Dec 08

‘Walking with Nanak’ conscious attempt to humanise the saint: Author Haroon Khalid 

New Delhi: Its format is rather unique: part fiction, part history and part travelogue. Pakistani author Haroon Khalid says his third book, “Walking With Nanak”, is a “conscious attempt to humanise the saint” and could be the first work of its kind in the country. “I had already done two books which were pure travelogues.

Solving a messy life – with Audrey Hepburn’s advice 

Title: A Night in with Audrey Hepburn; Author: Lucy Holliday; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 400;        Price: Rs 499 She has been sacked from her miniscule onscreen part which is going to make her pushy mother furious, her alluring sister has hijacked the gorgeous actor who actually talked to her, and her scheming

Nazi past meets Cold War intrigue on the French Riviera

    Title: The Other Side of Silence – Bernie Gunther Thriller 11; Author:Philip Kerr; Publisher: Quercus/Hachette India; Pages: 400; Price: Rs 399 Surviving the Nazis, World War II at its most brutal, Soviet captivity, post-war deprivation, Latin American dictators, American gangsters, intelligence machinations and more, he had sought a quiet life, working as a

The sad finale to Ramayana 

  Title: Uttara: The Book of Answers; Author: (Translated by) Arshia Sattar; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 286; Price: Rs 499 The Uttara Kanda is the seventh and last book of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It chronicles events after Lord Rama’s exile and as the reinstated king of Ayodhya. As scholar Arshia Sattar says, it acts as an epilogue

Sachin Tendulkar thanks fans after winning Crossword Book Awards

New Delhi: Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar reached out to his fans after his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ won the Raymond Crossword Popular Award in the biography category. Speaking on the win, Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said: “I cannot thank my fans enough for being part of my journey while I was playing, and during

Solving life’s mysteries with ancient and modern wisdom 

  Title: Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It; Author: Daniel Klein; Publisher: Oneworld Publications/Pan Macmillan; Pages: 220; Price: Rs 350 Upstaged by “TV talk show hosts, smartly dressed motivational speakers, and pop gurus who tend to favour flowing robes”, philosophers have themselves to blame. For they have abandoned their central

All my stories are genuine lies: Ruskin Bond

New Delhi: Ruskin Bond, whose stories have shaped many chidhoods, on Sunday said that storytelling is a “blend of factual fiction” and all his stories have been “genuine lies”. “All my stories are genuine lies. A story is often a blend of fiction and non-fiction. In order to tell an interesting story, you have to

Here’s how to remember lessons better during exam time

New York: Do you find it difficult to remember lessons despite reading them over and over again because of the stress that examinations put? If yes, this new study may provide you a solution. Researchers have found that learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative

Write poetry to boost daily well-being

London:  Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults, new research has found. “Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day,” said lead researcher Tamlin

A remarkable Indian renaissance man in riddles

Title: Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles; Author: Ankit Chadha; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 96; Price: Rs 299 He was a man of many parts — warrior and counsellor to sultans, prime disciple of an eminent Sufi saint, poet, historian, a man credited for two popular musical forms, two styles of classical

Negotiating the world by the nose, the doggy way

Title: Being A Dog; Author: Alexandra Horowitz; Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Pages: 336; Price: Rs 550 Remember the cold, soft nose nuzzling you when you get back home and pet your dog, who, after the series of joyous yelps and vigorous tail-wagging, seems most keen to smell you closely. Are our canine companions making

Straddling romance and revolution: Faiz’s tumultuous life 

  Title: Love and Revolution: Faiz Ahmed Faiz – The Authorised Biography; Author: Ali Madeeh Hashmi; Publisher: Rupa Publications India; Pages: 320; Price: Rs 599 We can make out a poet’s capabilities and worldview by his verse but does it tell us anything about his nature? For Faiz Ahmed ‘Faiz’, his couplet: “Maqaam ‘Faiz’ koi

Shilpa Shetty discusses her new book at Sharjah book fair

Dubai:  Fans of Bollywood packed into Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF)’s Intellectual Hall to see actress Shilpa Shetty discuss her new diet and nutrition book, “The Great Indian Diet” which she formally launched for the UAE market at the event. The star was a special guest at the 35th anniversary edition of the fair, which

An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

Title: A Whole New World – A Twisted Tale; Author: Liz Braswell; Publisher: Paragon Publishing; Pages: 384; Price: Rs 395 A youth in “China” (actually medieval Middle East) is convinced by a magician, claiming to be a long-lost uncle, to bring out a lamp from an underground cavern, but is left trapped when he refused

Explaining Trump’s rise and other strange things

Title: Winning Arguments — What Works and Doesnt Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom; Author: Stanley Fish; Publisher: Harper; Pages: 224; Price: Rs 399 It is the phenomenon that may explain a lot of “inexplicable” happenings in human affairs, including why many disbelieve climate change is occurring, how seeming success in

Weight loss can make cancer immunotherapies ineffective

London: A weight loss condition during cancer can make immunotherapies ineffective, finds a study. The condition, known as cancer cachexia, causes loss of appetite, weight loss and wasting in most patients with cancer towards the end of their lives. However, cachexia often starts to affect patients with certain cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, much earlier

The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

  Title: Faith, Unity, Discipline – The Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistan; Author: Hein G. Kiessling; Publisher: Harper Collins India; Pages: 320; Price: Rs 599 Commonly known by its three-letter acronym, this organisation is held by its enemies, and even some allies, responsible for most of the trouble and instability in South Asia, as well as

Making a difference in our world – the third Clinton’s ideas

Title: It’s Your World – Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Author: Chelsea Clinton; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 550 Her parents may soon become the only couple to both become the President of the United States, but also have long stints and achievements in public service which seemed to have

‘Gurkha invasion resulted in first British colony in Solan hills’

Book: Solana, Mosaic of Experiences; Author: Minakshi Chaudhary; Publisher: District Cultural Council of Solan; Pages: 120; Price: Rs 1,000 The Gurkha invasion in the early 19th century was the turning point for the otherwise quiet and peaceful hills of Solan, specifically Subathu town, which became the first strategic British settlement in the region that is

Success of TB treatment in India could be lower than reported – Why that matters 

Only 73 per cent of one kind of tuberculosis (TB) cases registered for treatment were successfully treated, much lower than the government-reported 84 per cent success rate, according to a new study published in the US and UK-based health journal Plos Medicine. Untreated or partially-treated TB patients may infect others, at least partially nullifying India’s