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13-Dec-2017

Why India is important for Asean

As India prepares to host the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations for a commemorative summit next month, a new book says that the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has brought about a change to the relationship between India and the regional grouping...

13-Dec-2017

Writer's desk: How writers build the sanctums where they write

Solitude and silence are what most writers seek to produce a full-length novel or non-fiction book. But what do writers do when all around them is chaos and noise? They sit back and build a peaceful environment where their creative juices flow seamlessly.There...

12-Dec-2017 Mumbai

My struggle has been with my acting profession : Soha Ali Khan

Actress Soha Ali Khan says her struggle has been with her profession as an actor.At the launch of her maiden book "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous" here on Tuesday, Soha was asked about the toughest chapter to write.She said: "The toughest chapter to write...

12-Dec-2017 Mumbai

Soha Ali Khan is a solid woman : Kareena Kapoor Khan

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan has described her sister-in-law Soha Ali Khan as a solid woman.Soha on Tuesday launched her first book "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous" here. In a rare picture perfect moment, the entire family, including Sharmila Tagore, Saif...

12-Dec-2017 Colombo

Jacqueline Fernandez opens her first restaurant in Colombo

Jacqueline Fernandez is excited about opening her first restaurant in her in her hometown Colombo.The Kaema Sutra restaurant will serve Sri Lankan cuisine. The Sri Lankan beauty, a popular name in Bollywood, on Tuesday shared on Instagram a photograph of herself...

12-Dec-2017

The Trump syndrome and its impact: A psychiatric probe

There are some times you can despair of the human race, or at least significant portions of it. Especially the times when a country that sees itself as a world leader -- and many around the globe look up to -- seems to have collectively abandoned sanity and...

12-Dec-2017

'1984 anti-Sikh genocide not spontaneous, government orchestrated

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that claimed the lives of an estimated 8,000 people in Delhi and around the country were not spontaneous as has been made out but were government-orchestrated, says a scathing...

11-Dec-2017

Enid Blyton's adventures get even more mouth-watering

Enid Blyton knew her mysteries. She also knew her muffins and meringues.In "Jolly Good Food", Allegra McEvedy -- chef, author and also co-founder of healthy fast food chain Leon -- decodes the quintessential and mouth-watering treats littered in Blyton's...

10-Dec-2017

Reading replays: How some books always remain on our mind

There are many habits of fervently compulsive readers that can bemuse people around them, but among the most puzzling for their parents and friends would be to see them unwilling to let go of rising stacks of old favourites, in which they again get engrossed...

08-Dec-2017 New Delhi

The Indigo Sun Is Dedicated To Imtiaz Ali - Author Rupa Bhullar

Celebrated writer-director Imtiaz Ali launched debut author Rupa Bhullar's book - The Indigo Sun at Su Casa Bandra, Mumbai today. Much like his films, her book revolves around, finding oneself and love, with travel at the center of the story. The venue came to...

08-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Of surrogacy, life, relations and Partition

See how two women discover the best and the worst about India's surrogacy industry; discover another meaning of life from the story of a woman who one day comes face-to-face with a treasure that lay buried in her heart for very long; learn that you have...

07-Dec-2017

Inside the dark mind of Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi is growing old. So are his heroes. The author, who gave us great stories like "Intimacy" and "My Son the Fanatic", has come up with "The Nothing", whose protagonist, Waldo, is a once-celebrated filmmaker bogged down by age and illness. Why should...

07-Dec-2017

Not merely a war god : The enigma of Kartikeya

The Hindu pantheon has a number of eminent, eclectic, and enigmatic deities. But few can be more mysterious than its god of war -- a key figure in any divine assemblage. Yet, Kartikeya's origin and even appearance have variant accounts, his achievements...

05-Dec-2017 Jammu

“Nazrana” authored by late Ghulam Nabi Zahoor released

The Funkar Cultural Organization and Sufi Media Service organized an impressive function at Press Club here today wherein the book “Nazrana” authored by late Ghulam Nabi Shah Zahoor was released.Several prominent writers and literary figures including, Dr....

04-Dec-2017

Politicians and truth: A widening chasm?

Oxymorons, or pairs of contradictory concepts -- say, accurate estimate, virtual reality or even happily married -- were a literary device for a satirical or poignant representation of human life's paradoxes. Unfortunately, they seem to have become a regular feature...

02-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Book presents 21-day challenge to reverse diabetes

The number of people with diabetes in India is about 64.5 million, second only to China in the ranking for the highest number of diabetics in the world. Renowned homeopath Nandita Shah, in a fresh book, breaks down the real cause of diabetes and outlines...

02-Dec-2017

What's your password, again?

We have come far as a civilised society and with it, the way we see or do things has seen a drastic change too. Take, for instance, the measure we use to keep our secrets safe. In simpler words -- the password.While in the pre-Internet days, something as...

01-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Of love, romance, friends and mythology

Read the story of a widow who is unable to move on from her husband till the time her new neighbour Charlie moves in next door; flick through a romantic tragedy that will stay in your heart forever; wade through a novel about identity, sexuality, gender,...

29-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Book for children, by children launched

 A compilation of 42 stories penned by young authors has been launched in the form of a full-fledged book by Pearson India.Titled "MyPedia Reader Storybook," it is the result of MyPedia Reader Creative-writing Contest 2017, a contest organised by Pearson...

29-Nov-2017

Cover designers: Unsung heroes of the publishing industry

Of all the aspects that go into shaping the fate of any given book, its cover, apart from the merit of the title, is perhaps the most significant. In today's times, when the calibre of a novel is based on its Instagram likes and Facebook shares, "do not...

29-Nov-2017

Contested paths: Setting the course for newly-free India

It seems to have become a compulsion of sorts to criticise some founding fathers, or rather one leading figure among them, for all of India's ills. This may not only stem from a certain political mindset but also from ignorance of the daunting challenges...

28-Nov-2017

Not child's play: The craft of designing a book cover

Writing a full-length book, simply put, is not everybody's cup of tea. It demands one creative person to sit down for hours, day after day, and allow his/her thoughts to play with words. But what about designing a book cover? That seems easy; after all, it is...

28-Nov-2017

Fantastic scenarios or paths to future salvation?

Are the principles explaining the cosmic home's creation and functioning vital for our continued existence? How would our planet be sans its lunar satellite, if the dinosaurs continued to roam around, or humans didn't exist or did without bodies or suddenly...

27-Nov-2017 New Delhi

New book draws a portrait of the Bengali community

A fresh book on the stands draws the attention of its readers to the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world. "A quarter of a billion strong and growing," the Bengali community has produced three Nobel laureates, world class scientists and an...

26-Nov-2017

Valued more in fiction: Friendship across literary genres

It is arguably our most valuable and worthwhile social attribute, but in human nature's paradoxical way, quite undervalued. Friendships can last lifetimes but more frequently are subject to changing status, other interests (or self-interest), other companionship...

25-Nov-2017 New Delhi

India remains vulnerable vis-a-vis China: Book

India's ability to stand up to China has increased but New Delhi remains "much more vulnerable than her powerful neighbour", says a new book."While it may be safe to assume that China does not seek an escalation or a wider conflict (with India), the fact is...

24-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Of dons, Jodha-Akbar, love and terror

Explore the story of Bengaluru's underworld that has been ruled by shrewd and notorious dons; read about the Mughal emporer Akbar and his beloved Jodha in a tale abuzz with political intrigue, personal enmities and hidden rivalry; flick through the story of...

18-Nov-2017

Inspiring story of a radical, but practical, Ireland-born nun

An Irish nun came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1956 and soon adapted herself to the city. Sister M. Cyril Mooney, fondly called Sister Cyril, is now looked upon as a motherly figure who has not only saved the lives of many but also brought in necessary...

16-Nov-2017

Love -- lost and found

What is it about Haruki Murakami books that makes you keep coming back to them? It's not comfort, because Murakami relies heavily on absurdism where his plots can give you sleepless nights and existential thoughts. It's not familiarity because the world he...

13-Nov-2017

A journey of 10k kms; 2 women, 8 states and mighty Himalayas

Travelogues are always interesting: A new place seen through another's eyes, sharing someone else's experiences and, in this case, following a two-women team's trips spread over 10,000 km. A journey to discover each other, as well as a tour to discover the world...

13-Nov-2017

The quirkiness of being English -- a spirited investigation

What do we make of the English? Inhabitants of a small island who went on to amass a large global empire, yes. Yet, they apologise to you even if you trod on their toes and champion the underdog. People who hate to draw attention but turn out at some events...

12-Nov-2017

Valuable insights into New Delhi's East Asian engagements

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to the Philippines to attend the Asean and East Asia Summits, a new book provides some valuable insights into India's growing engagements with East Asia and its response to the rise of China.In "India Turns East: International...

11-Nov-2017

'A formidable propaganda machine had sprung into action against me'

(Editor's note: Valson Thampu served St. Stephen's College for four decades. The last nine years of his tenure were rife with controversy, beginning with his stepping in as principal (OSD) in 2007. From accusations that he was 'Christianising' the college to allegations...

10-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Jews, Nazis, war and Tendulkar

Wade through the epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours; flick through an uplifting tale of love and adventure from Turkey's beloved novelist Ayse Kulin; know what follows a man who has fought...

07-Nov-2017

A big man-made problem: Masculinity and what to do about it

Fans of the film "Godfather" may recall that scene in the beginning where Don Corleone's godson Johnny Fontane breaks down while revealing his problems and the exasperated Don gets up and shakes him, bellowing: "You can act like a man." Good advice? No, but...

06-Nov-2017

Master at Work: The making of 'Shatranj ke Khilari'

India's tryst with cinema is more than a century old. Many stalwarts have made several great films. However, when it comes to be counted in the world's greatest directors, only one name finds place -- Satyajit Ray. He is counted among such giants like Kurosawa,...

03-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Of technology, poetry, life and magic

Learn the syntax and grammar of the HTML computer language; see how the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love come out in a few short lines; know how to conquer difficulties in life from a boy paralysed from the shoulder down;...

02-Nov-2017

An indispensable accessory for the modern working woman

Imagine being told that you would have to work till April next year (as per Equal Pay Day) at least to earn the same amount the male colleague sitting next to you did last year. Why? Because you're a woman. But if the wage gap persists and equality remains a...

02-Nov-2017

War, love and redemption on the Russian steppe

If you think all the common plots of war novels -- the mission behind enemy lines, usually by a bunch of condemned men on their last chance, a love affair between enemy personnel, war's uncompromising nature, realisation of unsuspected abilities and so...

01-Nov-2017

From broken wings to soul healing, tale of a dysfunctional family

At a time when sordid tales of sexual abuse and wanton chauvinism emerge from Hollywood and other locations, Sejal Badani's "Trail of Broken Wings" turns the spotlight on how one cannot always view one's home as a safe sanctuary.While the Harvey Weinstein...

31-Oct-2017

The troubled childhood of Trevor Noah and how his mother saved him

The immensely popular host of "The Daily Show" on American network Comedy Central may come across as a funny and startled character but Trevor Noah's compelling memoir presents a troubled look at life in South Africa under apartheid and is a classic tribute...

30-Oct-2017

All for a painting of sunflowers

Some novels have simple beginnings but they go a far longer way in constructing the narrative of the story than most unusual beginnings of suspense and mystery do. This, the third novel by internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman, is one such.Setting...

29-Oct-2017

The philosopher who supplanted God, bested Mike Tyson by words

Philosophers are not usually distinguished for themselves seeking to curtail the scope of their sphere of activity, being lucid or admitting they were mistaken. Nor are they known for stopping crimes being committed by force of argument. But philosophy's wide realm...

27-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Of kings, wizards, love, and adventure

 Go through a sabre-rattling tale of love, revenge, friendship and ambition; flick through a fantasy adventure around a wizard and a warrior; discover the power of love, which has the potential to carry us through the darkest times; read the story of an...

27-Oct-2017

This horror novel will pull the rug from under your feet

Set in Victorian England, the offering at hand is an extremely creepy and menacing Gothic horror novel. Just released in the Indian market, it is perhaps the most anticipated novel from the horror genre this year at a time when horror and mystery genres...

26-Oct-2017

A comic salute to Omar Khayyam: The Rubaiyat and its parodies

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even in literature, then what about parody? We can call it ingenious imitation though deft adaptation or skillful improvisation would be more apt, and it can either mock the original but even exalt it by proving...

26-Oct-2017

'Traitor' a chilling account of Partition

Krishan Chander's 'Ghaddaar' is set against the backdrop of the bloodshed that followed the partition of India into two countries in 1947. Reading Rakhshanda Jalil's 'Traitor' makes one realise that the bestial hatred and revenge that set the stage for the massacre...

26-Oct-2017 Jammu

2 poetry collections of Anjum released

 Two poetry collections of Pyaasa Anjum “Mere Qalam Se” and “Aagaas-e-Sukhan” were released today, here at   Abhinav Theatre. The book release function organised by Jammu Civil Society for Art and Literature was followed by Sham-e-Gazal by Dharmash...

17-Oct-2017

Another kind of role: Tom Hanks' tales of common and uncommon lives

Known for frequently essaying ordinary, likable and good-natured characters facing extraordinary situations in his films, Tom Hanks brings the same aspect to his story-telling. A man is exhausted by his energetic girl friend-turned-girlfriend, the teenager...

16-Oct-2017

Averting the end of the world with a motley crew's help

Being with the cosmic forces of good is not always a happy situation for, at some time, you are going to be called in to save the world, while the gods will only render advice -- if they feel like it. Though your team has seven other brave warriors, it doesn't...

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