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A giant peach for the one who gave us…

Charlie, Matilda, BFG and sundry disgusterous creatures. On Roald Dahl Day, we salute the man who found that a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men »
Book cover of 'I am Pilgrim'

The compulsive browser: Spy vs Spy

The break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War were not good news for spy fiction writers, as it meant losing their biggest source of inspiration. For some time, their attentio... »
Anita Agnihotri’s short stories, originally written in Bengali, evoke real, almost raw images – of poverty, injustice and human suffering.

From the other side

Through her stories, Anita Agnihotri listens to those who often go unheard »

The best kind of Promise

Srividya Sivakumar finds herself charmed by a collection of poems written by the nearly-80-year-old Ranjani Neriya »
Write Angle

Medicine for melancholy

To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »
Husna Rahaman has recently come up with Spice Sorcery, yet another cookbook of her community but written in an engaging personalised storybook format.
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Family and food

Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, whose Hajra’s Recipes of Life for Life, published in 2010, perhaps became the first book in English on Kutchi Memon cooking, Husna Rahaman has recen... »
Kiran Joshi
September 14, 2014

Romance takes centre stage

When Kiran Joshi moved from India to Melbourne and in her own words was “jobless” for a few months, she chose to write. Her book Beyond Forever… in Love was published earlier this year, and... »
Agartala, September 12, 2014

Veteran Journalist Jiten Paul dies at 101

Jiten Paul, a veteran journalist and freedom fighter, passed away on Friday at a hospital in Agartala, at age of 101. With his demise, a brilliant legacy of journalism and social movement in north... »
September 11, 2014

Left an indelible impression

Vijay Siva writes, about Mahadevan, “Speaks the truth without rancour or hurt…” “He had the power of positive vibration…” says Neyveli Santhanagopalan.Both the Carnatic vocalists were talkin... »
September 11, 2014

Stuck in the mud!

The story Subroto Bandhopadhyay is also known as Stoob. If nagging parents and bullies at school weren’t enough, concentration too is a problem for him. If appearances could speak... »
Time to dress up We also have comics Photos: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Bangalore, September 10, 2014

And pop goes culture

Ever since its inception in 2012, Comic Con India has become an annual pop culture event across different cities. Though the event has given a platform for comic book writers and graphic novelists... »
Intizar Hussain: The Death of Sheherzad
New Delhi, September 10, 2014

Stories within stories

Writer, critic and literary historian Rakhshanda Jalil launched her new book of translation, “The Death of Sheherzad”, a collection of short stories by the inimitable Urdu writer Intizar Hussain, t... »
At 21 percent, the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling holds the title of “Most Influential Book on Facebook”. File Photo
New York, September 10, 2014

Harry Potter series most loved book on Facebook

Do you know which book is the most loved one in the Facebook community? It is the Harry Potter series.This is the result of a meme that floats in the Facebook news feed where friends list “... »
Mumbai Confidential,
Bangalore, September 9, 2014

When Ab Tak Chappan meets Sin City

Saurav Mohapatra’s Mumbai Confidential (Penguin Inked, Rs. 499) tells the story of Arjun Kadam, the rising star in Mumbai police who goes into a downward spiral of depression and substance a... »
September 8, 2014

Know your English — What is the difference between ‘jaunt’ and ‘junket’?

What is the difference between ‘jaunt’ and ‘junket’? (Vinay Kumar, Pune) All of us have gone for a jaunt sometime or the other. It is usually a short trip that we take in... »

India, Pakistan and nuclear weapons

What ails Dharavi’s development

Tamil classics, a click away

In verse

‘I was for Shelley and against Leavis’

Written with élan

Crossing linguistic borders

Home away from home

HYDERABAD, September 14, 2014

‘I like this kind of humour’

Sorabh Pant gets annoyed when he comes across headlines that scream ‘Seventeen year old raped…’ “Shouldn’t we focus on the perpetrator of the crime, shame him and say, for example, a 45-year-old m... »
Cricketer Rahul Dravid felicitates Murlikant Petkar, India's first gold medalist at paralympics, during a function for the launch of the book
MUMBAI, September 12, 2014

Rahul Dravid on courage beyond cricket

Rahul Dravid appreciated real courage in life displayed by a few special Indians under difficult circumstances. “Courage is not what we do in cricket,” began the former India captain, known for gu... »
Mary Poppins takes the Banks' children on fantastic adventures.
September 11, 2014

When Mary was a nanny

What is it about nannies, governesses and children’s film classics? “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” are two eternal favourites in this genre. In fact, last month celebrated the 50th anniver... »
A victim of Bhopal Gas Disaster at a hospital for treatment on 3rd december 1984. Photo: A.M.Faruqui
September 11, 2014

When gas poisons the conscience

Not infrequently indurate slip up effectuates a catastrophe but as time moves on people, even the victims, tend to regard it as a natural calamity for which no one is to be punished. Creative write... »
Chennai, September 11, 2014

Flights of fantasy

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Is this line familiar? Do you get that tingly, happy feeling seeping through you, warming your insides? Do you know who said this? Go on, you... »
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New Delhi, September 10, 2014

On the wedding trail

A potpourri of cultures that our society is, one grows up knowing and learning about many more traditions than just his/her own. But so deep they are that it’s difficult to ever absorb them wholly... »
A FORK IN THE PATH Publisher-author-photographer Ananth at Monsoon, Le Meridien, in New Delhi. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
New Delhi, September 10, 2014

Play’s the thing

A colleague, used to covering the adrenaline-driven world of sports, sits twiddling his thumbs at my table. He forages around, looking for a book to grab his attention until his eyes fall on “Play... »
London, September 9, 2014

Neel Mukherjee’s book makes the cut for Man Booker Prize

Kolkata-born British author Neel Mukherjee’s latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centred around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigio... »
On the 60th anniversary of their grandfather, Ernest Hemingway's Nobel Prize in Literature, John and Patrick Hemingway arrived in Cojimar village in Cuba on Monday aboard a boat similar to the writer’s yacht, the Pilar.
Havana, September 9, 2014

Hemingway's grandsons visit Cuban village

The grandsons of noted American author Ernest Hemingway visited a Cuban fishing village which inspired the author to write “The Old Man and the Sea” which fetched him a Nobel Prize 60 years ago. <... »
INSIDE THE SOLID STATE — The Story of Bharat Electronics: S. Krishnan, S. Prabhala, V.K. Koshy; Westland Books Pvt. Ltd., 61, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-600095. Rs. 1500..
September 8, 2014

The story of a sterling public enterprise

“A more happy case was that of the Versatile Console System (VCS) for naval ships. D. Lakshmi, the first recruited woman engineer of BEL, handled this development and successfully completed it on... »

Bending to back the status quo

Story of a girl

Chef Speak

The writer as translator

The square root of minus one

Literature as subversion

Cosmic connections

To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »

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