An Indian academic has won the £5,000 Commonwealth Short Story Prize with his first-ever story! Parashar Kulkarni, an assistant professor of social sciences at Yale NUS College
Singapore, is the first Indian author to win the prize, winning it for his story ‘Cow and Company’, which sees four men ‘looking for a cow to feature in advertisements for chewing gum.’ Read the story on Granta here.
Great news for Vikram Chandra fans: Netflix has come together with Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films to adapt Chandra’s blockbuster crime epic Sacred Games for the digital media company. ‘The new series will “delve into the financial capital’s intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance”, according to a statement released by the company.’
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has just announced that the company will invest an additional $3 billion in India, ‘boosting its committed investment in the country to over $5 billion.’ Bezos made the announcement during the ongoing visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US. According to Bezos, ‘Amazon would open a Web Services Cloud Region in India this year and the country would soon become home to the firm’s largest software engineering and development centre outside of the United States, located in Hyderabad.’
It’s not just us who think serialized fiction will be big! American publishers Farrar Straus and Giroux believe the TV model of episodes ending at cliffhangers would work for books too, and will be releasing serialized genre fiction under its FSG Originals imprint. ‘After releasing Lian Hearn’s fantasy novel Emperor of the Eight Islands in late April, FSG Originals will offer the three remaining books in her Tale of Shikanoko tetralogy—including Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, out today—before the end of September.’
We sign off with an old, but still gold, reading list recommended by GRRM himself; check it out here.