[PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants

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  1. Prologue to six part Article series
  2. Books and Authors
  3. Book /arts Prizes
  4. Films related
  5. Oscars 2014 (86th annual Academy Awards)
  6. National film award (61st)
  7. IIFA 2014
  8. Beauty Pageants

Prologue to six part Article series

Total six parts covering December 2013 to 8th June 2014- nearly six months that is the usual time span for current affairs most competitive exams below UPSC Civil service exam.

  1. [PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telengana & more
  2. [PIN-2014] Part 2/6: International- Presidents, Prime ministers, Summits, bodies & Ukraine Crisis
  3. [PIN-2014] Part 3/6: Sports, Mascots, Athletes, Awards, FIFA-2014, Sochi-2014, Grand Slams, Hockey, Kabbadi, Cricket & more
  4. [PIN-2014] Part 4/6: Economic Regulators, Banking Sector CMDs, RBI monetary policy, RBI Committees, Business GK CEOs
  5. [PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants
  6. [PIN-2014] Part 6/6: Diaspora, Civilian awards & Dead in News, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Padma 2014, Able Prize & more

Any updates, corrections please do post in the comments but with reference except wikipedia

Books and Authors

Khushwant Singh

  • Died. Indian renowned novelist and journalist, ex-IFS officer
  • He wrote about Indian Social-political conditions, Indo-Pak partition and Sikh-society.
  • Awarded Padma bhusan

Notable Books of Khuswant Singh

  1. Ghadar 1915: India’s first armed revolution
  2. Train to Pakistan
  3. Freethinker’s prayerbook
  4. Maharaja in Denim
  5. Good, bad and ridiculous (After this book, he has retired).

Anyways, moving on:

1283 goalsPele
Alice Munro, Canada
  • Dear Life
  • Lying under the apple tree
  • She won Nobel prize for literature
AmbedkarAnnihilation of caste. (edited version out)
Amit ChaudhuriCalcutta: Two years in the city
Anita NairIdris : Keeper of Light
Anupam KherBest Thing About You is You
APJ KalamMy journey: transforming dreams into actions
Ashutosh VarshneyBattle half won: India’s improbable democracy
Bill Wattersoncreator of the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”. resume work for charity.
C.Raja Mohan.Samudra Mantha: Sino-Indian rivalry in the Indo Pacific
Chetan Bhagat5 point someone, one night @call centre, 3 mistakes of my life, 2 states -story of my marriage, revolution 2020, what young India wants.
Christopher SneddenUntold story of people of Azad Kashmir
Cyrus MistryChronicles of a corpse bearer. Won DSC prize.
Dan BrownInferno (he wrote Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Symbol)
Dilip Kumar The Substance and the Shadow : autobiography, written by Udaya Tara Nayar.
Dorris LessingNobel literature winner, dead. From Britain.  Books: golden notebook, memoirs of survior, summer before dark.
Dr. APJ KalamMy journey : Transforming dreams into actions-
Dr.APJ KalamMy journey: Transforming dreams into action
Eleanor ZelliotAmbedkar’s World: The Making of Babasaheb and Dalit Movement
Eric HobsbawnFractured Times: Culture and society  in 20th Century
Eshwar prasadDollar trap
Ex CEC SY QureshiAn undocumented wonder: the making of great Indian election:
Faisal DevjiImpossible Indian: Gandhi and Temptation of violance
Former IPS Kiran BediDare to Do! For the new Generation
Gabriel MarquezColumbian short story writer nobel winner. Died. “One hundred Years of Soltiude”
Gen. VK singhCourage and Conviction-
Harsh ManderAsh in the Belly- India’s unfinished battle against Hunger
Hassan sururIndia’s muslim spring
Hilary clintonHard choices
Hilary Mantelshe Won two man booker prizes. This time for book “Bring up the bodies”.
Hindol Sengupta100 things to know and debate before you vote
Indignez VousBook by Stephane Hessel. Had inspired Occupy wallstreet movement. Author is dead.
Isher Judge Ahluwaliatransforming our cities
Jayant KriplaniNew Market Tales
Jean dreze, Amrathya SenAn uncertain Glory: India and its contradictions.
Jerry PintoEm and the Big hoom. Won Hindu Literary prize.
Jesuit Missionary Fr.HanxlendenGrammatica Grandonica (Sanskrit grammar book written 300 years ago, and now restored)
Jhumpa LahiriThe Lowland, Shortlisted for Booker 2013 for fiction.
JK Rowling
  • Cuckoo’s Calling. she wrote this detective novel under pseudonym  “Robert Galbraith”.
  • Her previous novel Casual vacancy was a flop. But Harry potter series superhit.
  • Fantastic beasts and where to find them (Harry Potter companion books)
Joe D’ CruzOcean wringled world. Also known as “Aazhi Soozh Ulagu”. Narayan publication house declined to release it after Joe supported Modi. He won Sahita akadamy award.
Justice PN BhagwatiMy tryst with justice
Khaleed HosseiniAnd the mountains Echoed
Kingshuk NagThe NaMo story
Kishwar DesaiThe Sea of innocence (About rape of Scarlet Jones in Goa)
Leela GoswamiCommon cause- colonial ethics
M.C. MarykomUnbreakable (lady boxer)
Madhav GodboleGood governance Never on India’s radar
Madhu KishwarModi Muslim and Media (she Defended Modi)
Mark Obama Culture: My Odyssey of Self-discovery. he’s President obama’s brother.
Maya Angeloucivil rights activists, singer USA. Book: I know why the Caged bird sings. Died in June 2014
Megha KumarCommunalism and sexual violence in A’bad since 1969. Book publisher Orient blackswan postponed release fearing Wendy Doniger like case.
Milkha SinghThe Race of my life-an autobiography
Mustaq MohammadInside Out (Autobiography of Paki cricketer)
Natwar SinghOne life is not enough.Autobiography.
Natwar SinghWalking the lions: Tales from a diplomatic past
Nicolas griffinPing pong Diplomacy
Nilanjan RoyThe Wildlings
Nilanjana RoyHundred names of darkness
F.Scott FitzerlandThe Great Gatsby. (Bacchan worked in the english movie based on this novel)
Pamela HicksDaughter of Empire
Paronjoy Guha ThakurtaGas wars- Crony Capitalism. Mukesh Ambani sent him legal notice.
PC ParekhCrusader or conspirator? Coalgate and other truths. He was the former Coal secretary.
Pope Benedict XVIJesus of Nazaeth: the Infancy narratives
Prasun Joshi, Noted lyricist.Sunshine lense
Prof Anita PfaffNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany (Anita is Bose’s daughter)
R. GopalkrishnanComma in a sentence
Rahu RaiBangladesh: The Prize of freedom (noted photographer)
Raj KundraHow not to make money. (Shilpa Shetty’s husband and allegedly involved in IPL spot fixing 2013. he indeed seems to be an ‘expert’ on this book’s subject)
Ram Jethmalani Maverick Unchanged, Unrepentant
Ramchandra Guha
  1. Patriots and Partition
  2. Gandhi Before India
  3. India after Gandhi
Resul PookuttySounding Off. (he had won Oscar for soundtrack in Slumdog Millionaire)
Romila ThaparThe past vs present: Foraging contemporary identities through history. She is a famous historian, who also wrote NCERTs.
Ronald Dworkin. DeadLaw’s Empire
Ruchir Sharma. Won Tata lit. award for first book.Breakout Nations: In pursuit of the next economic miracle
Ruskin BondA garland of memories
S MurariThe Prabhakaran Saga
Sanjay BaruEx-Media advisor of Mohan. Book name “The accidental prime minister”. He showed how Mohan was a rubber stamp of SoniaG.
Sanjeev sanyalLand of seven rivers
Sankarhan ThakurSingle man: Nitish kumar of Bihar.Wrote similar book on lalu yadav as well.
Sarod Maestro Amjal Ali KhanMy father, our fraternity
Shekhar Gupta (IndianExpress)anticipating india- best of national interest
Shobha DeSethji
Sir Don BradmanArt of cricket
Solomon Northup12 years a slave (Oscar winner)
Suresh MenonPataudi-Nawab of Cricket
Sushmita Bangerjee.Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife. It details her escape from Taliban ruled Afghanistan in 1995. She was recently murdered by Talibans.
Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games- series of adventure novels. movie made. Thai protestors use its ‘salute’ to show disrespect to Military regime.
Tavleen SinghDurbar
Tom ClancyDied. US thrillers. Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games.
TSR SubramaniumIndia at turning point, road to good governance
V RaghunathanThe games Indians play why we are the way we are.
Vijya SeshadriPulitzer prize 2014 for poetry for “3 sections”. Another book: “Long Meadow”. Writes in Washington post and Guardian.
Vikram ChandraMirrored Mind: My life in letters and code
Vinod MehtaSanjay story
WB CM Mamata BenerjeeEarth Songs
Wendy donigerOn Hindusim (controversial, Penguin publication)
Yann Martel. Life of Pi (Ang Lee made Oscar winning movie on this. Suraj Sharma played hero)
Yash BirlaOn a prayer. (biography)
Jaswant singhIndia at risk
Yuvaraj SinghThe test of my life: from cricket to cancer and back
YV Reddy, Ex-RBI governorEconomic Policies and India’s reform agenda

Book /arts Prizes

Badri NarayanKanshi Ram: leader of Dalits (Political biography)
BatmanCompleted 75 years. Creators Bob Kane, Bill Finger.
Bipin ChandraFamous Indian historian he has won “Itihas Ratna” award by Asiatic society Bihar.
Christopher moorSerpent of vanice (fiction)
Diagram price 2014 for oddest bookHow to poo on a date,
Man Booker prize 2013Elenor Cotton, NZ. Book The luminiaries. Youngest to win.
Murti devi awardBy Bhartiya Gyan Pith Harprasad Das, Oddisa
Sahitya akadami awads 2013list too long, cost: benefit too bad. one name important Javed Akhtar, got for poem book “Lava” in Urdu. other winners only if they belong to your state.
Saraswati Samman 2013Sugatha Kumari, Malayalam Poetess
Sunil Gangopadhyay awardBengali poet Sankha Ghosh
Yale literature prizePankaj mishra novel the romantics

Films related

Oscars 2014 (86th annual Academy Awards)

BEST PICTURE“12 Years a Slave” – based on book by Solomon Pirate.
DIRECTOR“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
ACTORMatthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
ACTRESSCate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
SUPPORTING ACTRESSLupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
SUPPORTING ACTORJared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM“The Great Beauty” Italy. India had sent Gyan Correa’s the Good road. but it didnot win.
overall highest award winner “Gravity” (7 awards)

many other Oscar winners for various categories, I’m not including them here for bad cost : benefit ratio.

Other awards:

U.S. festival awardsSilent Screams — India’s Fight Against Rape” directed by Priya Somiah and written by Manira A. Pinto
DadaSaheb Phalke 2013Gulzar. He also won Oscar for Jai ho.
IFFIInternational film festival of India. Panaji, Goa in Nov 2013
BAFTA 201412 years a slave – best film
Gyan correaGujarati movie director- The Good Road, Nominated at Oscar but did not win.

National film award (61st)

Best Feature Film / Golden LotusShip of Theseus by Anand Gandhi
Best DirectorHansal Mehta for Shahid
Best ActorRaj Kumar Rao for Shahid; and Malayam actor Suraj for some film (name not important)
Best Hindi FilmJolly LLB

Many other categories for national film awards, again I’m ignoring for bad  cost:benefit.

IIFA 2014

  • International Indian film academy awards
  • Tampa Bay Florida
  • Best film: Bhag Milkha Bhag. Best director – same movie, Rakesh Mehra, Best actor- same movie Farhan Akhtar + many other awards for the same movie.

Beauty Pageants

Femina Miss IndiaKoyal Rana
Miss World 2013Megan Young from Phillipines. AT Bali Indonesia
Miss Universe 2013Gabriela Isler from Venezuela at Russia.
Miss Asia Pacific 2013Shrishti Rana of India, in South Korea
Miss India World wide 2014Anugya Sharma (Surat). In July she’ll participate in Miss Worldwide, @Abu Dhabi.
Miss America Sep.2013.Nina Davuluri. Subjected to racial abuse on twitter.

For more current affairs, visit Mrunal.org/Current

Any updates, corrections please do post in the comments but with reference except wikipedia

Inputs from Mr. Chandradeo

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31 Comments on “[PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants”

  1. Shobhaa – Never a Dull De

  2. धन्यवाद महोदय।

    1. The sunset club- last book of khushwant singh

  3. miss asia pacific -srishti rana

  4. Maharaja in Denims by khushwant singh was also released earlier this year

  5. Saraswati Samman for 2013: Govind Mishra for “Dhool Paudho Par.”

    1. yaa..
      sugatha was in 2012

  6. Last book of khushwant singh- the sunset club

  7. Sir,kindly edit the name of Miss Asia Pacific 2013 winner.It’s Srishti Rana.

  8. miss asia pacific 2013…..its shristi rana…..source magazine competition in focua…

  9. I am sorry, To my knowledge “Ship of Theseus” is a film by “Anand Gandhi”………By the way Thank you Mrunal for your relentless efforts to bring this 6 article series,You are awesome as usual.

    1. Yes, Ship of Theseus” is a film by “Anand Gandhi.
      Saeed Mirza was the Chairperson of the jury of the central Committee for selection of national awards in the Feature films category.

  10. Miss asia pacific 2013 is Shristi Rana…
    Thanx & Great work..

  11. 12 years a slave – solomon northup(author)

  12. SIr Pin2014 (1-6) all articles are best thank you


  14. And The substance and the shadow isn’t an autobiography, , its a biography of dilip kumar authored by uday tara nayar

  15. Corrections made so far
    1. Miss Asia Pacific 2013 winner: Srishti Rana (not Shanti Rana)
    2. Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi
    3. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
    4. Vijay Sheshadri – won Pulitzer Prize 2014 for poetry ’3 sections’
    5. Dilip Kumar’s autobiography written by Udaya Tara Nayar.

    Thanks everyone for your inputs.

    1. saraswathi samman – Govind mishra
      sugathakumari was in 2012

  16. India at risk-Jaswant singh not Yashwant Singh

  17. It’s F.Scott Fitzerland not P.Scott Fitzerland.

    Awesome post as always.

  18. additional –
    national film festival
    Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

  19. The Good Road DID NOT receive Academy Award nomination. It went as Indian entry at Oscar. Each year >50 movies around the world will be considered for Nomination and from that only 5 will be nominated. Those 5 movies are The Great Beauty, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Hunt, The Missing Picture and Omar.

  20. Ship of Theseus is directed by Anand Gandhi.

    And The Good Road DID NOT receive Academy Award nomination. It was just our Indian entry at Oscars. (Last year Barfi was our entry)

  21. Yashwant singh – India at risk, I believe a typo – it should be Jaswant Singh ‘Jasol’.

  22. nice…

  23. You didn’t updated solomon northup name in film related section

    it is still solomon pirate

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