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July 28, 2014

Know your English — What is the meaning of ‘luke’ in ‘lukewarm’?

What is the meaning of ‘luke’ in ‘lukewarm’? (R. Keshav, Bangalore) The word is normally used to talk about the temperature of something. For example, when you say that th... »
July 28, 2014

Innovating for economic growth

Fourteen years ago, at the watershed of the two centuries, the world witnessed the ushering in of a new era, a new environment, which was a far cry from what had been experienced earlier. Although... »
BOWLED OVER S. Giridhar and V. J. Raghunath.
Bangalore, July 28, 2014

Straight off the bat to the boundary

Cricket is a multilayered sport, with a bunch of fascinating facets. Discovering and learning about the game is akin to peeling an onion, with a fresh detail or statistic emerging every time you yo... »
Konkani writers at a round-table conference in Mangalore on Sunday. Photo: R. Eswarraj
MANGALORE, July 28, 2014

Online life for Konkani literary works

Mangalore-based Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation has taken up the task of digitising Konkani literary works—classical as well as contemporary— in order to preserve the heritage of the langu... »
COIMBATORE, July 25, 2014

Poets writing war

“War does not decide who is right but who is left. ”- George Bernard Shaw. It’s not hard to write about war. After all, wars of all kinds exist and thrive around us. Gende... »
Kuldeep Kumar
July 25, 2014
Hindi Belt

Page turners

The week started with news about two stalwarts of the world of Hindustani classical music. Padmavati Shaligram, an outstanding vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, breathed her last at the age... »
chennai, July 25, 2014
life in words

The charm of micropoetry

A contemporary poet I know once said she never quite understood why the Internet generation of readers rarely consumed poetry. Poetry, she argued, is everything that’s distinctive of our times, for... »
THE VERY BEST OF RUSKIN BOND, The Writer on the Hill, Rupa, Rs. 295
July 24, 2014

Life in the hills

The story: This book has the best of Bond. You get to meet Masterji on a railway platform. Revisit "The Room on the Roof" and cheer when Rusty stands up to his bullying guardian. Encount... »
Pattum Moolivannu: Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, Jeevitham Sangeetham
Thiruvananthapuram, July 24, 2014
What’s inside

Malayalam books that should not be missed

Notes of success The story of Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, the visually-disabled singer who sang her way into the hearts of Malayalis with her song ‘Kaatte kaatte…’ from Celluloid. »
Telling tales Anjum Hasan
Bangalore, July 23, 2014

Sophie Das’s choice

A cup of lemon tea and vegan cookies on a Saturday evening with your favourite author is something no book lover would give a miss. And if the author happens to be city-based novelist Anjum Hasan,... »

Know your English — Is it okay to say ‘most favourite’?

Guide to a better life

Recreating the past to meet present ends

A tale of two families

What gives Chetan a Kick now?

Sweet child of mine

Heart and progress

Changing stories

July 28, 2014

Blaming colonialism for today’s ills

This is an ambitious study of the current state of our economy along with the socio-political matrices (rather chains!) in which it is enmeshed. Dr. Arun Kumar who has been teaching at the Jawahar... »
July 28, 2014

An empire’s fall: cause and effect

History proved beyond doubt that every Empire that evolved and flourished across centuries created its own grave-diggers. As is the case, the historians of all hues since the 18 Century have debat... »
Anuradha Mazumdar
chennai, July 28, 2014

Infinitely imaginative

It all began with an owl in a banyan tree. Dancer, choreographer and author Anuradha Majumdar was walking down a tree-lined avenue in Pondicherry, wondering whether to take up an offer she’d just r... »
Author Reema Abbasi at IIC in New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
New Delhi, July 27, 2014

Monumental effort

For Pakistan-based writer and journalist Reema Abbasi, the last decade has been spent in the pursuit of a “utopia called pluralism.” Like all utopias, hers has also been shaped by a hostile present... »
It is about intelligently getting to your target readers, says Priya Kapoor. Illustration: Satheesh Vellinezhi
KOZHIKODE, July 25, 2014

The incredible buzz

HarperCollins India wants readers to read Mary Kom’s autobiography before heading for the movie. On Twitter, they invite readers to bounce off story ideas at Harper Pitch. Random House India congr... »
TWIST TO THE TALE Manjiri Prabhu
New Delhi, July 25, 2014

A legacy and deep dark secrets

Having written a number of romantic-mystery books, writer Manjiri Prabhu’s latest offering, “In the Shadow of Inheritance”, (Penguin India), holds a special place for her. “My friends gifted me a b... »
T.V. Paul. Photo: K.K. Mustafah
Kochi, July 24, 2014

A complex country decoded

An academic book on Pakistan by an Indian, which examines its position in the contemporary world, is bound to arouse curiosity. One would expect the usual narrative with a slant towards India. But... »
Beatrix Potter is the creator of this fascinating tale of the little rabbit.
July 24, 2014

Magical world of Potter

Have you met Peter Rabbit? If you haven’t then it’s time to do so. Peter Rabbit is a naughty, disobedient rabbit. His mother warned him and his sisters not to enter Mr. McGregor’s garden as his fat... »
CHENNAI, July 24, 2014

Jayakanthan’s stories as they first appeared

Popular Tamil writer Jayakanthan, winner of both Sahitya Akademi and Jnanapith award, is again on the spotlight. A collection of 20 short stories written by him in the 1960s and the 1970... »
2014 is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for Britain's Booker literary prize, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. File photo
LONDON, July 23, 2014

Americans aplenty as UK’s Booker Prize goes global

The Americans have arrived in force for Britain’s Booker literary prize. Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book longlist for the prestigious fiction award. The list, announ... »

Reliving the work of pioneers in archaeology

The Raman wife effect: lively recollections

Responding to insurgency

A rebel’s manifesto

‘Writing is really an interruption of reading...’

The man and a book

Pulse of India

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World
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