Americans aplenty as UK’s Booker Prize goes global

Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book longlist for the prestigious fiction award, which will be announced on October 14.
  • Responding to insurgency

    It is strategic folly to expect police forces to do counter-insurgency job for which they are neither equipped nor trained
  • Recreating the past to meet present ends

    The past has always a way of influencing the present. Each generation, nay, each historian, interprets the past from the perspective of the present because we all live in the present. If a country’s ...
  • The Raman wife effect: lively recollections

    Today celebrity coverage thrives on the frenzy for popular culture. If you have ever wondered about the life of a cerebral celebrity, then Uma Parameswaran’s biography on Lokasundari, Sir C.V. Raman’...
  • Sophie Das’s choice

    Bangalore author Anjum Hasan gives a personal touch to her debut novel Lunatic In My Head
July 21, 2014

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

What is the meaning and origin of ‘three sheets in the wind’? (M Vijay, Chennai) Sailors used this rather informal expression several hundred years ago to refer to someone... »
July 21, 2014

Guide to a better life

An ex-bank manager, yoga practitioner and author of many Tamil books, S.P. Chockalingam has tried to study many curious questions people would have asked about the mysterious environment that surr... »
Kochi, July 20, 2014

A rebel’s manifesto

He was a true rebel. Right from changing his name from P. Kesava Pillai to Kesavadev because he felt that it was indicative of his higher caste, he was a rebel in life and literature. His 110th bi... »
Author Zia Haider Rahman
July 19, 2014

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

Zia Haider Rahman was born in rural Bangladesh. He moved to the United Kingdom before his sixth birthday and was raised in a derelict squat before moving to state housing. His father was a waiter;... »
Cover of the book by Diwan Singh Bajeli
New Delhi, July 18, 2014
Write angle

The man and a book

Lord! Just what all can a book do! The other day I was trying to bring about a semblance of order to my bookshelf at home that my eyes fell on a book by Diwan Singh Bajeli. Now Bajeli is a man I re... »
Author Shobhan Bantwal
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Pulse of India

Shobhan Bantwal grew up in Belgaum, Karnataka, a region known for — besides a beautiful landscape — the hostility between the Kannada and Marathi communities that rears its ugly head from time to t... »
Author Anjali Banerjee
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Haunting India

India-born Anjali Banerjee grew up in Canada and the U.S. She writes both for children and adults, and not all of her protagonists are from the South Asian community, though some are. As for protag... »
Author Durjoy Datta Photo K.R. Deepak
New Delhi, July 16, 2014

Labour of love

After “Of Course I Love You”, “If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love” and “You Were My Crush Till You Said You Love Me”, popular fiction writer Durjoy Datta has come up with yet another book that mines... »
Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain
KOCHI, July 16, 2014

Urdu writer Sulekha Hussain dead

South Indian Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain passed away at her residence at Vaduthala, near here, on Tuesday. She was 85. She is survived by a daughter. Born in an affluent Katchi Memon... »
Bangalore, July 15, 2014

Love in the time of terrorism

At 27, Aarti V. Raman is the published writer. Her second novel Kingdom Come is a gripping romantic thriller. A romantic at heart, Kingdom Come is set in Kashmir, travels between Lon... »

Nobel laureate, activist Nadine Gordimer dies

A forum that failed to go forward

A look back at the colourful history of a bahujan leader

Know your English — meaning and origin of A1

‘I am a humanist’

The series continues

The new romance

Rebel with a cause

ESSAYS IN HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY — Themes, Institutions and Personalities: K. Paddayya; Archaeological Survey of India, 11, Janpath, New Delhi-110011. Rs. 1,160.
July 21, 2014

Reliving the work of pioneers in archaeology

Elegantly produced by the Archaeological Survey of India, this is the fourth in the series of books by renowned authors brought out as part of the project to celebrate its 150 years of eventful ex... »
July 20, 2014

A tale of two families

Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth revolves around two families of contrasting stature at the small town of Ambalakunnu, Kerala. Madhavan Nair runs a successful business in the small town, owning a... »
Chetan Bhagat
July 19, 2014

What gives Chetan a Kick now?

If there’s one thing common between a bestseller and a superhit, it has to be Chetan Bhagat. With every book of his made into a film, it's no surprise he was asked to write the screenplay for upcom... »
The Story of our Family. Author: Anamika Mukherjee
July 19, 2014

Sweet child of mine

In a country where most adoptive parents do not disclose the fact of adoption even to their child, Anamika Mukherjee’s candid and tell-it-like-it-is memoir provides an honest portrayal of the trial... »
Author Dinesh C Sharma
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Heart and progress

Enjoying the fruits of economic growth and riding the development wave has its flip side too. That seems to be largely the case in India today, where rapid progress has also led to an increase in l... »
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

Changing stories

The lavish wedding parties of commercial Hindi cinema, where jiving divas have immortalised the idea of family festivity with songs and costumes and dance moves seeping into everyday middle class l... »
…And whose voice? It could just be your favourite actors and singers reading out a story to you
Bangalore, July 17, 2014

They now have a voice

Until the practice of printing and publishing literary works was established in the 19th century, literature in Kannada existed mostly as oral tradition, which survived even after this through fol... »
Writer Sumit D Chowdhury at Masala Art, Taj Palace, New Delhi. Photo R.V. Moorthy
New Delhi, July 16, 2014
Table for two

A game changer

Career is such an important part of one’s life that its success or otherwise has a significant impact. First-hand interactions with youngsters and peers, friends and seniors in the industry about... »
This image released by Marvel Comics shows a female superhero who will appear in upcoming Thor comic book issues. Photo: AP
Los Angeles, July 16, 2014

Marvel Comics introduces female Thor

In a major shake-up, Marvel Comics has introduced an all-new female Thunder God, who will replace the male Thor permanently. The art work unveiled by Marvel shows a blond woman carrying the... »
This photo provided by Archie Comics shows Archie in his final moments of life in a scene from the comic book,
LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2014

Archie to die a hero’s death

Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s instalment of Life with Archie when... »

New Arrivals — English books

Capturing cricket’s varying hues

Europe and its multiple crises and anxieties

Writing them young

Print Pick

A poet cannot live by craft alone

Those bygone days

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World
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