Jeffrey Archer. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Jeffrey Archer. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Telling voices

To be a writer

Talking about his books and writing, Jeffrey Archer reveals the trials and tribulations of an author, notes Sudhamahi Regunathan »
Sage looks forward to the times ahead.

Sage decisions

Having sustained its intention to disseminate scholarly works for the last 50 years, Sage looks forward to the times ahead. »
Lohitadas: Orma Padanam Sambhashanam Book review

In the memory of Lohithadas

When Lohithadas died it was a shock. Then followed a flood of promises from his friends in the film industry to the government, who all swore assistance to his family. Time moved in one directi... »

Social justice from varied lenses

Motorcycle Diary by Ernesto Che Guevara Translated into Kannada by H.S. Anupama Ladayi Prakashana, Rs.150 Travelogues have a special place in the... »
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha: 25 Varshangal

What’s inside

A flashback Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, a classic, has completed 25 years. In this book, the cast and crew of the movie go back in time to narrate their experiences and... »
April 17, 2015
writer's block

The Great Indian Railway feast

Food and fitness are two major obsessions of the 21st Century Indian, and contrary to what they may seem, the two are no longer mutually exclusive but often go hand in hand. Today, much of our food... »
April 17, 2015

Journeys from home

When would fish drown? “When water, their natural environment, gets too hostile and polluted and they can no longer survive in it,” says writer and academician Swati Chanda, whose debut novel Dr... »
April 16, 2015

End of the world

The world is in shambles. Human beings have vanished. Animals are running helter-skelter in panic, and everything is gone…. Except for man’s best friend — dogs!Brownie and Apollo are two dog... »
April 16, 2015
Book review

A blend of Silpa and Agama Sastras

Within 10 chapters of the book, the author disseminated the meaning of many technical terms besides stating essential aspects illustrated in his own way for easy understanding of the subject.»
April 15, 2015

Linking Indian languages

Stories lurk in every corner of this country. Sankaranarayanan Devarajan, co-founder of Pratilipi, a self-publishing platform in various Indian languages, agrees. “India is a country of storyteller... »
Ian Caldwell, author of the fifth gospel.
April 13, 2015

History as a mirror

Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel (Simon & Schuster) tells the story of a mysterious and powerful exhibit in Vatican, the brutal murder of the curator, two brothers, both priests — one Ro... »
Author Devibharathi with his book.
April 12, 2015

Stories that reflect reality

Author Devibharathi has been writing for 30 years, and it has always been about his experiences: growing up in a rural environment, a lower middle-class life, and the general tangles that go with... »
At the Helm — A Memoir: V. Krishnamurthy; Collins Business, A-75, Sector 57,
Noida-201301. Rs. 599.
April 11, 2015

A technocrat’s reminiscences

On the face of it, Karuveli, officially called Sarguneswarapuram, may appear to be yet another nondescript village of the old Thanjavur region.  But, this tiny village, now part of the Kodava... »
India Shastra — Reflections on the Nation in Our Time: Shashi Tharoor; Aleph
Book Company, 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 695.
April 11, 2015

The nation in multicolour

Anyone familiar with the earlier works of Shashi Tharoor — fiction and non-fiction alike — will by now have come to recognise his style of thinking and writing that mark him off as a serious India... »
April 11, 2015

Ordinary people, remarkable stories

I’ve never had any regard for the advice that we must not complain about our lot in life, because there are others less fortunate. There is something fatuous about this advice. As if none can be h... »

Wellness Read

Guruvayur temple: bird’s-eye view

No ordinary journey

An evening of cricket and memories

Adonis bags Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry

The joys of vernacular

Why I love books

IS and Western mendacity

Wings to fly
April 17, 2015

Wings to words

Mayil Will Not be Quiet was a breath of fresh air in the world of Indian children’s books. The authors, Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam, gave readers a peek into the mind of a 12-... »
The Recession Groom
April 17, 2015

Declining fortunes of a groom

Finding inspiration in the real world, Vani chose recession as the subject for her debut novel “The Recession Groom” launched recently. The former business journalist had witnessed first-hand the e... »
April 16, 2015

Towards the path of liberation

‘Harikatha-amrthasaara of Jagannaatha Daasaru’ (1728-1809), was a magnum opus in the realm of propagation of Dvaita philosophy of Madhvacharya. He was one of the ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu. A... »
Journalist Rajib Bhattacharya. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
April 15, 2015

Portrait of anonymity

Compared to Kashmir and its insurgency, the North East and its rebel movements are certainly low on the priority list of the Central Government. But, with about 30 armed rebel groups operating in... »
THRISSUR, April 14, 2015

OUP brings out fresh translation of Agnisakshi

The Oxford University Press (OUP) has brought out Agnisakshi: Fire, My Witness , a fresh English translation of Lalithambika Antharjanam’s celebrated Malayalam novel Agnisakshi . ... »
Prof. Rajashekhar Bhoosnurmath, a pioneer in science fiction in Kannada, passed away in Dharwad on Saturday. He was 77.
DHARWAD, April 13, 2015

Rajashekhar Bhoosnurmath dead

Noted scholar and teacher Rajashekhar S. Bhoosnurmath (77), considered a pioneer in science fiction in Kannada, died in Dharwad on Saturday night.Son of S.S. Bhoosnurmath, a noted scholar, R... »
April 11, 2015

Know your English - April 12, 2015

What is the meaning of ‘swashbuckler’? (SA Faizal, Kottayam) This is an example of how the meaning of a word has changed over the years. Nowadays, when we think of... »
Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment: Akeel Bilgrami; Permanent Black, D-28,
Oxford Apts, 11 IP Extension, Delhi-110092. Rs. 895.
April 11, 2015

Secularism in a philosopher’s view

In a recent conference on minorities in India in Punjab University, I tried hard to highlight the need to correct our collective intellectual failure to put forward the obvious connection between... »
Girish Ramdas, founder of Magzter app. Photo: K. Pichumani
Chennai, April 11, 2015

The magazine man

Ask Girish Ramdas where he lives and he’ll say, in a suitcase. With his company headquartered in New York and offices in London, Paris and Barcelona, Chennai-based Girish is constantly globe trotti... »
Sheoraj Singh Bechain
April 11, 2015

‘What a long long way…’

Sheoraj Singh ‘Bechain’ lives with his wife and two children in one of Delhi’s satellite-towns. This couple, both teachers at Delhi University, places an unmistakeable premium on the value of educa... »

Moving to woods fresh

Firebrand writer who dared to question social mores

The game changer

The comic factor

The writers’ workshop

Solitude for the creative

Poverty and social structure

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