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News story: Northern transport investment to help create thousands of jobs

first_img Roads media enquiries The middle (east of England plus East Midlands plus West Midlands) 864 The north(north-east plus north-west plus Yorkshire and Humber) 831 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Spend per head by region 2018/19 to 2020/21 – total 3 years Transport spending in the north over the next 3 years will be higher than in London and the south, new figures today reveal (25 June 2018).The Department for Transport’s analysis of future spending shows, between 2018 and 2021, it will be investing £831 per head on road and rail upgrades in the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire and the Humber – more than £30 more per head than London and the south at £799.The figures emerged as Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visited Liverpool Airport ahead of attending the Northern Transport Summit in Manchester, where she will say Heathrow expansion could lead to tens of thousands of jobs as businesses take advantage of the UK’s improved connections with the rest of the world.Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: The government last week confirmed that it is prepared to intervene to reserve slots at Heathrow for flights to airports in nations and regions around the UK if expansion goes ahead. It would ensure flights to domestic airports are safeguarded, ensuring important links will remain in place. This is in addition to Chris Grayling’s confirmation that 15% of the new capacity at Heathrow would be reserved for domestic flights.On rail, more than £1 billion is being spent on improving the north’s rail network with further investment through the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises to deliver room for 40,000 more passengers to travel on over 2,000 more services a week, with all trains replaced or refurbished by 2020. The government also plans to invest a further £3 billion upgrading the Transpennine rail route, better connecting Manchester, Leeds and York. Rail passengers will also benefit from smart ticketing, reducing the stress of buying tickets at a station.In addition, as part of the government’s commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), Transport for the North has been given £60 million to develop proposals for the scheme, alongside investing £300 million to ensure HS2 can accommodate future NPR services.On roads, last month, the last stretch of motorway-standard road between Newcastle and London via the A1(M) and M1 was officially opened, providing quicker connections from the north-east, creating new opportunities for businesses. The final section of the M62 upgrade between Leeds and Manchester is expected to start construction in 2019/20, leading to quicker, safer and more reliable journeys.Highways England will also start constructing a further 22 projects in the north over the next 3 years, including 3 upgrades on the M6 near Manchester, the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool, dualling the A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham and improving junctions on the M621.Other improvementsOther improvements to benefit the north include:center_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The south (London plus south-east plus south-west) 799 innovative trials in York and Newcastle will see how wireless technology can help reduce congestion in cities with vehicles communicating with traffic lights in the long term, HS2 will enable quicker journeys around the north, as well as open up space on the existing rail line for commuter services Sheffield’s ground-breaking new tram-train project – Supertram – is now in service on the existing tram network and from later this year it will use the rail network to give passengers quick and easy travel between Sheffield and Rotherham, cutting congestion and improving connectivity we are supporting the Tyne and Wear Metro, which connects Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland with Newcastle Airport, with £317 million for its reinvigoration and renewal programme, £229 million towards its running costs and, in the Budget, the Chancellor announced a £337 million direct grant to deliver a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro the A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road will also mean it will be easier for passengers to get to and from flights. This is one of 6 major local road schemes due to complete in the next three years. Stockport Town Centre Major Scheme, East Riding Road Maintenance and North Yorkshire Road Maintenance Scheme are under construction. Congleton Link Road and Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor could also be completed if business cases are approved. A further 5 schemes are also expected to start by 2021 – Preston Western Distributor Road, Poynton Relief Road, A630 Parkway, Middlewich Eastern Bypass and Jock’s Lodge Junction We are investing more than £13 billion to improve connections across the north between 2015 and 2020, getting people to their work, family and friends, quicker and easier than before. This investment demonstrates the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, which will help unlock economic growth and much-needed housing across the region. And a new Heathrow runway will bring further benefits to the north, better connecting the region’s airports with the UK’s hub airport and opening up new trade opportunities which could deliver a further boost to the northern economy.last_img read more

Gold Coast beach cottage owned by the same family for 60 years sells for $4.9m

first_img215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.ONE of the few beachfront cottages left on the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row has changed hands in a $4.9 million deal.The Mermaid Beach property at 215 Hedges Ave – which was owned by the same family for 60 years before it sold – was snapped up within 18 days of hitting the market.The Agency agent, John Natoli, who marketed the property with Ryan Ward, said the buyers did not want to risk losing it to someone else.215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.“The strength in the sale is because it was a corner block,” he said.“There’s not many to begin with but of those 29, only seven blocks are ones that can be improved.“I think the buyer recognised that and decided to act very quickly.“They’re from interstate and will use the home as a holiday home for a few years.”Mr Natoli said it was a “bitter-sweet” time for sellers Brian and Janette Gibson, who were reluctant to list the property.MORE NEWS: Raising the bar for luxury livingMORE NEWS: Live on the EdgeMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Gibson’s late mother Barbie bought it in 1958 for a few thousand pounds, then passed it down to her three sons before the couple bought out Brian’s brothers in 1985.“She (Barbie) and her husband had a property in Surfers Paradise but as far as she was concerned, Surfers was getting too busy and noisy,” Janette Gibson told the Bulletin when the property hit the market in December.Brian and Janette Gibson have lived at 215 Hedges Ave since 2002. Brian’s mother originally purchased the property in 1958. Pic John GassVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59“Then she saw this Mermaid Beach property. At that stage there were only gravel roads.”The Gibson family used the house as a holiday home throughout the 1960s to the 90s.“Our children and grandchildren have known it all their lives as a house for holidays,” Ms Gibson said.“It was always a lovely family area and that was why everybody loved it.”Brian and Janette took up residence in the property in 2002.They said they could never have imagined what Mermaid Beach, and particularly Hedges Ave, would become.The property was initially listed with a $5.3 million price tag.last_img read more

Time for Carnival

first_img 36 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Time for Carnival by: – March 4, 2011 It is only four days before the Dominica’s Real Mas street jump up and revellers, patrons, and visitors are all in making last minute preparations for this event. The streets of Roseau are bustling with excitement and shoppers as they anticipate the two day street jump up which is the climax of the carnival season.Revellers of the WCK  and Tripple Kay bands are  making sure they are all set in joining the T-shirt band of their choice. I interviewed a few carnival lovers who prefer remain annonymous  inquiring which t-shirt band was their preference and here are their responses;“Me? CK I rolling with you think you could mash up more that me? Eh, i doh think nobody can mash up more than me!, “I myself my jourvet I waiting for – I ready for my carnival”, “You think is so; is not so we sans cobin!”, “High Speed babay!” and another screamed “Tripple Kay to save the day so hush your mouth!”It is all about the carnival hype in Dominica and dominicavibes will be bringing it all to you!News Reporter: Grace HendersonPhoto credit: Abigail Antoinelast_img read more

Republican fundraising email features darkened Kaepernick image, report says

first_imgIt has been more than 2 1/2 years since Colin Kaepernick suited up for an NFL game, yet it appears there are people still trying play defense against him.On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee distributed a fundraising email. On Thursday, Yahoo reported that an image of Kaepernick in the email appeared side-by-side with President Trump, and that the Kaepernick image seemed to have been altered to make Kaepernick’s skin tone appear darker.The email asked respondents who …last_img

Chesa Nyama to open restaurant in the US

first_img26 February 2016Chesa Nyama is going to America, but what exactly is chesa nyama, or shisa nyama?According to South Africa braai connoisseur Jan Braai, while “chesa nyama” might literally mean “to burn meat” in isiZulu, it is a lot more than that. It is an informal social event involving the traditional meat braai, where friends and even strangers gather to celebrate the great South Africa social culture of food and community. It is an opportunity to bring together people of all walks of life with good food and good music, to make great memories.Chesa Nyama heads to the US https://t.co/DwN95z0tN6 pic.twitter.com/Q4imsTmXgc— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) February 24, 2016Chesa Nyama is one of South Africa’s fastest growing national brands, a traditional braai restaurant franchise hugely popular with young people and people looking for an authentic taste of African braai cuisine.It has almost 300 franchises across South Africa and employs over 3 000 people. The brand’s rapid growth led to the listing of its owner company, Gold Brands, on the JSE at the beginning of 2016.Congratulations to our holding company Gold Brands for being the only fast food company to be listed on the JSE! pic.twitter.com/z5GLd5bcVr— Chesanyama (@Chesanyama_SA) February 19, 2016Gold Brands is now set to export the success of Chesa Nyama and South African braai culture to the United States, with plans to open its first restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee in October.Gold Brands announced on 23 February that the company had signed a memorandum of understanding for the expansion of the brand with private investors, the South African industrial holdings firm Red Hornbill, and the White Family Partnership, an American partner.#SouthAfrican born brands can achieve success. 3 year old #ChesaNyama franchise chain announced it opens in US this year #WednesdayWisdom— Commstrategis (@Commstrategis) February 24, 2016An area development agreement between these partners allows for the establishment of Chesa Nyama Holdings in the US, with Gold Brands as a partner in the joint venture. It will own 30% of the American company and Red Hornbill will own 40%; the remaining 30% percent will be held by the White Family Partnership.According to the deal, Red Hornbill and the White Family will cover the funding of the Nashville set up as well as establishment costs for the further roll out of the franchise in the US. While Gold Brands will not provide capital for the US venture, it will be responsible for logistical support in the development of the product lines, branding, menu costing and strategic support.Gold Brands’ chief executive, Stelio Nathanael, explained the origins of the expansion plans to CNBC Africa: “We have long had a dream of taking Chesa Nyama beyond the borders of Africa. The idea has always been to bring our iconic South African braai culture to America.”We can not blame the Americans for loving #Chesanyama! No one can resist the #Nyamalicious treats! #ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/dpj5MxEK2c— Chesanyama (@Chesanyama_SA) February 24, 2016“(While) we’ll have to teach (the Americans) how to say Chesa Nyama first,” Nathanael joked, “it’s more about a restaurant dining concept giving that African feel and what we as South Africans are about.”He attributes the success of the brand to South Africans who embrace the combination of tradition with the contemporary. “(Our customers) love the brand so much, love the vibe of the brand. (but) they (also) love the tradition of Chesa Nyama and bringing it from the township to the suburbs is the reason for its success.”He is confident the model will translate not only to a large African expatriate community in Nashville, but also to Americans looking to try something a little different.Source: ENCAlast_img read more

Despite Economic Recession, Entrepreneurial Activity Reaches Highest Point in 14 Years, Says Kauffman Report

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A recent report issued by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation points to an increase in entrepreneurial activity over the last decade and a half. Despite – and perhaps as a result of – the economic downturn, entrepreneurial activity in 2009 reached its highest point in 14 years, according to the Kauffman report. The increased rate of entrepreneurship occurred across most demographic categories, with the largest increase coming among African-Americans and older individuals. According to the report, men are substantially more likely to start businesses each month than are women, but the level of entrepreneurial activity increased for both men and women over the past two years.The entrepreneurial activity rate among African Americans increased in the last year, reaching its highest level over the past decade and a half. In the same time span, Latino and Asian entrepreneurial activity rate decreased.Entrepreneurship rates increased the most for high school and college-educated individuals.Those aged 55 to 64 experienced the second-largest increase in business-creation rates from 2008 to 2009. Among this group, entrepreneurial activity rose from 0.36% to 0.40%. Although those in younger age groups also saw increased levels of entrepreneurship, that occurred at much lower levels. Those age 20 to 34, for example, have an entrepreneurship rate of .24%. While the West continues to have a higher rate of entrepreneurship than other parts of the country, it showed a sharp decline in 2008, from 0.42% in 2008 to 0.38% in 2009. The states with the highest rates of entrepreneurial activity were Oklahoma, Montana, Arizona, Texas and Idaho. The states with the lowest rates of entrepreneurial activity were Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Minnesota.Among the fifteen largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the highest entrepreneurial activity rate in 2009 was in Houston. The area with the lowest was Seattle.The increased entrepreneurial activity may be a promising indicator for an economic comeback. “Challenging economic times can serve as a motivational boost to individuals who have been laid-off to become their own employers and future job creators,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “Because entrepreneurs drive the economy, the growth in 2009 business startups is encouraging and hopefully points to a hopeful trend in terms of our economic recovery.” last_img read more

5 Keys to a Successful DevOps Implementation in Your Organization

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Andrey Kudievskiy is the founder and CEO of Distillery, a full-service software design and development company that works with enterprises and startups to create new products and fundamentally improve existing ones. Follow the Puck Tags:#automation#CALMS#Cultural Change#development#Devops#IT structure#Methodology#operations#Organizational Change Modern technologies allow businesses to deliver products and services faster and more efficiently with each passing day. Speed and efficiency are the key drivers of success in today’s business environment, which is why companies that have embraced DevOps as a business methodology are dominant. (Think Amazon, Netflix, and Target.) Organizations that have fully implemented DevOps are able to dramatically reduce the time it takes to deliver products to market while simultaneously lessening development costs.That’s not the only reason the DevOps market is projected to surge 19% by 2020 and reach an estimated $12.85 billion by 2025.Consider this: Employee job satisfaction is a major predictor of organizational success. As a business approach, DevOps can curtail problems with employee satisfaction. Software developers don’t like broken/slow environments and hate spending their time figuring out why they can’t deploy code with one push of a button.DevOps leads to happier, more productive employees while reducing organizational risks, improving customer satisfaction, and allowing for faster recovery times.Dispelling DevOps MythsBefore we explore why a DevOps implementation is such a competitive advantage, let’s be clear about what DevOps isn’t.DevOps is not automation. However, automating as much as possible is one of the primary principles of DevOps. Likewise, it’s not a replacement for the deeply technical and specialized skills in your organization. Eliminating the stovepipes of specialization does not mean firing your Linux and Oracle experts.DevOps does require deep cultural and organizational change. That typically means altering behavior — a lot. It means overhauling decades’ worth of practices that are deeply ingrained in your team.You have to tell the veterans of your organization who are accustomed to running things in a certain way that much of what they know and do every day is obsolete.It’s not easy to change your IT organizational structure. We can put developers and operations people together in a room and tell them to get it done, but those two groups of people won’t magically morph into a DevOps organization. They might as well be from different planets.Keep Calm and Rely on CALMSCALMS is a conceptual framework for the integration of development and operations, quality and security teams, and systems and functions within an organization. It’s often used as a maturity model, helping managers evaluate whether their organizations are ready for DevOps — and if not, what needs to change.If you work in operations, “doing DevOps” and making use of some development techniques doesn’t automatically translate to success.It’s critical to note that simply implementing software practices inside an ops silo isn’t sufficient. Cultural and procedural changes around CALMS implementation in your organization are required.The five pillars of the framework are:· Culture: There is a culture of shared responsibility.· Automation: Team members seek ways to automate as many tasks as possible and are comfortable with the idea of continuous delivery.· Lean: Team members can visualize work in progress, limit batch sizes, and manage queue lengths.· Measurement: Data is constantly being collected, and there is also technology that can provide visibility into all this data and the systems that house it.· Sharing: Easy-to-navigate channels allow teams in both development and operations to communicate. It’s incredibly important to eliminate any silos that exist between development teams responsible for disparate functions.Eliminating divisions helps organizations achieve the end-to-end accountability necessary to create effective software solutions. Within DevOps, an effective method of building internal trust involves bringing together team members to develop software and proactively respond to new issues in production with assistance from operations.Harnessing the Power of DevOpsIf you’re a decision maker at your organization who wants to harness the power of DevOps, here are five tips for a successful implementation:1. Choose the right development methodology.The underlying philosophy of DevOps is shorter, more focused work cycles that lead to superior outcomes. More agile development approaches like Scrum or Kanban can empower developers to define goals, prioritize tasks, and identify procedural problems. You can use a combination of both methodologies to optimize your approach based on your particular business objectives.2. Implement CI and CD strategies.Continuous integration, or CI, is a strategy for frequently and automatically testing against a code branch. Continuous delivery, or CD, automates the process of getting code into production after testing and approval (if needed).The code is held in a repository like Git or SVN for safekeeping and version control. But those repositories aren’t limited to code. Automated methods of configuring and deploying infrastructure have breathed life into the concept of “infrastructure as code.”Using infrastructure as code means that you can incorporate it into other DevOps processes, such as deployment or testing. One of the benefits of infrastructure as code is how it allows your systems to remain evergreen by making it easy to keep everything updated with new packages or versions.3. Consider using the cloud.For some organizations, DevOps relies on a cloud infrastructure that allows practitioners to provision and request resources. A prerequisite of DevOps is the ability to consume resources as you go and to detach the infrastructure for the central service.That cloud doesn’t need to be Amazon Web Services, though. It can be built as an internal private cloud. Enterprises working to embrace DevOps often struggle with legacy infrastructure, which sometimes does not interface well with cutting-edge tools. In most cases, however, such a transition is a requirement for successful DevOps adoption.4. Adjust and iterate.How well IT performs depends on certain DevOps practices, such as continuous delivery as well as using version control. The more time DevOps practices are given (and the more they are improved upon), the better they perform. And improved IT performance means there’s also a greater likelihood of improving performance across the entire organization. In fact, 46% of organizations with high-performing IT departments see improved ROI on technology.Moreover, these organizations are more likely to be at the forefront of digital transformation and invest in advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and customer experience tools.5. Focus on cultural change.Organizational culture is one of the strongest predictors of both IT performance and the overall success of an organization. High-trust organizations encourage an open flow of information, collaboration across departments, the ability to learn from mistakes and failures, and sharing responsibilities.These cultural practices and norms are core elements of DevOps, with DevOps practices frequently correlating with peak organizational performance. Job satisfaction involves doing work that’s challenging and meaningful, empowering us to exercise our skills and judgment. It’s also clear that job satisfaction encourages employees to bring their best selves to work, which leads to more innovation everywhere.To be clear, DevOps is a methodology that focuses on people rather than technology. Numerous studies have shown that healthy organizations — companies that have satisfied team members — are more productive than their competitors. A successful DevOps implementation will undoubtedly give you a competitive advantage. Moreover, it will create the type of internal mindset that will be necessary for success as technological change continues to disrupt commerce in the coming years. Andrey KudievskiyCEO of Distillery Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f…last_img read more

Despite hurting hand, Chris Banchero good to go for quarterfinals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Alaska guard Chris Banchero said he’s ready to play in the Aces’ match up against Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup despite hurting his shooting hand in the do-or-die game against NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img Banchero subbed out with 2:11 left in the second quarter after the Road Warriors’ JR Quiñahan accidentally whacked his hand.Although Banchero did not return to the game, the Aces cruised to the 88-80 victory and set up a semifinals series with Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was just chopped by Quiñahan but I think I’d be ready to play, I’m ready to go by Sunday,” said Banchero Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It’s kind of painful right now because it’s swollen. I don’t think it’s too bad, it’s just a little painful.”Banchero, who averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists prior to the NLEX game, finished with four points, three rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes of play. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Leagues, clubs to meet for tricky Champions League talks Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He added that he didn’t need to go back to the court especially his teammates had it all wrapped up way before the final buzzer sounded.Alaska held a 44-25 lead after the first half and the Aces just kept their momentum for the rest of the game.JVee Casio’s three-pointer gave the Aces a 69-41 lead with 2:51 left in the third and although the Road Warriors’ tried to mount a comeback in the fourth the time left was too little for any bid to happen.“We were playing well and there’s no need for me to get back in the game,” said Banchero, who saw 37-year-old Sonny Thoss put up 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.“Sonny was playing very well, everybody played well tonight so we got the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Leaving Indian English writings notches ahead

first_imgThe literary circles of India mourn the demise of Kiran Nagarkar, the recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Sahitya Akademi Award for English Writers among others. Known for being both bawdy and lyrical, Nagarkar’s writings were pronouncedly both political yet irreverent. He is specially credited for contributing singularly to modern English fiction from India which were particularly marked by depth. One of the leading lights of modern Indian literature, acclaimed for eight novels in English and Marathi, Nagarkar, at 77, breathed his last in Mumbai on Thursday. Apart from works for children and his accomplishments as an academic, a journalist, a screenplay writer, and in the advertising industry, The Arsonist, published in 2019, was his latest work of fiction. Indian writing in English has had a brief history so far but one that is marked with significant range and variety. It is said to be in 1793, that Sake Dean Mahomed wrote what is believed to be the first book by an Indian in English: The Travels of Dean Mahomed. Most early Indian writing in English was non-fictional and were primarily biographies and political essays. The late 19th century witnessed a change in this trend as (now) famous Indian authors wrote and published works in their mother tongue. Rabindranath Tagore was one who began translating his works from Bengali to English and this could be said to be a beginning of Indian writing in English by way of articulating subjective expressions sans the confinements of genres. RK Narayanan was another iconic Indian English writer whose stories were essentially about the common people in simple places, his Malgudi Days remains a classic. Authors like Kiran Nagarkar have brought Indian writing in English a long way since then. Bringing ‘Indianness’ to Indian English literature, contemporary authors like Nagarkar were said to be path-breaking. He will be best remembered for not just his vast body of work but also for his enthusiasm for life. And, for adding new dimensions to modern Indian writings in a foreign language that is only more Indian.last_img read more