Author Ramendra Kumar.
The Hindu Author Ramendra Kumar.

Calling all schools

Ramendra Kumar is a national award winning writer of books for children and young adults. Mohini, his first book for adults has been making waves in the publishing world with the first edit... »
THE ARMY AND DEMOCRACY — Military Politics in Pakistan: Aqil Shah; Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rs. 995.

Anatomising the military psyche

The Pakistan military believes parliamentary democracy is inappropriate for the country and sees itself as its saviour »
AFGHANISTAN — A Distant War: Robert Nickelsberg; Prestel, London.

Capturing Afghanistan’s troubled history

We see through Nickelsberg’s eyes, the story of a country and its people as they transitioned from one war to the next »
DANCE OF THE WEAVE: Briana Blasko; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 2999.

Moving fabric frozen in frames

The fruit of five years spent travelling across India, Briana Blasko’s photographs try to capture the movement of fabric, its breath, its drape by using the dancer’s body as a frame within the fra... »
Last year, the Yakshagana Adhyayana Kendra at Mangalore University published a research book called Yaksha Stree on Yakshagana and women. File photo: K. Murali Kumar

Mangalore University to publish a series of Yakshagana texts

Mangalore University will publish a series of prasangas (texts) of Yakshagana, starting with three books, from the current academic year. According to K. Chinnappa Gowda, director, P. Dayanand Pai... »
The cover of the upcoming book by Vinaya Patil. Photo: Special Arrangement
August 27, 2014

Of friendships and relationships

Vinaya Patil, a former IT professional turned full time writer with her first book, One life to Love. Set in Bangalore and Goa, the book tells the story of four engineering students Riya, Sa... »
August 25, 2014

Know your English — How is the word ‘ignoramus’ pronounced?

What is the difference between ‘student’ and ‘pupil’? (K. Sankaranarayanan, Madurai) The word ‘student’ comes from the Latin ‘studiare’ meaning ‘to study’. Therefore, any... »
Novelist Rachna Singh.
August 25, 2014

For a few laughs more

Rachna Singh is not your typical female novelist. For starters, she is an HR professional – by her own admission, the people whom others like to hate. And, is a woman who enjoys writing humour. »
OF SEX AND HUMOUR Radha Thomas Photo : K . Bhagya Prakash
New Delhi, August 24, 2014

Once again, on men

With her first book, “Men on my Mind”, Radha Thomas spun a story that was both fresh and exciting. The sequel, recently published, takes the story forwarded, its protagonist journeying through exot... »
Tales of Old and New Madras: the book has since grown in pages and content with each revision and addition.
August 24, 2014

Vignettes of a city

“This slim volume is as much a historical guide for those who wish to look around Madras, or wish to find out more about their city, as it is a plea to conserve not only its spacious environment bu... »
Police officials folding the national flag during the funeral of writer U.R. Ananthamurthy at Kalagrama near Bangalore on Saturday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
BANGALORE, August 24, 2014

Ananthamurthy cremated with State honours

Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy, who passed away on Friday, was cremated with full State honours at Kalagarama on the Jnana Bharathi campus of Bangalore University here on Saturday, in th... »  
An icon of Calcutta
August 23, 2014

A walk on Park Street and other stories

As dusk falls, the neon signs of the jewellery shops in Bowbazar come alive. But the lights have no effect on the face of Mahadeo Yadav, who is perched on the footrest of his rickshaw that is parke... »
The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman.
August 23, 2014

More than just a treasure hunt

In the author’s note, Aroon Raman states that he has not hesitated to play fast and loose with historical facts. This is a disarming confession, and one that has the reader look at the context of <... »
The PetPost Secret by Radhika R. Dhariwal.
August 23, 2014

New on the rack

Though he is just 13, Squirrel is the PetPost slave — the last slave n the animal town of Bimmau. Every morning he puts oh his uniform and delivers the mail for his lazy mongoose boss. But when Sq... »
Divergent by Veronica Roth
August 23, 2014

Misfits’ Manifesto

This is undoubtedly the age of combat, competition and the fight for survival as far as young adult fiction is concerned; a lot of it translating very successfully into films. The trilogy by Veron... »

Flawed People, Fractured Worlds

Jnanpith Award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy passes away

Stirrings of the soul

Words as dancers

The games that teenagers play

Zeal for writing

Murky cases, happy endings

Exploring factors behind new states

Nobel prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died in 2013 aged 94. Photo:AP
August 27, 2014

Lessing’s gift to ‘the most passionate readers’ of Zimbabwe

“Classrooms without textbooks, or an atlas, or even a map pinned to a wall. A school where the teachers beg to be sent books to tell them how to teach, they being only 18 or 19 themselves. I tell... »
TOPPLING QADDAFI: — Libya and the Limits of Liberal Intervention: Christopher S. Chivvis; Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd., 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 495.
August 25, 2014

An ode to NATO’s mission in Libya

On October 20, 2011, a low-resolution video shot in Sirte, Libya went viral. It showed a motley mob of about 20 mutineers shouting what sounded like insults at a 69-year-old Bedouin — their prized... »
CUDDALORE, August 25, 2014

Bal Sahitya Akademi winner dedicates award to book-loving children

Era. Natarajan has made Cuddalore proud as he has deservingly bagged the Bal Sahitya Akademi Award for children literature. His work “Vignana Vikramathithyan Kathaigal” has earned him the c... »
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO Deepak and Suhas. Photo : K. Bhagya Prakash
Bangalore, August 24, 2014

An equal music

After Anita Nair’s Idris with the Mamangam and Chavers who challenge the Zamorin, comes Odayan II-Yuddham, which is set in the same time and space. The graphic novel published by Pop... »
How to prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT common Admission Test. Author: Arun Sharma
August 24, 2014

On the shelf

Guts and GlorySymbiosis Institute of Business ManagementRupa publicationsRs. 250The book profiles twenty entrepreneurs whose path to success has bee... »
R Abilash, winner of this year's Sahitya Akademi's Yuva Puraskar award.
August 24, 2014

Young author finds his feet in the literary world

Winner of this year’s Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar, R. Abilash, says initially, he had no plans to project Madhukshara, a physically-challenged girl, as the protagonist of his award-winning nove... »
August 23, 2014

Reality of displacement

At her Tedx talk, Suad Amiry said, “We become prisoners of some things of which we have not made a choice of in the first place.” This thought resonates throughout Golda Slept Here, which re... »
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.
August 23, 2014

Feel good for an hour

The market is flooded with books that are all about a feel-good experience, many of them being published in affordable volumes that can be bought even at traffic signals or railway stations. The... »
August 23, 2014

A biography that gives comprehensive picture of Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diary has sold more than 30 million copies in more than 70 languages and is recognised as one of the key works of World War II literature. Melissa Müller’s definitive biography gives... »
August 23, 2014

The woman who travels

The Circle of Karma is the first English novel by a woman from Bhutan. Set in the mid-20th century, the story revolves around Tsomo, an unlettered woman, who is exposed to a life of hardshi... »

A tale of two cities

The Romance of Poetry

Memories to define life

Sometimes a sentence takes time

The power of the pen then…

For the love of power

Rowling pens new biography of Harry Potter character

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