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17-Nov-2018

An 'epic' on Indian soldiers in WWI

World War I was a long and brutal military confrontation between the major powers of the early 20th century, fought across the trenches of Europe and in large swathes of Asia and Africa, resulting in the death of millions of hapless soldiers who became unwitting...

09-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Demonetisation paralysed businesses, says ex-banker Meera Sanyal

Former banker Meera H. Sanyal in her book launched on second anniversary of the move to nullify high denomination currency, says demonetisation "paralysed businesses" in the country.Sanyal, a former CEO and Chairperson of Royal Bank of Scotland in India and...

07-Nov-2018

Red Birds: A tough black comedy with laborious wit

With a fallen pilot, an ambitious, but floundering, teenager and a dog as the three narrators, Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, in his latest book "Red Birds", takes the reader to a new literary perch, one that is unfamiliar and at the same time precarious.Still...

06-Nov-2018

Finance Minister, RBI Governor and demonetisation in fiction

Harsha Ranjan was standing on the balcony of his first-floor bedroom, smoking a cigarette. The official RBI Governor's residence, a two-storeyed heritage bungalow just off Mumbai's Carmichael Road, had been his home for the last three years. Parked right under...

31-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in November 2018

The month of November will reignite memories of long queues at ATMs following the recall of 86 per cent of circulated currency during the demonetisation in 2016 as at least three books -- both fiction and non-fiction -- will attempt to unravel the controversial...

31-Oct-2018 New Delhi

You find more freedom for writers in India : Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond feels lucky to live in India. The celebrated author says there is more freedom for writers in India despite various conflicts and occasional turmoil."If you think of the world in the present circumstances, how borders change and conflicts are constantly...

30-Oct-2018

'Scorpion', not 'Shiva lingam', is Tharoor's subject

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) revels in being in the public eye, and reaps the advantages that come with it. Public scrutiny, however, seems to unsettle it. In a democratic set-up, a citizen who hails and praises a leader also has the right to evaluate...

28-Oct-2018

The 'New India' we seek

The New India I want is a country where you won't get lynched for the food you eat, marginalized for the faith you hold dear, criminalized for the person you love and imprisoned for making use of fundamental rights guaranteed by your own Constitution.Instead,...

26-Oct-2018 New Delhi

New book on manual scavenging enlightens young-adults

In a slim picture-book targeted at young-adult readers, and dedicated to "all the rationality left in the world", Scholastics "Puu", tackles the issue of manual scavenging and the stigma associated with it, telling more in its few pages than what similar...

23-Oct-2018

Dalai Lama, Raghu Rai and shades of black and white

It was in 1975 that photographer Raghu Rai first met Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama in Ladakh. Rai was then with The Statesman newspaper. During the first encounter, Rai remembers, The Dalai Lama was gentle, wonderful and at ease.Since then, and...

21-Oct-2018

Nur Jahan: The widow who became the Empress of India

For certain generations of Indians, the cinematic fable of Anarkali is perhaps the most celebrated, but cliched, introduction to royal court intrigues of the Mughal era, in which an enraged Emperor Akbar orders the confinement of Shehzada Salim or Jehangir's...

19-Oct-2018

Full Disclosure: Sex, threats and Donald Trump

In a tell-all memoir that justifies its title "Full Disclosure", porn star Stormy Daniels makes stunning claims about US President Donald Trump, dwelling on his psyche, wondering whether he is fit to hold the world's most powerful office, and detailing...

19-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Special reads dedicated to women, by women

Invoke the "Shakti" within you to transform your mind and transcend limits; get inspiration from the life of a female journalist who has exposed 20 lies and misconceptions so far; read an amalgamation of many old-school ideas that come from grandmothers which...

18-Oct-2018 New Delhi

There's no God: Stephen Hawking in his last book

In "Brief Answers To The Big Questions", the last book published in renowned physicist Stephen Hawkings name, he has reached the conclusion that there is no God."There is no God. No one directs the universe," he writes in "Brief Answers to the Big Questions,...

15-Oct-2018

India and EU: The devil lies in the (trade) deal

About a decade ago, the European Commission, troubled perhaps by the not-so-positive perception it has in India, decided to set up what it called a "Indo-EU news agency" to produce and disseminate real-time, accurate and informative news from the EU to India...

07-Oct-2018

A tale of pyjamas, better forgiven and forgotten!

This book is the third authored by former Bollywood actress and film producer Twinkle Khanna since 2015. Known as "Mrs Funnybones", the name she goes by in her popular newspaper columns, in the digital world of Twitter, and also the title of her first non-fiction...

04-Oct-2018

Tigers and cover-ups: Exposing scandals hidden in forests

In a world of self-styled tiger experts, lack of research and scandalous cover-ups, eminent conservation biologist and wildlife crusader Raghu Chundawat's book "The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers..." is a bold, audacious and eye-opening account of...

28-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Of love, secrets, and an arranged marriage

Flick through a story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise; read the story of a man whose dead wife's messages come to him though another woman; read a story around an arranged marriage,...

25-Sep-2018

Shahryar - the person and the poetry

Shahryar (1936-2012) was arguably one of the best Urdu poets in the post-Independence era. Emerging as a poet in the 1960s, when progressiveness was drawing to a close and modernism was sweeping the literary scene, he carved a niche for himself even as he refrained...

24-Sep-2018

'Eating Wasps': A crisp take on tough choices confronting women

Anita Nair's "Eating Wasps" has the ability to unsettle you, in just the same way eating a wasp for real would jolt you.The bite of the toxins emanating from the the insect's glands trapped in the maw, the crunch of cuticle as it crumbles under your teeth,...

21-Sep-2018

A comprehensive history of America's ties with South Asia

American interest in South Asian countries (particularly India) -- which deepened after the British decolonisation in 1947, in search of capitalist opportunities -- has come a long way since such interest was first evinced in the early 18th century.So says historian...

21-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Wealth, career, the purpose of life and fate

Learn a strategic and practical way to create wealth; flick through easily accessible articles with ideas and wisdom that will help readers in their careers; know methods through which anyone can find their purpose; read stories of those being tested by fate...

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...

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