Colleen Taylor Sen, author of the bestselling
‘Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India’, was invited to deliver the Keynote Address at Tasting India, a culinary event held at the American Centre in Kolkata on Thursday 13 February.
Amyt Datta and Shantanu Datta will be in conversation with Chandreyee Chatterjee about Calling Elvis at Kolkata Book Fair, 2pm Sat Feb 8, 2020
Fern Road by Angshu Dasgupta at OBS stall Kolkata Book Fair 2020. Fern Road portrays with quiet sensitivity a beautiful young boy’s journey through conflict, confusion, and self-acceptance.
A Personal History makes it to the Kolkata Book Fair!
Feburary 6, 2020
Sukanya Rahman’s extraordinary inter-generational memoir Dancing in the Family at Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán, parque Mejorada, Mérida, Mexico!
SPEAKING TIGER CELEBRATES THE PUBLICATION OF
CALLING ELVIS: CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME OF MUSIC’S GREATEST
BY SHANTANU DATTA
To celebrate the publication of the book Calling Elvis: Conversations with Some of Music’s Greatest: A Personal History by Shantanu Datta, a concert and panel discussion was organized at the GD Birla Sabhaghar in Kolkata last week.
The book, published by Speaking Tiger, provides a rich history of the music scene in India, and South Asia in general, throughout the 1970s till the present day. (more…)
Book Launch – Calling Elvis
Our author Shantanu Datta unveils Calling Elvis: Conversations with Some of Music’s Greatest at a concert in Calcutta featuring the legendary Amyt Datta performing many of the timeless songs covered in the book. Get your copy to read interviews of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) and many others!
Speaking Tiger author Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry at the Hyderabad Literary Festival recently, in discussion about her hard-hitting anthology Black November: Writings on the Sikh Massacres of 1984 and the Aftermath.
PEAKING TIGER TITLE ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND BY SHANTA GOKHALE WINS THE CROSSWORD BOOK AWARD ENGLISH NON-FICTION (JURY)
Speaking Tiger is proud to announce that Shanta Gokhale’s book One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told through the Body won the Crossword Book Award in the English Non-fiction (Jury) category at their 17th edition held at Opera House, Mumbai.
In this unusual, extraordinary autobiography, Shanta Gokhale—writer, translator and one of India’s most illuminating cultural commentators—traces the arc of her life over eight decades through the progress of her body, as it grows, matures and begins to wind down. Starting with her birth in 1939—in philosophic silence, till the doctor’s slap on her bottom made her bawl—she recounts her childhood, youth and middle and old age in chapters built around the many elements and processes of the physical self: tonsils and adenoids, breasts and misaligned teeth; childbirth and fluctuating weight, cancer and bunions. And through these memories emerge others, less visible but just as defining: a carefree childhood growing up in a progressive Marathi household in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park; the pleasures, in adolescence, of badminton, Kathak and hairdressing; the warmth of friends and an almost love in cold England; finding and losing a mate—twice—and bringing up her children as a single parent; the great thrill of her first translation from Marathi into English; nursing her mother, dying of cancer, as she would a baby; surviving cancer herself, and writing her second novel through the recovery.
Told with effortless humour and candour, One Foot on the Ground is the story of a life full of happiness, heartbreak, wonder and acceptance. It will rank among the finest personal histories written in India.
Speaking Tiger is proud to announce that Upamanyu Chatterjee’s book The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: The Collected Stories has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2019 – Fiction category.
For over three decades, Upamanyu Chatterjee has been an utterly distinctive and daring literary voice, with few equals among contemporary writers of fiction. In the twelve long stories that comprise this volume, he investigates, as only he can, the absurd comedy and the grand horrors of the human condition. The book opens with his most recent story, written in 2018, which follows Thomas Roe, the much feted English Ambassador to the court of Jahangir, as he bumbles through a subcontinent far larger than his imagination can accommodate; and it concludes with the title story, written in 1985, in which a young Sikh sequestered in his parents’ home in Mussoorie, and debilitated by jaundice and ennui, listens disinterestedly to news of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.