Current Affairs September 2016 - Books


News 1 - Stuart Blackburn’s Novel ‘Into the Hidden Valley’ wins MM Bennetts Award

Into the Hidden Valley

A book titled ‘Into the Hidden Valley’ penned by Stuart Blackburn based on the story of Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh during British India, won the 2016 MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction in the UK. The award was presented to the author at a ceremony held at HNS Conference in Oxford.

The novel is published by Speaking Tiger. The novel explores a situation where an Arunachal tribe forcibly collides with British Empire and its impact. The novel provides situational dramatization of the colonial encounter with tribes by telling two stories, one of a British official and the other of a tribesman.

News 2 - Chris Gayle launched his autobiography 'Six Machine' in India

Six Machine

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle launched his book in India. The destructive batsman has penned down his life story in an autobiography called − 'Six Machine'. The book is published by Viking - Penguin UK.

The autobiography gives a comprehensive account of the colorful life of the swashbuckling batsman, who has given many unforgettable memories to T20 cricket fans. Christopher Henry "Chris" Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer.

News 3 - Uttarakhand governor releases Nagrath’s book ‘Shanti Ki Talash Mein Zindagi’

Shanti Ki Talash Mein Zindagi

Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul released a book titled ‘Shanti Ki Talash Mein Zindagi’ written by Dr Radhika Nagrath. The book is a philosophical treatise written in Hindi language incorporating interesting examples and anecdotes from day-to-day life.

Some other books authored by Radhika Nagrath are − The Carnival of Peace, The Carnival of Peace: Kumbh Teertham Haridwaram and Swami Vivekananda: The Known Philosopher, The Unknown Poet.

News 4 - Macrae Burnet shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for his Novel “His Bloody Project”

His Bloody Project

British Author Graeme Macrae Burnet has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize for his novel "His Bloody Project". His book reached the final six. Burnet lays out the mind of a killer in a courtroom drama in his novel. The winner, who will be announced on October 25, will receive 50,000 pounds.

The other five books shortlisted are:

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

News 5 - Malaysian envoy releases translated book on Sai Baba

Sai Baba Book

The Consul General of Malaysia in India, Eldeen Husaini Muhammad Hashim, released the translated version of 'Sai Charitra Granth', a book on the life of Sai Baba in Shirdi, Maharashtra. The book is translated into Malay by a social outfit called 'I love Sai'.

Sri Sai Gurucharitra is a biography on the life of Sai Baba of Shirdi, written by his devotee Ganpatrao Dattatreya Sahasra-buddhe, better known as Das Ganu Maharaj.

News 6 - Democrats and Dissenters authored by Ramachandra Guha released

Democrats and Dissenters

A book titled Democrats and Dissenters authored by Ramachandra Guha was released in September 2016. The book is a collection of essays on topics ranging from India’s relation with its neighbors, to issues of democracy and violence within the country.

The book covers a wide range of themes such as some unique aspects of the Indian nation, challenges to tribal and minority rights, and flaws within the Indian legal framework.