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Government as performance ritual

Former top civil servant Subramanian’s collection of essays is rich in anecdote — and, more importantly, insight
  • Glimpses into Kennedy’s political acumen

    What manner of man was John F. Kennedy? Perhaps Theodore “Ted” Sorensen, his special counsel and legendary speech writer, and the man behind some of Kennedy’s most ringing presidential statements, co...
  • How to identify profitable customers and retain them

    Consumer’s sovereignty is a central principle in the operation of the free market economy, wherein the will and want of the customer rule the roost. Mahatma Gandhi famously wrote: “A customer is the ...
  • Katha, Britannica ink pact to promote Indian children’s stories

    Publishing firm Katha has tied up with Encyclopaedia Britannica to present the best of children’s stories from India across the world. A memorandum was signed between Sarvesh Shrivastava, managing ...
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbea...
new delhi, April 24, 2014
Hindi Belt

Every comma counts

Writers across the country are exercised about the possibility of Narendra Modi assuming power at the Centre as Prime Minister. His autocratic behaviour, intolerance for dissent, and unabashedly co... »
Author Pradip Krishen explores the forests of Central India in his new book
new delhi, April 23, 2014

Calling the tree spotter in you

As some of us start our journey back to nature to reclaim and celebrate it, works like “Jungle Trees of Central India: A Field Guide for Tree Spotters” (Penguin Books) only help in speeding up the... »
And books to read. Photo: V.Raju
new delhi, April 23, 2014

Each one, read one

Oral tradition is the origin of children’s literature. The only challenge then was to tell a story in an interesting way. Problems cropped up when literature assumed written form. With few hand wri... »
Hampi is a birder’s paradise says Samad Kottur Photo: Murali Kumar K.
bangalore, April 22, 2014

Hampi beckons birdwatchers

Hampi, the world heritage site in Karnataka, maybe a hot destination for tourists seeking architectural grandeur in the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. It may just be the hot hippie spot, outside... »
DALIT ART AND VISUAL IMAGERY: Edited by Gary Michael Tartakov; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 1495.
April 21, 2014

Art that brings out the invisible

This collection of 13 chapters weaves together varied aspects of Dalit life in India and comes with fresh perspectivesThrough art and visual imagery of political and aesthetic expressions, it lead... »
Ira takes a hard-hitting look at the sexual revolution that has swept the country in her book, India in Love. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
chennai, April 20, 2014

Sex and the city: an author speaks

India has always been known as a land of diversity — it is home to a host of different cultures, traditions, religions, languages and customs. Ira Trivedi, however, has found one of the threads tha... »
The Corner Office by Ashutosh Garg
new delhi, April 19, 2014
melange

Life on a ladder

Launched September last, the gist of “The Corner Office”, by debutant novelist Ashutosh Garg, is well summed up by a quote at the beginning, attributed to an 80-year-old Jewish rabbi reflecting the... »
A view of the Landmark store at Nungambakkam. Photo : R Ravindran.
chennai, April 18, 2014
melange

Landmark hasn’t ditched me, I ditched Landmark

Once upon a time, when you looked for directions in the journey of life, it was often a bookshop that served as a landmark to find the path ahead. The lives of many people were altered just becaus... »
Chennai, April 18, 2014
AUTOBIOGRAPHY

On a spiritual adventure

This is an account of the amazing journey an American youth embarks on responding to the call of his heart. Barely out of his teens, restless Richard Slavin leaves the warm comfort of his Chicago... »
At the launch of Vaiju Naravane's book.
delhi, April 16, 2014

Past imperfect

Transgressions, a novel by renowned Paris-based journalist Vaiju Naravane, who writes for The Hindu, begins with an end: that of its protagonist, the beautiful Indian fashion designe... »

Shobhaa De, Ritu Menon to attend second Islamabad Literature Festival

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

Tracing the judicial trajectory on social justice

New Arrivals: English books

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

And drops formed an ocean…

Looking back at a lifetime

Collective effort: Students involved in compilation of the book.
MADURAI, April 23, 2014

Raising questions

Eight hundred children can claim ownership along with their nine social studies teachers who authored the book, A-Hunt. The book brought out by the department of social studies of Adhyapana... »
Anubha Singhania's
new delhi, April 23, 2014

Truly original

With the country in the throes of elections and regularly rocked by corruption scandals and controversy, concerned citizens wonder about India’s future and along with it their own. In this scenario... »
Author Amandeep Sandhu at Cafe UNO at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, in New Delhi Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
new delhi, April 23, 2014
table for two

The write stuff

A little over a year ago, a book came to my table and was promptly lost in the little labyrinth. For days on end I did not realise that in Amandeep Sandhu’s “Roll of Honour” I had with me a book th... »
April 21, 2014

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

What is the meaning and origin of ‘break the ice’? (D Srinivasan, Tenkasi) Very often, people find it difficult to have a lengthy conversation with someone they have just... »
A file picture of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
MEXICO CITY, April 21, 2014

Mexican, Colombian presidents to pay homage to Gabo

The presidents of Mexico and Colombia are expected at a memorial ceremony for novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The homage to the late writer is being held at Mexico City’s most prestigiou... »
The aim of the comic book is to help young girls manage their periods effectively and to help parents and educators teach them about menstruation
CHENNAI, April 20, 2014

Dispelling stigma, the comics way

This June, young girls in the State will have a fun resource to learn about an important biological function. Menstrupedia, an Ahmedabad-based initiative, is planning to release a comic boo... »
chennai, April 19, 2014
melange: Life in words

Short stories, shorter still

I must have been 12 the summer I fell under Scheherazade’s spell. The family members were ardent followers of a book dealer’s club and believed in buying books to win more books. So with ‘How to fi... »
Naheed Hasan says there are so many
wonderful writers from South Asia and this was a great opportunity to initiate a campaign that would highlight women writers.
Visakhapatnam, April 18, 2014

The year of ‘reading women’

What started as a small initiative by an American literary journal has snowballed into a worldwide movement. Publishing houses across the world are celebrating what they term as the ‘Year of re... »
Donna Tartt
delhi, April 16, 2014

Prima Donna

When you read The Goldfinch, those eleven years Donna Tartt spent writing it suddenly make sense. That she compares writing each book to a long sea-voyage also makes sense. The Goldfinch... »
Vijay Seshadri
April 16, 2014

India-born poet wins Pulitzer

When it released, published by Greywolf, a small independent publishing house in Midwest America, Vijay Seshadri’s slim volume of poetry slipped under the radar, as poetry, ever beautiful, groundbr... »

A tribute to the trucking spirit

Solitary crusader for Naya Bihar

Down memory lane with a soulful actor

Reconnecting with dispersed communities

Know your English — meaning of ‘get the monkey off the back’

That face of the ‘Mango Man’

A farewell to Adrian Mole

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »

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