Multifaceted: Lakhsmisree Banerjee
The Hindu Multifaceted: Lakhsmisree Banerjee

‘I am a humanist’

Fulbright scholar and poet Lakhsmisree Banerjee talks about issues women writers face in India »
Nico Raposo's fourth book “Shoot the Bluebird” (STB) (Penguin)

The series continues

Nico Raposo talks about his latest book “Shoot the Bluebird”, Mumbai, Bollywood and his passion for writing »
Become an Engineer, not just an engineering Graduate. Author: Sivakumar Palaniappan.

On the shelf

Become an engineer not just an engineering graduateSivakumar Palaniappan, Notion Press, Rs. 250The author has sought to explain what a person can look forward to in this... »
Writer Ruskin Bond Photo K.R. Deepak Melange

Those bygone days

Through Ruskin Bond’s stories in the DD's “Ek Tha Rusty”, Shubhadarshini Singh tries to capture the beauty of old time Musoorie and its people »
Anita Shirodkar

The new romance

Popular authors like Shoma Narayan and Anita Shirodkar are shedding the limitations of their genre, and experimenting with a new, hybrid style »
Swarnim Kalbande. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore, July 13, 2014

Writing them young

Swarnim Kalbande is only 14 and is already becoming popular with his first experiment with writing. His first published book The Swords of darkness –Appearance of Krito is the first in a series of... »
COIMBATORE, July 11, 2014

A poet cannot live by craft alone

As much as I’d like to tell you that poets spend their entire time writing, not bothering with the real business of life, the truth is that poets work too. And they are involved in various profess... »
chennai, July 11, 2014

Bonding in a literary landscape

An anthology of love stories with a jacket of typically pink butterflies is where I first met Ruskin Bond. While most grew up with his stories at bedtime, I found him in my twenties, but instantly... »
Njaaninmel Kali
Thiruvananthapuram, July 10, 2014

What’s inside

Master strokes Compilation of 30 humorous articles on subjects such as sports, politics, and history from a master of satire. Njaaninmel Kali, VKN, Rs. 80 For copies: M... »
Author Manivannan
July 9, 2014

The untold tale

With the elections over, debutant writer Manivannan K has seized the opportunity to present to readers “The Great Indian Democracy”. The book, a political satire, sheds light on the plight of the w... »
In this film publicity image released by Warner Brothers, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.
LONDON, July 8, 2014

Harry Potter is back in new Rowling story

Harry Potter is back mysterious, married, and going gray. J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of the grown-up boy wizard in a new story posted Tuesday on her Pottermore website the fir... »
Author Meera Sridhara, during an interaction in Bangalore on June 25, 2014. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
Bangalore, July 8, 2014

These centurions are rocking

It starts with panic when you see your first grey hair, moves to complaining about not being as agile as you were before and finally accepting that no one can escape ageing. But Meera Shashidhara... »
Odyssey of My Life: Shivraj V. Patil; Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 695.
July 7, 2014

New arrivals

Religion and Rabindranath Tagore — Select Discourses, Addresses and Letters in Translation: Translated by Amiza P. Sen; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New... »
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruptionand the Turbuoent Rise of Modern India, James Astill; Bloomsbury Publishing India, Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No. 3, Ground Floor, Pocket C-6&7, New Delhi-110070. Rs. 399.
July 7, 2014

A concise history of the conquest of India by cricket

A rare gem of Indian trivia from James Astill’s The Great Tamasha is the tidbit that the great Hindustani vocalist Hirabai Barodekar entertained those celebrating the victory of The Hind... »

Meetings with Remarkable Women: Karan Singh; Palimpsest Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 1500.
July 7, 2014

Touching so many lives

Dr. Karan Singh needs no introduction. Heir-apparent to the Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir — the largest princely state at time of India’s independence — later Sadar-e-Riyasat (President o... »

Out for a count

‘When the world somersaults about you’

Kamila Shamsie

The strategist returns

Cultural nuances

Striking overview

A face in two mirrors

In Reyna’s WORLD

Santa and the Scribes: The Making of Fort Kochi
July 13, 2014

Print Pick

Santa and the Scribes: The Making of Fort Kochi E.P. Unny, Rs. 495.00 Few countries and continents tell more stories than the tiny town of Fort Kochi. Capt... »
Kuleep Kumar
July 11, 2014
Hindi belt

Rebel with a cause

Many years ago, I read a book by Chaturvedi Badrinath entitled “The Women of the Mahabharata: The Question of Truth”. This book discussed 12 women characters that figure in the epic and included, a... »
Thiruvananthapuram, July 10, 2014

Lessons in prisons

Aparnayude Thadavarakal (Aswathiyudethum) The novel is arguably the most prolifically experimented medium of our milieu. It may preach or delve deep within. It can soar high and lie low. This elasticity, this infinite range make the novel... »
T.M. Krishna's book is a product of the questions his journey in music has birthed. Photo R. Ravindran
July 9, 2014

Quest for quiet

In “The Empty Space”, Peter Brook’s study of the different forms of theatre, he recounts an interaction with an actress. Calling her “one of the greatest of our time”, he remembers how she would ma... »
Author Deepti Kapoor at Cafe Turtle, Khan Market, New Delhi. Photo Monica Tiwari
July 9, 2014

The city and life

A change in environment can lead to creativity. This is true for Deepti Kapoor whose debut novel, “A Bad Character” (Penguin), was launched recently. A graduate in journalism and postgraduate in so... »
Writer Huma Kidwai attempts to kill the stereotype of the Muslim through her writing. Photo: M. Vedhan
chennai, July 8, 2014

The History House

Fiction, according to writer Huma Kidwai, is a subversive thing. Her own novel, The Hussaini Alam House, attempts to capture the social and political changes in Hyderabad through a rather tu... »
Keki Daruwalla
July 8, 2014

A simple poet

One of my first memories of Keki Daruwalla is his gentle instruction to me: ‘Take it out’. The ‘it’ was the word ‘shit’ in the first draft of a poem I was showing him. It was titled ‘Eating Shit’.... »
July 7, 2014

Know your English — What is the meaning and origin of ‘smoke and mirrors’?

What is the meaning and origin of ‘smoke and mirrors’? (Jawaid Hasan, Patna) This expression is frequently used in American English, particularly in the contexts of... »
National Security and Intelligence Management - a new paradigm; Vappala Balachandran; Indus Source Book Publications, PO Box 6194, Malabar
Hill PO, Mumbai-400006, Rs. 895.
July 7, 2014

Intelligence: more failures than successes

Strategic thinkers through history — from Chanakya through Sun Tzu to Machiavelli and down to the Indian strategic guru K Subrahmanyam — have emphasised the pivotal role intelligence plays in t... »

How Neighbours Converge - The Politics and Economics of Regionalism, by I.P. Khosla; Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 206, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110092. Rs. 795.
July 7, 2014

Exploring the emergence of regional blocs

It is a simplistic truism that relationships between neighbouring countries are always determined by the logic of history and geography and these given factors have to be kept uppermost in mind... »

The fire of a stove and the mystery of spices

What the average Malayali loves to read

Going by the cover

Rock stories

Writing in exile

Stripping the veil of familiarity


That special bookplace

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