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Portugal beat Mexico to finish third at Confed Cup

first_img0Shares0000Portugal’s players pose with their bronze medals after beating Mexico during a third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow, on July 2, 2017 © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 2 – Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow.Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at Spartak Stadium. Silva then struck his first international goal after a handball inside the box on 104 minutes, while both sides finished with 10 men as Nelson Semedo was dismissed for Portugal before Raul Jimenez saw red for Mexico.World champions Germany face Copa America holders Chile later in the final in Saint Petersburg.“It was a really tough battle but we played very good in attack, we managed to create plenty of chances and I think it’s a deserved win for us,” said centre-back Pepe.“Of course we wanted to play in the final, to clash for the Confederations Cup. But after we failed to get that result, we needed to show our best in the third-place game. Luckily we did everything right.”European champions Portugal were without captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was released from the squad to return home to meet his newborn twins.Portugal and Mexico drew 2-2 in the opening game of the group stage, when Hector Moreno salvaged a last-gasp point for the Gold Cup winners, but were left fighting for a consolation prize in the Russian capital.Portugal should have gone in front in the drizzling rain on 17 minutes when Andre Silva was upended by 38-year-old Rafael Marquez, with the video assistant referee stepping in to award the spot-kick.But Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa flung himself superbly to his right to tip Andre Silva’s low spot-kick round the post.Rui Patricio produced a sharp stop to deny Javier Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, from close range on the half hour, but the Portugal keeper was beaten shortly after the break.Hernandez’s cross from the byline floated beyond Carlos Vela and Patricio, with Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Neto unwittingly turning the ball home.Portugal went in pursuit of an equaliser and Gelson Martins — replacing Ronaldo in attack — was denied by an excellent save from Ochoa with just over an hour played.But Ochoa was beaten in the first minute of injury time as Pepe lunged to get on the end of Ricardo Quaresma’s curling right-wing cross to force extra time.Silva, on as a substitute, then grabbed the winner just before the end of the first period of extra time, burying a penalty after Miguel Layun handled in the box.Semedo was then sent off on 106 minutes after picking up a second yellow card, but Mexico’s numerical advantage was swiftly wiped out when Jimenez received his marching orders.“Both teams played some intelligent football today but Portugal were just slightly better,” Ochoa admitted.“We put them under pressure late in extra time but failed to level again, like we did in our first meeting here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri: Why Leicester City MUST win the Premier League

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri has explained why Leicester must win the Premier League this season, as they head into the final stretch of the campaign.The Italian boss has worked wonders with the Foxes, and they currently sit seven points clear of second placed Spurs with five games remaining.They only need three more wins from their remaining games to ensure they are picking up the Premier League trophy in May, and Ranieri has told his players that they need to win the title if they want to go down in history.The former Chelsea manager said: “We’ve made a good story, but to make something you will remember in 30 or 40 years we have to win.“We don’t achieve anything yet. We have to fight to achieve the Champions League.”The Foxes secured a top four finish with their victory over Sunderland last weekend, meaning they are guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season.However, only a play-off place is secured, and Ranieri wants to know his team will be playing in the competition proper come the start of next year.“It is two matches and two matches is not the Champions League, I want to play six. I don’t think there is the (Champions League) music,” he added.“I love the music. I think it will be a fantastic achievement. From the dream arrives the reality, but wait first.” 1 read more

Transfer ALERT! Arsenal and Tottenham target ‘wants move to England or Italy’

first_imgBayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu favours a move to “England or Italy” amid interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Lazio.The 23-year-old, who missed the final four months of last season due to a FIFA suspension, is exciting some of Europe’s top clubs after a string of fine displays in the Bundesliga before his absence.Despite his ban, which is linked to a contract breach during the early part of his career, the Turkey international still managed nine goals in 26 appearances for club and country.And according to Bild, Calhanoglu is eyeing a move to the Premier League or Italy, with his future at Leverkusen unclear.The source also reveals that Lazio are only prepared to offer £13million, which falls someway short of Leverkusen’s valuation.This leaves the door wide open for both Arsenal and Spurs, who have been heavily linked with the Turkish star in recent months.Bayer officials Rudi Voller and Jonas Boldt held talks with Calhanoglu regarding his future and further meetings are expected in the coming weeks. Hakan Calhanoglu 1last_img read more


first_imgIreland’s women began their bid for back-to-back Six Nations titles with a comfortable 21-3 win over Wales women at Donnybrook with Donegal players Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton featuring.Tries from the impressive Sene Naoupu and Sophie Spence got them on their way, and while the second half was much tighter, they were never really threatened.Niamh Briggs also played a key role, scoring 11 points with the boot and helping set up the second try of the game. Wales made the better start and took the lead thanks to a penalty from young fly-half Robyn Wilkins as Ireland went off their feet at a ruck inside their own 22.That was quickly cancelled out as Wales failed to clear their lines well from the restart, eventually caught holding on and Niamh Briggs responded in kind for the home side.Ireland were beginning to get into the ascendancy in the territory stakes, and when Rachel Taylor drifted offside, the home side chose to kick to the corner. They forced another penalty and kicked back to the corner as they went for the try rather than settling for three points.That proved to be the right call as Wales were penalised once more, this time Megan York was singled out for not rolling away and sent to the bin for her troubles. Still, the Welsh defence proved hard to break down, and Ireland couldn’t find a way through initially against the 14 men. They did finally cross for the first try through centre Naoupu, who broke through in midfield and had the pace to go all the way. Briggs converted to make it 10-3.Naoupu was proving dangerous with ball in hand, and it was her fine pass wide that set Briggs away down the left on a good counter-attack. She found Mairead Coyne outside her, and although she couldn’t go all the way, the ball was recycled for Sophie Spence to power her way over. Briggs couldn’t quite convert from the touchline, but Ireland led 15-3 at the break.Ireland started the second half on the front foot, and Briggs slotted a simple penalty just three minutes in to stretch the lead to three scores as the rain began to fall.Wales should have got themselves back into it when their pack worked their way right up to the Irish line. After a couple of drives were stopped short, they decided to spread the ball wide and replacement Gemma Rowland couldn’t collect, knocking on as the chance went begging.Leading by 15, the win looked to be in the bag but when Ireland got another shot at goal, Briggs had no hesitation and tried to add three points. Her effort came back off the post though and Ireland were able to recover in brilliant position. Some good defence from the Welsh kept them at bay initially and eventually the Irish attack came to nothing as they were forced into a knock-on. Briggs did another three points with 15 minutes remaining to stretch the lead a little further and despite a long period of possession in the Welsh 22, Ireland couldn’t find a third try.IRELAND: N Briggs; E O’Byrne White, A Donnelly, S Naoupu, M Coyne; N Caughey, L Muldoon; R O’Reilly, Z Grattage, A Egan; S Spence, M Reilly; P Fitzpatrick, C Molloy, H O’Brien. Replacements: N Stapleton for N Caughey (39-40 mins, 60 mins), C Moloney for Z Grattage (49 mins), C Griffin for H O’Brien (60 mins), F Reidy for A Egan (61 mins), A Egan for F Reidy (65-79 mins), C Cooney for M Reilly, J Shiels for A Donnelly (both 70 mins), L Peat for R O’Reilly (75 mins), M Healy for L Muldoon (78 mins)LARISSA AND NORA FEATURE AS IRELAND’S WOMEN IN SUPER 6 NATIONS WIN OVER WALES was last modified: February 6th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rowing Adds Four Student-Athletes For 2016-17

first_img“We are very pleased to have these four new addtions to fill out our 2016-17 recruiting class,” said DiSilvestro. “With the addition of Liz and Morgan we have two very qualified coxswains coming in and Julie and Morgan will be great addtions to our rowing roster.” Uram is another multi-sport athlete who has competed in swimming and track and field in her high school career. She is a member of the Rockford Rowing Club and was elected a team captain last season. Rambhia is a member of the Central Connecticut Rowing Club and the Middletown High School Crew team. She is a two-year captain for her high school crew team. “We initially recruited Margo to be a rower, but she has been doing more coxing with her high school team and it worked out well because we need more qualified coxswains,” DiSilvestro said. “We are pleased she switched to coxing for her high school rowing team.” “Liz is a very qualified coxswain that we recruited hard last fall and are pleased to have her come to Drake,” DiSilvestro said. “We are really impressed with how she handles her boats and her techinical and motivational calls during races will be a great addition to our team.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing program has added four student-athletes for the 2016-17 season, head coach Charlie DiSilvestro announced Tuesday, May 10. Margo Burnard (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Morgan Garner (St. Louis, Mo.), Liz Rambhia (Middletown, Conn.) and Julie Uram (Rockford, Ill.) are the new Bulldogs who join an eight-member group from the fall period to complete the 2016-17 recruiting class.center_img “Julie rows for the Rockford Rowing Club, but she is also a very good swimming and track and field athlete with a strong academic background,” DiSilvestro said. “She was another student-athlete we recruited hard last fall and we are happy that after weighing all her options she chose Drake.” Print Friendly Version Garner is a member of the St. Louis Rowing Club and has helped lead three club boats to medals at the annual Midwest Regional Championship. She was a member of the Pattonville High School swimming and diving team and was a team captain this year. “Morgan is in the St. Louis Rowing Club, which is always one of the top high school clubs in the country,” DiSilvestro said. “Along with her strong rowing experience she has a great background in swimming and diving which is a asset in her overall athletic ability.” Burnard is a three-year letterwinner for the Shaker Heights High School rowing team. She recently switched from a rower postion to a coxswain.last_img read more

49ers’ Joe Staley suffers broken leg in win over Bengals

first_imgCINCINNATI — Star left tackle Joe Staley suffered a broken leg Sunday, dampening the 49ers’ mood after an impressive 41-17 victory over the Bengals.Coach Kyle Shanahan expects Staley’s broken left fibula to keep him out for eight weeks, and that it is not likely the 13th-year veteran will go on injured reserve.“It’s football. It is what it is,” Staley said. “I’m real happy we got the win. It was a great road win.“I’m going to do everything I can to be part of this team for an end-of-season …last_img read more

The RFS and greenhouse gas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 continues the current policy thrust that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil fuels, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says.“While the final numbers are not as high as the ethanol industry wanted, they move much closer to the levels in the original legislation for corn ethanol and actually exceed the mandated levels for biodiesel,” Tyner said.The EPA’s final numbers on the Renewable Fuel Standards, released Monday (Nov. 30), were somewhat higher than the original May 2015 levels, especially for ethanol. While there is no explicit mandate for corn ethanol, the implied conventional biofuel level, which includes corn ethanol, went from 13.4 billion gallons to 14.05 billion for 2015, an increase of 650 million gallons, or 4.9%.Similarly, the 2016 level for conventional biofuel went up 500 million gallons to 14.5 billion, or 3.6%, compared with the May preliminary numbers.Total biofuel levels went from 17.4 billion gallons to 18.11 billion, an increase of 4.1%.Biodiesel was considered relatively high in the May release, and it increased slightly with the EPA’s new figures.The main category that is reduced is cellulosic biofuels. Tyner said technology for them has not advanced as rapidly as hoped, and the cellulosic biofuels are still considerably more expensive than fossil fuels. He said the EPA continued its approach of mandating whatever quantity the market produces, but not more.Tyner noted that in the period between the release of the provisional levels in May and the final release, EPA was bombarded from advocates on both sides of the issue.“The oil industry argued that the RFS was not providing benefits, and the ethanol industry argued that the RFS was working well and achieving objectives of reducing oil imports and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.Tyner disagreed with the “additional carbon” argument against biofuels. Proponents of that position hold that there would be greenhouse gas emissions benefits only if additional carbon is sequestered. They contend that all the corn and soybeans used for biofuels would have been grown anyway and, so, there are no benefits.“This is clearly incorrect,” he said. “More corn and soybeans were grown than would have been produced without biofuels. Also, when biofuels are used, fossil fuels are not.”Tyner said most regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. EPA, California Air Resources Board and European Commission have rejected the “additional carbon” argument.last_img read more

PNB Fraud: CBI Examines Three Officials of Foreign Branches of Indian Banks

first_imgA fraud of around $2.2 billion took place in PNB, the second largest in public sector, by diamond trader Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. ED has sent letters rogatory (LRs) -or, formal request from a court to foreign courts seeking judicial assistance – to Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Dubai, Belgium, the United States, Russia, France, China, and Hong Kong among others where Modi and Choksi are believed to have business interests in.Read it at Insider Related Itemslast_img read more

In the Land of Gup

first_img“Anybody can tell stories. Liars, and cheats and crooks, for example. But for stories with that Extra Ingredient, ah, for those, even the best storytellers need the Story Waters. Storytelling needs fuel, just like a car, and if you don’t have the Water, you just run out of Steam.”        – Iff the Water Genie in Haroun and the Sea of StoriesIn Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, all tales are derived from the wondrous Ocean of the Streams of Stories in Gup City on the moon Kahani. One can’t help thinking that Indians must be longtime subscribers to the story water supply of this land. Think of all the fantastic tales that have been handed down in the epics and folklore through the great oral tradition in India, the traveling kathakars and kathputliwallas and just the sheer volume of the written word.In The Land of Gup, you encounter King Chattergy, the Princess Bathcheat (Chitchat) and Prince Bolo (Speak) and indeed these are the favorite words of desis. Get two or three housewives or bureaucrats or chaprasis across a table with cups of steaming chai and you can have a gossip marathon! Every Indian will remember the stories told by inventive grandmothers and great aunts and family cooks. And who can forget the Amar Chitra Katha comics that brought Hindu mythology into the realm of pop culture?Yet, in spite of a vast reservoir of regional literature, writing in English seemed to be reserved for an anointed few and the names of the well-known writers could be counted on two hands – R.K. Narayan, Raja Rao, Nayantara Sahgal, and Aubrey Menen come to mind. And expatriate Indian writers or those of Indian origin were even fewer – V.S.Naipaul, Nirad C. Chaudhri, Bharati Mukherjee and Anita Desai. English was almost an alien tongue, a legacy of the Raj. Salman Rushdie.Now it’s a changed world.You can hardly keep up with all the writing in English that’s pouring out of India and its Diaspora! As Anita Desai said in an interview in the Spanish journal Lateral, “It’s become strong in the last ten or twenty years. When I started to write it certainly wasn’t. There was just a few of us who were writing in English; we had a lot of problems in finding publishers, there were very few readers, and no one seemed very interested at all in our work. I think things changed very dramatically – and I can put a date to it: it was 1980 – when Salman Rushdie published Midnight’s Children, and it had such a huge success in the West.”Indeed, Midnight’s Children seemed to break all mental and psychological barriers for Indians wanting to write in English. It was as if the story water taps had been turned on full blast and Indian writers could speak in their own voices. Rushdie had invented almost a new language, an English that was more outsized and outrageous than the original, an English that was an Indian language. It was an English hammered and melded in street smarts and darkened cinemas, the sounds of the bazaar and the contemporary cacophony of India. Kavita Daswani.Around this time came Vikram Seth’s The Golden Gate, a unique voice – an entire novel in verse that had nothing to do with India. The success of both these books in the west set the stage for the big boom in Indian writing. Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry, Pico Iyer, Amit Chaudhuri, Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Chandra, Kiran Desai and Upamanyu Chatterjee were some of the star writers getting enormous advances, bagging big prizes and creating buzz from London to New York to Bombay.Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize and also the Booker of Bookers, Vikram Seth won the Booker for A Suitable Boy and Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things. Then came Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer for Interpreter of Maladies and then of course the Big One, the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Sir V.S.Naipaul. This year Arundhati Roy was awarded the US-based Lannan Foundation’s annual $350,000 Prize for Cultural Freedom.In India there’s been a virtual explosion of Indian writing in English. Pankaj Mishra, Raj Kamal Jha, David Davidar, Shashi Despande and Sunil Khilnani are just a few of the names being courted and published in east and west. In some ways it doesn’t even matter where people are living anymore, as globalization has erased literary national boundaries. Bombay, London, New York are all just a flight away and the Internet has ensured that geographical boundaries are just that. English writing has flowered in the Diaspora too and Indian writers in the U.S., Canada and U.K. have made significant contributions from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni to Akhil Sharma to Manil Suri. Divakaruni, who won the 1966 American Book Award for her very first book Arranged Marriage, has become a household name with a strong following. Her books Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart and Vine of Desire have all been well received and she recently stepped into young adult territory with her book Neela: Victory Song.Rohinton Mistry, who migrated to Canada at the age of 23, worked in a Toronto Bank as a clerk in the accounting department for many years and began writing short stories in his spare time.Banking’s loss was literature’s gain and his first book of short stories was Swimming Lessons and Other stories from Firozsha Baag. His first novel Such a Long Journey was short listed for the Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best book of the year; A Fine Balance was a Booker Prize finalist and Family Matters was also longlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize. Tanuja Hidier Desai.Akhil Sharma’s novel, An Obedient Father bagged the Ernest Hemmingway Foundation/PEN award. London-born journalist Hari Kunzru was named “Young Travel Wrtier of the Year” by the Observer. His very first novel turned him into an international star and got him one of the biggest advances.Manil Suri, a professor of mathematics in the University of Maryland, made a stunning debut with the critically acclaimed Death of Vishnu, which bagged scores of prestigious prizes and was released in 23 editions worldwide.The list of South Asian American writers includes Meena Alexander, author of several books including Fault Lines; Anita Desai’s daughter Kiran Desai, whose debut novel Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard heralded an idiosyncratic new voice; Bharti Kirchner who successfully moved from being a cookbook author to a novelist, with three successful novels to her credit, Sharmila’s Book, Shiva Dancing and Darjeeling.Then you have Mohsin Hamid, who has written the critically acclaimed novel about contemporary Pakistan, Moth Smoke; Kamila Shamsie, whose first novel In the City by the Sea received the prime minister’s award for literature in Pakistan, has written the well-received Salt and Saffron; Vineeta Vijayaraghavan, a Harvard graduate whose first novel is Motherland; last year Thrity Umrigar , a journalist who was a recipient of the prestigious Nieman fellowship at Harvard, wrote Bombay Time and from Sohrab Homi Fracis came Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America, which won the 2001 IOWA Short Fiction Award. The list of noted young writers continues to grow with names such as Suketu Mehta whose non-fiction book on Bombay and Alphabeth, a novel are both to be published this Spring; Mira Kamdar, at the Policy institute of the New School, wrote Motiba’s Tattoos, a poignant memoir of her Gujarati family roots, which was very well received. Recently Brooklyn-based writer Meera Nair received instant fame with her debut book of stories, Video Nights.Just this year readers were introduced to a wonderful new voice, Samrat Upadhyay, a Nepalese writer whose debut novel The Guru of Love was just so seductive that it was a temptation to read the entire book at one sitting. Another recent noteworthy first book was Monsoon Diary by Shoba Narayan, an engaging memoir with recipes.Indians writers are also moving up the food chain to the screen. Last year Merchant Ivory Productions made a film out of V.S. Naipaul’s The Mystic Masseur (Merchant had earlier made In Custody from Anita Desai’s novel). A made for TV film, directed by Mira Nair, was also made out of Abraham Verghese’s book, In My Own Country. A film has also been made of Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey and Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India was made into Deepa Mehta’s ‘Earth.’ Amitav GhoshAs if awards and critical acclaim (not to mention world-wide notoriety as the world’s most famous exile and fatwah-holder) were not enough, Salman Rushdie reached another distinction this year: His book Midnight’s Children was made into a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company and after a successful run in the U.K., was brought to the United States in association with Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Rarely has a book been given such an honor for the play was accompanied by a month long Midnight’s Children Humanities Festival with artists, writers and scholars coming together to discuss the ideas embedded in the book.All these multiple success stories seem to have certainly stirred up something in the Diaspora – in this universe of physicians and engineers and software technicians we are suddenly seeing so many more new writers emerging. Indian names seem to be on all sorts of books. Just this past year there have been books by first time authors like Tanuja Hidier Desai, whose young adult book, Born Confused was critically acclaimed.Recently Monica Ali, a Dhaka-born writer, was selected for the literary magazine Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists.” It features her Dinner with Dr. Azad, along with works by Hari Kunzru and Zadie Smith. As Arul Louis, an editor at Daily News notes, “This selection often portends literary fame – at least in Britain. Salman Rushdie, Shiva Naipaul, Martin Amis, Ben Okri, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hanif Kureishi are among those who made the Granta selection in their youth. Therefore, Ali’s first novel, Bricklane, is causing a buzz in Britain.” Nor are Indian writers limited to fiction – although nonfiction sometimes reads more like incredible fiction, given the state of the world! Pick up any journal and you’re bound to see the name of Fareed Zakaria; switch channels on TV and you’re bound to see his face. Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, is a media star whose latest book The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad is making waves; then you have Shashi Tharoor and Pico Iyer, two remarkable writers who segue from fiction to non-fiction with grace. Tharoor, the author of The Great Indian Novel and Riot is also the author of India: From Midnight to the Millennium which was on Bill Clinton’s reading list before his India trip.Pico Iyer, who has delighted readers worldwide with his insightful travel books, is also the author of beautiful novels including Cuba and the Night and Abandon. And then of course, you have Deepak Chopra, a virtual one-man conglomerate with his best-selling books, audios and lecture circuit. Surely such major success stories will propel young writers into the field of non-fiction too.So what’s happening now on the writing scene and how have all these success stories impacted emerging writers in the Diaspora? Is the boom in South Asian writing continuing or is it on the wane? Little India spoke to a number of people in the know to find out what’s happening. Suketu MehtaUna Chaudhuri, Professor of English at New York University, says, “There’s been a steady stream of novels and short stories and there are some writers who are well established so they have a presence which South Asian writers just didn’t have before. There’s definitely a difference now; there’s more of a sense of mainstreaming than being this new phenomenon.”She adds, “In the general cultural sphere, beyond the literary production, beyond novels and fiction, I think there is tremendous amount of cultural activity amongst South Asians. The area interests and excites me is drama and theater and I’ve been noticing wonderful new works, new plays, both full length plays and short plays, readings and workshops by South Asian Americans. I’m really impressed by the quality and the engagement as well as the quantity of this writing.” Young South Asians in America seem to be confronting their hyphenated identities and their splintered worlds and many are expressing these issues through the written word. Says Chaudhuri, “I think that’s a sign of it being a young person’s field. They say that people always start out by writing their own autobiography – that you have to get your own life out of your system before you can move on to other subjects. I guess the first books are often focused on people’s own experiences and often those experiences are of dislocation and that seems to be a big theme. I think that’s really opened up and has its own vocabulary and its own linguistic style.” Manil SuriThese young writers have grown up here and so really they are talking about America, their America that embraces their roots and their parents’ past. Observes Chaudhuri: “They are often keenly aware of the Indian cultural background. I’m sometimes amazed at how much seriously and deeply connected some of these younger writers are to issues of Indian identity, history and culture, because they have received them in a more purified way, either by reading about them or through parents.”She points out that the younger generation is also bringing home their close connection to American culture and in a sense educating their parents and changing their parents’ perceptions and making them more open to non-traditional career choices like literature and theater. And of course, big wins by writers like Jhumpa Lahiri make it more permissible to work in these fields! However, there are many complex reasons for the explosion of Indian writing in the west, and one is surely the more hospitable environment. “It’s part of American identity politics; there’s been this multicuturalization of mainstream American culture and African-American and East-Asian Americans kind of led the way and there were successes like the Joy Luck Club,” says Chaudhuri. “It’s also now become a very mainstream concern. This whole concern with mixed identity and hybridism and dislocation. Publishing houses are also open to these new voices, voices other than the Middle American, Anglo white experience.” Pico IyerAnna M. Ghosh, of Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency, has seen an increasing number of books by Indian writers coming across her table. She works on a wide variety of books and recently sold Kathleen Cox’s Vastu Living and is currently working with Thomas John, the acclaimed Indian chef of Mantram, a Boston restaurant, on a cookbook.“I seem to get a lot of query letters from Indians regarding all kinds of books – science, history, politics, how to get into graduate school,” she says. “It’s a whole range of topics and they are not necessarily writing about India at all; they just happen to be Indians who are writing books. I’ve found many of them to be very accomplished, and they’ve got very good credentials. ”Ghosh recently worked with Madhusree Mukerjee on The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders. She is also working with journalist Chitra Raghavan, who has written several cover stories for US News & World Report, on her book about the Secret Service.Ghosh, however, has not seen Indians writing genre fiction like mysteries or romances, though she thinks science fiction would be a particularly good field to tackle: “I always think it’s a very rich area for an Indian author or someone from an Indian background. We have a rich tradition of gods and goddesses and all kinds of epic drama. I loved it as a child, reading all the Amar Chitra stories. I think it’s an opportunity for someone to mine.” How difficult is it to find an agent especially if the writer is not known? “It’s extremely easy if you have something that agents want,’ explains Ghosh. In fact, you’ll be fighting off agents if you’ve got something that is really desirable. If you’ve got something that is really not publishable or is difficult to publish then it’s going to be very, very difficult. Of course, sometimes you just have to find one person with a vision for it – someone who can see the potential.”She also recommends researching the publishers who would be suitable, since publishing houses run the whole gamut from highly specialized to general houses to the academic university presses. If it’s a book about multiculturalism or feminism, it might be a good fit for a university press and indeed some of these houses also print fiction and may not be as competitive as the big houses such as Random House or Simon and Schuster. Jhumpa LahiriThere are many new small publishing houses too such as the N.J. based Silicon Press which recently published Bell Labs: Life in the Crown Jewel by Narain Gehani, which documents the metamorphosis at this giant American company; and a work of fiction Fifty-Fifty by Robbie Clipper Sethi, whose first book of short stories, The Bride wore Red was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.And then of course, there are many options to self publish now and e-books are another route. Sometimes things just work out in a roundabout way: Ghosh recalls a self-published book that came to her desk just for foreign rights, but she was able to find it a publisher.  Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniAnd are those big advances that make aspiring writers salivate, still there? Says Ghosh, “You hear of big books; but sometimes those books do well, sometimes nothing happens. A lot of first novels, which are sold for a lot of money, they don’t necessarily ever sell enough copies to ever justify that and that does make it hard for the writer the next time around.” Anna M GhoshTo aspiring writers, Ghosh says, “Think of what you’re asking people to do, you’re asking them to spend their days and their 25 bucks to buy your book and read it. You want people to read your book and then tell everyone else how much they loved it. So really don’t send it out until you’re sure you’ve put in what it takes. A lot of people feel, ‘Well now’s the time to send it. India is hot, let me be the first person to do it.’ The only people who are going to survive anything is people who’ve got real talent.”Jennifer Hershey, vice president and editorial director at Putnam, is also well aware of the boom in Indian writing. “There may have been a point at which the sheer novelty of the Indian culture and experience was so appealing that books could be published almost purely on that basis,” she says. “Now that it’s become familiar and more books have been published, it’s probably not so much of a phenomenon and is something which has integrated itself into publishing.”Asked if she felt if the big name Indian writers had made it easier for more Indian writers to be published, she says, “I definitely think so, in the same way for a long time African-American women’s fiction wasn’t published and now there’s a lot of African-American women writing. It’s the same kind of thing: some writers break down perceptions within the publishing industry and then it becomes a lot easier for everyone.”  V. S. NaipaulIncreasingly, Indian writers are looking to cross geographical boundaries and write past color lines and maps. How easily would mainstream publishing houses accept Indian writing that is not about India or ethnicity? Says Hershey: “The ideal is that you would describe a novelist as a novelist and not as an Indian novelist. That’s the point one should get to and I think we are getting closer to that. I think it’s partly human nature that people are intrigued by cultures that are different from their own, but I do agree it would be nice if we’d get to that at some point.” Arundati RoyPutnam will be publishing For Matrimonial Purposes, the debut novel of Indian journalist Kavita Daswani in June and Hershey has this advice to give to aspiring writers: ” Work really hard to get your book in the best possible shape and then look for a literary agent. You have to be brave and be willing to show it to people and be willing to sometimes experience some rejection before you get to the point where you can find someone that wants to take it on.”All those who loved Manil Suri’s The Death of Vishnu will be glad to know that he’s currently working on the second in the trilogy, The Age of Shiva: “It brings to life the essential characteristics that Shiva is supposed to represent: asceticism, eroticism and destruction, through human characters and events.” Writers become writers in different ways and as Suri explains about his ambitions as he was growing up, “I liked to write, but no, I didn’t think I would become a writer with a capital W.” Asked as to how easy or difficult it was to get published, he explains, “I was very lucky. I got accepted at the MacDowell Colony (a retreat for writers and artists), where one of the colonists read my first chapter and suggested an agent who he thought would be perfectly suited to my work. He was right. When I sent her the manuscript, she agreed to represent me. She in turn knew which editors to send the manuscript to, and got several publishers interested as a result.” To aspiring writers itching to get published and cash in on the big boom in Indian writing, he cautions: “Don’t be in too much of a hurry. It’s a luxury to be able to gain proficiency in one’s craft before one’s first book or collection of short stories is published. Today’s competitive market is very unforgiving about anything less than the best you can give.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Sardar Singh keen to do well at London Olympics

first_imgHe is the one Indian player who can easily get into any international All-Stars team, and Sardar Singh will have added responsibility when the eight-time hockey gold medallists India start their campaign at the London Olympics.Part of the team which suffered heartbreak in Chile four years ago, Sardar will be all the more determined to make a big impression at his first Olympics.”The past is gone. We cannot change it. It was one bad day in Chile which cost us an Olympic berth.”But we have prepared well and playing as a team. Our performances have improved and the team atmosphere is very good,” Sardar told Mail Today. “Recent results show that we are on the right track.”Being one of the more experienced and accomplished players in the squad, Sardar is looked up to by several of his teammates, such as newcomer SK Uthappa.”There will be pressure at the Olympics. It will be up to seniors like me to guide the youngsters. At big tournaments, there is a lot of noise during matches and communication with teammates becomes very important,” the midfielder from Sant Nagar village of Haryana’s Sirsa district said.After being part of the FIH All-Stars team for two consecutive years, Sardar will be a marked man at the Olympics, with opposition teams wary of giving him room to operate as he is the engine that drives the Indian team. But he is not fazed.”I know that opposition teams will target me and will try to restrict my movement, and for that I am prepared. That is why every day after practice I put in an extra hour for my own preparation,” he said. “I am ready for the challenge.”advertisementUnder chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David John, the Indian players have endeavoured to match the world’s best in all areas, including fitness and endurance. Sardar is the best example of the new-look Indian side with his sculptured body and seemingly boundless stamina.Sardar is also one of the most versatile players around and has possibly played in every position except the goalkeeper, and performed admirably everywhere though he excels as the pivot of the team in the centrehalf position.Sardar, who will turn 26 before the Olympics begin, is a circleto-circle player who can create chances as well as nip the opposition moves before they become threatening.He would be the key to India’s chances but the blue turf at the Riverbank Arena will be a new feature. Sardar, however, does not believe it will pose much of a problem.”We have not had too much time on that surface, but it should not make much of a difference. We will also play with yellow Kookaburra balls and have adapted well to them. We have also played and trained at the Olympic venue during the test event.Nobbs has gone on record saying that if India, ranked 10th in the world, can finish in the top six, it will be a creditable achievement.Sardar, however, has higher ambitions. “We will give our best at the Olympics. Our first target is the semi-finals but we are ultimately aiming at a podium finish,” he said. He will need to be at his best to realise that ambition.last_img read more