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17-Oct-2017

Another kind of role: Tom Hanks' tales of common and uncommon lives

Known for frequently essaying ordinary, likable and good-natured characters facing extraordinary situations in his films, Tom Hanks brings the same aspect to his story-telling. A man is exhausted by his energetic girl friend-turned-girlfriend, the teenager...

16-Oct-2017

Averting the end of the world with a motley crew's help

Being with the cosmic forces of good is not always a happy situation for, at some time, you are going to be called in to save the world, while the gods will only render advice -- if they feel like it. Though your team has seven other brave warriors, it doesn't...

15-Oct-2017

A timely work on black money and tax havens

Black money and tax havens are the flavours of the day or months. So a book on the subject comes at the right time. Just how much black money is there in India? According to the book's jacket, estimates vary from 10 to 20 percent of our GDP. Conservatively,...

14-Oct-2017

The unknown lyrical side of Trump -- with help from a fiction writer

What can we make of Donald Trump? While history will be the ultimate judge of his presidency, despite all the ominous signs, attempts to be articulate, and gaffes so far, he may claim (with some unsolicited help) to challenge illustrious predecessors -- eloquent...

12-Oct-2017 Noida/Allahabad

Allahabad HC corrected CBI mistake: Aarushi book author

Avirook Sen, the author of the book based on the 2008 murder of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, welcomed the Allahabad High Court judgement acquitting her parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, saying the wrong done by the CBI has been corrected.The couple...

06-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Of bosses, relationships and sexual encounters

1.Book : Learn how to effectively manage your relationship with the boss as you navigate your career in a corporate environment; read the interesting love story of two very different people; flick through writings on a woman's experiences with her physicality...

02-Oct-2017

The cold, brutal world of Cold War espionage and its hard legacy

Old soldiers never die but fade away but what about spies? Do they live in the same secretive anonymity of their careers or dread the spooks' curse: "May I read about you in the papers" coming true as archives open, revelations pour out and a new regime...

01-Oct-2017

A long-forgotten Sanskrit classic with a wide world-view

Amidst the glittering pantheon of classical Sanskrit literature we know -- or some of us claim to know to put forth their idea of a golden age India "free of any foreign influence" -- there are several lesser-known works which give lie to this claim. This one,...

29-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in October 2017

As variety is the spice of life, shifting between different literary genres often helps readers retain their interest in reading. In the longer run, nobody likes a uni-coloured portrait and reading books of a similar type leads to a gradual but distinct...

29-Sep-2017 Sydney

Sharks, rays live longer than previously estimated: Study

An Australian university study published on Friday found a number of errors in the way the age of sharks and rays have been measured, and which actually live 18 years longer than previously estimated.James Cook University researcher Alastair Harry conducted...

28-Sep-2017 New Delhi

'If only people travelled, India would be more peaceful, less noisy'

A writer travelled along the Radcliffe Line -- through the vibrant greenery of Punjab as well as the more melancholic landscape of the states surrounding Bangladesh -- to examine life on the border. But contrary to the general perception, he found the...

27-Sep-2017

A mission to ensure a nuclear-free South Asia -- and why it failed

Could the North Korean nuclear issue, which is giving the world an anxious time due to the presence of hotheads on either side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcontinent...

26-Sep-2017

Hit 'Refresh' to transform your life, the Satya Nadella way

When you hit "Refresh" in a web browser by clicking the little arrow -- or press the "F5" function key -- it quickly updates the web page, without wiping out anything but opening the page afresh.For India-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, hitting refresh...

26-Sep-2017

How Google searches may show who we are and what we want

Title: Everybody Lies - What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are; Author: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 352; Price: Rs 499It may have been the first to indicate Donald Trump would be the next US President, but while vintage...

25-Sep-2017

A stranger in a strange land looking for closure

How is a person's identity constructed? Does it owe to the place people hail from, or the place they are in or end up in? Does the language in which they articulate their ideas define them, or are their choices that make them what they are or what they have...

24-Sep-2017

A steamy sex spoof which became a successful literary subterfuge

"Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not. Sex is not a crime. Describing sex is," American critic Gershon Legman advised writers but never realised it was sex that raked in both big money and popularity -- as we well know from "Fifty Shades.." or some of...

20-Sep-2017

On our heads mostly: Hair and its importance to human society

For a filament of dead protein protruding out of our skin, hair's significance far outstrips any other body part, including those that help us function physically and mentally and sustain our lives. For its presence, absence, or modifications may automatically...

15-Sep-2017 Bangalore

Tales of grit: The lives of female Nobel Peace laureates

It was in 1905 that the first Nobel Prize for Peace was won by a woman, Bertha von Suttner. Since then, there have been 15 others who have been awarded the Nobel Peace prize for their efforts. In a multitude of cultural settings from different countries...

14-Sep-2017

Silence and its significance: A wide-ranging investigation

We are taught in proverbs to regard it as golden, asked to practice it most of the time in our home and school life, and may use it to evade uncomfortable situations -- and resent it when used against us. Or is it what should come when we reach the limits...

11-Sep-2017

A working woman's guide to sabbaticals - and what not to do in it

For many urban Indians, their desire to land a job, usually corporate, often makes them oblivious to the exacting demands it may make on their lives -- with free time for hobbies or other interests usually the first casualty. And once in the rat race, it...

08-Sep-2017

A look into mankind's oldest, fiercest ongoing battles - inside us

Picture a mighty fortress besieged by a huge array of cunning invaders, some of whom have even managed to enter and entrench themselves by a range of subterfuges. But then, its defenders are mostly equal to repelling them with a variety of approaches - isolating...

05-Sep-2017

Ensuring justice, Sicilian policeman style

Law and justice seem an uneasy, unlikely pair in our world where "networks" more often mean the deep, shadowy nexus of the political establishment, big business and organised crime which can influence the state's instruments for their own ends. But there...

04-Sep-2017

A 'handy' guide to human behaviour

If you think the current trend of people, publicly and privately, paying ferocious attention to their smartphones or other hand-held devices and furiously typing, clicking or scrolling away is technology making a travesty of human nature, you may well be...

03-Sep-2017

Enjoying power - a lesson from a legendary Indian king's throne

Rulers of men, be it in a system autocratic or democratic, soon begin to believe in their "divine right" of leadership and that they outstrip their predecessors -- some of whom are sought to be brushed out. This sentiment is not alien to our country and our...

30-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Five books to look forward to in September 2017

The literary scene has been quiet for some time now, but as the heat of summer gradually recedes, quite a few literary festivals and gatherings are on the cards. With such crowd-pulling platforms for publicity and launch of new books scheduled in the coming...

30-Aug-2017

Tackling terror, battling betrayal - a British politician's fate

There is no shortage of security challenges -- terrorism, radicalism, illegal immigration (and the backlash it causes) -- for modern nations, particularly in the West. Now imagine you had the responsibility to tackle these. How effective could you be against...

29-Aug-2017

Vivid, nostalgic and unsettling tales of a city in transition

If Bengaluru were a person, it could be like a member of Bollywood's fabled Kapoor family whose succeeding generations have managed to remain relevant even as times and norms change. But is this gift for perpetual validity all that goes into making the...

28-Aug-2017

A Revolutionary called MGR

When he was born in Kandy in Sri Lanka, perhaps none would have even remotely imagined that M.G. Ramachandran, or MGR, would overcome the tag of his Malayali origin and the grinding poverty he faced in childhood to one day become a colossus in Tamil Nadu....

28-Aug-2017

Corporate Jungle: Understanding workplace, people and politics

"Understanding workplace politics is as important as going to work, dreaming of a future, holding on to aspirations and working on yourself, to be more competent. Else you could end up like a trained rally driver in full gear, sitting in the best car, however....driving...

27-Aug-2017

Terry Pratchett's terrific heroines - a short overview

Trawling the uproarious TV tropes site, I happened to come to "Big Damn Heroes" -- about characters coming to save the damsel in distress in a big, awesome manner. Interest in it earned me a look of intense disapproval from a feministic colleague sitting in close...

23-Aug-2017

How US fumbled a chance to bring peace to Afghanistan in the 1980s

Donald Trump has become the third US President to send more troops to Afghanistan, in what has become his country's longest-ever war -- with no signs of any closure yet. But the Americans, who had a big part in launching the nearly four-decade-long crisis,...

21-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Book authored by SSP released in Srinagar

L. Mohanti IPS Addl. DGP Armed J&K joined by S.A Watali IPS IGP Armed/ IR Jammu, S.Ahfadul Mujtaba IPS IGP Armed/ IR Kashmir and other Senior Officers Monday released the book titled “Procedural Lapses/ Ambiguities Vis-à-vis Prosecution/ Acquittals”...

21-Aug-2017

The amazing tales of inventions that created and run the modern world

The i-Phone may seem the pinnacle of human endeavour, ingenuity and technological prowess -- but while Steve Jobs deserves the plaudits, the range of technologies making it possible were a collective effort, facilitated by a surprisingly unexpected benefactor.When...

19-Aug-2017

The dark secret of a double killing outside the FBI HQ

A gangland-style execution -- and the murderer's subsequent suicide -- right outside the FBI headquarters in Washington is witnessed by an extraordinary agent who is now tasked to solve it. But, while he cannot find any links between the two, comes another...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Of mystery, spying and ghosts

Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing,...

13-Aug-2017

Judging books by their names: A trip through tantalising titles

"Conquering kings their titles take.." begins a Christian hymn, but what about those of books that demand you take a second look at them for something inviting, intriguing, or even incongruous in their name. While an indirect, rather fanciful title is now the norm,...

10-Jul-2017

Writer who is making mythology 'cool', one novel at a time

His "Shiva Trilogy" -- "The Immortals of Meluha", "The Secret of the Nagas" and "The Oath of the Vayuputras" -- was the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history. And the first novel of his five-part "Ram Chandra Series" -- "Scion of Ikshvaku"...

10-Jul-2017

The key aide who ensures a US President's success or failure

The floundering that marks the Donald Trump presidency so far may be due to his ignoring a crucial -- and tested -- tenet of US Presidential politics since the last half century: Appointing an efficient "gatekeeper" in the White House, letting him work unhindered...

09-Jul-2017

Lost or distorted messages : A literary malady

The human capacity for perverse contrariness or, at best, a different perspective, is quite immense. And suffering most from it are writers, who must not only hope their work appeals to the public but also that their message gets understood. But responses...

07-Jul-2017 New Delhi

Business tips, a thriller and cricket

Get a collection of new street-smarts based on interviews with experienced people, read a powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom, and flick through a sweet tale about a young chap deeply involved in winning a cricket...

07-Jul-2017

A surrealistic, supernatural quest in Karachi - and beyond

Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compete with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals are capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to its perceived "injustices"...

06-Jul-2017

'Bol ke labh azad hain tere': Faiz beyond revolution and romance

"Maqam, Faiz, koi raah mein jacha hi nahi/Jo kuu-e-yaar se nikle to suye-e-daar chale (No other stage on the way was suitable, Faiz/Emerging from the street of the beloved, I climbed the scaffold)".The couplet showcases both passionate motifs -- romance and...

02-Jul-2017

The poem that sent a prince galloping for home

It is not a fable, though it may seem like one. A prince is so entranced by an unparalleled city of his dominions that he lingers in it year after year, while his courtiers grow increasingly homesick and long to be reunited with their families. But nobody...

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