Sep 06

A China year-book obliquely exposes India’s faultlines

Book: China’s Transition under Xi Jinping; Editor: Jagannath P. Panda; Publisher: Pentagon Press; Pages: 427; Price: Rs 1,995/$59.95 This China 2015 Yearbook of the defence ministry-funded think tank Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), while tracing President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power, obliquely exposes India’s faultlines — but this in no way detracts from

A quest to find out Jamaica’s ‘fast’ secret (Book Review)

Title: The Bolt Supremacy – Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory; Author: Richard Moore; Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press/Random House India; Pages: 330; Price: Rs 499 When Jamaica started participating in the Olympics in 1948, its first few medals came usually from long-distance track events like the 400m or 800m. But since 1968, there has been no edition

The plight of former soldiers – in verse to shame

The memorial at the Kohima War Cemetery, where lie dead of a World War II battle termed “Stalingrad of the East”, asks us: “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.” It’s no less true for soldiers now, but do we consider it in our attitudes

Assamese poet and critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya dies

Guwahati: One of Assam’s most prominent and celebrated poet and literary critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati on Friday. His family said that Bhattacharya died around 4.10 a.m. on Friday. He was 95 and was admitted in the hospital on Wednesday. He was suffering from age-related ailments. Bhattacharya had received

AB’s autobiography gets huge pre-launch response in India

Johannesburg: South Africa cricket team captain AB de Villiers is “incredibly humbled” by the huge response his autobiography has been getting in India even before it’s launch there next week. Asked at the South African launch of the book here last night whether this was because of his huge popularity among Indian cricket fans, de

Passion, love and ample romance

New Delhi: Flick through an exciting story triggered by Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, wade through the love story of a geek and a fashion model, read the romantic tale of three lives ruled by destiny and bury yourself in the gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds. 1. Book: Moonwalker; Author: Virendra Shahaney; Publisher:

Poet Kashmiri Lal Zakir passes away

Chandigarh: Noted poet, novelist and short story writer Kashmiri Lal Zakir passed away this evening, a state government release said. He was 97. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar condoled the death of Zakir who was also the Chairman of Haryana Urdu Academy. Khattar said, “With the death of Dr K L Zakir, a Padma

An easy-to-grasp Bhagavad Gita

Title: Amazing Secrets of the Bhagavad Gita; Author: E.D. Viswanathan Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 297; Price: Rs 295 When E.D. Viswanathan published his “Am I a Hindu?” – which took the form of a lively discussion between a 14-year-old American born Indian and his father, covering all aspects of Hinduism — it proved an instant hit.

Arts & Books Of finance, mystery, myth and wisdom

Learn to read balance sheets and deploy funds smartly, flick through the mysterious story of a murder, read the interesting story of Ramayana told from Sita’s perspective and gain ancient wisdom for modern-day living. There’s varied fare on the IANS bookshelf this weekend. Book: Romancing the Balance Sheet; Author: Anil Lamba; Publisher: Collins Business; Pages:

A simple sadhu in a complex world makes waves

Title: Om Swami As We Know Him; Authors: Ismita Tandon and Swami Vidyananda Om Publisher: Harper Element; Pages: 278; Price: Rs 350 This is a book for believers. If you don’t have faith in god, avoid this. But if you are a devotee, this will be an eye-opener of a book. To those who may

Inspector Singh’s dangerous English summer

Book Review-  Title: A Frightfully English Execution (Inspector Singh Investigates #7) Author: Shamini Flint  ; Publisher: Hachette India  ; Pages: 368  ; Price: Rs 499 A maverick, he is the despair of his Singapore Police bosses, who can’t however get rid of him since he is very good at his work but can keep him

Canadian City of Surrey to have a “Punjabi Bhawan”

Ludhiana: An interface programme with Sukhi Bath, a famous Canada based entrepreneur, philanthropist and social worker, was held at Punjabi Bhawan here today, under the aegis of Maharaja Duleep Singh Memorial Trust (MDSMT), Bassian near Raikot, in collaboration with Punjabi Sahit Akademi. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, Chairman of MDSMT, said that on

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