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16 Jul 2017

The lesser known Hugo

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Considered one of the greatest French authors, Victor Hugo is famous for The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and his epic historical novel Les Miserables.

Supernatural tales

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

A sequel to author’s debut novel, I See You, Don’t Look Down is an equally chilling follow-up. Alia Khanna is an eighteen year old, a typical teenager, who has been to an elite boarding school of Woodstock.

Star-crossed lovers

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Sarmad and Mehar are soul mates by destiny but are hopelessly caught in a whirlpool that is not of their own making, a whirlpool where emotions are lost in a never-ending vortex of hatred and revenge.

Celebrating shades of womanhood

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Short stories are wonderful. With their clipped length, they have the powerful capacity to envelop myriad experiences and emotions in a uniquely concentrated way. When right amount of sensitivity and skill are added to this concentrate, the result is nothing less than overwhelming.

A dissenting central banker

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

If India has escaped a sub-prime type banking crisis, the credit goes to RBI supervision. RBI governors tend to keep a low profile but silence is not an option when there is a duty to express dissent with a government.

A journey to self

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

From a scarred and scared to super confident being, Snowfed Waters is a remarkable journey of its protagonist Sonia that takes the reader through verdant Nepal, its complex social system and its striking contrast to the West.

Guidelines for govt and FIs

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

The concept of financial inclusion has existed in India since ancient times as texts such as Manusmriti and the Arthshastra prove.

09 Jul 2017

At home with the Indian Bond

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

For those who have been Ruskin Bond aficionados, there aren’t too many surprises in his autobiography. In fact, in the prologue, he says “Almost everything I have written has been drawn from my experiences, and ….

Too many pictures in books affect word learning in kids

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Children may love to see pictures on their storybooks, but having too many illustrations on a page could result in poorer word learning among pre-schoolers, new research has found.

The game of thrones

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

‘Why create divisions in order to establish power? Why privilege the Jains over the Rajputs merely to weaken the feudal lords? If you believe Patan will become powerful this way, you are living under a delusion, Devi. Patan’s glory lies in bringing all of Rajputs under one rule and strengthening its people.’

The first superstar of Tamil Nadu politics

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

South Indian politics thrives in a class of its own. It has depth — poets, academics, litterateurs, dramatists, lyricists and filmstars liberally sprinkle its political life; much more than in North Indian politics.

Shaping a leader’s intellect

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

One of the most critical thinkers of the world, Chanakya’s treatise is applicable even centuries after it was written. It continues to be globally appreciated as one of the most important works detailing political and strategic wisdom.

Short takes

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

The human mind is preoccupied and entrapped by multiple thoughts which can sometimes be stressful and nerve-wracking.

Apocalyptic tales

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Imagine a Chernobyl or Fukushima, with all its dreadful destruction and resulting distress, and position it in heart of the nation, Delhi.

02 Jul 2017

Die another day

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

A sequel to the Ghost Wars, the ultimate book that chronicles the Al Qaida and its leader Osama bin Laden till September 11, 2001, has been eagerly awaited for over a decade.

Short Takes

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Some love stories never see the light of the day; some perish even before they get a chance to bloom.

A vital compendium of birs

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Guru Granth Sahib contains original compositions of Sikh gurus, bhagats and bhats spread over five centuries — from the time of Baba Farid till the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, transcending boundaries of institutionalised religion or territory.

Historical prose, contemporary relevance

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

The newly translated volume of Intizar Husain’s stories, essays and drama is not your usual read. It has the quality of a civilisational epic yet it often speaks through mere sketches.

An unspoiled social rebel

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Anyone buying this rather expensive book in the hope of getting to know pre-Partition Punjab may be disappointed because, contrary to what the title suggests, the memoir is limited to a small part of the writer''s growing-up years in Dera Ismail Khan as well as Lahore, where he spent his adult life.

Indira’s tryst with nature

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Indira Gandhi became a legend in her life time. She was first and foremost a formidable politician. Her childhood was almost miserable.

25 Jun 2017

Short Takes

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Awaken the Magic Within is a compilation of forty-one heartwarming short stories that revolve around the notions of courage, faith, hope, determination and empowerment that may prove to be an inspiration for the reader.

The autumn of great divide

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

She couldn’t have run away from those she loved and those who loved her. She didn’t need do. Yet, she became the first victim of Partition in Balraj Khanna’s fictional town of Puranapur.

A chronicle of conflict

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

This is a semi-historical account of the suffering of the Goans at the hands of their conquerors, the Portuguese. The arrival of Portuguese in Goa in the 1500s is a dark chapter in the history of Goa. The marauding armies of foreigners defeated Adil Shah and brought terror to the peaceful shores of agrarian Goa.

Comedy that will make you cry

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

David Grossman, a bestselling Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction and children''s literature, recently won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar.

The last Indian in Islamabad

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Yawn. Another book on Pakistan. What is there left to write after prolific writers such as Husain Haqqani and the huge body of western compulsive strategic affairs trackers is done exploring every angle, every nuance that describes the complexity of Pakistan?

Best of the world poetry in Punjabi

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

The world today is driven by communication devices and their transmission across nations and cultures. Translation plays a very important role in this communication.

18 Jun 2017

Superheroes who shaped the world

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

“This is the untold story of globalization”.

The quest for happiness

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

When life hands you lemons, you can either acquire a taste for lemonade or utilise the opportunity to grow and harvest your own crop.

Reading between two Gandhis

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Today’s readers are being subjected to portions of best-sellers by the same author repackaged as brand new books.

Measuring poverty to overcome it

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

More than 100 years ago G.B Shaw wrote in the preface to his 1907 play Major Barbara; “The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.”

Short Takes

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

The man who cannot forget anything is back. Detective Amos Decker sees a murder in front of the FBI headquarters.

Bond’s last script

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond seven times, sent the manuscript for an as-yet-untitled autobiography to his publisher just two weeks before his death.

A timeless tale

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Easterine Kire’s fourth novel, Son of the Thundercloud is a story of hope and miracles. In this grounding yet elevating book, the author combines lyrical storytelling with the magic and wisdom of Naga legends to create a life-affirming tale of a simpler age.

11 Jun 2017

Stepping into the realm of gods

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Devlok 2 with Devdutt Pattanaik is a good read for the ones who are familiar with the basics of Hinduism. With its wide-ranging topics, the book can take these readers to the next level of understanding of this ancient faith.

No support, no information… no opportunities for poor

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

This interesting book makes the point that bureaucrats are not heartless, merely clueless. Unwittingly, they have managed to create a governmental system in which no one has any stake in achieving any outcome. Correspondingly, human capital is the one area where India has faltered.

Leading the merry dance of life

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Some biographies can be boring but not the one on Sonal Mansingh. There are two significant reasons behind that. The subject herself has a scintillating personality, given her status as one of India’s iconic performing artistes whose mastery on classical dance forms, especially Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Chhau, remains unparalleled.

Shredded histories

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

With her candid advocacy of human rights backing the cause of the Maoists and the Kashmir liberationists, Arundhati Roy, for the last two decades, has focused primarily on her political writings.

Seasaw of make believe and reality

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Let me warn you Mr Unwin, about a technique I will be using abundantly in this story. It’s the bird’s eye view. I beseech you to consider it as a new way of narration, and not as a cheap literary stunt.”

04 Jun 2017

Making capital out of poetry

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Rarely does poetry work as a vector of geographical spaces. Abhay K. ventures to undertake an exercise of mapping the world through the poems written on capital cities of the world. In the process, he bestows poetry a latitudinal quotient hitherto denied to the genre even by its champions.

Monuments of undivided Punjab

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Many of us grew up on our parents’ grim tales of the Partition. After the exodus, new lives were slowly rebuilt by the diaspora in the now ‘new’ truncated Punjab; yet they never let go of their nostalgia. The unrivalled glories of Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala and other such cities remained etched in their hearts!

State of the art

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Kalayug, a novel by Anurag Tripathi, is a running commentary on the ills that prevail on the Indian art scene. It shows a nexus among art dealers, experts and art gallery owners,who maintain a stranglehold over country''s best artworks for their own profit.

Desires of the living dead

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

For the world, they died with the dead. But it is not easy to give up living. Along with desires — material and carnal — life manifests itself in various forms, sometimes in ways that surprise.

The humane side of bureaucrats

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

What happens when a decorated IAS officer starts questioning his career and his life choices? What happens when he realises that no matter how many prestigious awards he get, it won''t bring back the time he could have spent with his estranged wife and his disappointed children?

The diary of an innocent prisoner

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

This is the third edition of this slim volume, first published in 2006. A first person account by a Coimbatore-based auto driver M Chandrakumar, it has won the Best Document of Human Rights’ Awards.

28 May 2017

Life through the prism of childhood

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Childhood impressions, beliefs and emotions have an uncanny ability to spring a surprise as you wander through the lanes of life several years later.

A delightful chill up the spine

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

COMPELLING READS: There is so much in the world of spirits that it will take another life for someone to curate stories as frequently as an unassuming man named Ruskin Bond does; he has written about ghosts as often as he has curated the works of others of his ilk.

A saga of love, loss and vengeance

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Ever since the Partition, the situation between India and Pakistan has escalated from bad to worse though there have been futile attempts at peace in between.

Backflap

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

The protagonist Prachur is a twenty-three year old guy from Shimla, who wants to tell his story.

Shots that shot down the jury

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Aradhika Sharma A handsome Naval officer commits a crime — a (premeditated?) murder — after his wife confesses to infidelity. He signs for a service revolver from the naval armoury, drives to his wife’s lover’s house, rings the bell and is let in. He then finds the man and shoots him dead.

A social reformer and a scholar

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Giani Ditt Singh, a doyen of Punjabi letters in the second half of the 19th century, was born at Kalaurh, a village near Fatehgarh Sahib, in a weaver’s family around 1850.