Jeet Thayil, a former India Abroad journalist in New York, who is also an award-winning author, has been named among the five-member panel of judges for the 2020 International Booker Prize, the world’s leading literary award for translated fiction, it was announced by the thebookerprizes.com last month.
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Canadian teen Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will play the lead in a Netflix series based on Mindy Kaling’s growing up years. She was selected from 15,000 applicants who replied to the open casting call that Kaling posted online.
Former Republican U.S. Senator and erstwhile Governor of Kansas, who is currently the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, was honored on June 24 with the Hindu American Foundation’s Mahatma Gandhi Award for Advancing Pluralism.
Veteran playwright and actor Girish Karnad died in Bangalore, June 10, of a prolonged illness. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Saraswathi and son Raghu Karnad.
Mindy Kaling is hosting open casting calls for leads in her new Netflix series loosely based on her life. In a photo of the casting call she shared on her social media platforms, “The Office” and “The Mindy Show” actress says “she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to do this.”
Indo-Canadian You-Tube star Lilly Singh has been roped in to host a late-night talk show on NBC. Singh will replace Carson Daly, who hosted “The Last Call” for 17 years, and will take over the 1:35 a.m. slot, NBC said. She becomes the only woman to currently host a late-night talk show on a Big 4 network.
Indian writer R.K. Narayan deserved a Nobel Prize for his writings, said renowned British author Jeffrey Archer at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday. "His work is a work of a genius. He can take a small man living in a village and turn it into a brilliant story," said Archer.
It was like a scene from a Bollywood blockbuster as staff at one of New Delhi's most luxurious hotels performed an elaborate dance routine in the lobby to celebrate a historic Supreme Court ruling on gay rights.
Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author and documentary filmmaker, leaves court after his sentencing in a campaign finance fraud case in New Y…