Friday, October 24, 2008

Of Saris, Sarees

A gorgeous pink saree that Elizabeth Hurley was wearing at a Breast Cancer campaign caught my attention. I forget where I first saw the photo but on searching for it a few minutes ago (here, feast), I chanced upon just the kind of saree blog that would interest me. Saree Dreams.
Hear Virginia Woolf speak about writing (via my God, not at all as I had imagined it!). Not at all as I had imagined it either!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Speaking of Faith

Every once in a while I sneak in a rare mention of Eckhart Tolle, more specifically A New Earth, on this blog. For those who might be curious, here is a good primer radio conversation with Eckhart Tolle.

Speaking of Faith - The Power of Eckhart Tolle's Now, Eckhart Tolle in conversation with Krista Tippet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Man Booker 2008, Adiga it is

Yet another Indian debut novelist.

Aravind Adiga wins the Man Booker 2008 for The White Tiger

The thirty-three year old novelist was presented the prize at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London. Adiga becomes the third debut novelist, and the second Indian debut novelist, to win the award in the forty year history of the prize. The two other debut novelists to have won the prize are DBC Pierre in 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little and Arundhati Roy in 1997 for The God of Small Things.

The White Tiger was one of six shortlisted titles for the prize. Also shortlisted for this year's prize were Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture (Faber), Amitav Ghosh for Sea of Poppies (John Murray), Linda Grant for The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago), Philip Hensher for The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate) and Steve Toltz for his debut novel A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton). Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book.

more at the Man Booker website

Also read Adiga's interview at The Brooklyn Rail (via)