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11 Feb 2018

Vignettes from Telugu life

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

This book is an anthology of 28 Telugu short stories, translated into English by K.N. Rao. Drawing on everyday experiences and struggles of common people, this collection imports sketches from Telugu way of life and makes these accessible to readers worldwide.

Back-flap

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Five men are on their way to a hill station, where Ramola, a fading movie star, waits for them to make an announcement that will change their lives forever.

Bonding gently through whistles and whispers

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Ruskin Bond’s occasional forays into poetry complement and consolidate his reputation as a writer of children’s literature.

Understanding shades of Hinduism

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Before one asks the question ‘Why I am a Hindu?’, one needs to answer the question ‘Who is a Hindu?’ Because of pervasive multiple practices and beliefs it is difficult, if not impossible, to answer the latter question.

Scent of a SPICE

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Did you know that the dalchini in your kitchen shelf is actually not cinnamon but a twin of the authentic one which is grown only in Sri Lanka.

Unmaking of a sports star

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

As a child, Sanjay Manjrekar would rush to close the windows when his father, a man with great cricket talent and greater temper, would get angry and had a “showdown” with his family. Sometimes these showdowns “even got violent”. Manjrekar and his sisters closed the windows because they didn’t want the neighbours to hear the sounds of the terrible clashes.

04 Feb 2018

Making teens self-reliant

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

Comments and conversations about slothful, selfish and social media-addicted teens are becoming increasingly frequent as frantic parents, frustrated teachers and frowning society pundits find it difficult to deal with them.

A Modi myth called GSPC

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

Though this book is essentially about the controversial functioning of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, it also throws light on the governance style of the man who now occupies the country’s most powerful post.

A glimpse into Nepalese life and history

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

“Darjeeling has always loomed large in the Nepali-language imagination: it has played a vital role in developing the cultural life of Nepal…” writes Manushree Thapa in the appendix to the novel.

Making of a legend called Ghalib

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

Salman Rushdie said, ‘To understand a person, one has to swallow the whole world.’ To paraphrase Rushdie, ‘To understand Mirza Ghalib, one has to swallow not just the world but the whole universe.’

The man, his deeds and his image

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto believed people were fools. His people did their best to prove him right. This, in sum, is the content of a racy book that Syeda Hameed has put together.

28 Jan 2018

The nowhere people

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

Despite widespread international coverage about the Rohingyas crisis, news reports and news channels have not told even half the story. All the talk begins and ends with their distress migration, the excesses of the Myanmar government on their own people are touched upon just as an afterthought.

Bold but still familiar

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

The Sun and Her Flowers is the second book of poems, written and illustrated by the star poet of our generation, Rupi Kaur.

Mystery wrapped in an enigma

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

Quite often, childhood memories etch permanent engravings on the mind’s tapestry. In the case of author Blake Crouch, it was a television show that inspired his subconscious as a 12-year-old.

Universal ‘wisdom’ about women

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

The attraction and beauty of proverbs lies in their property of having wisdom packed pithily. They are a poetic portrayal of prose.

History gleaned from cultural manifestations

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

Ishwar Dayal Gaur is a professor of history in Panjab University but is more notable as a Punjabi poet and folklorist. Two collections of his poems Surmedani and Charkha Bole Saain Saain have already been published.

21 Jan 2018

How India ‘created’ its many gurus

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

When RSS ideologues declared some years ago that everyone in India is a Hindu, it opened up the way for extended discussions on who is a Hindu and what might Hinduism mean.

A tale of greed, ambition & murder

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

THE Sheena Bora case hogged the headlines involving as it did a high-profile media tycoon and his ambitious wife for whom means justified the end. Indrani Bora, a small-town girl, uses a practical approach to life, to escape from the confines of Guwahati to the slick company of the glitterati in Mumbai and Delhi.

The girl who survived hell

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

In her much-acclaimed speech at the Golden Globe Awards recently, the winner of Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, Oprah Winfrey, lauded the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their stories as “...speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have”.

The first working women of Hindi films

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

At last! Here’s an acknowledgement of the social-cultural-economic importance of a class of women, who have, since the inception of Indian cinema, played a vital role in it. And since cinema is but a reflection of society, the opposite is naturally true as well.

SHORT TAKES

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

ONE of the major objectives of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, which imparts training to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, is not only to sensitise them towards the plight of rural people but also to equip them with an indepth understanding of rural issues.

14 Jan 2018

On track of an elusive notion

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Each one of us, at some point in our life, has wondered what happiness really means. And as much as we want to experience it, understand it and make it a permanent feature of our lives, it never fails to evade most of us at most times.

The soot beneath the stars

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

WHAT gives life and character to a city? It’s probably an amalgamation of the cityscape, the living spaces and the inhabitants that would give a town its unique personality and energy — both of which are plentiful in Mumbai; a city known for its brave and quirky nature.

Nostalgic tales from Jharkhand

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

“You can take a man out of Hazaribagh, but not Hazaribagh out of a man,” so goes the saying in this quaint wooded town, the headquarters of North Chhotanagpur Division in Jharkhand.

More than a congregation of seekers

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

This treatise on the concept of sadh sangat in Sikhism elucidates how Guru Nanak used ordinary concepts and institutions of his times innovatively to bring about individual and social transformation.

Trumped by The Donald in White House

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

It has been a year since the world saw an improbable candidate sworn in as the President of the United States of America.

07 Jan 2018

Leaves of mystery

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

What strikes you first is the gorgeous black and gold dust jacket in rubberised matte finish, and as you open the book the tactile experience continues with the richness of the thick flyleaf, the decorative font, the charming illustrations, and (a rarity these days) a black ribbon book marker.

Revolutions through social media

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

We are accustomed to academic writings and books by Indians, on India which are apologetic about their Indianness, have a submissive tone, shoddy citations and a detailed glossary at the end explaining each Hindi word used in the text.

Different hues of Husain

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Husain is like an octopus with eight arms beyond my grasp, a mountain whose other side would remain unknown insurmountable for me always. — Ila Pal

Homeless, yet rooted

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

The subjectivity of poetry is what creates a new, beautiful world of words for readers and transports them into it, weaving images and themes in a rhythm.

Ganga chronicles: Of salvation and sullying

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

We are essentially river people. Our ancestors settled down around rivers, worked up the fertile silt these brought and revered them.

Sweet songs of a sad tale

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Haunting and heart-achingly beautiful — are the words that come to mind time and again as one turns pages of this slim collection of poems by Pranav Sharma, published posthumously.