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Welcome to Suprose.

Why Su-prose? "Su" in Sanskrit is a prefix for "good". This is a place where we will discuss and analyze prose (with a South Asian Connection) - that which is good, awesome, excellent, and maybe rant about prose that could be better.

Whether you love prose, are a prose expert, or want to learn more about prose, or to put it simply want to have anything to do with prose, this blog is for you.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Authors@Google: Chitra Divakaruni

What sustains us in a time of panic? How do we survive disasters beyond our control? Bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni considers these timely questions in her compelling new novel, ONE AMAZING THING. Drawing on Divakaruni's personal experience of Hurricane Rita and inspired by literary works ranging from The Decameron to Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, ONE AMAZING THING explores what happens when people from different walks of life are trapped together are trapped by a violent earthquake. 

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Award, two PEN Syndicated Fiction awards, and a Distinguished Author Award from the South Asian Literary Association. Her work has appeared in TheBest American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and a Pushcart Prize anthology. With the publication of her new novel, One Amazing Thing, Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, two of which have been made into movies. A frequently sought-after op-ed commentator regarding South Asian-American culture, Divakaruni is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jaipur Book Festival 2010

Vikas Bajaj reports on the Jaipur Book Festival in the New York Times --
"A crowd, some members sitting on the floor, listened attentively last week as the author Amit Chaudhuri described the influence of writers from Ireland and the American South on his work.

Outside the tent where he was speaking, fans and photographers mobbed the Indian poet Gulzar, who shared the Oscar for the song “Jai Ho” in “Slumdog Millionaire,” blocking his exit from a hall. Elsewhere the Pakistani wunderkind Ali Sethi was fending off people who wanted to have pictures taken with him.

That was just the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, a five-day extravaganza that in only five years has become the official annual celebration of a vibrant and resurgent Indian and South Asian literary scene. By the time the festival ends on Monday, organizers estimate that some 30,000 people will have seen more than 200 authors and other speakers.

Indians might be known worldwide for being mad about cricket and Bollywood musicals, but they are also increasingly embracing literature in all its forms. Book sales have been rising as incomes and literacy have steadily climbed in recent years. Even the country’s once insular Hindi film industry, known for its formulaic song-and-dance dramas and thrillers, is taking notice of the boom and adapting popular novels into movies."

See the full article at --