Sep 26

The rainbow hues that made up England

Title: Exotic England – The Making of A Curious Nation; Author: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; Publisher: Portobello Books; Pages: 336; Price: Rs 599 Britain, by a slim majority, chose in July to leave the European Union – with some English more keen on Brexit rather than the Scots and the Irish. And it is some segments among

Of history, love and millennials

New Delhi: Read the story of an English painter and his apprentice, whose paintings become the unexpected crux of the last Anglo-Mysore War. Flick through a nail-biting saga of a young girls clash against her father, in a battle of love, money, lust and longing. Also, go through an insightful view into the world of the

A dash of Shakespeare in Kolkata’s Durga Puja carnival

Kolkata: Denizens of Kolkata will soak in the Durga Puja festivities in October by celebrating William Shakespeare’s life, work and legacy on the occasion of the bard’s 400th death anniversary. The British Council has tied up with two community puja organisers — Ahiritola Sarbojanin Durgotsab in north Kolkata, and Ballygunge Cultural Durgotsab Samity in the south

A primer of impressive-sounding words and their curious origins

  Title: How to Sound Really Clever; Author: Hubert Van Den Bergh; Publisher: Bloomsbury Information; Pages: 224; Price: Rs 250 Do you wonder if there is a word for the feeling of hopeless sadness you might get during your boss’s motivational speech, or to describe the limited view (for us) of the characters in a

The sensitive hunter: Jim Corbett in a new light

Title: In the Jungles of the Night – A Novel About Jim Corbett; Author: Stephen Alter; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 In our era of threatened natural environment and diminishing wildlife, big-game hunters, leave alone poachers, are viewed with much opprobrium (remember the disgraced US hunter of Cecil the Lion?) but

A cross-continent raid that curbed hijackings

Title: Operation Thunderbolt – the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History; Author: Saul David; Publisher: Hodder Books/Hachette India; Pages: 464; Price: Rs 499 No other anti-terror mission has been more successful. Tasked to rescue over 100 hijack victims in hostile territory 4,000 km away, a team of elite soldiers landed there at night in

Living poets society: Reviving a vanishing art

New Delhi: In the highly inspirational movie “Dead Poets Society”, Robin Williams plays an influential American teacher in the 1950s, John Keating, who struggles to instill a sense of awe in his students about the power of poetry. “We don’t read and write poetry,” he says, “because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because

The small nation which beat the superpowers, global capitalism

There is one country that has militarily defeated the US — and that too on its own soil — stolen a march on both the US and USSR in space travel, severely dented American capitalists’ confidence in their own capability, and finally saved the Western world in the aftermath of the 1970s energy crisis. But

NTAS’ Week-long punjabi theatre campaign ends at Hindi Diwas;Sensitizing plays staged

Patiala: National Theatre Arts Society’s week-long “Rural Punjabi Theatre Campaign”, launched by duo Pran Sabharwal-Sunita Sabhrarwal, which was inaugurated by DC Patiala Ramvir IAS last week, concluded at Hindi Divas at Village ‘Soian’ district Sangrur, covering far-away villages during the campaign. The campaign convener Pran Sabharwal, director NTAS, Fellow Theatre-Television Deptt, Punjabi University briefed the

Here’s how India’s liberalisation changed lives, lifestyles

Author- journalist Ashwini Bhatnagar’s fourth book — and first work of fiction — is bang on time in terms of topicality. This is the 25th year of India’s tryst with globalisation and as the media and xperts discuss its economic fallout and the emergence of India on the world stage, Bhatnagar gives us the human take

Uttarakhand governor releases book by author Nagrath

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul today released a book titled ‘Shanti ki Talaash mein Zindagi’ written in Hindi by Haridwar-based author and journalist Radhika Nagrath. “The book is a philosophical treatise written in simple language incorporating interesting examples and anecdotes from day-to-day life,” the Governor said in his address after releasing the book in

Maintaining and building an air force: IAF’s forgotten legend

Maintaining and building an air force: IAF’s forgotten legend Title: Spitfire Singh; Author: Mike Edwards; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 334; Price: Rs 499 Joining the Indian Air Force in 1939 as a Pilot Officer, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh had joyously anticipated he would soon be in the air. However, a “fearsome” Indian

A modern day love story – of the closet kind

A modern day love story – of the closet kind (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Love Bi The Way; Author: Bhaavna Arora; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 248; Price: Rs 199 Love never has an easy time in the world. And should it be something else than the ‘normal’ heterodox type, then it

Tackling fundamentalists, greedy corporates and rebels in Bengal

Tackling fundamentalists, greedy corporates and rebels in Bengal (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Dark Diamond; Author: Shazia Omar; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 252; Price: Rs 399 It is a Bengal at its most cosmopolitan, cultured and prosperous with its produce, especially fabrics, sought across the world, and attracting European companies. But the new entrants want

Bollywood’s Other Woman: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rekha

Bollywood’s Other Woman: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rekha (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Rekha – The Untold Story; Author: Yasser Usman; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 499 Film stars are expected to shock with their apparel and appearances, but not with socio-religious customs. Yet she began applying sindoor – the traditional symbol

‘Higher Than Everest’ redux offers inspiring insights

Book: Higher Than Everest – Memoirs of a Mountaineer; Author: Major HPS Ahluwalia; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 290; Price: Rs 695/$20 For one who was not even a teenager when Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia was one of the nine Indians atop Mount Everest on May 29, 1965, the second and enlarged edition of his “Higher Than

NBT slammed for removing Bipan Chandra book from catalogue

New Delhi: Sahmat, an activist group based in Delhi, on Wednesday denounced the National Book Trust (NBT) decision to remove eminent historian Bipan Chandra’s book “Communalism: A Primer” from its Hindi catalogue. The decision to stop the reprint of the Hindi title of the 104-page book “Sampradayikta: Ek Praveshika” was taken last month. The statement

NTAS’ 185th Garden Theatre Festival’s plays appreciated

Patiala: National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised their 185th Monthly Garden Theatre performance in cooperation with philanthropist Dr. S.P. Singh Oberoi (Dubai) Head Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust as “Social Awareness Theatre Festival” at Baradari Gardens here. Two hour “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang programme, produced by duo Pran Sabharwal –Sunita Sabharwal as inspired State’s prominent

The democracy deficit and some simple solutions

Title: Against Elections The Case for Democracy; Author: David Van Reybrouck; Publisher: Bodley Head/Random House India; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 Democracies, at a time when they predominate both across the globe and as an aspiration, are paradoxically facing a crisis too. Were we to find, across various democratic nation, how much faith people have

NTAS’ 185th garden Theatre festival’s plays appreciated

Patiala: National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised their 185th Monthly Garden Theatre performance in cooperation with philanthropist Dr. S.P. Singh Oberoi (Dubai) Head Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust as “Social Awareness Theatre Festival” at Baradari Gardens here. Two hour “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang programme, produced by duo Pran Sabharwal –Sunita Sabharwal as inspired State’s prominent