Bust of Nathuram Godse at the central office of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. Photo: V. Sudershan
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Bust of Nathuram Godse at the central office of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. Photo: V. Sudershan

Book on Godse back on stands

‘Revised edition into its second print run’ »

Subdued political sub-text in JK’s teachings

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) continues to engage the minds of the young and the old alike as a fascinating thinker of his times and beyond. There were the early pains of patronage at t... »

Sachin — as reticent as in his playing days

Decades down the line, even if other memories may have dimmed, many of us will tell our grandchildren: “I saw Tendulkar play.” When those words emerge, our voice will fleetingly regain t... »

Darwinian view of political order

Fukuyama sees the history of world politics as an interaction between different processes but the view is too open-ended »
Dilip D'Souza. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

Farming the strike

Five cricket books that occupied the connoisseurs’ minds this year »
December 22, 2014

Know your English — Calling it a day and child's play

“You’re back early. I didn’t expect to see you here at this time of day.” “Our team has been working round the clock the past couple of days. My boss suggested that we call it a day at n... »
M.P. Veerendra Kumar. Photo: H. Vibhu
December 19, 2014

Veerendra Kumar: A journey with words

M.P. Veerendra Kumar puts on his spectacles and thumbs excitedly through the pages of his thick, hard-bound travelogue, Hymavathabhoovil (In the Meadows of Snow). He must have done t... »
Teenager author Archit Nangavaram. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Making magic real

Right after the sixth standard, Archit Nangavaram started a summer writing project. “My English teacher, the previous year had made writing seem fun and so I first tried my hand at poetry. I then s... »
Author Ravi Subramanium. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

The game changer

For the last few years, no bestseller list has been complete without Ravi Subramanian. This year is no different with his “God Is A Gamer” (Penguin) striking a chord with the readers. Known for his... »
Cover of Tinkle Star. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Shining bright

Sustaining the interest of readers is difficult. More so, if they happen to be children. That Tinkle — the monthly magazine launched on November 14, 1980, by Anant Pai, the founding editor (... »
To mummy with love: Pranav with his mother Priya Gupta. Photo: Special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Between a fan and a friend

It is commonly believed that children are the human form of god. If that is the case, then god has a great sense of humour, many friends and an all-rounder tag. At least that is what, a 12-year-ol... »
From the pens of children. Photo: Murali Kumar K.
December 19, 2014

Tripping over Timbuktoo

Sahaat Poddar, Devrata Morarka, and Rahul Singh Manglorkar are huddled around a tablet, playing Minecraft, sitting on the floor of Lightroom Bookstore, tucked away in a quiet corner of Bengaluru’s... »
December 18, 2014
Going native

In the age of indifference

The fragmented world, we live in, seems to be perennially riddled with suspicion, mistrust and vacuity and simultaneously it also has a rich skein of ‘Spectacle’ running through the whole society. »
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

Everyday life stories

V.P. Achan Kripasanam’s compilation of stories, Mazhakkottu shows his unfettered love for nature and life. He mixes emotions in all their finery with fluid use of words to shape a sensitive... »
One of the books on M.T. Vasudevan Nair published by Haritham Books.
KOZHIKODE, December 18, 2014

A literary tribute, in letter and spirit

Eleven new books, all on one man, being released on 11 successive days. That is not very usual. They are about M.T. Vasudevan Nair, one of the most loved writers in Malayalam. The Kozhikode-... »

Going online and how…

Demolishing the claim for ‘gender-neutral’ laws

National, yet international

A tale of the times

‘Writing isn’t just about expression’

A star only too human

Stories from the heart

New on the rack

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy browses books after inaugurating the 18th National Book Fair 2014 in Puducherry. Photo: S.S. Kumar
PUDUCHERRY, December 21, 2014

A lakh titles to treat book lovers

If you are a book lover, stroll into the Vel Sokkanathan Thirumana Nilayam and take your pick from an estimated one lakh titles on display.The 18 National Book Fair hosted by the Puducherry... »
December 19, 2014

Cricketing tales

Have you ever wondered what the Indian cricket team does when it is not playing cricket? What is the role of the non-cricketing staff? What food do they eat? Do they talk about the game and dissect... »
A view at a Delhi bookstore. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 19, 2014

I know what you read this year

Shankar displays his books in Connaught Place’s inner circle in just the right order. His books — laid out spine to spine on the ground — are flanked by twin high rise stacks of Chetan Bhagat’s “Ha... »
A reader at the Full Circle Book Shop in Khan market, New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 19, 2014

High on the Hindi list

That the ratio is skewed is no secret. Hindi books today find few takers, and little space. In bookstores, home libraries, literary publications, they make do with fewer reviews and diminishing cor... »
Information overload: and people want more, thanks to social media. Photo: K.R. Deepak
December 19, 2014

Currently hooked

It has been a year when non-fiction titles and autobiographies have emerged the top sellers in books in India. From Sanjaya Baru’s, The Accidental Prime Minister to Natwar Singh’s autobiogra... »
Book jacket of “The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism” by Deborah Baker
December 19, 2014
Write Angle

Leap of faith, twice over

In this winter of discontent there is so much discussion on conversion and reconversion, ghar vapasi (coming home) and shuddhi (purification). At one level my mind goes back to Dayana... »
Jungle Tales: Saad Bin Jung loves the wild and the wilderness. Photo: Nagara Gopal
December 18, 2014

A dawn awaits forgotten people

Saad Bin Jung is reviving his touch with what we call ‘civilization.’ After spending months in the jungle resorts which he owns in Karnataka and Africa, Saad is seemingly enjoying his life though h... »
Killimangalam Vasudevan Namboodiripad.
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

Astute aesthete

Commentaries on and criticisms of Kerala’s traditional performing arts had been the forte of language teachers and Sanskrit scholars till the late 20th century. Most of the writings on the classic... »
Malayala Television Charithram (1985–2013)
Thiruvananthapuram, December 18, 2014

What’s inside

Media milestones A comprehensive study of the history of Malayalam television and how the many channels have influenced the mindset and thinking process of the Malayali audience. <... »
INTRICATE NARRATIVES: American author Valerie Miner at a workshop organised by SCILET, The American College. Photo: G. Moorthy
MADURAI, December 17, 2014

'Unplanned adventures'

“As a young journalist, I wanted to change the world and set out to cover burning civic issues,” says Valerie Miner. “I still want to change the world. But now I do it in a more sophisticated way... »

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

Caste and its triple role in the political economy

Keeping the faith

Classic revisited

Look who’s coming to LFL

The legacy of a towering musician

Constructing imageries

Last Sunday, a friend left a message for me on Facebook. “Professor Mushirul Hasan was injured in a road accident. He is critical.” I said a quick prayer for his life and health. As news came in, f... »

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