girls who are tragically orphaned after a tsunami tore through their home. The girls, 17-year old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister, Sita, are kidnapped and taken into the brothels of Mumbai where their lives change.
Eventually the girls are rescued from their nightmare by a D.C.-based attorney, Thomas Clarke, who faces his own marital and career challenges. His wife, Priya, has returned to her family in India after she lost her own infant daughter. Thomas ends up working in Mumbai after he is granted a paid sabbatical leave to work on a pro bono case overseas. It is in Mumbai that he connects with a coalition against sexual exploitation (CASE) and discovers how difficult it is to rescue young girls from the human trafficking business. During this time he also reconnects with Priya.
This is a book that will touch on hope, power dynamics, exploitation, violation of human rights, social injustices, drugs, forced labour and the difficulty of inter-cultural marriages. All of these issues are complex and the reader will develop his or her own perspective on each. Once I started reading, I could not put this book down! I would encourage you to read A Walk Across the Sun as the author has done extensive research to take you on a journey about a sensitive and challenging topic: Human Trafficking. The story is heartbreaking and eye-opening for those who are not familiar with these issues in society.
Corban Addison, a litigation attorney and supporter of human rights/social-justice causes globally, has, in his first novel, situated a call for action and change!
Wendy Aujla is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology (Faculty of Arts) at the University of Alberta. She obtained her Master’s in Sociology at the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University College of Alberta.
Her research interests include gender and social inequality, race and ethnic relations, human rights, immigration and domestic violence. She has conducted a number of different studies in the area of domestic violence, shelter services, immigrant women and the South Asian community. She also has an interest in community-based research (CBR), community service-learning (CSL) pedagogies and research ethics.
Exuberant and irreverent, The Taste of Water is about adventurous men whose morals are suspect and strong women who are the anchors of their homes.- F. Escalona, author of A Proposition
Victor and Shambu, two young boys mesmerized by a performing cyclist in their sleepy village of Uppal, South India, hatch a mischievous plan to prevent his macabre live burial finale - the first of many collaborations in their lifelong struggles with ambition and success, lust and love, power and impotence, and sin and redemption.
Victor achieves success as a telecom analyst in Toronto and New York City during the dot-com boom. His spectacular rise to fortune is matched only by his painful fall into excess and depravity. Shambu becomes a feared man in the underworld, selling cheap government booze. But his success, too, comes at a price.
Along the way we meet Rama Rao, a Brahmin storyteller and exorcist who plays chess with malevolent demons; Meena Rai, whose husband kills her lover then remains locked up in their house for decades until convinced to leave his room to murder again; the Alvares sisters, devout spinster twins who strip naked to scare away ghosts and later engage in nocturnal activities with one; Girija Bhandari, a young mother who cures inflamed eyes with jets of fresh milk from her breasts; and Zuao Manuel De Souza, famous for vanquishing a demon with the power of his rosary.
A different India, a surprising India, and a refreshing India. Utterly original. A rare and authentic slice of life in the villages around Mangalore - one that should be preserved in a time capsule. - Richard Crasta, author of The Revised Kama Sutra
By turns magical and mystical, tragic and triumphant, The Taste of Water tells an unforgettable tale weaving history, folklore, humour, irreverence and adventure on two continents in a sweeping story spanning three generations set against the backdrop of Indian mythology and Western philosophy.
Franky Dias grew up in a small village near Mangalore, India. At the age of twenty-one, he moved to Mumbai and worked as a bank officer. Later posted to Goa for five years, he wrote and produced a musical, then moved to Dubai where he worked in international banking and wrote a column for the local newspaper. He is fluent in Konkani, Kannada, Tulu, Hindi and English.
In 1990, he and his wife, along with their daughter and son, then three and six years old, moved to Toronto, Canada. Franky Dias spends his time composing music and writing, and lives between Canada, India and the south of France.
Written in spare language and often using metaphors drawn from both Eastern and Western sources, the poems in The Clarity of Distance by Ayesha Chatterjee pare down the complexity of existence in today’s global world into simple moments of truth.
Born and raised in Kolkata, Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and currently lives in Toronto. She graduated from Smith College, Massachussetts, where one of her most vividly remembered courses was a lyric poetry class taught by Joseph Brodsky. Her work gained notice when one of her poems was shortlisted in the Guardian Unlimited Poetry Workshop in October 2004. Her poems have appeared in nth position, BluSlate and Autumn Sky Poetry. The Clarity of Distance is her first collection.
MyBindi.com's Ashna Singh gets to know Chatterjee as she provides insight on The Clarity of Distance.What inspired you to write this book of poetry?
I knew I wanted to have my poems published and I wrote steadily until I had enough decent poems together to form a collection—and I was extremely fortunate that Bayeux Arts liked them enough to publish them.
The most visible influence is the setting of each poem. My poetry is very visual and so you can see how the German poems have a lot of nature in them, the Toronto poems are much more urban and the ones about India are clearly Asian. On the other hand, although my literary influences have all been Western, I express myself best by drawing from everything I know, from wherever I’ve lived. Living in Germany for so long gave me a kind of freedom to write without automatically using every day English terms and phrases. Sometimes I felt as though I had to work a little harder at keeping the language of the poems “pure”, and yet I could be more creative in how I formulated my thoughts.
It’s like life, I think. There’s always a little bit of danger lurking somewhere around the corner.
The poem that took the most courage for me to write is “The Last Generation”. And here also, voice, language, identity and, yes, distance plays a role.
All art forms at their best have the ability to change people in some way. My favourite poems and poets have done that for me all my life; woken me up to new possibilities, cleared away cobwebs…made me think. I’d like more than anything for my poetry to do the same for others. How, is up to them.
I actually have written a novel. It took me six years to write and it’s since been gathering dust in a drawer, which is where it belongs! I found it very hard to write and realized somewhere along the line that the reason it was taking me so long to finish it, was that I was approaching it as if it were poetry. I’m no good with dialogue or plot, I’m afraid. I’m much more comfortable writing poetry; I have better instinct for it.
Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson and Salman Rushdie. I read Dickinson’s poems over and over and never get tired of them. And reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie is a winter ritual for me.
The sponsor of the Jaipur Literature Festival announced a “long list” of the best recent South Asian fiction this week, dominated by Indian and Indian-origin authors.
The 16 writers on the list, released Tuesday, hail from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain, and four are first-time novelists. Topics range from opium addiction to an unlikely relationship between a courtesan and a wrestler.
The award, introduced by the infrastructure company DSC Limited in 2010, is for fictional work in English that is about South Asia, but is not limited to South Asian writers. The cash prize of $50,000 has quickly made it a coveted award, with more than 80 writers entering the contest this year.
The Indian poet K. Satchidanandan, who led this year’s five-member jury, said there was “an unprecedented response” worldwide to the call for submissions.
Mr. Satchidanandan said that even though the authors came from “different linguistic and cultural backgrounds,” they demonstrated a deep understanding of South Asia in their work.
The jury will announce a short list of five or six writers on Nov. 20, and the winner will be announced in January at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
The final list of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize will also be announced at the festival. That winner of that prize will take home 60,000 pounds ($97,000).
When it is not sponsoring literary events and awards, DSC spearheads heavy-duty rail and road projects in India, including building the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. (That’s right — the very highway that Jaipur Literature Festival attendees coming from Delhi will take.)
Here is the long list:
Jeet Thayil: Narcopolis ( Faber and Faber, London)
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