Hindu Mommy

January 4, 2007

Indian Superman and Wondergirl

Filed under: Books,India,Kids — hindumommy @ 6:19 am

After the hit movie Krrissh (India’s first superhero movie in Hindi) , a new type of super heroes and heroines will be invading minds of all Indian kids

These comic books, courtesy of Virgin Comics ($2.99) will be released in U.S this month and in India later this year. Four of the six comic titles are inspired by stories by Indian mythology and Virgin has roped in some big names like Shekhar Kapur  and Deepak Chopra.

Virgin even has plans to turn one of the books “The Sadhu” into a movie starring Nicolas Cage.

The books are aimed at young people ages 16-25, both here and in India. In the U.S., Virgin is aggressively targeting Indian-Americans, by sponsoring Indian-American events and linking up with student clubs at colleges.

I used to love the Indian comic books Amar Chitra Katha when I was a kid and would be willing to buy one of the Virgin comics just to see what it is about….

What do you think? Do you think that with the craze for all things Indian recently Virgin’s foray into the comic business will take off big time or do you think this is going to be one of the few ventures that Virgin looses in?

Let me in the comments section ….Till then, I’ll be waiting to buy the comics when they hit the stores

For more read the Wall Street Article on Holy Heroes of Indian Lore, Batman !

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October 19, 2006

Diwali books for kids

Filed under: Books,Festivals,Hinduism — hindumommy @ 10:21 pm

 Here are some books that we read before Diwali to get our kids into a celebratory and festive mood.

1) “Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story”

2) “Here Comes Diwali: The Festival of Lights” by Meenal Pandya

3) “Celebrate Diwali”

4) “Diwali” by Christina Mia Gardeski

5) “Diwali” by Denise M. Jordan

October 10, 2006

Kiran Desai wins Booker Prize

Filed under: Books,India,Women — hindumommy @ 10:08 pm

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Kiran Desai won the Booker Prize for her novel “The Inheritance of Loss”

 She is the youngest to win the award at just 35 years old after having spent the last 8 years writing her novel.

The “Inheritance of Loss” tells parallel stories set in post colonial India and the United States. In the foothills of the Himalayas, a Cambridge University-educated Indian judge spends his time as a recluse until his orphaned teenage granddaughter comes to stay.

Way to go……Indian authors rock !

Read more at the New York Times

October 4, 2006

India at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2006

Filed under: Books,Entertainment and Books,India — hindumommy @ 8:38 pm

todays_india_poster.gifThe world’s largest book fair – 58th Frankfurt Book Fair opened today with India as the Guest of Honor.

More than 70 authors from India arrived in Frankfurt for a broad cultural showcase that also features concerts, dance recitals, films and live yoga demonstrations.

Even the left-leaning national daily Tageszeitung got into the mood, printing its masthead Wednesday in Hindi

 Several authors whose works are considered milestones of modern Indian literature will be featured including Shashi Tharoor, Kiran Desai, Amit Chaudhuri, Amitav Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi, Kumar Shukla, Javed Akhtar, Paul Zacharia and Dilip Chitre

Indian Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who opened the fair’s Indian pavilion Wednesday, said he believed in the power of literature as a force for tolerance and reconciliation.

“In a world threatened with terror, misunderstanding and mistrust, books can and should do much to bring us nearer to each other by creating a neighborhood of peace, understanding and mutual trust,”

For more info, visit Frankfurt Book Fair and India Guest of Honor

Books have been my companions forever. I would give anything to be in Frankfurt for the next couple of days and just soak in the atmosphere. Since I can’t, I’ll just take my pleasure vicariously by trying to find out as much as I can about the fair via the Internet.

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