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Galloping words: The poetry of horse-riding (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta : The Ancient Greeks credited Poseidon, the sea deity, with being the creator of horses, drawing a correspondence between the waves from his realm crashing on the shore and the galloping of majestic, spirited steeds. Can we draw a related analogy to equate ideas or, better still, words - the prime medium used to express them - with horses and their different gaits? The resemblance is not far-fetched as it may apparently seem, especially as far as poetry is concerned. A pensive trot, a gentle canter, a spirited gallop and more can be discerned in various examples of verse. And then, various episodes of horse-riding have underlaid some of the most stirring poetry seen in western letters.

Seeking love, law and gossip (Books This Weekend)

From an insider's view of the world to cinema to seeking gender sensitisation of the judiciary, going through the feeling of homelessness and seeking love in personal life, the IANS bookshelf this weekend covers a broad spectrum. Take a look.

Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for Costa Book Award

New Delhi, Nov 19 : British-Indian author Neel Mukherjee's family drama "The Lives of Others" has been shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Book Award, publishers announced Wednesday.

Madhuri, Naseeruddin to attend Lucknow literature fest

Lucknow, Nov 18 : Bollywood celebrities Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Shyam Benegal, Om Puri, Rohini Hattangadi and Tom Alter would be among the many panelists and performers attending the Lucknow Literature Carnival to be held here Nov 28-30, the organisers said Tuesday.

Secrets of the dominant Hindu Goddess (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - 7 Secrets of the Goddess; Author - Devdutt Pattanaik; Publisher - Westland Ltd; Pages - 259; Price - Rs.395

The monarchs of poetry, the poetry of monarchs: Zafar and Akhtar (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta (10:14) : Nature, or maybe mysterious fate has a way of evening out things. Take these two hapless monarchs, nearly contemporaries, who had the misfortune of being at the helm when political and social conditions were loaded against them, their power and dominions were being steadily encroached upon by a rising colonial power, they were powerless against the ignominy of seeing accomplishments of their illustrious forebears come to naught and their eventual fate was dethronement and a death in exile. But still, Badshah Mirza Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah 'Zafar', the last of the Mughals, and Nawab Abul Mansoor Mirza Muhammed Wajid Ali Shah 'Akhtar', the last ruler of Avadh, do not languish in obscurity but have become immortal for their literary accomplishments.

Traces of past, samples of nature (Books This Weekend)

Peeling many layers of history through storytelling, picking up bits from flora and fauna - the IANS bookshelf this week has an interesting mix. Take a look.

First international book fair starts in Toronto

By Gurmukh Singh, Toronto, Nov 13 : The first Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair (TIBF), which runs Nov 13-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre here, will feature a panel of Canadian authors published in India.

The hills are alive with the sound of literature

By Vikas Datta, Dhanachuli (Uttarakhand), Nov 13 : It was a heaven-sent opportunity for litterateurs - a trip up in the Himalayas for informal discussions on some matters facing authors and books, readings, and chats with peers. But there was a pleasant surprise too -- the insightful observations and heartfelt musings of half a dozen local schoolchildren on issues from female infanticide to corruption that left the writers, established and upcoming, awestruck.

Ruskin Bond, Daman Singh to be part of Kolkata lit meet

Kolkata, Nov 11 : Noted author Ruskin Bond and Daman Singh, daughter of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, are some of the big names who will participate at the fourth Kolkata Literary Meet, beginning Jan 23 next year.

Amazon lists top books of 2014

Washington, Nov 10 : After a thorough research, Amazon has revealed its list of top 100 books of 2014.

Greek gods, demigods and quests in modern America: The Percy Jackson series (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta : Be it the exploits of Hercules, Perseus or Odysseus or their ilk, the warrior kings of the Indian mytho-religious ethos, the knights of King Arthur, Persian princes, Arabian chieftains (Hatim Tai) and merchants (Sindbad), Russian bogatyrs Dobrynya Nikitich and Ilya Muromets, the old Spanish gentleman (of magnificent imagination but a tenuous grip on reality) of La Mancha, or the expeditions of a whole raft of European sailors and explorers, quests -- and more importantly, the accounts of the quest -- never stop fascinating us.

Intriguing tales from a 16-year-old

By Anurag Dey, Kolkata, Nov 8 : When others of his age were busy decoding geometry theorems or connecting with friends on social networks, this 16-year-old was quietly weaving intriguing tales of crime and punishment.

Literary critic B. Hridayakumari is dead

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 8 : B. Hridayakumari, winner of the Kerala Sahitya Academy award and a literary critic, died at a private hospital here Saturday, her family said. She was 84.

A peek into the world of memoirs and success stories (Books This Weekend)

From establishing a successful career in a small village in Kerala to offering answers to relevant questions in the wake of the aging population and increasing hospital costs, the IANS bookshelf this weekend offers this and more. Take a look.

Book titled "The unfinished war in Afghanistan 2001-2014" released

New Delhi, Nov. 1 : "The unfinished war in Afghanistan 2001-2014", a book written by Vishal Chandra, a fellow at Delhi based think- tank reflects the key internal dimensions of the Afghan conflict and the successive political transition.

Fourth India Non-Fiction Festival in Delhi Nov 15, 16

New Delhi, Nov 1 : Dedicated to non-fiction literary works, the two-day India Non-Fiction Festival will begin in the national capital Nov 15, a statement said Saturday.

J.K. Rowling releases new Harry Potter story

Los Angeles, Nov 1 : Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has written a new Harry Potter story and published it on her website, Pottermore.

J.K. Rowling reveals details about story characters

London, Nov 1 : British author Joanne Kathleen Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series, has revealed previously undisclosed background details of the saga's characters on her website, Pottermore, media reported.

Of poetry, adventurism and untold stories (Books This Weekend)

From the world of poetry and adventurism to the tale of Seeta's journey through fields, palaces and forests, the IANS bookshelf this weekend offers this and more. Take a look.

Fictionalising Indian history: Setting a new trend (Book Review)

By Frederick Noronha, Panaji, Oct 30 : Indian history presents one of the richest tapestries that can inspire any writer of fiction. In this "fascinating mosaic", the Mughal period is like an exquisite miniature, says author Aroon Raman, whose second book is a historical fiction set in this period.

A story of deprivation and torture in custody (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- Colours of the Cage, A Prison Memoir; Author- Arun Ferreira; Publisher- Aleph (Rupa Publications); Pages- 164; Price- Rs.295

The Path of The Swan brings to life the Buddhist faith

New Delhi, Oct.28 : First time author Charu Singh's book, The Path of the Swan, the first part of the Maitreya Chronicles, brings to life the Buddhist faith, giving the reader a look into the holy land of Shambala. The characters keep evolving throughout the book, and the reader gets to understand the mind of celestials.

Indian American author's 'Unsuitable Celibate' released on Amazon's Kindle

Chicago, Oct 26 : A novella that deals with the complex issue of celibacy and teenaged monks among certain sections of the Indian American community has just been released for the global market on Amazon's Kindle.

Story of memories, nostalgia, metaphors

New Delhi, Oct 25 : In her debut novel, Ira Singh has deliberately picked up metaphors as motifs to narrate a coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of partition and independence, and refrained from getting into details that led to these developments to narrate a story of a family.

J K Rowling to launch new 'Harry Potter' short story Halloween

London, Oct 25 : Author J.K. Rowling is set to release a new "Harry Potter" short story for Halloween.

Balancing crime, spirituality and mental health (Books This Weekend)

Anxiety, depression and child sexual abuse, along with a regular dose of crime thrillers, are what IANS has for its readers this weekend. Take a look.

Diverse mix of books in DSC Prize 2014 longlist

New Delhi, Oct 20 : Ten books, penned by authors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, are in the race for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, it was announced Monday.

I'm not the best writer, but the bestselling writer: Chetan Bhagat

New Delhi, Oct 19 : He admits he may not be in the same league as the literary greats of India when it comes to fiction, but he has revamped the concept of 'bestsellers'. This, says novelist Chetan Bhagat, is because his stories are written for Indians.

I'm not the best writer, but the bestselling writer: Chetan Bhagat

New Delhi, Oct 19 : He admits he may not be in the same league as the literary greats of India when it comes to fiction, but has revamped the concept of "bestsellers". This, says novelist Chetan Bhagat, is because his stories are by an Indian and written for Indians.

The Westerns and their first family, the Sacketts

By Vikas Datta: It is a typically American genre unable to be transplanted anywhere outside its home but still immensely popular through the world with its regular depiction in books, films and comics.

Books of many shades(Books This Weekend)

From decoding global operations to comparative analysis of India and China; from technology to a fictional tale - this weekend the IANS book stack has spread its wings across many genres. Take a look.

Indian pharmacy through an eminent pioneer's eyes

By Ashok Dixit, New Delhi, Oct. 15 : Eminent academic, medicinal chemist and pharmaceutical historian Professor Harkishan Singh's autobiography "Witness to an Era" traces an over six-decade-long journey from a forgotten India of the 1940s, when a majority of people in its northern parts overcame the mayhem of partition to emerge as success stories, to a 21st century information technology-driven nation to be proud of.

Buy Sahitya Akademi books from two Metro stations

New Delhi, Oct 15 : Book lovers will soon be able to buy books published by the Sahitya Akademi at two Metro stations, following inking of an MoU Wednesday.

Entrants for Khushwant Singh prize for poetry announced

New Delhi, Oct 13 : Five poetry books have been shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for poetry, to promote the genre across all Indian languages, organisers said Monday.

All-round satire on a flat world: Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta : No tyranny - be it a repressive regime or of outmoded customs and entrenched attitudes - can withstand the subversive sound of laughter. From the earliest times, perceptive observers of the human condition have used the devastating literary weapon of satire to ridicule the vices, follies, and abuses of their times in a bid to shame people, government or society itself and nudge them to improvement.

Of partnerships and mysticism (Books This Weekend)

Unfolding different perspectives of viewing the strategic partnership between India and the US is what IANS books brings to you this weekend. Also, an interesting way to look at Sufi mysticism is in the offering. Take a look.

Literature Nobel goes to French writer for evoking 'art of memory'

London, Oct 9 : The 69-year-old Patrick Modiano Thursday became the 11th French writer to win the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation".

Indian soldiers' monumental contribution in First World War (Book Review)

By Raja Menon : Title- India and the First World War; Author- Vedica Kant; Publisher- Roli Books; Pages- 255.

Manohar Malgonkar: A forgotten storyteller of a changing India

By Vikas Datta: "The old order changeth, yielding place to new..." wrote Tennyson, and he may have been talking about the world of books.

Of healing, perseverance and courage (Books This Weekend)

What prompted Malala Yousafzai to speak up against the Taliban? How does love sear and consume and how can one heal with homeopathy? How can a few things better your life? It is these intriguing stories that IANS has for its readers this weekend. Take a look.

Anthony Horowitz revives James Bond's adventures in a novel

By Adrian Ramos Blanco, London, Oct 3 : The adventures of Her Majesty's Secret Agent 007 will continue into the 21st century through the pen of writer Anthony Horowitz, who has been authorised to write a new James Bond thriller known as "Project One."

Vice President releases book "Nehru gazing at tomorrow" authored by Dr. H.R. Bhardwaj

New Delhi, Oct.2 : Vice President M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled "Nehru Gazing at Tomorrow" authored by Dr. H.R. Bhardwaj, former Governor and Union Minister .

What Mahatma Gandhi means to us today? (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- Leadership The Gandhi Way; Author- Virender Kapoor; Publisher- Rupa; Pages- 122; Price- Rs.195.

Six novels shortlisted for Shakti Bhatt prize

New Delhi, Sep 28 : Author Deepti Kapoor's "A Bad Character", Shovon Chowdhury's "The Competent Authority", and Mahesh Rao's "The Smoke is Rising" are among six books shortlisted for the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the organisers said Sunday.

Of islands and an odd mix of characters (Book Review)

Book: Islands; Author: Keki N. Daruwalla Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 208; Price: Rs.325

An unbelievable account of Rajiv Gandhi's killing (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title-Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi; An Inside Job? Author- Faraz Ahmad; Publisher-Vitasta; Pages- 312; Price- Rs.495

Of history, justice and other stories (Books this Weekend)

From the enigma of the Mughal empire to a determined, victorious fight against the system, the IANS bookshelf this week is an eclectic bag of interesting reading. Take your pick:

Book hopes to seek engagement amongst business conglomerates

New Delhi, Sep 23 : Conflict resolution is again a pivotal theme of author Sudeep Chakravarti's new book, but this time he is seeking "engagement" of business conglomerates on "developmental projects" that need not create conflict-like situations, but are built on ideas that benefit both the sides.

History made readable: James Michener's epic novels

By Vikas Datta : Can there be a better source of inspiration for novelists than the expansive and colourful pageant of history, though man's magnificent achievements, raw heroism,inspiring progress and human resilience may frequently be offset by events more inglorious and tragic? One writer who utilised the past for engrossing but insightful tales of various countries across different continents and generations was prolific American author and indefatigable traveller James A. Michener.

New book aims to spread awareness about dementia

New Delhi, Sep 20 : With over 40 lakh dementia patients in India, there is an urgent need to educate people on how to look after suffering family members and, in some cases, even reverse the symptoms, author Minakshi Chaudhry whose book on dementia was presented to President Pranab Mukherjee said here Saturday.

Book on Simranjit Singh Mann launched

New Delhi, Sep 19 : A book that documents Shiromani Akali Dal president Simranjit Singh Mann's stay in a prison and the story of his family in the aftermath of the Operation Bluestar was launched in Delhi.

Literary journey from Delhi to Afghanistan (Books This Weekend)

Mumbai, Sep 19: Much has been written about Delhi, yet there is much to be written about. A book explores birds, animals and plant species adding a fresh perspective to the Indian capital, whereas another book examines the changing trajectory of Indian policy towards Afghanistan. Take a look.

Malaysia Airlines lambasts author of book on MH370

Wellington, Sep 18 : Malaysia Airlines has lambasted an author from New Zealand, who wrote a book on the MH370 tragedy, media report said.

The rot that is India's prison system (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail; Author- Chetan Mahajan; Publisher- Blue Salt/Penguin Books; Pages- 213; Price- Rs.250

Development also leads to Displacement, which needs attention

By I. Ramamohan Rao, New Delhi, Sep. 13 : When India became independent, the Government of India launched many hydro-electric projects like Bhakra Nangal Dam and Iron and Steel plants which were called the "Temples of modern India" by our then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

A journey from cyberspace to social change (Books This Weekend)

From the gutsy tale of Malala Yousafzai who stood up to the Taliban, to the role played by cyberspace in today's lives -- IANS bookshelf this week has all this and more on offer. Take a look.

Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for 2014 Man Booker prize

New Delhi, Sep 9 : British-Indian writer Neel Mukherjee's family saga "The Lives of Others" has been shortlisted for 2014 Man Booker prize, it was announced Tuesday.

Indian publishers have grown beyond mythology: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi, Sep 9 : Indian publishers have grown beyond retelling mythological and historical tales, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said at an event here, adding that children nowadays have access to good and quality literature.

Terrorism financing and science discovery (Books This Weekend)

New Delhi, September 5: Let's rewrite the history of our universe, look at terrorism financing, read a modern classic and find your true calling. These varied themes make it to IANS bookshelf this week. Take a look.

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