Books and Authors - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Which book has FB COO Sheryl Sandberg released in March 2017?
- Published on 27 Mar 17

a. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy
b. Lean In
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the release of a new book “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.”

Her last book “Lean In” was on women business leadership and sold over million copies.

Sandberg was named among the 100 most influential women of the year by TIME magazine in 2012.

She is the first woman to work on the Facebook Board.

Sandberg's upcoming book speaks on meaning and coping following the sudden demise of husband Dave Goldberg in 2015.

Book's title was inspired by the worlds of Phil Deutch who consoled her that if Option B was the only one available, it should be used.

Sandberg talks of her grief following Dave's death and how she coped with it.

The book has been co-written by Adam Grant and will be released on April 24, 2017.

2)   Which new novel is to be released by Salman Rushdie?
- Published on 09 Feb 17

a. The Satanic Verses
b. Midnight's Children
c. The Golden House
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: The Golden House

Author Salman Rushdie’s new novel titled The Golden House is slated to release in September 2017.

The announcement was made by Penguin Random House on 7 February 2017.

The book will be published in India by Penguin Random House, which acquired the subcontinent rights from the Wylie Agency.

Rushdie’s forthcoming novel is a modern-day thriller, which tells a story of a mysteriously wealthy family from Bombay that is desperately seeking to forget the tragedy they left behind as they settled in New York City.

About Salman Rushdie:

  • Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist.
  • He was born in Bombay (British India) into a Muslim family of Kashmiri descent. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981.
  • It was also deemed to be “the best novel of all winners” on two separate occasions.
  • His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was the subject of a major controversy.
  • In 1983, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
  • The Times ranked him 13th on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

3)   Which NE state has joined the list of those hosting lit fests?
- Published on 30 Jan 17

a. Assam
b. Meghalaya
c. Mizoram
d. Nagaland
Answer  Explanation 


The first Brahmaputra Literary Festival with more than 150 authors commenced on Jan 28, 2017 in Assam.

The festival is jointly organised by the National Book Trust and the Assam Government.

It will hold panel discussions, book releases, readings and culture events such as screening of films based on books.

Musical and dance performances will also be held.

The focus is on languages, literary, culture, society, performance traditions, politics, music and identity in NE states, India and the world.

This will also serve as a rich literary interface and a showcase of unique cultural and linguistic heritage.

4)   Who has won the Hindu Prize 2016 for “Jinnah Often Came to Our House.”?
- Published on 17 Jan 17

a. Kiran Doshi
b. Shashi Tharoor
c. Shobhaa De
d. Vikram Seth
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kiran Doshi

Kiran Doshi, a retired diplomat and educationist from Gujarat, won The Hindu Prize 2016 on 15th Jan 2017.

It was for his third major work of fiction, Jinnah Often Came to Our House.

The book is set against the political turmoil of the subcontinent from the start of the 20th century closing with the Partition and Independence.

Shortlisted works were:

  • Anil Menon’s Half Of What I Say,
  • Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s The Adivasi Will Not Dance,
  • Kunal Basu’s Kalkatta and
  • Manjula Padmanabhan’s The Island of Lost Girls.
The award was given away by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks at the ongoing The Hindu Lit for Life fest.

Earlier on 14h Jan 2017, contemporary artist Gulamohammed Sheikh inaugurated The Hindu Lit for Life 2017.

5)   Who was the writer and author associated with The Exorcist?
- Published on 16 Jan 17

a. William Peter Smith
b. William Peter Jones
c. William Peter Blatty
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty, the author of novel The Exorcist and writer of its Oscar winning film died at age 89.

Blatty was the author of several books. His leading success was the 1971 novel which told the story of a possessed 12 year old girl.

The novel was panned by critics. But it met with commercial success, selling 13 million copies and topping the NYT Bestseller list for 17 weeks.

Blatty won an Oscar for adapting the screenplay of the book for a 1973 film and later directed a sequel, in 1990 called The Exorcist III.

Blatty died on 12th Jan 2017 suffering from a rare form of cancer, multiple myeloma.

He also specialized in comedy, writing Promise Her Anything (1965), which starred Warren Beatty, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) and The Great Bank Robbery (1969).

He also wrote the Pink Panther sequel Shot in the Dark. Another cult film he scripted was Darlin Lili which starred Rock Hudson and Julie Andrews.

6)   Who has been appointed spokesperson of the BJP Mumbai unit on 29th Dec 2016?
- Published on 02 Jan 17

a. Tuhin Sinha
b. Chetan Bhagat
c. Amish
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tuhin Sinha

Best-selling author and commentator Tuhin A. Sinha has been appointed a spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Mumbai unit on 29th Dec.

Ranked among the most prolific Indian writers experimenting with new genres, the 40-year-old Sinha has also dabbled with the entertainment industry, part-writing episodes of the seven-year-old teleserial 'Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai'.

Among his books are:

  • A romance story "That Thing Called Love",
  • A cricket thriller "The Captain",
  • An offbeat romance story "Let the Reason Be Love".
  • He has also co-authored a book India Aspires with Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari.
The author has also collaborated with him for ministry road safety and other socially relevant initiatives.

He has also worked with Reliance as a creative consultant.

Sinha launched an NGO, the Ignited India Foundation with the online auction of 2 Madhubani paintings.

Know More About BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress.

President: Amit Shah

Founded: April 6, 1980

Newspaper: Kamal Sandesh

Ideology: Integral humanism, Social conservatism, Conservatism, Hindu nationalism, Gandhian socialism, Hindutva

Political position: Right-wing politics

Alliance: National Democratic Alliance

7)   Book entitled “Courts of India-Past to Present” was compiled by the Supreme Court Editorial Committee headed by whom?
- Published on 15 Dec 16

a. Justice TS Thakur
b. Justice Kehar
c. Justice Bobde
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice Bobde

Book entitled “Courts of India-Past to Present” was in news on 12th Dec 2016.

This coffee table book introduces the complexities of the Indian judiciary to common public in technical and non-technical manner.

The primary focus of the book is on the evolution of higher judiciary in India in the colonial period.

The book remarks that the establishment of HC in Bengal, Madras and Bombay provinces in the 19th century is the real beginning of functional higher judiciary in India.

It covers important events such as the establishment of the Federal Court under the GoI Act 1935 and the historic trial of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

It also covers important judgements of the SC like Keshavananda Bharati Case (1973), Indira Sawhney Case (1992), SR Bommai Case (1994).

To maintain the simplicity, several photographs are included in the book that better illustrates the narrative in the book.

It was compiled by the Supreme Court Editorial Committee headed by Justice SA Bobde

It was published by the Publication Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The foreword of the 512 page book was written by CJI TS Thakur.

8)   Three books on Rashtrapati Bhavan were released on 11th Dec including?
- Published on 13 Dec 16

a. ‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’
b. ‘Indradhanush – Volume II’
c. Both a and b
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Three books including “Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan” and ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj’ were released at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 11th December 2016 by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi respectively.

Various initiatives were highlighted such as the Multi-Volume Documentation Project, Smart Gram Initiative, Visitor’s Conference, Laureates and Leaders Summit etc.

‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj’, is a book for children which recreates the story of Rashtrapati Bhavan from its inception as Government House, a symbol of imperial might, to the present day.

‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’ is an attempt to record the human history of the residents living in the President’s Estate.

‘Indradhanush Volume-II’ is a compendium of music, dance, theatre and cinematic presentations organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan from mid 2014 to September 2016.

All three books have been released by Publications Division of I&B Ministry.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • Formerly known as Viceroy’s House.
  • Official home of President of India.
  • Address: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004
  • Opened: 1929
  • Architect: Edwin Lutyens

9)   Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography has won the Crossword Book of the Year Award. What is it called?
- Published on 05 Dec 16

a. Playing it Your Way
b. Playing It Our Way
c. Playing It My Way
d. Playing It the Big Way
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Playing It My Way

Cricketing sensation Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing It My Way” has won the Crossword Book of the Year award (autobiography category). It is penned by well known cricket historian and writer Boria Majumdar.

The book chronicles the life and career of Tendulkar in his own words, smashing the records in the publishing world.

Book has been acclaimed by former players and fans alike.

It also entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best selling adult hardback book across fiction and non fiction categories

The book was also a commercial success logging up INR 13.51 crore

Tendulkar is the most celebrated cricketer in the modern era

10)   Which book has been authored by CSE’s Sunita Narain?
- Published on 30 Nov 16

a. Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement
b. Conflicts of Interest: A Journey through India's Green Movement
c. Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through Green Movement
d. Conflicts of Interest: India's Green Movement
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement

CSE’s noted environmental scientist and activist Sunita Narain has authored “Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement”

The book has been acquired by Penguin in the second week of Nov 2016. This is a personal account.

The book includes an environmental manifesto in which she lays an outline for the direction India must take to cope with climate change and environmental degradation.

The book discusses corporate lobbies and political interests scuttling environmental issues.

Know About Sunita Narain

  • Sunita is an Environmentalist and political activist
  • Proponent of green concept of sustainable development
  • Posts held: DG of India’s Centre for Science and Environment, Director of Society for Environmental Communications
  • Editor : Fortnightly magazine “Down to Earth”
  • Winner of Padma Shri in 2005
  • Honoured with Doctor of Science by University of Calcutta in 2009
  • Named among TIME’s most influential people in 2016
  • Received IAMCR Climate Change Communication Research in Action Award in 2016

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