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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,...

09-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Of happiness, Harappa, mystery and trees

Know some fabulous and easy techniques to handle stress with a smile; unravel one of the world's greatest conspiracies and the haunting story of a lost, ancient civilization; read the story of a detective who takes on one of the most powerful men in the US...

09-Feb-2018

The other Pakistan : People beyond media and popular perceptions

What do a paraplegic artist seeking to inspire others to rise above their disabilities, a social media star who sought to flaunt her sexuality as a form of protest, and a policeman trying to solve a horrific crime with no complainants or witnesses, have in...

08-Feb-2018

Major focus on translations among publishing houses in India

The rich linguistic diversity of India is fast seeping into the English publishing space as translations from Indian languages to English are at an all-time high. In this new series "Translating India" beginning Feb 9, ten noted translators -- in articles...

04-Feb-2018

The burden of being brown -- and a woman

If you're a brown woman -- of any age group, living in any part of the world -- you have my sympathies. Because we are burdened with a lot of contradictory expectations. Like being pretty but not sexy, to excel at work but be home on time, be friendly to...

02-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Of 'untouchables', good friends, memory and mystery

Know a Dalit woman's family history that goes back to the 1930s, when the Independence movement promised freedom but little changed for untouchables; get a refreshing, nuanced take on friendship, love and this crazy thing called life; enhance your learning...

01-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in February 2018

After an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books...

31-Jan-2018

Chef Vikas Khanna a 'Buried Seed' that bloomed

He never gave up, rose from the ashes like a phoenix every time life tried to bury him. Chef Vikas Khanna, also called Vikku by his near and dear ones, was a buried seed that was meant to bloom."Buried Seeds" traces the journey of the Michelin star chef...

28-Jan-2018

Finally, an authoritative primer on mutual funds

If you have invested in mutual funds and are waiting for those number-crunching fund managers to do their thing and make you rich over time, this thoroughly researched book tells you more about those invisible financial wizards who ensure that your stacks...

25-Jan-2018

The perils of negotiating with defectors -- and surviving

It may be the ultimate form of rejection of one's origins, families and homeland, but can defection to the purported enemy represent an irreversible parting of ways? Can amends be made for it by a further betrayal? And can the "traitors", who have specialised...

20-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Media launch of Hindi translation of Frederich Bastiat's book 'The Law'

Centre for Civil Society (CCS), India’s leading Think Tank advocating social change through public policy in partnership with India’s first Hindi liberal web portal Azadi.me launched the Hindi translation of Frederich Bastiat’s book ‘The Law’.­ The book written...

19-Jan-2018

'The Commuter': Typical Liam Neeson fare

"The Commuter", often punctuated with the question "What kind of a person are you", ignites an ethical dilemma. You feel that the film is going to turn out to be a psychological thriller. But alas! That's where it all ends.This film, like all Liam Neeson's...

19-Jan-2018

Of longing, friendships, Buddha and desire

Read a compelling translation of a masterpiece by Rabindranath Tagore, delve into the friendship of three flatmates in London, enjoy the thrills that an obsessed seductress unleashes on a perfect couple, and finally take a look at the world of godmen, spiritual...

19-Jan-2018

Contemporary uncanny: Modern-day mysteries that defy solution

The human brain can exhibit a curious duality. On the one hand, we generally prefer to understand everything that we face and know the reasons for what happens, and on the other, we relish the mysterious, the inexplicable and the uncanny. And there is a...

19-Jan-2018 Mumbai

Paresh Rawal credits Salim, Salman for his career's hits

Veteran actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal has credited veteran writer Salim Khan for his first commercial hit "Naam" and his son superstar Salman Khan for his "biggest" hit "Tiger Zinda Hai".Paresh was seen in a pivotal role in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial "Tiger...

17-Jan-2018

Brown: The colour of toil but non-acceptance across the West?

All our social development and our technological advancements don't seem enough to eradicate our long-persisting atavistic sense of difference based on appearance, which though long-suppressed is now emerging free from its restraints -- as proved by the...

14-Jan-2018

The book that Trump dismissed reveals a President in crisis

"A f**king idiot", "A f**king moron", "A child", "A dope" and "Dumb as shit" are some of the descriptions of US President Donald Trump by White House staff in a new book, which the President himself dismissed as "a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited...

12-Jan-2018

Mission Impossible? The odyssey to become and stay Alec Baldwin

Unforgettable actors are renowned for the sheer variety of roles in their onscreen careers, though their normal lives beyond the limelight may not be as dramatic as these portrayals. Alec Baldwin could, however, well qualify -- he may have learnt to operate a nuclear...

11-Jan-2018

Eyeless in Iberia

For some, being a traveler can be a tiring business. Forced by an automatic reflex, they are compelled to record in words everything they see; continuously making little scrolls of descriptions and burying them inside the numerous crevices of the brain,...

10-Jan-2018

Mapping the mindset and reasoning of jihadis

Fundamentalism is an inescapable feature of all religions, but becomes a problem when it takes an intolerably and indiscriminately violent form of a "holy war". This is an issue in its heartland no doubt but exacerbates when it spills over into the wider world -- and...

09-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Hindi version of Swedish children's book launched at World Book Fair

Here's good news for children attending the ongoing 26th New Delhi World Book Fair. Three Swedish books translated into Hindi have been released, bringing in more variety in the of children's books genre.The books were release at an event at the Children's...

08-Jan-2018

A miscellany of 'misfits' and what we can learn from them

In a materialistic world which emphasises more on conformity, convention and success, those who prefer not to abide by these rules of "normalcy" are rarely lauded. They can expected to be labelled mavericks, even weird, but usually "misfits". But what do...

07-Jan-2018

A satire-cum-thriller -- inspired by politics

A lanky woman, arms akimbo, wearing a tucked-in white shirt, divided skirt and red high heels is standing with her back to us. There's a mike in front of her and she's addressing a nondescript crowd, waving flags -- the 'Bhagwa Dhwaj' (the saffron flag...

05-Jan-2018

A rivalry in the realistic setting of a forgotten war

The operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in the 1980s may have been a doomed venture, but this riveting tale of rivalry between an Indian Special Forces officer and a battle-hardened...

05-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Of cartoons, healthy foods, road safety and world records

Read about Rajinder Puri's virtuosity as a prescient columnist, fearless writer and activist and flick through a collection of his best political cartoons; know about the food that helps us strengthen our mind and memory; get guidelines on road safety through...

04-Jan-2018

A story of a house on a beach

"My Home! I would spare a thousand houses on you and prefer never leave your door."Throughout our lives, we try hard to build a house of our choice so that we can find the essence of living in a family. We invest time, money and resources -- a process that...

02-Jan-2018

'Demonetisation akin to chopping off the nose to cure a cold'

Reams of paper have been inked and gigabytes of data published online lauding, berating, reporting and analysing in breathless fashion the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial decision on November 8, 2016, to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000...

31-Dec-2017

Jack and Bobby Kennedy's curious intertwined lives and fates

No other family occupies as significant a position in American politics as the Kennedys -- especially the charismatic John F. 'Jack' Kennedy. His truncated term doesn't prevent him from being the most popular US President, in his time and ahead, and decades...

30-Dec-2017

Whither India? An atlas of present faults and future courses

Stretching from icy mountains to the boundless oceans and from arid deserts to tropical forests with more varied topography in between, India's geographical diversity is well complemented by its political, religious and cultural plurality, and a variety of issues,...

29-Dec-2017 New Delhi

A bit of philosophy and some love

Embark this week on a philosophical and romantic journey. From being a carefree child to a person who preferred medidation and company of saints, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has a fascinating tale to share and this time his sister brings us those up close and personal...

26-Dec-2017

Power : A new paradigm to ponder over -- and pursue

It is termed the ultimate aphrodisiac. It is that intense but intangible phenomenon that runs countries, corporations and society and is involved, in some way or the other, in how we relate to each other both professionally and on a personal level. But...

25-Dec-2017

Gorbachev -- the Soviet Union's bane or unsuccessful hope?

A hundred years ago, Communism triumphed in Russia and the Soviet Union soon came into being -- and it is already over a quarter of a century (on this day in 1991) since its collapse. Which of its leaders was responsible? Lenin, for laying faulty foundations?...

24-Dec-2017

Stomping off with effect: Dramatic exits from the scene or life

The course of any human's life has three significant episodes -- hatching, matching and despatching. The first we have no control over, the second doesn't entirely depend on us and in only the third can we have some say. While we can never predict when this...

22-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Anuk Arudpragasam wins Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2017

After winning The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam has won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2017 for his novel "The Story of a Brief Marriage".From 47 titles submitted for consideration, Author and translator Arshia...

22-Dec-2017

Drugs to discrimination : The darker side of science

Science makes our life easier, healthier and longer -- but not always. For like all human creations, it is a double-edged weapon that solves one problem but may create another, preserves but also degrades, and protects but also destroys. But is it only science,...

19-Dec-2017

The riddle of Padmavati -- a rivetting reconstruction

There could scarcely be any Indian historical/myhtological character presenting more delicacy in artistic depiction as Queen Padmavati of Chittor, with any story of her tumultous life liable to invite a raging controversy or worse as a filmmaker and his cast...

17-Dec-2017 New Delhi

The year when Indian fiction reflected the burden of society

A novel that takes its readers into the abyss of poverty and patriarchy, thereby narrating the sordid uses of power and the agony it unleashes; a dystopian satire that draws a telling portrait of our times; and finally an international bestseller from...

17-Dec-2017

Stalinist stories: The Soviet Man of Steel's fictional forays

There are just a handful of statesmen who have greatly influenced the course of the 20th century -- for good or bad. But can we categorise leaders on this moral standard -- for the most evil may have done some good, or vice versa.We could try the more tangible...

16-Dec-2017 New Delhi

These books could become 'bombs' in 2018

Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as "book bombs", critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election....

16-Dec-2017

World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval it caused and immense destruction it left across three continents, to be the "war to end all wars" and "make the world...

15-Dec-2017 New Delhi

A dose of mythology, dark secrets and suspense

What happens when reality mingles with mythology? Well, here is a young protagonist who discovers himself trapped in the days of Mahabharata. hen a story of dark secrets, shocking revelations and a special bond between two women. Next come two thrillers that...

14-Dec-2017

A call for jihad in an earthly paradise -- and its consequences

Faith can move mountains. But when distorted and misplaced, it can demolish lives, families and much more. And this destructive tendency can even manifest itself in places far away from an area of savage religious strife. Say, an idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago...

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...

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