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19-Sep-2018

A political theorist's act of resistance against his Partition ghost

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee, who earned his doctorate in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been published widely in national and international media, was haunted by a ghost during his childhood. Several decades on, the political theorist...

18-Sep-2018

Beyond romance and roses: Writing and living the modern marriage

There is a temple in Thiruvidanthai in Tamil Nadu where Hindu deity Vishnu is regarded as "Nithyakalyana Perumal", or the Eternal bridegroom. The temple is the "ultimate failsafe" for Hindu Tamils seeking matrimony as people of all genders and ages participate...

16-Sep-2018

Sandeep Jauhar's 'Heart' is in the right place, has the right pace

Dedicated to the beating heart, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar's latest book 'Heart - A history' provides a thumping tribute to the protagonists -- some legendary some unsung -- of medicine, who over the years have innovated and persevered to find cures for cardiac ailments...

14-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Exploring a city, life's challenges and a rape victim's tale

Go through a topographical anthology that explores sites of interest and recreates the key events, customs and lives of the past vis-a-vis Delhi and Agra; get answers to your existential queries, learn and evolve from the challenges of life; read a fictional...

13-Sep-2018

For once, buttermilk rises to the top

In India, buttermilk is an often overlooked by-product of milk cream, prepared after churning treated milk vigorously, until the cream rises to the top. The cream obviously gets all the attention and the price, but buttermilk, the wan, unattractive liquid...

12-Sep-2018

A writer at peace with himself -- and nature -- in a broken world

Life is one epic story and the experiences that each individual has is varied and distinct. Author Ruskin Bond has been penning his life experiences -- in both fiction and nonfiction -- for well over six decades now and is back with a fresh memoir.Jacketed...

11-Sep-2018

A riveting tale of an extraordinary Indian

It will be an understatement to say this is a gripping book, sympathetic yet critical. With his passion for meticulous research, Philip Goldberg has authored what is undoubtedly one of the most stirring and brilliant accounts of a spiritual master, Paramhansa...

10-Sep-2018 Mumbai

Naseeruddin Shah to launch book on Urdu poets of Delhi

National Award-winning veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah will launch the book "Beloved Delhi- A Mughal City And Her Greatest Poets", written by Delhi based-debutant author Saif Mahmood, here on September 17.Apart from the discussion on the book between Naseeruddin...

07-Sep-2018

When Indian spies came out on top in Bangladesh

Spymaster Amar Bhushan's first book, "Escape to Nowhere", based on the defection of a senior RAW officer to the US, was so racy that I still rate it as the best work of fiction I have read after the celebrated "The Day of the Jackal". A gifted writer, Bhushan...

07-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Of Mughals and Marathas, spirituality and Calcutta

Flick through a historical saga that brings to life the complex and ever-shifting dynamics between two arch enemies -- the Mughals and the Marathas; examine the nature of a spiritual search through a series of illuminating conversations between a teacher and...

31-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Of kickass parenting, courtroom drama and dare dreamers

Read about the war that moms fight in raising their kids; know the secret dramas that unfold inside the courtroom in a crime thriller; and finally get an insight into a fictional start-up of superheroes with a mission of saving lives.The IANS bookshelf has...

28-Aug-2018 New Delhi

About love wrapped in red-tape

If 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Upamanyu Chatterjee's "English, August" gave readers a slick English-speaking young bureaucrat, floundering and trying to make sense of the classic city-village conflict, Chhavi Bhardwaj, a 2008...

27-Aug-2018 Mumbai

‘Retail Beyond Detail’ – The Great Indian Retailing Business

India’s most appreciated retail author Dr Gibson G. Vedamani in the presence of Mr. Rakesh Biyani (JMD of Future Group) released his book – ‘Retail Beyond Detail’, the Guide to a successful retailing business at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon today.  The book is...

23-Aug-2018

Noteworthy: Journey of a nation weaved through melodious narrative

The book has many popular Hindi film songs populating its pages, interwoven with the story of Independent India. Whether it's an upbeat "Gore gore, o banke chhore" of 1950, or a "Papa kehte hain bada naam karega" laden with the youthful energy of the 1980s,...

17-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Of Hindu gods, mythology, and spirituality

Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced and suspenseful narrative; flick through the second part of the "Blue Lotus Trilogy", which pays homage to India's magnificent mythological heritage and takes the reader on a journey...

11-Aug-2018

Rosy picture of a raging fire

In a book released this week, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been projected as "the most influential cultural organisation in India today". The implications of the Sangh's functioning on India's culture, particularly in the context of Hinduism,...

10-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Motivation, spirituality, sugar - and Pakistani women

Get a motivational manual to understand the basic hiccups of life and the effortless way to tackle it; read the story in which, a man struggling through a bad marriage, explores love and sexuality against an unusual backdrop of spiritual practices; understand...

09-Aug-2018

One woman's incredible story of defiance

A courageous woman, driven by nothing but her insistence on living life the way she wanted to, untied her hair and let the beautiful curls flow over her shoulder. And all hell broke loose -- she had defied the local law that stated women must wear a veil...

03-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Of superhumans, transgenders, and Mumbai

Meet some superhumans who have rebounded from near-death, have demonstrated exceptional bravery, and have found happiness in the most unexpected ways; read a book about the life of a transgender woman who struggles to get basic rights; revisit the times of...

31-Jul-2018

The long and difficult journey back home - or what was home

The hardest journey to undertake, if it is even possible, is to return to one's childhood home, particularly if it was a happy period. But even this happiness -- which may not be everyone's lot -- can be disrupted by forces beyond relentless time. Within...

30-Jul-2018

Understanding Gandhi, as the dissenter

Iconic as he was, the life and times of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi continue to attract scholars and researchers for relevant lessons in contemporary times even some seven decades after his assassination. The latest attempt comes from philosopher and academic...

30-Jul-2018 Singapore

Office Satire ‘Job Be Damned’ Launched In Singapore

National best-selling author, Rishi Piparaiya’s book on office satire Job Be Damned was recently launched in Singapore. Mr Ajay Makhija, former CEO of the Global Consumer Bank at Samba Financial Group released the book at a gathering of corporate professionals...

30-Jul-2018 Srinagar

Hasrat Gadda’s book on Qadir Darwesh released

Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) today released a book Qadir Darwesh written by G R Hasrat Gadda at an impressive function held at central office Lal Mandi.The function was attended by several intellectuals, writers and cultural...

28-Jul-2018

Sleaze, drugs and death: A cautionary parable

What is the most captivating 'drug' for humans? Fame, greed,lust, and so on are beguiling in their own ways but pale before another intense motivation, which may only increase in potency and desire in time until it achieves its goal. This is revenge.And it...

26-Jul-2018

Hearing the 'music' from across universe - and the implications

Recording the occurrence of a celestial event, far away across deep space and eons after it happened, may not seem a pathbreaking scientific achievement, even if happened almost a century after a great scientist had set out its possibility. But the 'observation'...

22-Jul-2018

The pain and agony of the displaced

For millions of people displaced around the world, "Home is where the heart is". Each one of them has a story to tell. The stories of injustice, persecution, war and killings in their homelands, to stories of determination, resilience, hope and survival...

22-Jul-2018

Depicting various hues of life with Urdu poetry : A dying art

"Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur" ("Whatever is said in Latin seems profound"), they say, and the language's sonorous tones aren't confined to religion, but law and medicine too. In the South Asian millieu, Urdu has the same position with its assimilative...

20-Jul-2018

Shaken, not stirred: The unexpected origins of 007

Before he turned up at the baccarat tables of Royale-les-Eauex in an imaginative operation to discredit a French trade union leader and secret Soviet agent, how did James Bond get into the "00" section and pick up the mannerisms, moves and practices that made...

17-Jul-2018

'Sanjay Gandhi was made of sterner stuff'

I cant claim that I was close to the entire Gandhi family, but there was a time when Sanjay, Indira Gandhis younger son, was a good friend. In fact, he even tried to teach me to fly a plane, without success but with considerable daredevilry.I first got...

11-Jul-2018

A crash course in fundamentals of true knowledge

The biggest fallacy in our high-tech world is believing that the stunning advances in knowledge -- now accessible anytime and everywhere through flashy devices -- have left everyone, especially the millennials, well-learned. But could any one of them, just...

03-Jul-2018 Srinagar

VC KU releases Prof Tareen's 'Rise of Barefoot Boy'

A book titled "Rise of Barefoot Boy” written by former Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Prof J A K Tareen was today released by Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Khursheed Andrabi at Gandhi Bawan auditorium, Kashmir University.The function was...

16-Jun-2018

Gritty tale set in Mumbai's famous dance bars

A number of Bollywood films have been set in the famous -- and now defunct -- dance bars of Mumbai, with many filmmakers focussing on their seedy side while others have touched upon the human aspect of the dancers who, after all, are beings with their...

15-Jun-2018

The mean, tough war machine and its complex course

Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static...

09-Jun-2018

New book on environment shows the way forward

Mridula Ramesh's new book "The Climate Solution" presents a plethora of information, facts, figures and data on climate change in the context of India and provides a roadmap for the way forward.However, for anybody who has keenly observed the increasing environmental...

23-May-2018 Srinagar

Food Safety Organization kick-starts market checking campaign

Enforcement Officers of Food Safety Organization kick-started a multi-pronged inspection campaign of food business establishments across the Valley today.More than 50 samples of different categories of food items including milk and milk products, dates, suji, fruit...

18-May-2018

'Happy Dreams': In the murky shadows of China's glittering skylines

The story of Happy and Wufu in Jia Pingwa's "Happy Dreams" could be the story of any one of the rag pickers one would encounter in any Indian metro.It is, in a way, a universal, but often neglected story of hundreds and thousands of migrants who bid goodbye...

08-May-2018

'AFSPA slap on face of Constitution, Supreme Court, Parliament'

With the Union Home Ministry last month removing the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reducing it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Director and award-winning journalist...

08-May-2018

The ignored, inconvenient truth about the Islamic State

It is very easy to dismiss terrorists, especially those of a fundamentalist religious persuasion, as a group of savages in unstable or failed states distorting their faith for their own purposes. But can this approach be applicable to the Islamic State...

01-May-2018

'Treasures' takes you on a wondrous tour of Allahabad Museum

Enjoying rare books in a museum is common, but you can now enjoy the AllahabadMuseum through a book - "Treasures", which lists its assets and recounts its history.Part of an initiative by the Ministry of Culture's Museum Reforms Programme, the book highlights...

26-Apr-2018

A murder most foul in the Delhi Durbar - but royal too?

It is India in 1911 -- the Raj's high-point, with the King Emperor setting foot in his prized dominion for the first time. The colonial administration is sparing no efforts to mount a grand Coronation Durbar where India's princes will pay him homage. But...

25-Apr-2018

The digital revolution's dystopian potential - and what we can do

Duality is a feature of humanity and manifests itself in all its works, particularly its technology. Advances in digital technology have changed our lives greatly, disrupted many forms of social, economic and political interactions and made us information-rich....

21-Apr-2018

Raising a wolf to know our life's simian and vulpine choices

There are many things that distinguish human beings as a species -- apart from an inclination for dazzling technological gizmos -- but the most outstanding, as far as their survival and peace of mind goes, will be their habit of gaining knowledge from singularly...

20-Apr-2018 Shimla

Acharya Devvrat releases book Turning Point

Governor Acharya Devvrat today released the book ‘Turning Point’ written by Narinder Parmar at Raj Bhavan.While appreciating the work of the author, the Governor said that the book would go a long way in helping the people particularly the students to change...

19-Apr-2018

Truth, torture, Trump and more: James Comey's eventful career

As an Assistant US Attorney in New York in the early 1990s, James Comey was part of the anti-mafia campaign and became well versed about how its top bosses perceived themselves, the people who worked for them and the world. As FBI chief a quarter of century...

11-Apr-2018

Nothing mad about this book by 'Mad Men' creator

Matthew Weiner, the man who gave us the cult TV hit "Mad Men", is back. Only this time, he has come out of his comfort zone and written a novel.Weiner's debut novel "Heather, The Totality" is everything "Mad Men" was not, and not in a good way. It's so sloppy...

10-Apr-2018

The impossible challenge of reforming Kerala's higher education

Reforms anywhere face resistance. This will be severe in a system where there are multiple forces opposing any change to the status quo and there are ideological conflicts.This book captures the saga of resistance diplomat-turned-educator T.P. Sreenivasan had...

10-Apr-2018

The curious asymmetry or risk in our modern lives

Things which should seem obvious are often not so in this complex world of ours -- where randomness, probability and uncertainty play more of a role that we can conceive. Another key factor is of the unequal risk, or rather consequences -- good or bad -- as...

08-Apr-2018

Clandestine work in a realistic frame: Matt Helm and his exploits

What can we expect of spy fiction? Should it be all glamour -- parties, fast cars, women (or lets say partners), casinos, over-the-top and plentiful action in exotic locations with clearly marked good and bad sides, as in James Bond films? Or should it be...

07-Apr-2018

Former cop pens harrowing saga of 1995 Tandoor Murder

A human body chopped into pieces and thrown into a tandoor. A bonfire as the makeshift funeral pyre of a woman. A fire in a restaurant kitchen that metamorphosed into a murder investigation.This seems straight out of a fictional thriller, but is a real-life...

07-Apr-2018

Filling the gap between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond

The First World War is still five years away, but London is already an arena for proxy conflict between its potential European allies or adversaries -- and their revolutionaries. And with the Great Detective of Baker Street having retired, and James Bond...

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