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21-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Book authored by SSP released in Srinagar

L. Mohanti IPS Addl. DGP Armed J&K joined by S.A Watali IPS IGP Armed/ IR Jammu, S.Ahfadul Mujtaba IPS IGP Armed/ IR Kashmir and other Senior Officers Monday released the book titled “Procedural Lapses/ Ambiguities Vis-à-vis Prosecution/ Acquittals”...

21-Aug-2017

The amazing tales of inventions that created and run the modern world

The i-Phone may seem the pinnacle of human endeavour, ingenuity and technological prowess -- but while Steve Jobs deserves the plaudits, the range of technologies making it possible were a collective effort, facilitated by a surprisingly unexpected benefactor.When...

19-Aug-2017

The dark secret of a double killing outside the FBI HQ

A gangland-style execution -- and the murderer's subsequent suicide -- right outside the FBI headquarters in Washington is witnessed by an extraordinary agent who is now tasked to solve it. But, while he cannot find any links between the two, comes another...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Of mystery, spying and ghosts

Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing,...

13-Aug-2017

Judging books by their names: A trip through tantalising titles

"Conquering kings their titles take.." begins a Christian hymn, but what about those of books that demand you take a second look at them for something inviting, intriguing, or even incongruous in their name. While an indirect, rather fanciful title is now the norm,...

10-Jul-2017

Writer who is making mythology 'cool', one novel at a time

His "Shiva Trilogy" -- "The Immortals of Meluha", "The Secret of the Nagas" and "The Oath of the Vayuputras" -- was the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history. And the first novel of his five-part "Ram Chandra Series" -- "Scion of Ikshvaku"...

10-Jul-2017

The key aide who ensures a US President's success or failure

The floundering that marks the Donald Trump presidency so far may be due to his ignoring a crucial -- and tested -- tenet of US Presidential politics since the last half century: Appointing an efficient "gatekeeper" in the White House, letting him work unhindered...

09-Jul-2017

Lost or distorted messages : A literary malady

The human capacity for perverse contrariness or, at best, a different perspective, is quite immense. And suffering most from it are writers, who must not only hope their work appeals to the public but also that their message gets understood. But responses...

07-Jul-2017 New Delhi

Business tips, a thriller and cricket

Get a collection of new street-smarts based on interviews with experienced people, read a powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom, and flick through a sweet tale about a young chap deeply involved in winning a cricket...

07-Jul-2017

A surrealistic, supernatural quest in Karachi - and beyond

Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compete with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals are capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to its perceived "injustices"...

06-Jul-2017

'Bol ke labh azad hain tere': Faiz beyond revolution and romance

"Maqam, Faiz, koi raah mein jacha hi nahi/Jo kuu-e-yaar se nikle to suye-e-daar chale (No other stage on the way was suitable, Faiz/Emerging from the street of the beloved, I climbed the scaffold)".The couplet showcases both passionate motifs -- romance and...

02-Jul-2017

The poem that sent a prince galloping for home

It is not a fable, though it may seem like one. A prince is so entranced by an unparalleled city of his dominions that he lingers in it year after year, while his courtiers grow increasingly homesick and long to be reunited with their families. But nobody...

26-Jun-2017

A world where the truth matters not

Populists pandering to parochial identities, polarising multi-ethnic societies, posing extravagant claims but backtracking without any blushes after securing their objective (while the public doesn't seem to care), reversing rationalism, demonising dissent and...

24-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Of Yoga sutras, mystery and superstitions

Embark on an inspiring journey based on the ancient philosophy of Yoga Sutras, flick through the story of a newly married couple stuck in a mystery, read about the steady advent of modernity in a village where tradition and subversion coexist and learn a new...

24-Jun-2017

A global tour of expressive words English needs

Marmalade, bikini, shampoo, garage, robot, honcho, banjo, and so on may seem English but have actually gathered from all over the world for there is no language it has not picked up words from. But maybe not fully. Say, one word only for those solving a practical...

23-Jun-2017

Exploring Kumaon through its art, craftsmanship and woodwork

It is not just an abode of natural beauty, snow-capped peaks and tourist destinations but the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand has got much more to it. And writer Manju Kak's latest book explores the region through its art, craft, craftsmanship and woodwork.Having...

22-Jun-2017

Reporting from Pakistan: Adventures in a mirror-image land?

The hardest border to cross is the one constructed or fostered in our minds. Though many Indians are quite fond of citing "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", or the world being one family, the sentiment may not only stop at their western frontier but also doesn't prevent...

21-Jun-2017 New Delhi

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it."The 10 Minute Yoga Solution" (HarperCollins/...

20-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Writers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka find publishing haven in India

Indian publishing houses are fast becoming the preferred choice of writers from the neighbouring countries, with an increasing number of manuscripts from Pakistan and Sri Lanka doing well in India.Yet, it is a tale of many contrasts. Many of the manuscripts...

20-Jun-2017

Making a nation with tracks : The Railways' impact on India

In these days of low-budget airlines, it is only thought a common, time-taking mode of travel. But given Mahatma Gandhi, the Kakori conspiracy, the Partition refugees' trains, Godhra, or even films from "Aradhana" to "Dilwalwe Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" and...

20-Jun-2017

Being Indian: Challenge of bringing up 'Desi' children abroad

The many aspects of everyday Indian life -- history, culture, language, family relationships and marriage -- that we in India tend to take for granted are often major issues of contention for NRIs living overseas - an estimated 30 million of them spread...

19-Jun-2017

Start-up Boom: Evolution of successful entrepreneurs in India

Prior to economic liberalisation, the Indian business scenario was dominanted by family-based companies or people opting for government jobs, instilled with the notion of being financially secure. There was very little or no success in being an entrepreneur....

19-Jun-2017

Hillary Clinton's second Presidential bid : An autopsy

It was an election she had been preparing long for and was favoured to win to become the first woman heading the world's most powerful democracy. But as American voters confounded experienced but "establishment" candidate Hillary Clinton - and experts -...

18-Jun-2017

Evoking laughter from the corridors of power

Apart from the record of some singular "inspired" leaders, who may end up presiding over destinies of millions, including in mature democracies even now (and from a safe distance), humour is not a sentiment evoked by either politics and governance. But creative...

17-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Unromantic eroticism : Psychological thriller for the Tinder generation

There are no love stories to be told, no happy endings and no redeeming features in author Lisa Hilton's psychological thriller trilogy. She rather uses graphic sex to explore the uninhibited desires of Judith Rashleigh, her woman protagonist in the series."Sex...

15-Jun-2017

Not only 'Home Sweet Home': How homes make and keep us human

"How does it feel, how does it feel?/To be without a home/Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone," jeeringly asked Bob Dylan in the refrain of a 1965 single (a later cult classic), as he articulated one of humans' deepest fears. Home is a short word...

14-Jun-2017

The often ignored hand that rocks the Islamist cradle

For every Malala Yousufzai or even Benazir Bhutto, there is also an Apa Nisar Fatima, who applauded Zia ul Haq's Islamisation drive, the baton-wielding girl students of Lal Masjid's seminary or Tashfeen Malik of the 2015 St Bernardino attack. Pakistani women's...

13-Jun-2017

Searching for ecstasy across a spectrum of transcendence

Even in our hi-tech, increasingly self-obsessed and anxiety-beset world, there are times when we move beyond our digital devotion, daily duties or angst to a "more peaceful, absorbed or transcendent state of mind". Do these moments of rapture have any significance...

12-Jun-2017

The straight dope about the Fuehrer and the Nazi war machine

His vegetarianism, teetotalism, non-smoking and concern for animals (his regime had stringent laws for their protection and mulled closing slaughterhouses) didn't prevent Adolf Hitler's megalomania, psychopathic racism and callous disregard for human suffering....

08-Jun-2017

A woman's snapshots of Egypt's simmering discontent and revolt

Volcanic emotions contribute to, and are further generated, during turbulent times in human affairs as manifested in revolutions or other such instances of rapid change. But how dis these grow to the critical levels necessary to trigger such upheavals, say, in...

08-Jun-2017 New Delhi

'India might become an educationally failed nation'

An Indian linguist and anthropologist who is globally revered for his work on dying languages, Ganesh Devy has researched and documented 780 living Indian languages. He says that offering reservation quotas alone will not solve the problem of social exclusion...

07-Jun-2017

Nanak, the apostle of oneness, compassion and 'Charhdi Kala'

In every age, when humanity becomes mired in gross materialism, ritualistic faith and religious antagonism, there appears an inspired figure seeking to bridge the divide, show a better path and revive relations with the divine. These are no strangers to...

05-Jun-2017

The sub-atomic forces and processes enabling our hi-tech lives

Oscillatory motion, capacitors, potential difference, disordered semiconductors, destructive interference and so on may seem, for many of us, terms only fit for a physics textbook -- but do we have any idea what they do in our daily lives? Mobile alarms, ATMs, digital...

04-Jun-2017

How a once shy girl became Tamil Nadu's 'Amma'

How did a beautiful, doe-eyed woman of the 1970s become one of India's most charismatic politicians? What made a once-shy girl to take to the male-dominated world of politics? And just how did a single woman overcome deaths of people close to her, loneliness,...

03-Jun-2017

Against all odds: The extraordinary life of Sonal Mansingh

Few Indian classical dancers have risen to such fame and glory as the widely-adored Sonal Mansingh. A recent biography attempts to capture the life and times of this classical dancer and lives to tell the many known tales of her illustrious life.Titled,...

03-Jun-2017 New Delhi

The audacious patriots who sabotaged the Nazi nuclear project

Would the Second World War have ended the same way if Hitler's Germany had developed an atomic bomb? At one point, the Nazis were tied with the Allies, even after driving away many gifted brains by their racial policies, but lost the race. A crucial reason...

02-Jun-2017

Debutante writer captures our apathy towards maids

Do you have a domestic help at home to assist your family with household chores? When was the last time you stopped to take a close look at all that she goes through? Perhaps, never. This rare gem of scholarship brings their stories -- of migration, pain...

01-Jun-2017

Smuggling knowledge past jihadis: An audacious African adventure

After nature, what some sections of humans get most satisfaction in seeking to destroy is knowledge, in its physical manifestations, irrespective of whether it opposes their view of "truth" or merely presents an alternative. Fortunately, offering hope to us...

31-May-2017

Red, strange and dangerous: Mars' mysteries explained

Beyond a prominent astrological "influence", an idea of masculinity (and even men's origin) and a cryptic utterance in the first Harry Potter book among its varied cultural expressions, the Red Planet, easily seen by the naked eye, has long fascinated us. But...

30-May-2017 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in June 2017

Not all books live up to the expectations of the readers. Much-anticipated books will sometimes disappoint readers and critics. And there will always be books that establish themselves in due course of time.The month gone by saw the release of many promising...

29-May-2017 New Delhi

Remembering the last Mughal emperor and his poetry

A remarkable new book highlights the various aspects of a bygone era, and the life and poetry of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar.Written by Aslam Parvez, a poet himself, "The Life and Poetry of Bahadur Shah Zafar" (translated by Ather Farouqui;...

27-May-2017

The global journey of curry - with some recipes thrown in

Curry, in the culinary lexicon, is intrinsically associated with the routine Indian meal. Be it fish, meat or vegetable, the dishes are primarily curry-based, which is mostly relished with rice or roti. But this culinary delicacy now has a global identity.And...

25-May-2017 New Delhi

TV has given me a following I never had : Suniel Shetty

He has been in the Hindi film industry for a quarter of a century and has delivered some memorable films like "Mohra", "Hu Tu Tu", "Hera Pheri" and "Dhadkan". After such a long stint, actor Suniel Shetty now feels that it is the small screen that has given...

25-May-2017

Crime-solving lessons from the Great Detective himself

Even nine decades after his original creator penned his last tale, the solver of mysteries, scourge of criminals, and saviour of the wrongly-accused is still busy at work. But in the thousands of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there is one glaring omission for...

23-May-2017

'Yeh Lakhnau ki sarzameen..': A contemporary, lavish tribute

It is an enduring example of Indian ingenuity. A city in a timber-rich, though rock quarry-deficient region still went on to host an array of grand edifices, "mimicking stone" that not only made it a byword for cultural sophistication but survived the devastation...

22-May-2017

A wealth of wisdom on human issues expected and unexpected

Our perversity can sometimes be extreme. We look for guidance from every quarter -- leaders temporal and spiritual, self-help gurus, agony aunts, et al -- but ignore those who have selflessly devoted themselves to probing threadbare all facets of the human...

22-May-2017

A vague inspiration from Jayalalithaa's life

A young, talented and beautiful 16-year-old school-going teenager girl is inspired by her mother to enter the movie industry in what was then Madras (now Chennai). Though unwilling initially, life changes forever for Kalai Arasi as she stepped into the...

21-May-2017

Unconventional but alluring 'heroes': Byron's kin down the ages

In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don't know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us -- the "hero" (or rather, the anti-hero...

17-May-2017

A trenchant tale of Trump's triumph

This is one account of his journey to become US President that Donald Trump will not particularly appreciate.Though purporting to be the story of Prince Fracassus, the heir apparent to the Duchy of Origen, known for its "golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos",...

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