Dan Brown’s next: The man who cracked The Da Vinci Code is back! Four years after Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist created by novelist Dan Brown (and played by Tom Hanks on screen), raced around Washington DC looking for The Lost Symbol, he’ll be back in the heart of Europe, reading codes, beating the clock and dodging murderous enemies.
Titled Inferno, the story is based on the life of the 14th century Italian poet Dante and details that Brown unearthed while researching Dante’s Inferno in Florence. Brown, who has sold some 190 millions books worldwide, has said Inferno would “take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm…a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”
Published by Random House India, Inferno will hit the stands on May 14, in hardback, e-book and audio CD formats.
Tribute to sunil: Jaipur Literature Festival will hold a special session on its inaugural day, January 24, to pay tribute to Bengali poet-novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay. Titled ‘Remembering Sunil Da’, the late-afternoon session will have film screening, readings by Sharmila Tagore and tributes by Aruna Chakravarti, Arunava Sinha and Amit Chaudhuri.
Woman of words: There’s another Calcutta connection at the Jaipur Lit Fest — the English translation of the autobiography of the late Prabha Khaitan, a Calcutta-based feminist writer, poet and social activist, will be launched on the closing day, January 28. Titled Anya Se Ananaya after the Hindi title of the autobiography, the session will launch the English translation done by Ira Pande, A Life Apart, followed by a discussion involving Pande, Urvashi Butalia, whose publishing house Zubaan has brought out the English version, festival director Namita Gokhale and others.
Catty tales: Not so much a fly-on-the-wall as a cat-on-the-sill, this is a heart-warming tale of a kitten rescued from the slums of Delhi and taken to a beautiful sanctuary with views of the snow-capped Himalayas. In her new home, the Dalai Lama’s cat encounters Hollywood stars, Buddhist masters, Ivy-league professors, philanthropists and a host of others. Each encounter offers an insight into finding happiness and meaning in the midst of our busy and challenging lives.
Drawing us into her world with her adorable but flawed personality, the Dalai Lama’s cat discovers how instead of trying to change the world, changing the way we experience the world is the key to contentment. Featuring a delightful cast of characters, timeless Buddhist wisdom and His Holiness’s compassion, The Dalai Lama’s Cat (published by Hay House, distributed by Penguin India, Rs 399) by David Michie makes for an enchanting and enriching read.