The cover of the forthcoming novel Sancharam.
The cover of the forthcoming novel Sancharam.

A poignant portrayal of musicians in karisal land

Novel to be released on January 4 recounts struggle of nagaswaram and thavil players »
The jacket of the book Hindi Belt

Of Bharat, raga and reality

Kuldeep Kumar If one were to make a list of 10 most popular Hindi novels, Shrilal Shukla’s “Raag Darbari” will definitely be among the first five. It is one of those books whose popularity and literary status c... »
Eleanor Catton poses after being announced the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, holding her prize for the photographers, in central London, Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013. TELLING VOICES

The stars in your book

The youngest winner of Man Booker Prize, 2013, Eleanor Catton gives insights about her book, astrology and her country, says Sudhamahi Regunathan »
All for quality over quantity: David Davidar. Photo: S. Subramanium

In the world of books

The more the publisher works invisibly, the more successful a book becomes, says Aleph founder David Davidar »
Dickens’ Christmas A Still from the 3D animated film ‘Disney's A Christmas Carol’

The divine and the humane

In A Christmas Carol, Dickens flies over the terrain he travels more heavily in his door-stopper novels »
Guwahati- based journalist-writer Indrani Raimedhi. Photo: Special arrangement
December 28, 2014

Glow worms in the dark

“A north-eastern woman, in mainstream consciousness, is either the rape victim in Delhi often referred to as a ‘chinki’, or someone like Mary Kom, a celebrated Olympian put up on billboards.” <... »
December 25, 2014

Scholarly exercise mastered

Arsha Vignana Peetham, a literary association, organised an enjoyable Ashtavadhanam by Bala Bhavani, the only woman Ashtavadhani in Andhra Pradesh at Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika in G.V.R.Government... »
The Princess in the Opal Mask
December 25, 2014

Become a bookAholic

For the book lover in me, this year has been wonderful. I have read some of the best books this year. The year started on a good note with Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This is the kind... »
Books are forever: Long after you’ve read something special, you go back to it. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
Bangalore, December 23, 2014

Bengalureans and their BFFs

Have you ever thought what would have happened if Murph in Interstellar used an e-reader instead of books? How would the ghost have communicated with her? Are all the Nolan fanboys and girl... »
Years of Hardwork went into compiling and checking facts for the book
Bangalore, December 23, 2014

All the right answers

In the world of novels, travelogues, and biographies, books on quiz are refreshing, especially for those forever curious. One such is the recently-launched Quizzotica Anant (Prism Books), a... »
December 22, 2014

Know your English — Calling it a day and child's play

“You’re back early. I didn’t expect to see you here at this time of day.” “Our team has been working round the clock the past couple of days. My boss suggested that we call it a day at n... »
December 22, 2014

Sachin — as reticent as in his playing days

Decades down the line, even if other memories may have dimmed, many of us will tell our grandchildren: “I saw Tendulkar play.” When those words emerge, our voice will fleetingly regain t... »
Dilip D'Souza. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
December 21, 2014

Farming the strike

Cricket abounds in literature that documents some of the best moments of the game. For more than a century, iconic writers like Neville Cardus, CLR James, Jack Fingleton, Ray Robinson, E. W. Swanto... »
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... »

The game changer

Shining bright

Between a fan and a friend

Tripping over Timbuktoo

In the age of indifference

Everyday life stories

A literary tribute, in letter and spirit

Going online and how…

December 26, 2014

Mr. Chatterjee’s chase in Bengaluru

Judge this racy detective novel by its cover and content, too! Author Nilanjan P. Choudhury’s second novel, The Case of the Secretive Sister, has Bangalore in the skin of a detective story.... »
Writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao with Kolakaluri Enoch, Chandrasekhar Reddy and others. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar
December 25, 2014

A jewel in the literary crown

The intellect of Padma Sri awardee Kolakaluri Enoch, his literary style, his concern for the common man and the philosophy behind his writings came up for wide discussion at the national seminar ‘A... »
Moni Mohsin at Spice Route, The Imperial, New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
December 24, 2014
Table for Two

No butterfly

At times divine intervention ensures that everything falls into place. This feeling comes to mind when meeting noted Pakistani author Moni Mohsin at The Imperial’s Spice Route restaurant recently.... »
New regimes, conflicts, factions Sreeram’s debut novel has multiple plots backed by an understanding of politics. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
Bangalore, December 23, 2014

The thrill in politics

R. Sreeram makes his mark in a relatively new genre with his political thriller and debut book, Kalyug (Westland, Rs. 395). The story opens with the sensational death of Major-Genera... »
Bust of Nathuram Godse at the central office of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. Photo: V. Sudershan
NEW DELHI, December 23, 2014

Book on Godse back on stands

Over two decades after it was first published, the first revised English edition of “Why I Assassinated Gandhi” – which includes Nathuram Godse’s statement before the court at the Red Fort trial i... »
December 22, 2014

Subdued political sub-text in JK’s teachings

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) continues to engage the minds of the young and the old alike as a fascinating thinker of his times and beyond. There were the early pains of patronage at t... »
December 22, 2014

Darwinian view of political order

With Political Order and Political Decay Francis Fukuyama completes his two-volume epic narrative of world politics. In The Origins of Political Order he had painted, on a large canv... »
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy browses books after inaugurating the 18th National Book Fair 2014 in Puducherry. Photo: S.S. Kumar
PUDUCHERRY, December 21, 2014

A lakh titles to treat book lovers

If you are a book lover, stroll into the Vel Sokkanathan Thirumana Nilayam and take your pick from an estimated one lakh titles on display.The 18 National Book Fair hosted by the Puducherry... »
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... »

High on the Hindi list

Currently hooked

Leap of faith, twice over

A dawn awaits forgotten people

Astute aesthete

What’s inside

'Unplanned adventures'

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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