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Jungle Tales: Saad Bin Jung loves the wild and the wilderness. Photo: Nagara Gopal
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Jungle Tales: Saad Bin Jung loves the wild and the wilderness. Photo: Nagara Gopal

A dawn awaits forgotten people

Saad Bin Jung talks about his latest book and what inspired him to pen the thought provoking pages. »
Going native

In the age of indifference

At a time when autobiography is fast getting reduced to mushy and commercial writing, comes Abid Suhail’s unassuming account, “Jo Yaad Raha” »
INTRICATE NARRATIVES: American author Valerie Miner at a workshop organised by SCILET, The American College. Photo: G. Moorthy

'Unplanned adventures'

American journalist-turned novelist, Professor Valerie Miner says she writes to understand the complex world we live in »
Smeeta Mishra

Going online and how…

A recent book, “Online Communication Strategies For Managers”, discusses the need to go online while taking adequate precautions »
LETTERS FOR A NATION — From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Allen Lane/Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 7th floor, Infinity Tower, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon-122002. Rs. 599.

National, yet international

A compendium of letters written by Nehru to Chief Ministers shows the scale and power of his thinking »
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... »
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 (... »
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... »
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... »
Mazhakkottu
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-... »
WOMEN AND LAW — Critical Feminist Perspectives: Edited by Kalpana Kannabiran; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 995.
December 15, 2014

Demolishing the claim for ‘gender-neutral’ laws

Barely a few weeks ago, a day quietly passed without getting the kind of attention it really deserved. On that day, men greeted each other on social networking sites, some even demanding a word... »

On the path of introspection Author Vishwas
Bangalore, December 15, 2014

Keeping the faith

Vishwas Mudagal’s debut novel Losing my Religion inspired readers to such an extent, that it has left the Bengaluru-based Vishwas stunned. “Everyday, I get fan mail!” he says. “There was a... »
December 13, 2014
Book review

Classic revisited

Most screenplay books tend to work best for film students, who first watch the films and then learn how the words have been translated onto the screen — the more complex a film, the more interesti... »
Faces to watch for. Graphic imaging: KB Jawaharr
December 13, 2014

Look who’s coming to LFL

January 2015 is around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for The Hindu Lit for Life in Chennai. Over the past few years, the festival has quietly cemented its position as an... »

The legacy of a towering musician

Constructing imageries

Past through pictures

Tales for our times

Calling all book lovers

Regulating cartels: a legalistic view

Know your English — It is ‘time immemorial’ and not ‘times immemorial’'

All for social change

To mummy with love: Pranav with his mother Payal 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... »
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... »
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... »
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. <... »
December 15, 2014

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

What is the meaning of ‘monger’ in ‘scaremonger’? (K. Vikram, Madurai) ‘Monger’, a rather old-fashioned word, is seldom used on its own nowadays. It was originally used to... »
DALITS AND ADIVASIS IN INDIA’S BUSINESS ECONOMY — Three Essays and An Atlas: Barbara Harriss-White with Elisabetta Basile, Anita Dixit, Pinaki Joddar, Aseem Prakash and Kaushal Vidyarthee; Three Essays Collective, B-957, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon-122017. Rs. 2000.
December 15, 2014

Caste and its triple role in the political economy

For long, I have realised India’s political economy cannot be explained in conventional sense rooted in Western tradition of analysis of capitalism and socialism. Almost every significant mind of... »
British born writer-journalist Aatish Taseer. Photo: Prashant Nakwe
December 14, 2014

A tale of the times

If a good writer’s work is to be a witness to what is unfolding in the real world and deal with it creatively to hold it up for his readers as it were, are, then young Indian writer Aatish Taseer h... »
Author Eleanor Catton.
December 13, 2014

‘Writing isn’t just about expression’

Eleanor Catton, the youngest writer to win the Booker with her phenomenal novel The Luminaries, talks about why writing isn’t just about expression but about impression too. The writer is p... »
Rajesh Khanna
December 12, 2014

A star only too human

Rajesh Khanna was a phenomenon, king of romance and symbol of tragedy too, living his character on the screen with rare dynamism. He was a producers’ darling and favourite of many directors. A conf... »

Stories from the heart

New on the rack

Turning to words

J K Rowling not releasing 12 ‘Harry Potter’ short stories

Love, actually

Strong-willed men and the limits of friendship

New arrivals: English books

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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