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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...

05-Apr-2018 Chandigarh

Suresh Kumar Releases Book On Research Advancements In Digital Age

Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Suresh Kumar on Wednesday released a book titled 'Research Advancements in Digital Age: A Multidisciplinary Approach' co-authored by Dr. Gunmala Suri and Dr. Rupinder Bir Kaur in his office at CMO this afternoon.Lauding...

02-Apr-2018

God's committed soldiers - from the Crusades to conspiracy theories

From Sir Walter Scott to Umberto Eco to Dan Brown, or the video game Assassins Creed to the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", they are shown as a sinister, villainous organisation or fanatical and overzealous guardians of some holy relic, treasure,...

01-Apr-2018

Quest of the unknown: Finding a spiritual path in the modern world

The human being is a curious creature and is filled with questions which are yet to be answered by nature and science: What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What happens when we die? Is there a God? And many more. Similar questions plagued author...

01-Apr-2018

Anything for a laugh: Literary pranksters and their exploits

Among the many paradoxes of the human condition is that, despite time itself playing tricks on us, a large part of the world dedicates a special day for pranks -- say, April Fools' Day, the favoured choice across the West as well as India and Lebanon, among...

31-Mar-2018

Unveiling the multifarious, magical world of 'daal'

"Looks are deceptive", as the saying goes, and author Salma Husain, armed with her new book, "Pull of Pulses Full of Beans", is all set to prove the saying true as she chose lentils as the protagonist.Lentils or pulses, known as "daal" in Hindi, isn't something...

26-Mar-2018

Jazz Age Bombay and murder most foul in purdah

India is modernising in the 1920s, but at its own pace. Even in Bombay, which, as one of the British Empire's greatest ports, is open to outside influences, change is slow. Some professions are still not fully open to women, and there are situations where...

26-Mar-2018 Chennai

Book Reading Session Of ‘A Tale Of Two Homes’

Higginbothams today hosted a Book Reading session of‘A Tale of Two Homes’, a fictional narrative based on true events, authored by Dr. V. Srinivas, Urological cancer surgeon-turned-author, at the Higginbothams Writer’s Café (127, Peters Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai...

25-Mar-2018

The torturous journey from paralysis to Everest base camp

What happens when the body we take for granted turns its back on us? What are the choices a person is left with when life hits him or her hard? Life is unpredictable and can completely turn a person's fortune in a few moments.Take the case of Hari Kumar....

25-Mar-2018

'Read Me Tender': The King of Rock 'n' Roll's fictional gigs

Melding a range of disparate influences, along with his energetic jiving, to create a new musical form that still sways listeners -- and in its time, helped break race barriers in the US -- he became a best-selling and influential solo musician of his generation...

23-Mar-2018

Processing foods - myths, perceptions, and realities

The term "processed food" rings alarm bells for many people, even beyond the health conscious, who wonder what additives it contains and how it compares nutritionally with its "natural" counterpart. But while these concerns about a large component of our...

22-Mar-2018

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder - literally!

There is an old saying that you should "never judge a book by its cover" and the illustrated book of portraits, painstakingly put together by author Mihaela Noroc, proves this loud and clear."The Atlas of Beauty" is a stunning collection of stories and portraits...

21-Mar-2018

Of love and appreciation: A contemplative memoir of family affairs

This recent memoir by former BBC journalist and author Sam Miller comes across as a pleasant offering to the rather overburdened nonfiction bookshelf of our times. Not only does the memoir achieve what it sets out to do -- remember the times of the subject...

21-Mar-2018

India's ferocious but generous 'Robin Hood' and his legend

Though a fugitive from the forces of law and order, he lived like a king, dispensing justice to the oppressed, aiding anyone in distress and going majestically anywhere he wanted. That is why India's own Robin Hood, who is celebrated in tale and memory as "Daku...

20-Mar-2018

A 'secular' Godse and a fallible Mahatma

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it," Winston Churchill had bragged with his trademark flourish, underlining the significant role which victors play in scripting the histories of their respective eras.Koenraad Elst's provocatively titled book...

19-Mar-2018

India world's greatest land of opportunities : American author

With a powerful combination of brainpower, entrepreneurial energy and favourable demographics, India is the world's greatest land of opportunities, says American author Richard M. Rothman, who has come up with a book that aims to help ordinary Indians do...

19-Mar-2018

A mid-20th century French philosopher's lessons for our times

Globalisation's retreat and the consequent rise of a rather hyper form of nationalism -- which even seeks to confine indivisible human endeavours like art and science within borders -- is one of the most worrying trends of our time. Equally of concern is the trade-off...

18-Mar-2018

Bad news and 'verse': A poetic journalist's contribution

News is rather ephemeral. Since it has most effect -- in these times -- when on TV, we may paraphase Shakespeare's Macbeth to term it something "full of sound and fury" but soon forgotten due to our limited memory and the sheer volume of round-the-clock programming....

16-Mar-2018

The 'home' of capitalism and the renovations it needs

Just a little over a kilometre long, this New York road can lay claim to being the global "headquarters" of market capitalism. Revered as an unmatched repository of capital and financial advice behind a range of innovative services and technologies, it is...

14-Mar-2018

Solving a murder in a Nazi bastion, escaping the Stasi

Some men can never outrun their past. It is not that their wrongdoings cannot be forgotten, but rather that their unique abilities which even their enemies, spanning the spectrum from Nazism to Communism, recognise and seek to utilise for their own ends....

14-Mar-2018

Solving a murder in a Nazi bastion, escaping the Stasi

Some men can never outrun their past. It is not that their wrongdoings cannot be forgotten, but rather that their unique abilities which even their enemies, spanning the spectrum from Nazism to Communism, recognise and seek to utilise for their own ends....

11-Mar-2018

Mutual trust with subordinate 'sine qua non' of effective leadership

Apart from usual factors like promotions and salary hikes, the superior-subordinate relationship is a crucial consideration for employees when they decide whether they want to continue working in an organisation. But what lies at the core of this relationship?...

09-Mar-2018

The Santro story: Of companies, commitments and commercials

"Manufacturing a car is a simple business, really," author B.V.R. Subbu states in the prologue to his book "Santro: The Car That Built a Company" which looks at how the "Sunshine Car" played a pivotal role in the making of automobile major Hyundai Motors India in a...

03-Mar-2018

'Padmini': A lot more than just beauty

The legendary Rajput queen of Chittor, Padmini, may have been a great beauty. But in this work of fiction, she is a lot more, with an unbreakable tenacity of spirit, and a sense of righteousness and responsibility in equal measure -- a feminist at a time...

28-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in March 2018

The shortest month of the year turned out to be quite a dull one for most readers. While Sourav Ganguly's "A Century Is Not Enough" and "Do We Not Bleed" by Mehr Tarar did create some buzz, most other books released during the month seem to have gone out...

26-Feb-2018

The ad game: What advertisements tell us about ourselves

The devil who stressed envy was okay when it comes to owning TVs, a buck-toothed rabbit who made a rather staid snack hugely successful, a range of people asking a pertinent, though a bit unexpected, question at any major transportation achievement, and...

22-Feb-2018 New Delhi

The publisher as the writer of a novel for himself

When Ashok Chopra set off on a career in publishing, it was a totally different world -- but along the way, as he was climbing up the ladder and making a mark in the publishing space, the industry itself was undergoing massive transformation. More than four...

21-Feb-2018

Romantic repetitions: Love re-ignited and its redemptive course

Relationships, of the romantic sort especially, are arguably the most important facet of life but can they be eternal, with even absence or abandonment by either partner curbing the other's ability, hope or even desire to begin a new one? Or are there second chances,...

20-Feb-2018

Bringing the flavour of van Gogh to grunge Kolkata

What do Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and India's grand old city, Kolkata, share in common? The answer lies in the leap of imagination that author Arnab Nandy has shown in his just over 200-page novel."On The Road to Tarascon" is a novel...

19-Feb-2018 Mumbai

Ashwin Sanghi's 'The Krishna Key' to be adapted into film

Author Ashwin Sanghi's book "The Krishna Key" is set to be adapted into a film and an original series for the digital platform.Eros International has acquired the rights to adapt Sanghi's thriller which came out in 2012, said a statement from the company.The...

14-Feb-2018 New Delhi

New ASUS 'VivoBook S14' laptop now in India

Taiwanese electronics giant ASUS on Wednesday launched a new lightweight, 14-inch laptop in India with 8th Generation Intel Core processor and slim-bezel "NanoEdge" display, at a starting price of Rs 54,990.ASUS "VivoBook S14 (S410UA)" is available in three variants...

14-Feb-2018

Love's different shades -- and their tryst with 'normal' life

Love is a many splendoured thing, as the famous song goes. But while the focus usually remains on the heady feelings it may evoke among those experiencing it, the changes it elicits in them and the approach it induces towards their partner, its real test...

11-Feb-2018

Science writing: A neglected form of literature that needs focus

Along with philosophers, tax lawyers and computer programmers, scientists are perceived as speaking in a language which is supposedly the same as that of common people, but scarcely intelligible to them. And then they use strange symbols, complicated equations,...

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