Jungle Tales: Saad Bin Jung loves the wild and the wilderness. Photo: Nagara Gopal
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Jungle Tales: Saad Bin Jung loves the wild and the wilderness. Photo: Nagara Gopal

A dawn awaits forgotten people

Saad Bin Jung talks about his latest book and what inspired him to pen the thought provoking pages. »
Going native

In the age of indifference

At a time when autobiography is fast getting reduced to mushy and commercial writing, comes Abid Suhail’s unassuming account, “Jo Yaad Raha” »
INTRICATE NARRATIVES: American author Valerie Miner at a workshop organised by SCILET, The American College. Photo: G. Moorthy

'Unplanned adventures'

American journalist-turned novelist, Professor Valerie Miner says she writes to understand the complex world we live in »
Smeeta Mishra

Going online and how…

A recent book, “Online Communication Strategies For Managers”, discusses the need to go online while taking adequate precautions »
LETTERS FOR A NATION — From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Allen Lane/Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 7th floor, Infinity Tower, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon-122002. Rs. 599.

National, yet international

A compendium of letters written by Nehru to Chief Ministers shows the scale and power of his thinking »
M.P. Veerendra Kumar. Photo: H. Vibhu
December 19, 2014

Veerendra Kumar: A journey with words

M.P. Veerendra Kumar puts on his spectacles and thumbs excitedly through the pages of his thick, hard-bound travelogue, Hymavathabhoovil (In the Meadows of Snow). He must have done t... »
Teenager author Archit Nangavaram. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Making magic real

Right after the sixth standard, Archit Nangavaram started a summer writing project. “My English teacher, the previous year had made writing seem fun and so I first tried my hand at poetry. I then s... »
Author Ravi Subramanium. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

The game changer

For the last few years, no bestseller list has been complete without Ravi Subramanian. This year is no different with his “God Is A Gamer” (Penguin) striking a chord with the readers. Known for his... »
Cover of Tinkle Star. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Shining bright

Sustaining the interest of readers is difficult. More so, if they happen to be children. That Tinkle — the monthly magazine launched on November 14, 1980, by Anant Pai, the founding editor (... »
To mummy with love: Pranav with his mother Priya Gupta. Photo: Special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Between a fan and a friend

It is commonly believed that children are the human form of god. If that is the case, then god has a great sense of humour, many friends and an all-rounder tag. At least that is what, a 12-year-ol... »
From the pens of children. Photo: Murali Kumar K.
December 19, 2014

Tripping over Timbuktoo

Sahaat Poddar, Devrata Morarka, and Rahul Singh Manglorkar are huddled around a tablet, playing Minecraft, sitting on the floor of Lightroom Bookstore, tucked away in a quiet corner of Bengaluru’s... »
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

Everyday life stories

V.P. Achan Kripasanam’s compilation of stories, Mazhakkottu shows his unfettered love for nature and life. He mixes emotions in all their finery with fluid use of words to shape a sensitive... »
One of the books on M.T. Vasudevan Nair published by Haritham Books.
KOZHIKODE, December 18, 2014

A literary tribute, in letter and spirit

Eleven new books, all on one man, being released on 11 successive days. That is not very usual. They are about M.T. Vasudevan Nair, one of the most loved writers in Malayalam. The Kozhikode-... »
WOMEN AND LAW — Critical Feminist Perspectives: Edited by Kalpana Kannabiran; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 995.
December 15, 2014

Demolishing the claim for ‘gender-neutral’ laws

Barely a few weeks ago, a day quietly passed without getting the kind of attention it really deserved. On that day, men greeted each other on social networking sites, some even demanding a word... »

On the path of introspection Author Vishwas
Bangalore, December 15, 2014

Keeping the faith

Vishwas Mudagal’s debut novel Losing my Religion inspired readers to such an extent, that it has left the Bengaluru-based Vishwas stunned. “Everyday, I get fan mail!” he says. “There was a... »

Classic revisited

Look who’s coming to LFL

The legacy of a towering musician

Constructing imageries

Past through pictures

Tales for our times

Calling all book lovers

Regulating cartels: a legalistic view

December 19, 2014

Cricketing tales

Have you ever wondered what the Indian cricket team does when it is not playing cricket? What is the role of the non-cricketing staff? What food do they eat? Do they talk about the game and dissect... »
A view at a Delhi bookstore. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 19, 2014

I know what you read this year

Shankar displays his books in Connaught Place’s inner circle in just the right order. His books — laid out spine to spine on the ground — are flanked by twin high rise stacks of Chetan Bhagat’s “Ha... »
A reader at the Full Circle Book Shop in Khan market, New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 19, 2014

High on the Hindi list

That the ratio is skewed is no secret. Hindi books today find few takers, and little space. In bookstores, home libraries, literary publications, they make do with fewer reviews and diminishing cor... »
Information overload: and people want more, thanks to social media. Photo: K.R. Deepak
December 19, 2014

Currently hooked

It has been a year when non-fiction titles and autobiographies have emerged the top sellers in books in India. From Sanjaya Baru’s, The Accidental Prime Minister to Natwar Singh’s autobiogra... »
Book jacket of “The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism” by Deborah Baker
December 19, 2014
Write Angle

Leap of faith, twice over

In this winter of discontent there is so much discussion on conversion and reconversion, ghar vapasi (coming home) and shuddhi (purification). At one level my mind goes back to Dayana... »
Killimangalam Vasudevan Namboodiripad.
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

Astute aesthete

Commentaries on and criticisms of Kerala’s traditional performing arts had been the forte of language teachers and Sanskrit scholars till the late 20th century. Most of the writings on the classic... »
Malayala Television Charithram (1985–2013)
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

What’s inside

Media milestones A comprehensive study of the history of Malayalam television and how the many channels have influenced the mindset and thinking process of the Malayali audience. <... »
December 15, 2014

Know your English — How is the word ‘gravitas’ pronounced?

What is the meaning of ‘monger’ in ‘scaremonger’? (K. Vikram, Madurai) ‘Monger’, a rather old-fashioned word, is seldom used on its own nowadays. It was originally used to... »
DALITS AND ADIVASIS IN INDIA’S BUSINESS ECONOMY — Three Essays and An Atlas: Barbara Harriss-White with Elisabetta Basile, Anita Dixit, Pinaki Joddar, Aseem Prakash and Kaushal Vidyarthee; Three Essays Collective, B-957, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon-122017. Rs. 2000.
December 15, 2014

Caste and its triple role in the political economy

For long, I have realised India’s political economy cannot be explained in conventional sense rooted in Western tradition of analysis of capitalism and socialism. Almost every significant mind of... »
British born writer-journalist Aatish Taseer. Photo: Prashant Nakwe
December 14, 2014

A tale of the times

If a good writer’s work is to be a witness to what is unfolding in the real world and deal with it creatively to hold it up for his readers as it were, are, then young Indian writer Aatish Taseer h... »

‘Writing isn’t just about expression’

A star only too human

Stories from the heart

New on the rack

Turning to words

J K Rowling not releasing 12 ‘Harry Potter’ short stories

Love, actually

Last Sunday, a friend left a message for me on Facebook. “Professor Mushirul Hasan was injured in a road accident. He is critical.” I said a quick prayer for his life and health. As news came in, f... »

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