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RECASTING CASTE — From the Sacred to the Profane: Hira Singh; Sage Publications India Ltd., B1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.
Special Arrangement RECASTING CASTE — From the Sacred to the Profane: Hira Singh; Sage Publications India Ltd., B1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.

Profaning the allegedly religious

The author argues that caste society is founded on material relations, particularly those to do with land ownership »
FORGED IN CRISIS — India and the United States Since 1947: Rudra Chaudhuri; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 699.

Ties untrammelled by crises

Every U.S. administration since the time of Eisenhower understood why India chose the path of non-alignment »
CLEAR.HOLD.BUILD — Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India: Sudeep Chakravarti; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 599.

Documenting rights violations by businesses

“During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide s... »
Winner of the Man Booker for fiction 2014 Australian author Richard Flanagan, author of “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, speaks after winning the prize at the Guildhall in London on Tuesday.

Australia’s Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with war story

“I never expected to stand here before you in this grand hall in London as a writer being so honoured,” said Australian writer Richard Flanagan, the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize in... »
Kuldeep Kumar

Hindi Belt: A different life in letters

The issue of same-sex relationships has been occupying considerable space in public discourse for quite some time. It was fiercely debated when in December last year, the Supreme Court of India ove... »
JAIPUR, October 21, 2014

Jaipur Lit Fest’s contest for young writers

The Jaipur Literature Festival has announced a new annual writing competition for budding authors.Supported by Teamwork Arts, producers of the Festival, the competition is open to applicant... »
October 21, 2014

Know your English — Difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’

What is the difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’? (Smarti Sarang, Lucknow) Both words can be used to mean to imitate, but ‘impersonate’ is considered to be the for... »
Writer Saheli Mitra
October 19, 2014

For love of a letter

Letters from yesterday. Faded ink and sepia tones. An isthmus between two people that holds stories of a time gone by on its brittle pages. Letters may have been replaced by less romantic fo... »
October 19, 2014

The big picture

Every bibliophile will have their own story of how their favourite books have found a place on their shelves. From finding books on trains, planes and automobiles (often the loss of a book becomes... »
Historian William Dalrymple was in the city to speak at the launch of ‘Return Of A King’ at Starmark bookstore and to deliver a lecture on the same at Stella Maris College. Photo: R. Ragu
October 17, 2014

A passage through India

It takes a William Dalrymple to fill malls and college halls with crowds that will wait hours for him to arrive, and hang on his every word while he launches a book that’s over a year old. “Imagin... »
Madras Literary Society Library. Photo: K. Pichumani
October 17, 2014

At home with books

Madras Literary Society The Madras Literary Society was started by Thomas Newbolt, a Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in 1812 along with the Bengal Asiatic Society, Calcutta... »
Hetal Adesara’s maiden novel “Matrimonial Mocktales” (Om Books International) centres on a girl raised in a traditional, conservative Sikh family who wants the perfect Mills & Boon romance though it does not happen that way.
October 17, 2014

Pursuing marital bliss

Hetal Adesara’s maiden novel “Matrimonial Mocktales” (Om Books International) centres on a girl raised in a traditional, conservative Sikh family who wants the perfect Mills & Boon romance tho... »
R.P. Raja
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

On the trail of a poet and scholar

Ask any Malayali mother to sing her favourite lullaby, and ten to one, you will hear ‘Omanathinkalkkidaavo…’ Ask her who wrote those fine lines and more often than not, you are likely to draw a... »
LONDON, October 16, 2014

A novel Flanagan was ‘born to write’

“I never expected to stand here before you in this grand hall in London as a writer being so honoured,” said Australian writer Richard Flanagan, the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize in his acce... »
David Low's caricature of P.G. Wodehouse
October 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Plum!

Ring for Jeeves was the first P.G. Wodehouse book I read. An old dog-eared copy was at a cousin’s house and it was accessible to a ten-year-old. The name William Egerton Bamfylde Ossingham... »

Murder, he wrote

New Arrivals

Some reason, some controversial views on civil servants

Role of learning in the economy

Kathmandu unravelled

Are you what you read?

Between the covers

The people who brought stars to the earth

Democratizing Forest Governance in India: Edited by Sharachandra Lele, Ajit Menon; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 495.
October 21, 2014

New arrivals: English books

Community, Memory and Migration in a Globalizing World — The Goan Experience, C.1980-1980: Maregret Frenz; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001.... »
At the book launch
October 19, 2014

A sting in the tale

To make his second novel titled, “Tamanna: A true story of forbidden love”, sound authentic, Tejeshwar Singh, a Delhi-based proprietor of a software consultancy firm, took the bold decision of maki... »
October 19, 2014

The challenge of caste

Reading, for the voracious, is often like a good cup of tea. It is light, comforting and warm and lifts up your spirits on a bad day. Often, as you discover yourself and your interests evolve, you... »
Acrostics are a clever literary technique Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth have used it in their poems
October 17, 2014

Very Exciting Really Smooth Expressions

Perhaps you’ve done this. You take the first letter of each line to make a poem or just a name or phrase. When you read it vertically, you see the poem. Many of us have indulged in this fun pastim... »
K. Balasubramaniyan with some of the books in his vast personal collection. Photot: R.M. Rajarathinam
October 17, 2014

A mini-empire of books

It’s not just the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves spread across 13 rooms at this Thillai Nagar residence that hold your attention: it’s the love that lights up K. Balasubramaniyan’s eyes when he talks... »
Poet-activist Salma
October 17, 2014

Telling it as it is

On May 26, this year, poet Salma received a letter inviting her to be a guest of honour at the Writers of India Festival, Paris, in September. The festival, a new collaboration between Columbia Un... »
Pakistani writer Intizar Husain in New Delhi. Photo: Anu Pushkarna
October 16, 2014

Going Native: Candid moments

Much ink has been expended order artistic elegance and aesthetic sensibility of Faiz but one can still look for some texts that may introduce the reader to his unflinching commitment to humanity an... »
Singapore, October 16, 2014

Tamil poet Iqbal named for Singapore’s highest cultural award

Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer K.T.M. Iqbal will be awarded Cultural Medallion, the country’s highest cultural award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday night in Singapore.»
To mark the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan on the 17th October, Abrar recently released his book “Muslim Female Education: Veil to Moon”.
October 15, 2014

Out of the shadows

Central to the problems of women’s participation and women’s empowerment is the problem of education for women. With the recent announcement of Nobel Peace Prize the significance of educatio... »
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London on Tuesday.
October 15, 2014

Peter Carey bemoans expansion of Booker prize to US authors

Australian writer Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker prize, has criticised the decision to open up the award to Americans for the first time, claiming that the old Commonwealth-only version h... »

Contest for renaming Khushwant Singh’s book

Know your English

A quill of hope in a valley beset by despondency

Wandering, wondering...

‘Be self motivated’

The invisible Beatle

Five poets in the running for Khushwant Singh Prize

For many years, my wife used to leave me speechless with her ability to recite Urdu couplets on demand. Standing in the kitchen, watching television, answering the phone, she had a couplet for each... »

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