Diary of a Writer by Amitava Kumar – ThePrint


New Delhi [India], Jan 19 (ANI/PRNewswire): Picasso said painting is a way of keeping a diary. The Blue Book is an example of such a journal. A diary, both in words and in images, telling us that we can keep in view the sublime daily life.

All we need to do is pay equal attention to everything around us. Beauty only exists if you notice it. Don’t let your life go unnoticed.

Amitava Kumar says, “When I was a boy growing up in Bihar, I used to see my grandmother placing a single red hibiscus flower on a small pedestal for her gods. It was a daily morning ritual. I like rituals: they establish a pattern, structure our days. My paintings and my words are such a ritual, a way of giving shape and form to our common lives, that of my reader and mine.

Udayan Mitra, Executive Editor, says, “How does a writer react to the world around us? How does the creative process take shape? Through an impressive array of words and images, Amitava Kumar’s The Blue Book gives us fascinating insight into how an author’s mind responds and responds to the world around us. Amitava’s paintings are as beautiful as the thoughts that accompany them are arresting: together they form a memorable diary of the troubled times we have lived through. This is a book that any book lover will want to pick up and read more than once.

“Thinking about a beautiful line while looking at a beautiful painting is the sublime pleasure offered by Amitava Kumar’s The Blue Book.


“A beautiful tribute to – and an extension of – the tradition of writer-artists such as John Berger.”


“It’s not right to read another person’s diary. But Amitava Kumar makes the experience so intimate in The Blue Book that you don’t feel guilty. You feel like it’s yours.


About the Blue Book:

Drawing as a way of keeping a diary. Write words in a journal as a way to keep a historical record. Watercolors and also words. These are the resources writer Amitava Kumar was using even before the pandemic hit. But the task became urgent exactly when he felt most isolated and frightened. The Blue Book is Amitava Kumar’s urgent artistic response to our current world – a world that grants us love and loss, travels through diverse landscapes, virus deaths, a flood of fake news and, if we take care to notice it, visions of blazing beauty. From the acclaimed author of books like A Time Outside This Time and The Lovers, this writer’s diary is a panoramic portrait of the experience, both individual and collective, of the pandemic.

About the Author:

Amitava Kumar is the author of several non-fiction books and three novels. His work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Harper’s and several other publications. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell and the Lannan Foundation. Her novel Immigrant, Montana was on the New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year, The New York Times, and Barack Obama’s Favorite Books list of 2018. Her new novel A Time Outside This Time was described by Ayad Pulitzer-winning Akhtar as ‘an absorbing portrait of an inspired artist in the midst of our infuriating cultural moment’. Kumar is an English professor at Vassar College in upstate New York.

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions.

Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award.

HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.

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