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Kamla Mankekar at the launch event in IIC, New Delhi.
Kamla Mankekar at the launch event in IIC, New Delhi.

The power of the pen then…

Senior woman journalist Kamla Mankekar launches her book “Breaking News” in New Delhi »
Kulpreet Yadav's novel, “Catching the Departed”, was published recently by Tara India Research Press.

Zeal for writing

Kulpreet Yadav on why he chose to write “Catching the Departed”, a commercial novel »
Remapping India: New States and their Political Origins: Louise Tillin; Oxford
University Press India Pvt. Ltd., YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 850.

Exploring factors behind new states

What is the key reason for the creation of a new state? How many states does India need? The book offers great deal of substantive insights into these questions. What remains elusive is the def... »

Politics Trumps Economics: Edited by
Bimal Jalan and Pulapre Balakrishnan; Rupa
Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road,
Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 500.

The elusive equilibrium

Economists as policy-makers can ill-afford to ignore politics or politicians »

Doesn’t quite take off

Despite some interesting moments, Anees Salim’s third novel doesn’t hold the reader’s interest. »
August 21, 2014
Telling Voices

Sometimes a sentence takes time

Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a Hungarian writer who says the seven-and-a-half-hour movie made on his debut novel “Satantango” is not longer than necessary. “Sometimes a sentence takes time and actually... »
Timeri N. Murari
Chennai, August 19, 2014

For the love of power

Politics has become family business,” says writer Timeri Murari, whose latest book Chanakya Returns, which was released in the city recently, explores among other things, dynastic politics. »
Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, author J.K. Rowling said.
Los Angeles, August 19, 2014

Rowling pens new biography of Harry Potter character

Celebrated author J.K. Rowling has written a biography of the lesser-known “Harry Potter” character, Celestina Warbeck, on a fan site. The Scottish author published the profile of the sin... »
August 18, 2014

Know your English

“Congratulations! I hear you’ve been promoted. Were there many applicants for the job?” “Yes, but most of the candidates who turned up for the interview weren’t as qualified as me.” ... »
August 18, 2014

Simmering with unresolved tensions

“Two of them have come from a lot further. From Holland in Europe.” Kanna laughs again. “But not from Hague, no?”... How a small Dutch town like that on the edge of Europe became the conscience... »
Kaagaz ke Phool: The Original Screenplay by Dinesh Raheja & Jitendra Kothari
August 18, 2014

Fading light

Guru Dutt’s Kaagaz ke Phool (1959) may well be Indian cinema’s most famous flop, but subsequent revisionist verdicts have anointed it a classic. Besides archiving the screenplay of this classic, t... »
Close Call by Stella Rimington
August 18, 2014

Search that leads to forgotten past

In 2012, in a Middle Eastern souk, CIA agent Miles Brookhaven was attacked when he was infiltrating rebel groups in the area. Months later, the reason behind the attack remains a mystery. Now Liz... »
August 18, 2014

An anthology on today’s India

This is a funny and serious book at the same time. Maharaj Krishen Kaw joined the IAS in 1964 and retired in 2001 after holding many senior posts. He was a scholar in his own right, a declining br... »
Salman Rushdie
Copenhagen, August 18, 2014

Salman Rushdie awarded top Danish literature prize

Salman Rushdie has received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, Denmark’s most important literature accolade, the organization behind the prize said on Sunday. The 67-year-old a... »
The Finisher by David Baldacci
August 17, 2014

Bewitching mystery

The Finisher is David Baldacci’s first Young Adult novel. Wormwood is a village shrouded in mystery — a place no one has ever left, a place where people believe what they are told and, most import... »

The future of evolution

Lessons in humour

Roll of honour

Rhyme and conversation

Driven by anger

Going beyond borders

Haruki Murakami’s new novel journeys to the past

Telling stories through pictures

Arjun Krishna Lal, author of Wicked Games
Thiruvananthapuram, August 20, 2014

The games that teenagers play

It’s easy enough to draw parallels between 18-year-old author Arjun Krishna Lal and his alter ego, Amit Pillai, the protagonist of his second novel Wicked Games (published by Inked, an impr... »
DELVING INTO THE SUBJECT Gita Aravamudan. Photo: K. Gopinathan
Bangalore, August 19, 2014

Murky cases, happy endings

Surrogacy- the word paints a dismal picture of legal battles and opportunistic clinics. There have been many controversial cases in the multi-million dollar surrogacy industry mainly due to the lac... »
Light Matter: Atelier Pierre Legrand: Edited by
Anuradha Majumdar, Roli Books, M-75 Greater Kailash 2
Market, New Delhi-110048. Rs. 1,495.
August 18, 2014

An abundance of abandon

The relationship between words and images is a peculiar one. Both are essentially abstractions, a set of signifiers trying to locate and communicate meaning. Even though their purpose is the sa... »

A Half-century of Indian Higher Education - Essays by Philip G. Altbach:
Edited by Pawan Agarwal; Sage
Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B1/I-1 Mohan
Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road,
New Delhi-110044. Rs. 995.
August 18, 2014

A priceless chart for deep waters

Professor Philip Altbach is one of the world’s greatest authorities on Indian higher education. Inspired by Edward Shils at the University of Chicago and by his own experience of student politi... »

Local Monsters by Samit Basu.
August 18, 2014

Comedy of horror

If you are a fan of Samit Basu's earlier work — Turbulence, The Simoquin Prophecies, even ‘The Plasmoids’, his short in The Pao Collective — Local Monsters is a bit of a let do... »
The Sad Demise of Manpreet Singh by Patrick Bryson.
August 18, 2014

Death and conspiracy

Dominic ‘Biscuit’ McLeod is an expert in making the best of a bad situation. As a visa fraud officer at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi, Biscuit is legendary for his prowess in drinking... »
Svaha by Pratik Kamat
August 18, 2014

An epic battle

A team of Somali pirates unearths an ancient weapon, setting in motion a devious plan by religious Dravidian cult. In Mumbai, a reckless young teen crashes her bike in a suicidal stunt — only to b... »
Daman Singh, daughter of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and author of book
NEW DELHI, August 18, 2014

Emergency led to an atmosphere of fear: Manmohan

The Emergency came as a surprise to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who saw an atmosphere of fear in the country during which there were many “arbitrary arrests and detentions”, says a new bo... »
LANGUAGE ARTS L.K. Advani with the award recipients and other guests
New Delhi, August 17, 2014

On wings of words

There are few things which can envelop an individual quite as well as reading a well written book can. The measured pace that the medium facilitates, and the introspection it often mandates, lets r... »
PUDUKOTTAI, August 16, 2014

Dalit writer ostracised for short story

A Dalit writer of Kulathiranpattu in Pudukottai district has been ostracised by the villagers after his short story sparked a controversy. Durai.Guna said he was ostracised by a group of vi... »

Tongue-tied and twisted

Rooted in diversity

Universal appeal

No winners in this war

Murders with masala

The Indian connection in Jerusalem through the centuries

A chronicler of the divided island

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