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Neustadt for Mistry



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Neustadt for Mistry: Rohinton Mistry has won the prestigious $50, 000 US Neustadt International Prize for Literature, awarded for outstanding achievement in poetry, fiction or drama. The 1952 Mumbai-born, Toronto-based author was in the news last year when the Shiv Sena suddenly objected to his 1991 novel Such A Long Journey for portraying Maharashtrians in an unflattering light, and demanded that it should be dropped from the University of Mumbai's English Literature syllabus. Readers will remember Mistry's quiet but stinging rebuke in which he quoted Joseph Conrad and Rabindranath Tagore. Nuestadt jury member Samrat Upadhyay, who nominated Mistry for the award, said: "Mistry writes with great passion, and his body of work shows the most compassionate and astute observations of the human condition, making him one of the most exciting and important contemporary novelists writing in the English language. " "I am delighted with the news. It is, needless to say, an honour to join the list of Neustadt laureates, " Mistry said. Media-shy and reserved, the writer continues to visit Mumbai but has not had a public reading in years.

Neustadt for Mistry

November 5, 2011


Neustadt for Mistry: Rohinton Mistry has won the prestigious $50, 000 US Neustadt International Prize for Literature, awarded for outstanding achievement in poetry, fiction or drama. The 1952 Mumbai-born, Toronto-based author was in the news last year when the Shiv Sena suddenly objected to his 1991 novel Such A Long Journey for portraying Maharashtrians in an unflattering light, and demanded that it should be dropped from the University of Mumbai's English Literature syllabus. Readers will remember Mistry's quiet but stinging rebuke in which he quoted Joseph Conrad and Rabindranath Tagore. Nuestadt jury member Samrat Upadhyay, who nominated Mistry for the award, said: "Mistry writes with great passion, and his body of work shows the most compassionate and astute observations of the human condition, making him one of the most exciting and important contemporary novelists writing in the English language. " "I am delighted with the news. It is, needless to say, an honour to join the list of Neustadt laureates, " Mistry said. Media-shy and reserved, the writer continues to visit Mumbai but has not had a public reading in years.

Bend it on Broadway: Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha's charming 2002 film of a Punjabi-Brit girl (Parminder Nagra) who is passionate about football much to the dismay of her mom who wants her tomboy daughter to stay home and learn to roll chappatis, is being turned into a musical to be performed in London's West End and New York's Broadway. The film made a star of Keira Knightley, who played Nagra's soccer friend, but unfortunately the lovely Keira won't be reprising her role in the musical. "The script is ready to go, " said Chadha. "We are currently deciding who is the right person to write the score, so it's at a really exciting stage. " Sonia Friedman will produce the show. There's no word yet about whether Nagra will reprise her role, though there are doubts given that it's been quite a while since the film and she's probably too old for the role now. What we want to know is whether Beckham will put in an in-the-flesh appearance like he did in the film.

Neustadt for Mistry

November 5, 2011


Bend it on Broadway: Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha's charming 2002 film of a Punjabi-Brit girl (Parminder Nagra) who is passionate about football much to the dismay of her mom who wants her tomboy daughter to stay home and learn to roll chappatis, is being turned into a musical to be performed in London's West End and New York's Broadway. The film made a star of Keira Knightley, who played Nagra's soccer friend, but unfortunately the lovely Keira won't be reprising her role in the musical. "The script is ready to go, " said Chadha. "We are currently deciding who is the right person to write the score, so it's at a really exciting stage. " Sonia Friedman will produce the show. There's no word yet about whether Nagra will reprise her role, though there are doubts given that it's been quite a while since the film and she's probably too old for the role now. What we want to know is whether Beckham will put in an in-the-flesh appearance like he did in the film.

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