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26-Apr-2017

Connecting the dots : The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations

The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from two seats in 1984 to a staggering 282 in 2014 may be seen as the growing appeal of its ideology -- Hindutva -- among the masses, but this compelling work of extraordinary research provides enough evidence...

26-Apr-2017

'Mohe pir paayo, Nizamuddin Auliya...': The saint and his grace

The bit in the headline is from one of the subcontinent's best-known qawwalis honouring one of its most venerated Sufi saints but its true worth is seldom realised. In it, the singer is addressing his own mother as he praises his spiritual master, who was...

23-Apr-2017

Angels, demons, the Apocalypse - and the human will

Are good or evil intrinsic in humans or does free will play a role? Does destiny guide our actions or do they instead stem from the choices we make? These questions are the basis of most religious thought and a major part of philosophy -- where they may...

23-Apr-2017 New Delhi

'White Crane...' a poignant cry for Tibetan freedom

He was the first Tibetan to be admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons but could re-visit his beloved "mystic" homeland only in 2007, four years before he died aged 79, to find it had "withered away not so much from Communist Chinese genocide...

22-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Two books released in Kashmir University

Kashmir’s literary world came alive on Saturday when two books published by well-known writers Z.G. Muhammad and Dr Javaid Iqbal were released amid a gathering of Kashmiri literary giants at Kashmir University.The book release function was organized by Kashmir...

21-Apr-2017

The other detectives of Baker Street - and their chilling cases

On the foggy streets of gaslit, late-19th century London, evil is again afoot. Inmates of a women's ward in a leading hospital are dying in suspicious circumstances, while boys from the street are disappearing and some reappearing in a mysterious, nocturnal...

20-Apr-2017 Mumbai

Akshay Kumar launches book on 'Veerappan'

Actor Akshay Kumar, says he was honoured to launch a book written by IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar on executed bandit Veerappan.Akshay on Wednesday took to Twitter to share a photograph of himself along with Vijay Kumar. "Honoured to be a part of the book launch...

19-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose

It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands the...

18-Apr-2017

A decade of listening to and fighting America's terrorist enemies

The memoirs of the American intelligence operative who headed the NSA, the world's most potent electronic surveillance agency, and then the CIA in the dangerous decade when his country faced its biggest terror attack and went on a worldwide hunt against...

17-Apr-2017

The man and his mission : Many facets of India's 'Metro Man'

One peculiar aspect of Indian bureaucrats and their projects is that most of them fail to get the work done within the stipulated deadline and budget. The offering at hand brings us face to face with one man who defeated the tangles that beset our bureaucracy...

13-Apr-2017

The 'Great South Asian War' and its salutary lessons

What is termed a self-goal in football and hit wicket in cricket has an equivalent counterpart in international politics, and especially international conflict. In this, it is when one side contributes to its own defeat by its intransigence on improvident...

13-Apr-2017

A window to India's rising soft power -- Bollywood

This offering by National Award-winning writer, filmmaker and scholar Roopa Swaminathan is the ultimate guide to the rising appeal of Bollywood globally -- and it attempts to unravel the many reasons that have led to the changing perception of India on the...

11-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Raghu Rai's latest book celebrates life and legacy of Saint Teresa

This is one book that is certain to appeal to the senses of both collectors as well as photography enthusiasts.One of India's best known contemporary photographers, Raghu Rai, shares his best images of Saint Teresa and expounds in substantial detail, his...

11-Apr-2017

Government-RBI tango that set the stage for note ban

This is the best short history to have appeared of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), its release being most aptly timed post-demonetisation, to coincide with the commemoration of the apex bank's founding on All Fools' Day of 1935.Demonetisation figures only...

10-Apr-2017

A futile hope of 'normal' politics in the Middle East?

The "Arab Spring" in 2011 was believed to be a turning point for the Middle East with the fractious and turbulent region set to embrace Western-style liberal democracy, as per Fukuyama's "end of history" theory. But half a dozen years later, all these hopes...

09-Apr-2017

Not only on the Idiot Box : TV shows needed as books too

The egg or the chicken paradox doesn't seem difficult to answer in its literary version -- the printed word undoubtedly predates the moving image. Many much-loved books, across genres, have become acclaimed films or TV shows -- with varying degrees of fidelity....

07-Apr-2017

A history of Delhi - with a sense of humour

The late Imtiaz Ahmed Khan was an accomplished IAS officer who served in many parts of the country, including in Delhi where a street close to Parliament is named after him. But this is not yet another book on Delhi. It is very different.The chapters were...

06-Apr-2017

Matching wits with Mafia and other malefactors

It may be their birthplace, but Sicily has malefactors beyond the the Mafia and some of these can even prove more vicious than the notorious criminal gang. Only a special kind of policeman can function effectively in such a situation and Andrea Camilleri's...

03-Apr-2017

A world of good news: Countries that overcame major problems

Toxic and messianic politics, misgovernance, corruption, xenophobia, extremism, ethnic strife, poverty and inequality... most of our world doesn't seem a very positive place, as media reports regularly tell us. Are there any solutions to these maladies? Yes,...

03-Apr-2017 Panaji

Jodhabai was actually Portuguese, not a Rajput princess, claims book

Princess Jodhabai, often referred to as one of Emperor Akbar's wives and the mother of his son Jahangir, whose life was portrayed onscreen by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Bollywood film "Jodha-Akbar", could have been a fictitious character, necessitated by convenient...

02-Apr-2017

The 'Tale of Marvels' and its contested style and legacy

Every literary work has its significance, for good or bad, but sometimes only its negatives receive focus, leading to some striking creations being disparaged, damned and doomed. Like this ornate Urdu tale of fantastic marvels, very popular and praised in...

01-Apr-2017

Set in contemporary Pakistan, this novel counters despair with hope

Nadeem Aslam never disappoints his readers and the characteristic features of his novels -- vividly beautiful, lucidly painful and yet surprisingly convincing -- tend to leave a lasting impression.It was this overwhelming sense of reverence for the Pakistan-born...

31-Mar-2017 New Delhi

First book in 'Baahubali' series unveiled amidst fanfare

Author Anand Neelakantan unveiled on Friday his much-awaited book "The Rise of Sivagami", a prequel to the blockbuster "Baahubali", along with the film's director S.S.Rajamouli, its actors Ramya Krishnan and Rana Daggubati while hundreds of fans of the film...

31-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in April 2017

For all those of us eagerly looking forward to making the most of summer by indulging in reading some new offerings, April is -- for all intents and purposes -- the month of joy. With an ever expanding list of books releasing during the month, bookworms...

31-Mar-2017

Uncommon tales of common folks of Uttar Pradesh

A woman's desperate late-night horse ride to her married lover's mansion, a tale-telling ex-soldier whose final journey becomes embarrassing, a piquant encounter in a red-light area and the like make Uttar Pradesh not only India's most populous and politically...

29-Mar-2017

Yankee who roamed in Central Asia, served the Khalsa

In one of his exploits, Flashman encounters a scary-looking Pathan in Khalsa-ruled Lahore and believes him an adversary. He, however, turns out to be an ally -- and an American to boot. But while our anti-hero narrator is fictional, the American was not,...

28-Mar-2017

Lifting the historical amnesia on Jinnah's marriage

There is something peculiar about the lives of iconic historical personalities, that most of their stories are studied keenly and recorded in both academic and scholarly books, making them almost like open pages that narrate these stories. Yet, for reasons...

27-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Army Releases Book on Rashtriya Rifles

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), on 27 March 2017 at South Block, New Delhi, released the book ‘Home of the Brave’ on the history of Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR). The book is authored by Mr Nitin A Gokhale,...

27-Mar-2017

A classic on meditation

There are many books, indeed good books, on meditation. But this one stands out.The author, Om Swami, is no run-of-the-mill holy man. Before his renunciation, this MBA product from Sydney ran a multi-million dollar company. It was then he decided to embrace...

27-Mar-2017

Marilyn Monroe's mentoring to smoothen a messed-up life

We left this modern-day Cinderella quite happy with a smoking-hot actor dating her and a livelihood in something she enjoys doing, instead of the dead-end acting career her mother has foisted on her. However, good times can end rather abruptly -- and solace...

26-Mar-2017

Lawmakers and gallant rescuers: Kipling's other child heroes

Mowgli, the wolf-raised child in a central Indian jungle, and Kim, the orphan drawn into the "Great Game", may be his most enduring child characters, but Rudyard Kipling is responsible for other irrepressible young heroes too. Changing literary politics have,...

25-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Marketing is all about storytelling: Indo-British author Vish Dhamija

Marketing is all about storytelling, says London-based writer of Indian origin Vish Dhamija, who once aspired to be a doctor and then a lawyer and who today successfully combines the career of a digital marketer with that of a bestselling author, having churned...

24-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Not just 'Adarsh Bhartiya Nari', Sita was a warrior : Amish Tripathi

He is the author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history -- "The Shiva Trilogy" -- and his last book, "Scion of Ikshvaku", was the biggest literary blockbuster of 2015, all of which have together sold over 3.5 million copies.Now,...

22-Mar-2017

The incredible journey from Dalip Rana to The Great Khali

From living under circumstances where getting two meals a day seemed difficult, a man decided to fight against his destiny and overcome the hurdles to win the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) championship. This is the story of The Great Khali."The Man...

21-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Yogi Adityanath's arrest changed him, claims upcoming book

Even as most people are still trying to come to terms with the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, an upcoming book on him and his Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) claims that his arrest in January 2007 changed him to a large extent.Yogi...

21-Mar-2017 New Delhi

'60s were a time of extraordinary cultural, social, political change'

The author of a romantic fiction that transports readers to the late 1960s sixties and subtly captures the little nuances of the time has said that 60s was an era of extraordinary cultural, social, political change."I grew up in the 1960s. It was a time...

20-Mar-2017

Amish’s Book 2 of the Ram Chandra series to release in May/June

Amish has redefined the way Indian authors are perceived time and again with the success of the Shiva Trilogy and Scion of Ikshvaku (Book 1 of the Ram Chandra series).The author is leaving no stone unturned to create history with the announcement of the Book...

19-Mar-2017 Kolkata

Struggles for environmental justice on rise in India, China : Book

Exploring struggles and innovations for environmental sustainability in India and China, a new book nudges stakeholders to "rethink" pressing ecological concerns arising in these nations in the context of current rapid industrial expansion and rise in number of...

19-Mar-2017

Bad words : Fiction's worst opening and its unique legacy

Literary legacies can be strange and unpredictable. Most popular and best-selling in his time, this 19th century British writer coined phrases like "the pen is mightier than the sword" and "the almighty dollar", influenced both theosophists like Annie Besant...

08-Mar-2017

Power and its practitioners: A witty but disturbing look

Power, according to Henry Kissinger, is the ultimate aphrodisiac, but it seems more akin to a drug -- it is irresistible for many people, creates dependence and causes a range of rather deleterious effects. What is worrying is that it is mostly these people,...

06-Mar-2017

Booking a contribution to Indian letters: A publisher's story

He dreamed of becoming a chartered accountant but had to give up his ambition to begin working, given his family's straitened circumstances. But this proved to be a godsend to the Indian book trade and publishing industry, which he has ably served for half...

05-Mar-2017

The sun of Indian wisdom and his arduous task

Confusingly complicated family relations, logical puzzles for intellectual betterment, problem-solving by, and through, imagination, the importance of choices, and the spinning on a basic tale through a number of episodes have a long pedigree in India. One of their...

04-Mar-2017

Odd people and what we owe to them

Who was the first 'prominent' American to publicly support Asian immigrants to the US, the British 'politician' who first demanded votes for 18-year-olds, the Tibetan 'lama' who popularised the region and its religion in the western world and the drug-experimenting...

03-Mar-2017

Of the nether world and dark secrets

What would you do if you had a secret to hide? A past you don't want to delve into?What if there are problems in life which you want to resolve but are unable to share even with the person with whom you are the closest? How many more lies are you going to...

27-Feb-2017

An Indian eternal man and the philosopher's stone quest

Some mythological/folklore motifs can be found in all civilisations, and one yardstick of their prominence in public perception is the extent they figure in popular literature, especially thrillers. This was one genre the West scored higher till now with...

27-Feb-2017 New Delhi

I have aged but not my perspective or writing : Keki N. Daruwalla

He is one of India's foremost poets and short story writers, a Padma Shri recipient and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984, which he returned in 2015. Even at the age of 80, the writer is all about smiles, saying that age has had no impact on...

24-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Women warriors, young men and Chanakya

Get to know extraordinary women and their highs and lows, flick through the story of four men who grope for answers in accordance with their unique disposition and circumstances, and also gain Chanakya's age-old wisdom.The IANS bookshelf has very interesting...

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