(From L to R) J.S. Ifthekhar, the translator of the book, Rafiuddin Qaudri, president of Dr. Zore Foundation, Mohd Ziauddin Ahmed Shakeb, noted scholar, M.M. Taqi Khan, professor of Chemistry, and Ghulam Yazdani, author of the book, Hyderabad ... down memory lane , at the function.- Photo: G. Ramakrishna
(From L to R) J.S. Ifthekhar, the translator of the book, Rafiuddin Qaudri, president of Dr. Zore Foundation, Mohd Ziauddin Ahmed Shakeb, noted scholar, M.M. Taqi Khan, professor of Chemistry, and Ghulam Yazdani, author of the book, Hyderabad ... down memory lane , at the function.- Photo: G. Ramakrishna

A book that captures Hyderabad’s spirit

Once Makhdoom went to a hotel late in the night and placed order for ‘khushka-salan’. Pat came the reply, ‘khallas’ (meaning finished).‘Khorma-sheermal?’‘Khallas’ was the reply again.... »
Sriram Karri

Born in the mad nation

Sriram Karri’s debut novel talks about friendship and the nation he was born in »

Revisiting Pakistan’s origins

By unearthing evidence of overwhelming support for Pakistan, this book debunks the mainstream historiography of Pakistan as a sudden emotive construct »
Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner, Film­maker, Lyricist and author Gulzar. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

So near yet so far

Gulzar opens a window to his heart but doesn’t always pull the curtains back. As the seasoned poet finally takes the novel way, we take a peek into his universe. »

Khurshid, young and candid

Salman Khurshid’s outpourings as an earnest 30-year-old, recently imbued at Oxford with the liberal teachings of John Rawls and Ronald Dworkin, constitute the bulk of this book. Empathising with t... »
London, March 30, 2015

Academic calls for Shakespeare’s grave to be exhumed

After the successful analysis of King Richard III’s bones, an academic has called for William Shakespeare’s remains to be exhumed to learn more about the life of the famed English playwright.<... »
March 28, 2015

Know your English - March 29, 2015

What is the difference between a ‘gossip’ and a ‘chatterbox’? (J Vikram, Hyderabad) Both words can be used to refer to someone who likes to talk. Of the two, ‘gossip’ has a negat... »
Fallen, standing; Reshma Valliappan, Women Unlimited, Rs.325.
March 28, 2015

Wellness reads

Mind mattersIn this extraordinary, first of its kind account of schizophrenia, the writer discusses her experience of living with therapies and medication, struggling to make sense of... »
Vandana Garg
March 27, 2015

Simply at work

Gender disparity in employment, including in Government service, may sound strange and far-fetched to many of this generation but it is a historical fact. Constant and concerted efforts and changin... »
The Santhal village of Subalpur, in Birbhum, West Bengal. Photo: Sonia Faleiro
chennai, March 27, 2015

Outrage, pain and prose

Sonia Faleiro remembers burying her head in her hands when she heard the news about a woman being gang-raped by 13 men, allegedly on official sanction in Subalpur village in West Bengal. This w... »
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
March 26, 2015

Gallop to life

“If you in the morningThrow minutes away,You can’t pick them upIn the course of a day.You may hurry and scurry,And flurry and worry,You’ve lost them foreve... »
Author Amitav Ghosh
London, March 24, 2015

Amitav Ghosh among 10 finalists for International Booker prize

Amitav Ghosh on Tuesday emerged as the only Indian author among 10 finalists for this year’s Man Booker International Prize for his contribution to the English language writing. Kolkata b... »
March 22, 2015

The many facets of Malaviya

In his autobiography Jawaharlal Nehru says, “Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, with his long record of public work, attracted us of course and we used to have long talks with him, pressing him to give... »
March 21, 2015

Sketches through anecdotes

Ours is a world of endless technological advances. And the accompanying innovations have given rise to multiple storytelling ways. Stories are told through numbers. Stories are told through charts... »
The Seal of Surya
March 20, 2015

Tales from the Aryavarta

Amritanshu Pandey’s debut novel The Seal of Surya from his intended series, The Scrolls of Aryavarta is a mythical narrative. The book is a piece of fiction which tells abo... »

Everyone has a story

By the young, for the young

The value of verse

Tell me a story

Ode to a dear friend

The girl who wanted to be a mahout

Espousing the cause of spouses

Working around words

March 28, 2015

Policy-making and lobbying in India

The social consequences of the concentration of economic power in the hands of a few big business houses have always been a constant concern both of economists and politicians. In post-Independent... »
Dr. Jamuna Pai's book 'No one has to know'.
March 28, 2015
Skin sense

Look the best for your age

Dr. Jamuna Pai’s philosophies of beautification are as refreshing as her facials. She will tell you to ‘Embrace yourself!’ and that ‘Brown is beautiful’ but, in the same breath, will also emphasis... »
Children engrossed in reading books photo:C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM
Thiruvananthapuram, March 27, 2015

Voyages of discovery

Holidays are here again! Have your parents made any plans for you? Well, here’s a plan you can make for yourself, a plan that involves adventure, excitement, fun, games, mystery and fantasy; a... »

Gau Raksha Samiti organised a dharna with cattle, demanding Cow Protection, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
March 27, 2015
Write Angle

Between majoritarianism and nationalism

The other day, driving down to Aligarh, I noticed many a wall freshly painted in Jevar, a few kilometres off Greater Noida. Covered in light yellow, every wall had a little slogan in blue, “Gau mat... »
Rashna Imhasly – Gandhy Photo: Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
March 26, 2015

‘For me, Karna is a hero’

Rashna Imhasly-Gandhy is a transpersonal psychologist who has been, over the years, helping people rediscover their strengths and face challenges. Her new book The Emerging Feminine: Discovering... »
Talking to The Hindu, author Akhil Sharma said that writing Family Life was “incredibly difficult” because it was “just hard to relive so many of these
things.” File Photo: Nagara Gopal
London, March 25, 2015

Akhil Sharma wins Folio Prize

 Novelist Akhil Sharma’s 2014 novel Family Life has won the Folio Prize 2015.  The 43-year old novelist beat writers like Irish novelist Colm Toibin and Scottish wr... »
Anita nair, Javagal Srinath and Harimohan Paruvu
March 23, 2015

Seaming philosophies

Fast bowlers are supposed to spew venom, chew nails and have batsmen for breakfast. It is an overwhelming stereotype but what about a speed merchant with a philosopher’s air? Might sound improbable... »
March 21, 2015

Governance as if only economics matters

This book is the based on the work of the author at the Governance Studies Unit of the Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh under the title “Public Governance: Institutio... »
March 21, 2015

Know your English - March 22, 2015

“Wow! Nice T-shirt! Did you buy it when you went shopping yesterday?” “That’s right! I bought several yesterday.” “You bought several T-shirts? Really? I thought you hated going... »
Oru Koodai Pazhamonriyu
March 19, 2015

Japanese twist

That Thamizhanban constantly reinvents himself is revealed in his works, two of which hit the stands late last year. ‘Oru Koodai Pazhamonriyu’ (published by Pablo-Bharati) and ‘Thathu Pithuvam’ (Vi... »

Like Draupadi, like akka

Life and works of a writer

Enigmatic smile of the Buddha

Verses of universal vision

Kids these days

Staying happy

Wonders do not cease

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