Oct 01

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

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