Oct 06

Unveiling the motivations and mindset of the Pakistani Taliban

Title: Guardians of God – Inside the Religious Mind of the Pakistani Taliban; Author: Mona Kanwal Sheikh; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 224; Price: Rs 695 The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world’s most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan

Narasimha Rao’s style has lessons for today’s leadership: Sanjaya Baru

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s style of functioning — reaching out to all shades of opinion as well his detractors — holds important lessons for today’s leadership, feels Sanjaya Baru, veteran journalist and media adviser to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Baru’s just-published book, “1991: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Made History” (Aleph),

Punjab polls: ‘Nonsense Club’ announces special tuition for voters

Chandigarh: Taking a dig at the mushrooming political parties and leaders in Punjab ahead of the assembly elections, the late Jaspal Bhatti’s “Nonsense Club” on Tuesday announced special tuition for voters. “These classes were the need of the hour. Each day there is a new turn of events. One day a leader is in one

Punjab Bhawan Inaugurated In Surrey, Canada

Surrey: The first Punjab Bhawan on foreign lands was finally inaugurated in Surrey on Sunday. The project was initiated by a Canada based Punjabi businessman and philanthropist Sukhi Bathh, and is dedicated to late Arjun Singh Bathh, father of Sukhi. The Bhawan was inaugurated by Gian Kaur Bathh, wife of Arjun Singh and their great

NTAS’ Nanda Theatre Campaign to mark Nanda’s 124th Birth Anniversary

V.C. Dr. Jaspal Singh inaugurates NTAS’ Nanda Theatre Campaign to mark Nanda’s 124th Birth Anniversary; Bestowing 2nd term of Fellowship to Satish Kaul appreciated Patiala: “Remembering Prof. I.C. Nanda not only helps strengthening theatre movement, but also inspire activisits to carry forward his legacy of promoting Punjabi language, drama, punjabiat and values with more zeal,

An autopsy of India’s messy democracy 

Title: A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India; Author: Josy Joseph; Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India; Pages: 231; Price: Rs 599 It comes natural to India’s elite to brag about the country’s democratic system and its post-1991 economic status. In reality, Indian democracy is deeply flawed and heavily titled against the

Dastangoi — from ‘Gandhi to Mahatma’

New Delhi: The classic Urdu oral story telling art form of ‘Dastangoi’ intertwined with the defiant poetry of the early 20th century brought alive the journey of Gandhi from ‘Mohandas to Mahatma’ in the capital. 39-year-old Fouzia Dastango, credited as the first female Dastagoi artiste, presented ‘Dastan-e-Gandhi’ on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

Walk with Mahatma Gandhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi: The new hi-tech Garages Museum in the Rashrapati Bhavan here provides visitors with some great experiences, allowing them to “feel” the presence of Mahatma Gandhi and as if he is “walking” with them by using virtual reality (VR) technology. The New Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex, which now includes the Garages Museum and Clock

Rao cleaned the mess created by Indira, Rajiv: Sanjaya Baru

Book: 1991: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Made History: Author: Sanjaya Baru; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 216; Price: Rs 250 If today’s Indian leadership can boast about the country’s economic growth despite the world economy largely being in a slump, the credit largely goes to former Prime Minister P.V. Narsimha Rao, who set the ball rolling way

Dan Brown’s new novel is ‘Origin’, to be out next Sept

New Delhi: Dan Brown’s popular character Robert Langdon will feature again in the author’s next thriller “Origin” which will hit the bookstands on September 26 next year. This will be the fifth Langdon thriller after “The Da Vinci Code”, “Angels and Demons”, “The Lost Symbol” and “Inferno”. “Origin” will be published in the UK by

It’s an Italian autumn in Moscow 

Moscow:  Come October and the symbol par excellence of Russia — the Bolshoi Theatre — will step into its 160th year and to mark this momentous passage has been staging Italian composer Gaetano Donizettis comic opera, “Don Pasquale”. It appears to be an Italian season here as is evident from the long queues waiting to

Defusing a India-Pakistan nuclear flashpoint

Title: Secrets of State; Author: Matthew Palmer; Publisher: G.P. Putnams Sons/Penguin Random House; Pages: 448; Price: Rs 399 India, losing its patience over continuing acts of hostility emanating from its neighbour, and Pakistan, where jihadi elements are gaining primacy, seem to be drifting towards war and an audacious terror operation seems to make it a

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