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24-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Of Yoga sutras, mystery and superstitions

Embark on an inspiring journey based on the ancient philosophy of Yoga Sutras, flick through the story of a newly married couple stuck in a mystery, read about the steady advent of modernity in a village where tradition and subversion coexist and learn a new...

24-Jun-2017

A global tour of expressive words English needs

Marmalade, bikini, shampoo, garage, robot, honcho, banjo, and so on may seem English but have actually gathered from all over the world for there is no language it has not picked up words from. But maybe not fully. Say, one word only for those solving a practical...

23-Jun-2017

Exploring Kumaon through its art, craftsmanship and woodwork

It is not just an abode of natural beauty, snow-capped peaks and tourist destinations but the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand has got much more to it. And writer Manju Kak's latest book explores the region through its art, craft, craftsmanship and woodwork.Having...

22-Jun-2017

Reporting from Pakistan: Adventures in a mirror-image land?

The hardest border to cross is the one constructed or fostered in our minds. Though many Indians are quite fond of citing "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", or the world being one family, the sentiment may not only stop at their western frontier but also doesn't prevent...

21-Jun-2017 New Delhi

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it."The 10 Minute Yoga Solution" (HarperCollins/...

20-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Writers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka find publishing haven in India

Indian publishing houses are fast becoming the preferred choice of writers from the neighbouring countries, with an increasing number of manuscripts from Pakistan and Sri Lanka doing well in India.Yet, it is a tale of many contrasts. Many of the manuscripts...

20-Jun-2017

Making a nation with tracks : The Railways' impact on India

In these days of low-budget airlines, it is only thought a common, time-taking mode of travel. But given Mahatma Gandhi, the Kakori conspiracy, the Partition refugees' trains, Godhra, or even films from "Aradhana" to "Dilwalwe Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" and...

20-Jun-2017

Being Indian: Challenge of bringing up 'Desi' children abroad

The many aspects of everyday Indian life -- history, culture, language, family relationships and marriage -- that we in India tend to take for granted are often major issues of contention for NRIs living overseas - an estimated 30 million of them spread...

19-Jun-2017

Start-up Boom: Evolution of successful entrepreneurs in India

Prior to economic liberalisation, the Indian business scenario was dominanted by family-based companies or people opting for government jobs, instilled with the notion of being financially secure. There was very little or no success in being an entrepreneur....

19-Jun-2017

Hillary Clinton's second Presidential bid : An autopsy

It was an election she had been preparing long for and was favoured to win to become the first woman heading the world's most powerful democracy. But as American voters confounded experienced but "establishment" candidate Hillary Clinton - and experts -...

18-Jun-2017

Evoking laughter from the corridors of power

Apart from the record of some singular "inspired" leaders, who may end up presiding over destinies of millions, including in mature democracies even now (and from a safe distance), humour is not a sentiment evoked by either politics and governance. But creative...

17-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Unromantic eroticism : Psychological thriller for the Tinder generation

There are no love stories to be told, no happy endings and no redeeming features in author Lisa Hilton's psychological thriller trilogy. She rather uses graphic sex to explore the uninhibited desires of Judith Rashleigh, her woman protagonist in the series."Sex...

15-Jun-2017

Not only 'Home Sweet Home': How homes make and keep us human

"How does it feel, how does it feel?/To be without a home/Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone," jeeringly asked Bob Dylan in the refrain of a 1965 single (a later cult classic), as he articulated one of humans' deepest fears. Home is a short word...

14-Jun-2017

The often ignored hand that rocks the Islamist cradle

For every Malala Yousufzai or even Benazir Bhutto, there is also an Apa Nisar Fatima, who applauded Zia ul Haq's Islamisation drive, the baton-wielding girl students of Lal Masjid's seminary or Tashfeen Malik of the 2015 St Bernardino attack. Pakistani women's...

13-Jun-2017

Searching for ecstasy across a spectrum of transcendence

Even in our hi-tech, increasingly self-obsessed and anxiety-beset world, there are times when we move beyond our digital devotion, daily duties or angst to a "more peaceful, absorbed or transcendent state of mind". Do these moments of rapture have any significance...

12-Jun-2017

The straight dope about the Fuehrer and the Nazi war machine

His vegetarianism, teetotalism, non-smoking and concern for animals (his regime had stringent laws for their protection and mulled closing slaughterhouses) didn't prevent Adolf Hitler's megalomania, psychopathic racism and callous disregard for human suffering....

08-Jun-2017

A woman's snapshots of Egypt's simmering discontent and revolt

Volcanic emotions contribute to, and are further generated, during turbulent times in human affairs as manifested in revolutions or other such instances of rapid change. But how dis these grow to the critical levels necessary to trigger such upheavals, say, in...

08-Jun-2017 New Delhi

'India might become an educationally failed nation'

An Indian linguist and anthropologist who is globally revered for his work on dying languages, Ganesh Devy has researched and documented 780 living Indian languages. He says that offering reservation quotas alone will not solve the problem of social exclusion...

07-Jun-2017

Nanak, the apostle of oneness, compassion and 'Charhdi Kala'

In every age, when humanity becomes mired in gross materialism, ritualistic faith and religious antagonism, there appears an inspired figure seeking to bridge the divide, show a better path and revive relations with the divine. These are no strangers to...

05-Jun-2017

The sub-atomic forces and processes enabling our hi-tech lives

Oscillatory motion, capacitors, potential difference, disordered semiconductors, destructive interference and so on may seem, for many of us, terms only fit for a physics textbook -- but do we have any idea what they do in our daily lives? Mobile alarms, ATMs, digital...

04-Jun-2017

How a once shy girl became Tamil Nadu's 'Amma'

How did a beautiful, doe-eyed woman of the 1970s become one of India's most charismatic politicians? What made a once-shy girl to take to the male-dominated world of politics? And just how did a single woman overcome deaths of people close to her, loneliness,...

03-Jun-2017

Against all odds: The extraordinary life of Sonal Mansingh

Few Indian classical dancers have risen to such fame and glory as the widely-adored Sonal Mansingh. A recent biography attempts to capture the life and times of this classical dancer and lives to tell the many known tales of her illustrious life.Titled,...

03-Jun-2017 New Delhi

The audacious patriots who sabotaged the Nazi nuclear project

Would the Second World War have ended the same way if Hitler's Germany had developed an atomic bomb? At one point, the Nazis were tied with the Allies, even after driving away many gifted brains by their racial policies, but lost the race. A crucial reason...

02-Jun-2017

Debutante writer captures our apathy towards maids

Do you have a domestic help at home to assist your family with household chores? When was the last time you stopped to take a close look at all that she goes through? Perhaps, never. This rare gem of scholarship brings their stories -- of migration, pain...

01-Jun-2017

Smuggling knowledge past jihadis: An audacious African adventure

After nature, what some sections of humans get most satisfaction in seeking to destroy is knowledge, in its physical manifestations, irrespective of whether it opposes their view of "truth" or merely presents an alternative. Fortunately, offering hope to us...

31-May-2017

Red, strange and dangerous: Mars' mysteries explained

Beyond a prominent astrological "influence", an idea of masculinity (and even men's origin) and a cryptic utterance in the first Harry Potter book among its varied cultural expressions, the Red Planet, easily seen by the naked eye, has long fascinated us. But...

30-May-2017 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in June 2017

Not all books live up to the expectations of the readers. Much-anticipated books will sometimes disappoint readers and critics. And there will always be books that establish themselves in due course of time.The month gone by saw the release of many promising...

29-May-2017 New Delhi

Remembering the last Mughal emperor and his poetry

A remarkable new book highlights the various aspects of a bygone era, and the life and poetry of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar.Written by Aslam Parvez, a poet himself, "The Life and Poetry of Bahadur Shah Zafar" (translated by Ather Farouqui;...

27-May-2017

The global journey of curry - with some recipes thrown in

Curry, in the culinary lexicon, is intrinsically associated with the routine Indian meal. Be it fish, meat or vegetable, the dishes are primarily curry-based, which is mostly relished with rice or roti. But this culinary delicacy now has a global identity.And...

25-May-2017 New Delhi

TV has given me a following I never had : Suniel Shetty

He has been in the Hindi film industry for a quarter of a century and has delivered some memorable films like "Mohra", "Hu Tu Tu", "Hera Pheri" and "Dhadkan". After such a long stint, actor Suniel Shetty now feels that it is the small screen that has given...

25-May-2017

Crime-solving lessons from the Great Detective himself

Even nine decades after his original creator penned his last tale, the solver of mysteries, scourge of criminals, and saviour of the wrongly-accused is still busy at work. But in the thousands of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there is one glaring omission for...

23-May-2017

'Yeh Lakhnau ki sarzameen..': A contemporary, lavish tribute

It is an enduring example of Indian ingenuity. A city in a timber-rich, though rock quarry-deficient region still went on to host an array of grand edifices, "mimicking stone" that not only made it a byword for cultural sophistication but survived the devastation...

22-May-2017

A wealth of wisdom on human issues expected and unexpected

Our perversity can sometimes be extreme. We look for guidance from every quarter -- leaders temporal and spiritual, self-help gurus, agony aunts, et al -- but ignore those who have selflessly devoted themselves to probing threadbare all facets of the human...

22-May-2017

A vague inspiration from Jayalalithaa's life

A young, talented and beautiful 16-year-old school-going teenager girl is inspired by her mother to enter the movie industry in what was then Madras (now Chennai). Though unwilling initially, life changes forever for Kalai Arasi as she stepped into the...

21-May-2017

Unconventional but alluring 'heroes': Byron's kin down the ages

In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don't know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us -- the "hero" (or rather, the anti-hero...

17-May-2017

A trenchant tale of Trump's triumph

This is one account of his journey to become US President that Donald Trump will not particularly appreciate.Though purporting to be the story of Prince Fracassus, the heir apparent to the Duchy of Origen, known for its "golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos",...

15-May-2017 New Delhi

Guess what books Ruskin Bond loved as a youngster? Read on

He is one of Indias most loved writers and has authored dozens of books for children, hundreds of short stories and poems and several anthologies. But in this upcoming work, Ruskin Bond elaborates freely on the many books that he read in his childhood and...

15-May-2017

Unveiling Ernest Hemingway's clandestine career

Among the great American authors of the 20th century, if not the greatest, Ernest Hemingway was not only known for his terse, minimal style but also his adventurous, larger-than-life persona. Yet in his last decade, he only wrote two works while his robust...

14-May-2017 New Delhi

Of dreams and those who dare to chase them

While all of us aspire to achieve certain goals in life, not everybody succeeds. Here comes a new book that attempts to unravel the many unknown facets that lead us on our journey to follow our dreams -- quite a compelling read.Savi Sharma's novel "This is...

14-May-2017

A fictional account of the refugee crisis paints a better future

Migration has emerged as one of the most challenging of contemporary issues but this fictional tale -- steeped in the past, present and the future -- presents a different perspective to the much-contested subject that has come to rule international relations in...

14-May-2017

The 'wounded' poet who disobeyed the party line on the ghazal

Like the sun outshines other celestial bodies, literary figures are liable to find that their contribution to popular forms of mass media will obscure all their other work, no matter how much better they consider it. This Urdu poet, drawn into working in...

13-May-2017

The author who dreamt of Manderley, reinvented a genre

Even if she had written just one or two of her over dozen novels, she would have easily figured among the world's greatest writers with her brand of 'Gothic romances', but Daphne du Maurier went on to leave a wider literary impact -- not the least with an...

12-May-2017 New Delhi

Of nationalism, women entrepreneurs and weight loss

Learn to question the concept of nationalism by reading the tale of an air warrior; know about the the obstacles faced by women vying for a top job; go through the fastest way to lose weight; flick through the story of a teenager who sets out to investigate...

10-May-2017

Think Positive: This book will boost your enthusiasm for life

Nobody in this world is guaranteed to lead a n entirely happy and joyous life. Misfortune, grief and obstacles are as much realities of our lives as happiness and prosperity are. This book is a splendid collection of personal experiences that brings the idea...

10-May-2017

A train of thought - and thinking about thinking

It is all in our mind. How we live our lives depends, to a considerable extent, on the philosophical points of view we use to explain the world and guide our actions. But how can we find out the strengths and weaknesses of the various views? Easy, hop on...

09-May-2017

They built homes for others but themselves have no roof

Why do the mass of homeless in city after city, the ones who build homes and castles for the rich and influential, remain without a roof? Why do they undergo so much suffering and deprivation in the cities where they take refuge for a living?Renowned activist...

08-May-2017

Facebook COO's self-help book a hacker's guide through adversity

Let the reader be warned: This book will make you cry, remind you of a dear one you lost and perhaps recreate the most traumatic phase of your life once again. At the core of it, however, lies the simple message that we are far more stronger and resilient...

08-May-2017

The continuing travails of a demoted sun god

Stripped of his divine form and powers -- but not his mindset -- the Greek god of the Sun (and music, poetry, prophecy, plague and healing too) is now a mortal teenager who must undertake a perilous set of quests to restore his status. But apart from the dangers...

07-May-2017

A saga of love, sex and danger in ancient India

For keen readers, the point where texts transform into literature is always interesting. The protagonists are more likely to be fallible humans than deities, the prescriptive and didactic approach wanes to show the world as it is, not as it should be. The...

05-May-2017 New Delhi

New book takes us a step closer to Lucknow - and Chikankari

Chikankari is one of the finest traditional embroideries of India, a symbol of Lucknawi culture and a just released book by an Italian author brings to life the history of this unique craft tradition.Paola Manfredi's "Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition", (Niyogi...

05-May-2017 New Delhi

'Bengal scroll paintings have enough admirers to ensure survival'

Works of art and paintings have been an integral component of India's versatile culture and a recent book attempts to capture minute details and important facets of the scroll paintings of Bengal. The author says that the art has enough admirers to ensure...

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