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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...

19-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Smartron t.book : Ideal for multimedia consumption

Combining a laptop's productivity with the consumption capability of a tablet, hybrid devices known as 2-in-1s are now in heavy demand in the Indian market. Joining the bandwagon is homegrown player Smartron with its t.book -- aiming to give consumers the best...

19-Feb-2017

The most famous Viking ever and his entertaining exploits

The Vikings, who were distinguished by a startling adjective after their name, may have long lost their specific identity in the modern world, with the only of these epithets surviving (and flourishing) into our times being "Bluetooth". But not all of them...

17-Feb-2017 New Delhi

An Everest mystery, ideas for the future, and writing skills

Wade through a journey from the dangerous heights of Mount Everest to the equally treacherous margins of Europe in the mid-20th century; read about ground-breaking new ideas; and navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development,...

13-Feb-2017

A soldier's account of the Sri Lanka war

This is a dense yet gripping account by a decorated Sri Lankan military officer who was in the thick of it all in the long and bloody war that led to the decimation of the LTTE.Major General Kamal Gunaratne is no ordinary soldier. An infantryman, he led the...

12-Feb-2017

No Valentine's Day: Love's tortured course in Cold War

Valentine's Day is coming and as love blooms or advances for many young in age or heart, consider its course in difficult situations. Truth is the first casualty in wars, but so is romance. The conflict doesn't even need to be a shooting war - even undeclared conflicts...

07-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

Living Heritage of Mewar: Architecture of the City Palace, Udaipur

Before an exclusive gathering at The Taj Mahal Palace, a landmark publication titled ‘Living Heritage of Mewar: Architecture of the City Palace, Udaipur’ was released by Dr James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, USA and Shriji Arvind Singh...

07-Feb-2017

The dark side of Karachi and its violent politics

Of all vendettas, the most vicious centre on politics, where they can encompass some of the strongest motives -- pride, honour, power, money and sex. The high-flyers not only forget those who have helped them but, with more adverse consequences, those they...

05-Feb-2017

The fairytale that launched India's literary renaissance

A whirlwind tale of romance, adventure and magic, it is no ordinary fable -- and not due to its genre. The first Indian prose fiction, or even the first novel, "Bagh-o-Bahaar" is a largely neglected pioneer of what is now a thriving, multi-lingual literary...

22-Jan-2017

Indian politicians: a perceptive but askance view from the mofussil

The Indian Republic will, this week, turn 67. But for most of its people, most hopes of its founding fathers have remained hopes only. In a polity based on 'Vox populi, vox dei', or the voice of the people is the voice of god, some voices are adept at articulating...

19-Jan-2017

Lifting the veil over BJP's digital army

"Why does the PM of India alone among world leaders follow some of his country's worst online abusers?" Journalist Swati Chaturvedi asks this damning question and goes to answer it in an explosive expose of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) secret...

17-Jan-2017

The brothers who failed the West in Afghanistan?

What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's pre-eminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted both the World Wars combined?...

16-Jan-2017

A destructive demoness from the Ramayana or tormented woman?

Like the space-time it is set in, Hindu mythology too seems to trace a circular course -- in fiction. Its once unmitigated villains are being re-evaluated, their motives and actions re-assessed, and epics retold from their perspective. But while the great...

15-Jan-2017

The US statesman who out-argued the Devil and his curious career

Among the outstanding American statesmen (and one stateswoman) to never become President, Daniel Webster never let ambition, pride or popularity deflect him from his inalienable political principle: his country's preservation, even by tactical compromises...

14-Jan-2017

Karan Johar's memoir lays bare all, reflects Bollywood's ambiguity

This much-anticipated memoir of filmmaker Karan Johar has been creating waves on social media after chapters describing his fallout with actress Kajol were leaked on Twitter -- and for candid talk about his sexual orientation.But contrary to the initial reports...

14-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Less demand for regional language books at World Book Fair

The 44th edition of the World Book Fair might be seeing a good number of footfalls but stalls catering to regional languages are not getting sufficient visitors readers this year.Regional publishers said that because of the lack of readership, many of them...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Book on Swami Vivekananda launched

Remembering Swami Vivekananda on his 154th birth anniversary, a book titled "Himalaya Mein Vivekananda" written by former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was launched here on Thursday.The book launch at the ongoing World Book Fair was attended by Haryana...

12-Jan-2017

Relatively simple: The equation that explains our complex world

For what is the most famous and significant scientific equation ever, E=mc2 (c squared) appears rather simple. But in its five characters -- three letters representing significant physical forces or states, a number and a symbol, is the basic blueprint of...

11-Jan-2017 New Delhi

PM's 'Mann Ki Baat' now a book

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' can now also be read as author Rajeev Gupta has compiled all his speeches in a single book titled "Pradhan Mantri Ke Mann Ki Baat".The book, published by Sahitya Sanchay was launched by Union Tribal Development...

11-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Books for Rs 100? Head for World Book Fair, not Daryaganj

Publishing stalwarts might be drawing huge crowds at the World Book Fair, but giving them some competition are stalls and stands offering books for just Rs 100.Though stalls by Penguin, Harper Collins, Om Book Stores, Oxford are packed with readers, bookworms are...

11-Jan-2017

An 'Upanishad' on Greek mythology

The Ancient Greeks' enduring contributions to the world are the idea and practice of democracy, a system of philosophy but, above all, a colourful mythology whose influence, and reinterpretation, still permeates art, language and popular culture -- as the...

09-Jan-2017

An Indus Valley city's end and its shadow on the present

Certain patterns of behaviour crop up regularly in the course of human history. Attempts to channel supposed power over the unseen, or even religion, to secure unquestioned authority, enrich oneself and yet crave more influence -- behaviour regularly seen down...

08-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Bookworms throng World Book Fair, children's book sees demand

From Jeff Kinneys Wimpy Kid series to Amar Chitra Katha, the second day of the ongoing World Book Fair saw huge demand for childrens' books from tiny book-worms who thronged the venue in large numbers.With weather remaining pleasant and not playing a spoilsport...

07-Jan-2017 New Delhi

World Book Fair kicks off, a lot to look forward to

The sudden change in weather may have been a setback for those with elaborate plans over the weekend but it did not deter visitors from thronging in large numbers to the World Book Fair that kickstarted here on Saturday afternoon.The nine day-long literary...

06-Jan-2017

A Pakistani 'Herstory' of a community, city and country

Several ancient philosophical traditions held a human to be a microcosm of the universe. This holds true for history too, but here sometimes a personal, or family, record may offer a more vivid picture of affairs than accounts of larger social and political...

06-Jan-2017

The recipe for looking good? Eat well

If you happen to think that all top models have gone through their phase of anorexia and bulimia, here's something to break the myth -- they eat well, and, well, still look great and gorgeous.Former beauty queen Shvetha Jaishankar, who was crowned Miss...

05-Jan-2017

Bottling up feelings no solution to any problem

If you are going through emotional turmoil in your own life, "The THC: Under a Gibbous Moon" is a great motivator to make you sign up for therapy at the fictional Total Holistic Centre (THC), a wellness health farm in Mumbai, to find solace. This is because...

05-Jan-2017 New Delhi

New book on Mughal Emperor Akbar launched in the Capital

Emperor Akbar is among the most fascinating of the Mughal rulers and the latest addition to the scholarly offerings on him throws more light on his decisions as well as the frame of mind in which he made them.Written by Shazi Zaman and published by Rajkamal...

01-Jan-2017

An altruistic Arabian prince and his legendary quests

In our contemporary, high-tech world where a range of inventions and devices once thought magical are common, it is easy to understand why fairy tales have gone out of fashion. But reflecting human creativity and experience, they still have a lot to teach...

30-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Vivekananda, travel adventures and contemporary India

Know and understand the bewildering, fascinating and complex Swami Vivekananda; flick through an interesting story of travel adventures; map the history of contemporary India through the eyes of the Amul girl; and read the tale of four sisters who live the...

30-Dec-2016

A quest for wisdom across the ages and around the world

Wisdom is elusive and doesn't even have one accepted definition, but it still has been ceaseless pursuit of humans, who have been long enamoured of it, naming specific deities (especially goddesses) or even legendary forebears as its patrons, searching for...

28-Dec-2016

An unseen but admirable aspect of Genghis Khan

He has a prominent place in the annals of history, but as a restless, relentless warrior who shook up the world of his time, invaded territories across what are now 40 modern nations, slaughtered millions of people and ravaged cities and countryside alike...

26-Dec-2016

A man born of the soil returns to the soil

"Didn't Ramchandra give up the kingdom to Bharat and walk away into the forest? But then, that had happened in another age. Can you expect such a thing to happen today? Nowadays one brother will slit another's throat. Why, only the other day a brother in a wealthy...

26-Dec-2016

A 'spirited' history of the British empire and its 'high' legacy

This is one legacy for which avid party animals with thirsty throats will always thank the British Empire, which is otherwise not very popular currently. Besides English and cricket, one more abiding -- and cheering -- legacy is preserving (with generous...

23-Dec-2016

A trio of unlikely arms suppliers in the US' Afghan and Iraq wars

The premise -- a trio of Miami youth, barely in their 20s and habitual drug-users, turn top US arms suppliers, even landing a $300 million contract in 2007 to supply the new Afghan army ammunition, until jealous competitors, crusading journalists and vengeful...

22-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Book on love, emotional journey launched

Love has always remained an eternal theme in books and Avinash Pushkarnas debut book ‘My Red Butterfly is a passionate journey of love, emotions and compassion.Launched here on Wednesday, the book, published by Niyogi Books, is an enchanting story of an innocent...

22-Dec-2016

Zebras, giraffes, impalas and other evolutionary conundrums

It was birthplace of the human race but that is not the only contribution of Africa to life on our planet. On its sprawling savannah can be seen many intriguing and inexplicable natural phenomena, spanning morphology (stripes/long necks), behaviour (deer...

19-Dec-2016

Love lessons from the great philosophers

It is inexplicable, irresistible, makes the world go around, but its course may never run smooth. Falling in love with someone, somewhere, sometime is inevitable and so is some problem, big or small, emerging in the relationship. Advice may then be sought...

16-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Bad guys, teen woes, Karma

Flick through a funny and naughty story about bad guys, know the interesting experiences of a teenager in the voice of one, understand the doctrine of Karma in relation to your life, and read about the struggles and exploits of the art society.The IANS bookshelf...

16-Dec-2016

The schizophrenic, suspicious world of spying - and its costs

For any spy agency, even more worrisome than the possibility of its agents abroad being unmasked and inviting some sort of reprisal from the targeted country, is the prospect of its spies (or even ex-spies for that matter), their heads full with secrets,...

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