Aug 29

Not only about physical sex: Giving erotica its due

Title: The Pleasure Principle – The Amaryllis Book of Erotic Stories; Editor: G. Sampath Kumar; Publisher: Amaryllis; Pages: 244; Price: Rs 350 Modern Indians have a curious relation with erotica, despite being from a civilization that celebrated it and elevated it into an art form, if not inventing it outright. They may enjoy it, but

Musical ode to Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain by Hussain brothers

New Delhi: Ghazal maestros Ustad Ahmed andMohammed Hussain delivered a musical ode in memory of leading philanthropist and promoter of Indian literature Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain here recently.The Ghazal evening “Ek Shaam Ghazal Ke Naam” organised by Bharatiya Jnanpith began with a the melodious rendition “Tujhse milne ki justajoo bhi haidil” and drifted over to

22nd Delhi Book Fair inaugurated

New Delhi: With an objective to inculcatebetter reading habits among the younger generation, the 22nd edition of the Delhi Book Fair opened to the public here today. The 9-day-long fair organised by Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with Federation of Indian Publishers was inaugurated by Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth

Our routine daily activities – and their chequered histories

  Title: A Million Years in a Day – A Curious History of Daily Life Author: Greg Jenner; Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson/Hachette India   If any of us was sent back into the past, some centuries ago or even to the time before recorded history began, could the daily activities and home life of our

‘We live in a fragmented society’

This entire generation has grown up on his words. Who would not have sung ‘lakdi ki kathi’ while playing antakshari in their childhood? Or, who is the one not to immediately connect with ‘chaddi pehan ke phool khila hai’? Hardly anyone, we are sure. Yes, we have received this tremendous treasure from legendary poet, lyricist

How Jayalalithaa inched her way to the top

Title: Amma; Jayalalithaa’s journey from Movie Star to Political Queen; Author: Vaasanthi; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 175; Price: Rs 299 When she entered Tamil cinema, she was another struggling actress. But luck – and the legendary MGR’s blessings – were on her side. Once she was recognized as a cine star, Jayalalithaa plunged into politics –

Korean literature magazine becomes more inclusive

Launched by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea in 2008, List: Books from Korea originally examined the Korean publishing industry through the eyes of Korean authors, critics, translators and publishers. The magazine has now been revamped and relaunched as Korean Literature Now to better represent its identity as a literary magazine, with the aim of

My book exposes the systemic corruption that warps our democracy: Josy Joseph

New Delhi: From unearthing the unholy nexus between the underworld and politicians to the staggering might of middlemen, investigative journalist Josy Joseph reveals the dark side of Indian politics in his book “A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India”. In the book, Joseph — who has exposed scams related to Mumbai’s Adarsh

Human race facing question of survival: Karan Singh

New Delhi: Flagging the ongoing unrest inKashmir and the recent instances of caste atrocities, senior Congress leader Karan Singh has underlined the “devastating” effects of violence. Speaking at the launch of a book on non violence last night, he said, “If you still have societies which preach their children hatred for other nations or other

‘One Indian Girl’: Chetan Bhagat’s new novel

New Delhi: Banker-turned-writer Chetan Bhagat who shot to fame with his debut novel, ‘Five Point Someone’ today announced the title of his upcoming fiction, ‘One Indian Girl’. Bhagat took to twitter to make the announcement which was accompanied with a link to a video teaser. “Happy to share that my next book is called ‘One

Grappling With Glory: India and its Wrestling tradition

Title: Enter the Dangal; Author: Rudraneil Sengupta; Publisher: Harper Sport (HarperCollins)                               Pages: 274; Price: Rs 350 Sakshi Malik picked up the first medal for India at Rio in women’s wrestling — a discipline which only made its Olympic debut in

Of oratory, diplomacy and pressure management

New Delhi: Imbibe great oratorical skills, know about the real politik of the modern world, get introduced to the concept of pressure management and flick through the stories of 20 women entrepreneurs who have struck a perfect personal-professional harmony. The IANS bookshelf offers some interesting non-fiction this weekend. 1. Book: Speaking The Modi Way; Author:

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‘Tamil literature has a modern, vibrant idiom’

New Delhi: With a surge in translations of Indian literature into English, readers across the spectrum have been transcending the language barrier.From novels and short stories to plays and poems, the rich literary heritage of Indian languages is now reaching readers outside their respective regions and, indeed, worldwide. One such effort is ‘The Tamil Story’

Remarkable things regarding the World’s famous Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh

Prominent Punjabi writer, novelist and short story writer Gurdial Singh passes away. He was 83. He was one of the greatest writers of Punjabi literature and in his books he focused on the economically and socially marginalised people in rural Punjab. There are many remarkable things to know about this well known writer Gurdial Singh.

Book of stories not more than 140 characters long

New Delhi: When writer-illustrator ManojPandey began tagging his favourite authors like Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Teju Cole seeking their feeds to his tweets, little did he know that their responses would be micro stories in themselves. Pandey tweeted out a story. Then some more. And others began tweeting tales right back at him: Atwood and

144th birth anniversary of Aurobindo celebrated

Puducherry: The 144th birth anniversary of saint philosopher Aurobindo was today celebrated with a large number people from various parts of the country offering their homage at his memorial here. Devotees performed meditation before the memorials of Aurobindo and his spiritual mentor “The Mother” at the Aurobindo Ashram, established in 1926 by the revolutionary turned

Pakistan at 69: Perceptions, Prescripitions, and Prognoses

Whither Pakistan? The country, which turns 69 on Sunday, is far from being in a viable state. Vicious terrorists of various stripes not only run free and lethally but are increasingly taking on the state, tensions persist with both immediate neighbours as well as a prime ally, economic growth is stymied and there are many

PU professor revives writer of writers, Anton Chekhov

One of the greatest writers of short fiction in history, Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short story writer during the late 19th and early 20th century. As his works have been translated to many languages, Chekhov’s short stories have always gained much appreciation from the readers worldwide. But for the first time, Pankaj

Launch of Great Russian playwright ‘’Rang Chakhov’’

Chandigarh: A great collection of Russian playwright book ‘’Rang Chakhov’’ is launching by today, at studies auditorium of Panjab university by 3pm. This book is translated by Dr Pankaj Malviya chairperson of Russian department Panjab

Pracheen Kala Kendra organized its 225th Monthly Baithak Programme

Pracheen Kala Kendra organized its 225th Monthly Baithak Programme here today at its Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium, Sector 35-B, at 6:30pm onwards when Pune based Eminent Vocalist Pt. Yadavraj Phad and disciple of Legendry Pt. Bhimsen Joshi mesmerized the city audience with his melodious Vocal recital. Kendra’s Chairman Shri S.K. Monga was the Chief Guest