Feb 17

An Everest mystery, ideas for the future, and writing skills

New Delhi:Wade through a journey from the dangerous heights of Mount Everest to the equally treacherous margins of Europe in the mid-20th century; read about ground-breaking new ideas; and navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation and the like as a writer. The IANS bookshelf has some really interesting reads

Valentine’s Day with a difference in Meghalaya

Shillong: It was a Valentine’s Day with a difference in Meghalaya, thanks to Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) group for launching a relatable social media and sticker campaign to open up discussion on notions of consent, safety, pleasure, equality and respect. The campaign was aimed at creating awareness on consent at a time when sexual

Spice up your look with right accessories

New Delhi: It’s not just chic outfits that can make your fingers or collarbones look more appealing. Reach out for rings and chains to give a boost to your overall look, says an expert. Ishita Sanghal Gupta, founder, Zurova.com, suggests how: * Choosing pastel shades accessories are a favourable option adaptable to both, an outdoor

Intake of fish oil may help fight asthma

New York: Consumption of fish oil, which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, may be beneficial for patients with inflammatory diseases such as asthma. The findings, led by researchers at University of Rochester in New York, found that omega-3 fatty acid products can reduce the production of IgE — the antibodies that cause allergic

Protective and stylish mobile cases

Ludhiana:Cell phones have become one of the most necessary gadgets to own these days. Many people carry around these gadgets as a style statement and to exhibit their status in and around people. In fact, we use our mobile phones everywhere we go, and this means that they are vulnerable to scratches, smudges, or even

Taj Literature Festival postponed due to elections

  Agra:  The fourth Taj Literature Festival (TLF), scheduled to be held here in February, has been postponed due to upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. It will take place towards the end of the year, TLF chairman Harvijay Bahia told IANS. The TLF began in 2013 and has been attracting celebrities over the years. The

Gulzar’s new book of poems: From Kalburgi to Ayodhya

New Delhi: Poet-lyricist Gulzar has now come out with a book of poems and the topics range from the political climate in the country and intolerance to the plight of the common man, and from atrocities against Dalits to Indo-Pak relations. The 52 poems in “Suspected Poems” are written by Gulzar in his inimitable style

Fine print: A publisher’s account of the Indian literary and cultural scene 

Title: A Scrapbook of Memories; Author: Ashok Chopra; Publisher: Harper Collins India; Pages: 432;        Price: Rs 399 For an unrivalled and intimate look into the life, predilections and scandals of celebrities across the spectrum, from politics to films, cultural and educational levels of a people and their prospects, and close accounts from

Books for Rs 100? Head for World Book Fair, not Daryaganj

  New Delhi:  Publishing stalwarts might be drawing huge crowds at the World Book Fair, but giving them some competition are stalls and stands offering books for just Rs 100. Though stalls by Penguin, Harper Collins, Om Book Stores, Oxford are packed with readers, bookworms are leaving no stone unturned to visit the stands where

An ‘Upanishad’ on Greek mythology

Title: Olympus – An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths; Author: Devdutt Pattanaik; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 296; Price: Rs 499 The Ancient Greeks’ enduring contributions to the world are the idea and practice of democracy, a system of philosophy but, above all, a colourful mythology whose influence, and reinterpretation, still permeates art,

An Indus Valley city’s end and its shadow on the present

Title: The Curse of Mohenjodaro; Author: Maha Khan Phillips; Publisher: Pan Macmillan India; Pages: 448; Price: Rs 399 Certain patterns of behaviour crop up regularly in the course of human history. Attempts to channel supposed power over the unseen, or even religion, to secure unquestioned authority, enrich oneself and yet crave more influence — behaviour

World Book Fair kicks off in the capital

  New Delhi:  Focussed on writings on and by women, the nine day-long New Delhi World Book Fair kicked off here at the Pragati Maidan today amid an impressive ambience, decked with hoardings and posters of women scholars and writers. Minister of State for Human Resources Development Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the fair after which

The recipe for looking good? Eat well

Title: Gorgeous – Eat Well, Look Great; Author: Shvetha Jaishankar; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 175; Price: Rs 799 If you happen to think that all top models have gone through their phase of anorexia and bulimia, here’s something to break the myth — they eat well, and, well, still look great and gorgeous. Former beauty queen

‘Standing on an Apple Box’: Family beyond reel life, sans controversy

Book: Standing on an Apple Box; Author: Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 399 For every daughter, the father is a super hero, her first love, greatest admirer, biggest supporter. The bond they share is special. But how does it feel to have one of the real superstars as a father? How

Punjabi Poet Chaman Hargobindpuri passes away

Jalandhar: A famous Punjabi poet Charan Singh alias Chaman Hargobindpuri passed away at the age of 82, on Friday at Jalandhar. According to the information, Hargobindpuri was suffering from prolonged illness and died in the middle of the treatment at a private hospital in Jalandhar. The cremation to be held on 2.30 pm at his

A quest for wisdom across the ages and around the world 

Title: Wisdom – A World History; Author: Trevor Curnow; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 240; Price: Rs399 Wisdom is elusive and doesn’t even have one accepted definition, but it still has been ceaseless pursuit of humans, who have been long enamoured of it, naming specific deities (especially goddesses) or even legendary forebears as its patrons, searching

An unseen but admirable aspect of Genghis Khan 

  Title: Genghis Khan And the Quest for God; Author: Jack Weatherford; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House ; Pages: 429; Price: Rs 699 He has a prominent place in the annals of history, but as a restless, relentless warrior who shook up the world of his time, invaded territories across what are now 40 modern nations,

A ‘spirited’ history of the British empire and its ‘high’ legacy

Title: Empire of Booze; Author: Henry Jeffreys; Publisher: Unbound Publishers; Pages: 303; Price: Rs 699 This is one legacy for which avid party animals with thirsty throats will always thank the British Empire, which is otherwise not very popular currently. Besides English and cricket, one more abiding — and cheering — legacy is preserving (with

Sukhbir releases PSPCL coffee table book
Sukhbir releases PSPCL coffee table book

Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday released a Coffee Table Book on the glorious historical perspective and achievements of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board) since 1959. Speaking on the occasion Badal disclosed that Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) had brought out first ever document in

A trio of unlikely arms suppliers in the US’ Afghan and Iraq wars 

Title: War Dogs; Author: Guy Lawson; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 499 The premise — a trio of Miami youth, barely in their 20s and habitual drug-users, turn top US arms suppliers, even landing a $300 million contract in 2007 to supply the new Afghan army ammunition, until jealous competitors, crusading journalists and vengeful