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

Touching so many lives

Karan Singh provides a glimpse into the lives and contributions of 27 outstanding women in various walks of public life »
National Security and Intelligence Management - a new paradigm; Vappala Balachandran; Indus Source Book Publications, PO Box 6194, Malabar
Hill PO, Mumbai-400006, Rs. 895.

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... »

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.

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... »

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.

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... »

Author Swati Kaushal Author speak: Swati Kaushal

The fire of a stove and the mystery of spices

I feel more well rounded, competent and confident with plot, pace and storytelling. »
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

Appreciation - 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... »
July 7, 2014

‘When the world somersaults about you’

Vikram Balagopal has reimagined the epics as a kinetic graphic novel, Simian (Harper Collins, Rs. 750). The 30-year-old filmmaker, artist and poet studied in the New York Film Academy... »
Kamila Shamsie
July 5, 2014

Kamila Shamsie

WHEN: I am not an early riser. When in London, I wake up by nine in the morning. I like to have my cup of coffee and read The Guardian cover to cover. If I am in Karachi, then it’s a... »
Timeri N. Murari
July 5, 2014

The strategist returns

The first time I heard the name of Timeri N. Murari is when I saw it! It was while watching Amol Palekar’s film Daayra 17 years ago that the name of Timeri N. Murari popped up on screen as t... »
Genesis: Select Stories; Lakshmi Kannan, Orient BlackSwan, Rs.350.
July 5, 2014

Cultural nuances

Space seems to be the common link between almost all the stories in this collection, the trope that runs through is “set adrift on the stream of time”. The lack of space, the need for space, the de... »
The Blind Lady’s Descendants; Anees Salim, Tranquebar, price not mentioned
July 5, 2014

Striking overview

The blind lady makes her appearance on page 100. Does blindness run in her family? The protagonist’s memoir, his farewell note, his chronicling of family woes, call it what you will, it’s pr... »

A face in two mirrors

In Reyna’s WORLD

Two worlds apart


Beauty and the pen

Ramanuja’s leadership skills

A pleasurable read

Man of letters

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... »
M.N. Krish with his book, The Steradian Trail Photo by K.V. Srinivasan
Bangalore, July 7, 2014

Out for a count

If cracking the Travelling Salesman Problem wasn’t difficult enough, imagine weaving a mystery novel around it. M.N. Krish has achieved just that in his debut book, The Steradian Trail. “My... »
Pre-owned books have lots of takers in the city. Photo: H Vibhu
Kochi, July 7, 2014

What the average Malayali loves to read

Hundreds of new books are published and released in Kerala every year and Malayali readers devour books in both English and Malayalam. While perennial favourites such as M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Pau... »
July 5, 2014

Going by the cover

A pretty face can only get you so far, and of course it’s that fabled inside that counts. The world of books, though, is one of overflowing, endless shelves, and any distance travelled from the boo... »
India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation; Sidharth Bhatia, HarperCollins, Rs.599.
July 5, 2014

Rock stories

From among the 11 chapters — standalone yet seamless — that comprise India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation, there is one titled ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ that tells the story o... »
Intizar Husain.
July 5, 2014
face to face

Writing in exile

Writing was a hobby for Intizar Husain. He has a B.A. in English Literature, Urdu and Persian, and a Masters in Urdu. He enjoyed literary criticism; and didn’t like fiction much. But on June 3, 194... »
Ballad of Ontillu; Kesava Reddy, OUP, Rs.250.
July 5, 2014

Stripping the veil of familiarity

“Just as they knew that Duryodhana’s obsession with power was as boundless as Yudhishtar’s for the truth, they now knew from their own experience that a farmer’s obsession with his land could be eq... »


That special bookplace

Mining maps

With or without the dragons

Well received

A freedom named desire

Contemporising mythic tales

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »

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