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Aasif Mandvi Memoir - No Land's Man, published 4th November 2014
Aasif Mandvi Memoirs - No Land's Man: A Perilous Journey Through Romance, Islam, and BrunchIf you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. read more read more


Longlist Announced For The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's 'The Mirror of Beauty' is one of 10 books on the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2015 longlistThe longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was announced today by leading Indian writer Keki N. Daruwalla, who is chairing the jury panel for the prize. The longlist comprising 10 books includes a good mix of established writers and debut novelists and spans authors from different backgrounds. The US $50,000 DSC Prize is now in its fifth year and has successfully celebrated and rewarded the best talent writing about the South Asian region and presented it to a global audience. read more read more
In Love With Death by Satish Modi, published 1st May 2014
In Love With Death by Satish ModiDeath is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? How do we live our lives with meaning? Will money lead us to happiness? Satish Modi examines these questions is a moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each of us to accept our own passing. read more read more
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie, published 10th April 2014
A God in Every Stone by Kamila ShamsieJuly 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. A powerful story of friendship, injustice, love and betrayal, A God in Every Stone carries you across the globe. read more read more
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony Holden & Ben Holden, out 10th April
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them by Anthony Holden & Ben HoldenGROWN MEN AREN'T SUPPOSED TO CRY. But in this fascinating anthology, one hundred men - distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights - including authors Mohsin Hamid and Salman Rushdie and artist Anish Kapoor confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them. The majority are public figures not prone to crying. Here they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves. read more read more
India's Ramayana manuscript reunited and digitised for future generations
India's Ramayana manuscript reunited and digitised for future generationsThe Ramayana is one of the ancient epics of India, telling the tale of Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his wife, Sita, following her abduction by the demon king Ravana. A major partnership between the British Library and CSMVS Museum in Mumbai has brought together a vividly illustrated 17th century manuscript of the story, digitally reuniting over 600 folios which have been split between the UK and India for the last 150 years. read more read more
Nurturing the Nation: The Asian Contribution to the NHS since 1948
Nurturing the Nation: The Asian Contribution to the NHS since 1948In 2010 the Department of Health commissioned equality think tank The Runnymede Trust to document the contribution made by people of Asian descent to the NHS since its inception in 1948. The result is the book ‘Nurturing the Nation’ which provides information on the migration journeys and working lives of 40 NHS staff, all of Asian descent, who came to the UK from various parts of the world. read more read more
From Nothing to Everything: An autobiography of Dr Rami Ranger MBE, out 3rd Feb
From Nothing to Everything: An inspiring business autobiography of Dr Rami Ranger MBEFrom Nothing to Everything tells the extraordinary story of Rami Ranger, award-winning business-owner, philanthropist and political reformer. Beginning with a dramatic flight from home during the turmoil of the break-up of India in 1947, Rami's journey takes in the assassination of his father, childhood hardship under the guiding hand of his mother to establishing Sun Mark, a 160-million-a-year operation that has become one of Britain's fastest-growing and most decorated businesses. read more read more
Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower, Out 5th Dec
Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower by McKinsey & Co.Reimagining India brings together leading thinkers from around the world to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the most important and least understood nations on earth. India's abundance of life - vibrant, chaotic, and tumultuous - has long been its foremost asset. The nation's rising economy and burgeoning middle class have earned India a place alongside China as one of the world's two indispensable emerging markets. . But what is India's true potential? read more read more
Indian Journalists' Association lauds Hollywood film producer Ashok Amritraj
Redhotcurry.com Founder Lopa Patel MBE with film producer Ashok AmritrajThe Indian Journalists Association and Mrs Surina Narula MBE lauded Hollywood film producer Ashok Amritraj on 28th October 2013 in London. The event marked the launch of Mr Amritraj's autobiography 'Advantage Hollywood' which reveals the producer's thirty year career making films in Hollywood. Mr Amritraj also received a special recognition award for honouring "Mother India" from Dr Rami Ranger MBE, Founder of the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation. read more read more
Dr Pushpita Awasthi and Dr Vijay Mehta win Vatayan Poetry Awards 2013
Baroness Shreela Flather with Dr Pushpita Awasthi, winner of the Vatayan Award for Poerty 2013The annual Vatayan Poetry on South Bank Awards returned to the House of Lords in November 2013 to the high expectations of poetry and literature aficionados. At a time when most national languages are trying to retain a foothold, the Vatayan Awards aim to provide a platform for poets writing in Hindi and other regional languages of India. read more read more
Communicating India's Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood by Daya Thussu
Communicating India's Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood by Daya ThussuIn recent years, India has emerged as a major economic and political power: on the basis of purchasing-power parity, it was the world's third largest economy in 2013. Yet the country's cultural influence outside India has not been adequately analyzed in academic discourses. This book, a pioneering attempt, from an international communication/media perspective, is aimed to fill the existing gap in scholarship in this area. read more read more
Asian Britain: A Photographic History by Susheila Nasta, Out 7th October 2013
Asian Britain: A Photographic History by Susheila Nasta & Florian StadtlerSouth Asians have lived in Britain for centuries. From the first trade conducted between the two nations along the Silk Route to the adoption of Chicken Tikka Masala as a national dish, the ongoing mutual exchange of cultures continues to flourish today. Asian Britain vividly charts Britain's coming to terms with the historic realities of its culturally diverse past and present. read more read more
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra BahaduR, out 27th Sept 2013
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur In 1903 a Brahmin woman sailed from India to Guyana as a 'coolie', the name the British gave to the million indentured labourers they recruited for sugar plantations worldwide after slavery ended. The woman, who claimed no husband, was pregnant and travelling alone. A century later, her great-granddaughter embarks on a journey into the past, hoping to solve a mystery. Gaiutra Bahadur, an American journalist, pursues traces of her great-grandmother over three continents. read more read more
Lascar by Shahida Rahman
Lascar by Shahida Rahman.Lascar is the epic story of one man's journey to fulfil his destiny. When Ayan discovers his brother has cancer, the need to cover medical expenses propels him to leave poverty-stricken Bengal and emulate their late father by becoming a Lascar - shovelling coal in the bowels of the steamships trading between India and England. The brutal reality of this existence leaves Ayan fearing for his life. Fleeing the ship, he disappears into the bitter-cold streets of Victorian London. read more read more
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera, out 26th September 2013
Marriage Material by Sathnam SangheraTaking inspiration from Arnold Bennett's classic novel The Old Wives' Tale, Marriage Material by Sathnam Sangera tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop - itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in the country: a symbol of independence and integration, but also of darker realities. This is an epic tale spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and the start of the twenty-first. read more read more
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, out 26th September 2013
The Lowland by Jhumpa LahiriEpic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew, The Lowland is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we are. With all the hallmarks of Jhumpa Lahiri's achingly poignant, exquisitely empathetic story-telling, this is her most devastating work of fiction to date. read more read more
The Asian Writer launches two new writing competitions.
Deepa Anappara, winner of The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2012The Asian Writer has launched two new writing competitions. The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2013 and The Asian Writer First Novel Competition 2014 which are now both open for entries. The contests aim to encourage British Asian writers to put pen to paper and showcase the very best new writing. 20 short stories will be published in a collection by Dahlia Publishing. read more read more
The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite, out 29th Aug
The Billionaire's Apprentice by Anita RaghavanAuthor Anita Raghavan criss-crosses the globe from Wall Street boardrooms to the classrooms of Delhi's Indian Institute of Technology as she uncovers the secrets of the Indian-American power class - an incredible tale of triumph, temptation and tragedy in 'The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund.' read more read more
An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Dreze & Amartya Sen
An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Dreze & Amartya SenFrom two of India's leading economists, Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen, An Uncertain Glory is a considered argument for the need for a greater understanding of inequalities in India, despite economic development. This book presents a powerful analysis not only of India's deprivations and inequalities, but also of the restraints on addressing them - and of the possibility of change. read more read more
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid.
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid.How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid's keenly-awaited follow-up to his bestselling The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Hamid confirms his place as an inventive story-teller with his finger on the world's pulse. The tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over 'rising Asia'. read more read more
Jeet Thayil's 'Narcopolis' wins the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil Jeet Thayil became the first Indian author to win the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 on 25th January 2013. The US $50,000 DSC Prize along with a trophy was given away by celebrated actor Sharmila Tagore at a ceremony held during the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival. Jeet Thayil won this prestigious prize for his debut novel 'Narcopolis', a prime example of the fresh voices that the region is beginning to inspire. read more read more
Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Out 15th Jan 2013
Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey & Rajendra SisodiaIn this book, Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism.Featuring some of today's best-known companies, they illustrate how these two forces can - and do - work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders. read more read more
New Literary Prize for Black & Asian Women
Journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-BrownSI Leeds Literary Prize is a new prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women resident in the UK aged 18 years and over, supported by patrons including author Bidisha and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The prize has been created and is being run by Soroptimist International of Leeds, in partnership with two highly regarded literary organisations, the Ilkley Literature Festival and independent publishers Peepal Tree Press. read more read more
An Indian Portia: Selected Writings of Cornelia Sorabji (1866 - 1954)
An Indian Portia: Selected Writings of Cornelia Sorabji (1866 - 1954) by Kusoom VadgamaCornelia Sorabji was a social reformer, an author and the first woman to practise law in India and Britain. By the time poor sight ended her work in India she had helped many hundreds of wives, widows and orphans. Her writings provide a priceless and fascinating documentation of one of India's most outstanding women in the nineteenth and twentieth century India and Britain. read more read more
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EDITOR'S HOT PICKS: BOOKS THAT WOULD MAKE GREAT FILMS
The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav GhoshI was recently asked to list books, by South Asian Authors, which I thought would make great films. In typical fashion, this request has now become the subject of the latest article on 'Editor's Hot Picks'. I present you this list of 'Books that would make Great Films' as my personal favourites only. I have not chosen every great book that I have enjoyed, merely the ones that I believe can translate in cinematic success. read more read more
REDHOTCURRY.COM GUIDE TO THE BEST JEWELLERY BOOKS
Redhotcurry.com Guide to the best Jewellery Books.Overview of the some of the hottest books on diamonds, gems, precious stones and the jewellery of Asia including 'Jewelry of South East Asia' by Ann Richter, 'Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals' by Manuel Keene, 'Christie's Guide to Jewellery' by Sarah Hue Williams and 'Great Diamonds of India' by Monisha Bhardwaj. read more read more
REDHOTCURRY.COM GUIDE TO THE BEST MEHNDI BOOKS
Redhotcurry.com Guide to the Best Mehndi Books.A comprehensive review of some of the most useful and practical Mehndi books available, ideal for novices and advanced artists alike. This review features: 'The Art of Mehndi' by Sumita Batra, 'Mehndi - The Timeless Art of Henna Painting' by Loretta Roome, 'Mehndi - Body Painting Kit' by Zaynab Mira, 'Henna Body Art' by Mark Smith, 'Mehndi' by Carine Fabius and 'Henna Body Painting' Sabine Kuhne. read more read more
BOLLYWOOD BOOKS
Bollywood, The Indian Cinema Story by Nasreen Munni KabirRead our overview of some of the hottest Bollywood Books, ranging from the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Bollyood - The Indian Cinema Story by Nasreen Munni Kabir, Bollywood Cinema by Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Pocket Essentials by Ashok Banker to Bollywood Boy by Justine Hardy and Balham to Bollywood by Chris England. read more read more
More Book News

Longlist Announced For The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015
Neel Mukherjee's 'The Lives of Others' longlisted for the Booker Prize 2014
'Punjab 2.1: Searching for Punjabiyat' in two lands, 31st May 2014
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival: 6th - 21st May 2014
Indian Journalists' Association lauds Hollywood film producer Ashok Amritraj
Dr Pushpita Awasthi and Dr Vijay Mehta win Vatayan Poetry Awards 2013
Asian Britain: A Photographic History by Susheila Nasta & Florian Stadtler, out 7th Oct 2013
South Asian Literature Festival: 23rd October - 1st November 2013
The Asian Writer launches two new writing competitions (09/13)
An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Dreze & Amartya Sen, out 4 July
Rare Gandhi autograph to be auctioned at the London Antiquarian Book Fair
Brain tumour brings young writer Imran Siddiq to life
Asia House Festival of Asian Literature: 7th - 22nd May 2013
Ritu Sethi launches 'A Woman's Guide to Having it All Now!"
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies gets it's first Writer-in-Residence
Jeet Thayil's 'Narcopolis' wins the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013
General J J Singh's Autobiography Launched, 25th June 2012
New Literary Prize for Black & Asian Women
Asian writers recognised in University of Leicester online gallery
Asian journalist launches 'Geek Nation', an insight into Indian Science
Vatayan Poetry Award 2011 to Javed Akhtar & Prasoon Joshi
Faiz Ahmed Faiz Centenary Celebrations, 12th - 18th June 2011
India's first female barrister Cornelia Sorabji celebrated, 1st June 2011
Sita Brahmachari Scoops Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011
'Woman: Acceptable Exploitation for Profit' by Shreela Flather
India Calling by Anand Giridharadass, Out 4 February 2011
University of Leicester uncovering local literary talent
'India: A Portrait' by Patrick French, UK Release 27 January 2011
H.M Naqvi wins the $50,000 DSC South Asian Literature Prize
Hanif Kureishi wins the PEN Pinter Prize 2010
India takes the 'Global Reads' Poll by Storm
Hanif's 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' wins Commonwealth Best First Book Prize
Jhumpa Lahiri wins Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 (Europe & South Asia)
'The White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga wins the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children is voted 'Best of the Bookers'


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