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Jaipur literary fest offers eclectic fare

The Jaipur Literature Festival, scheduled from January 21 to 25, is likely to be more varied and diverse than its previous editions, as it promises to bridge historical, political and geographical... »
Sumeet Singhal with his book, “The Conspiracy of Silence”

Weaving through intrigues

Sumeet Singhal on “The Conspiracy of Silence”, his maiden novel co-authored with Sanjeev Malhotra »
Christopher Doyle, author of book 'The Mahabharata Quest: Alexander's secret', at cafe UNO in Shangri La in New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat Table for Two

A taste of legends

Author and Executive Coach Christopher C. Doyle on cooking up a fantasy world »
President Pranab Mukherjee

President Mukherjee’s book release on December 11

The book tells the story of the 1970s – considered a turning point in the political and economic evolution of India. »

Making sense of surrogacy

BABY MAKERS — The Story of Indian Surrogacy: Gita Aravamudan; HarperCollins Publishers, A-75, Sector 57, Noida-202301. Rs. 250. An account that explores the hazy ethics, conflicting emotions, and obstacles that make baby-making complex in India »
Sudha Menon, co-author of recently-released ‘Gifted’, has recorded the stories of persons with disabilities in their own voices — Photo: Special Arrangement
CHENNAI, November 26, 2014

Success stories should be told too, says author

“Don’t call me a differently-abled person. Call me Siddharth,” says Siddharth Jayakumar, when he is referred to as a person with disabilities. He is quick to add that he does not want people... »
IN THE CITY, OUT OF PLACE — Nuisance, Pollution, and Dwelling in Delhi c. 1850-2000: Awadhendra Sharan; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 895.
November 24, 2014

A capital study in urban decay

This is a very serious work of learning, arguably exceeding in rigour the tough academic demands of a doctoral thesis. Interestingly its unusually wide sweep and vast range of editorial covera... »

November 24, 2014

Know your English — 25-11-14

“Where are you going so early in the morning?”“To the station. My friend Chetan is coming from Delhi. Need to pick him up.”“Chetan? Oh, I remember him! He’s the guy who fought with hi... »
Working title: For Jasper it becomes the root of his work. Photo: Murali Kumar K.
Bangalore, November 23, 2014

Light and luminous

Jasper Daniel’s first book Salted Biscuits is a pocketful of beautiful surprises that come in the form of poems, short stories and inventive drawings and doodles. The writer has taken great... »
Naseeruddin Shah. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
November 23, 2014

Their stories, their voices

“Halfway through the production of Mughal-e-Azam, we were not even talking to each other. The classic scene with the feather coming between our lips, which set a million imaginations on fire, wa... »
Arpita Das
November 21, 2014

A decade with books

Back in 2004, when Arpita Das had just started Yoda Press with her friend and colleague, Parul Nayyar, she still had doubts. Four days short of Yoda’s 10th anniversary celebration, I ask her if any... »
S. Anand
November 21, 2014

Fault lines

Last year, another independent publishing house turned ten. It was, though, a quiet ten. S. Anand, Navayana’s co-founder, remembers a busy 2013, which left him with no time to consider anniversary... »
Shahid Siddiqui. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
November 21, 2014

Shared experiences

The love-hate relationship between the people of India and Pakistan has been masterfully woven around the lives and aspirations of two brothers, Shiraz and Aijaz, by the politician and journalist t... »
Sudha Menon
November 20, 2014

Voices from the sidelines

“Ordinary people with extraordinary courage” forms the crux of author and former journalist Sudha Menon’s latest book Gifted. Launched recently at Starmark in the city, the book is a collection of... »
Marujeevitham
Thiruvananthapuram, November 20, 2014

Parched lives in the deserts

‘Hostage’ and ‘refugee’ are not the words we usually associate with people working abroad. But Marujeevitham by Shihabudheen Poithumkadavu, a set of poignant essays written largely on the e... »

Grounded in erudition

Phil Klay wins US National Book Award for fiction

Christopher Nolan writes ‘Interstellar’ prequel for comic

A Shah in pursuit of acting truth

A bleak ode to Bangladesh’s garment industry

It is a true picture

Death, journey’s end

Ambassador of cricket, ambassador of English

NEW DELHI, November 24, 2014

Bilal Tanweer wins Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize

Lahore-based author Bilal Tanweer’s maiden novel The Scatter Here is Too Great has bagged the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. The award carries a cash component of Rs. 2 lakh. »
DISPATCHES FROM THE WALL CORNER: Baradwaj Rangan; Tranquebar Press, 61, Silverline Building, II Floor, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-600095. Rs. 699.
November 24, 2014

A collage from a movie critic’s scrapbook

The cover of Baradwaj Rangan’s second book, Dispatches from the Wall Corner, is in a way portentous of the mental pictures that you will be left nostalgically savouring after reading the... »

Raghav Modi
November 24, 2014

Between the pages

Every Sunday at 3 p.m., book lovers on twitter discuss authors, genres and publishing trends in a session moderated by The Sunday Book Club (@TSBookClub). The TSBC has crossed 112 weeks and has at... »
Assamese author Leena Sarma
November 23, 2014

Life in the land of plenty

Delhi-based Leena Sarma is an established name in Assamese literature. Besides being a senior officer in Indian Railways, Sarma has been regularly taking out time to write novels and short stories.... »
A still from 'Ghatashradha'.
Panaji, November 23, 2014

IFFI pays homage to U. R. Ananthamurthy

The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) paid homage to the memory of writer U. R. Ananthamurthy on Saturday during by screening Girish Kasaravalli’s 'Ghattashraddha'. Wi... »
Sudeep Sen
COIMBATORE, November 21, 2014

Celebrating with Sudeep Sen

“The poet is much more the one who inspires, than the one who is inspired.” Paul Éluard I tend to associate Sudeep Sen with a kind and giving shade of blue. Blue, like the... »
Himanjali Sankar
November 21, 2014

Choosing small, writing big

I almost don’t believe Himanjali Sankar when she tells me that she doesn’t really read Young Adult novels. I’ve just finished her book, “Talking of Muskaan”, and her grasp and understanding of teen... »
Shailendra Singh with his new book 'The True Story of Sunburn'
November 21, 2014

Sunburn saga in words

Sunburn festival, one of the largest music festivals is back, this time in the form of a book. Telling its story is none other than Sunburn inceptor and joint MD of Percept, Shailendra Singh. On a... »
Dr. Soibam Rebika Devi from Manipuri.
November 20, 2014

Under the spell of the Kural

The huge gathering at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan, Chennai, was proof of how the Tirukkural charms those who come under its spell. The occasion was the release of the Central Institute of Cla... »
Branthu: Chila Nirmaanarahasyangal
Thiruvananthapuram, November 20, 2014

What’s inside

Of past and present Collection of nine short stories that capture gory tales from the past and the complex fabric of present-day society. Branthu: Chila Nirmaanarahasy... »

Turn to verse for therapy

Into the big world of ants

Easing the reading process

One vision, many nuances

Know your English — November 18, 2014

Atop the magic, faraway tree

Collection of emotions

As the who’s who of our serious film fraternity gathers in Goa for the International Film Festival of India, my mind goes back a few years to a nascent attempt by some well meaning critics to form... »

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