Kolkata, Mar 28 : Author Swati Sengupta will launch her children's book 'The Talking Bird' on Sunday at Story, one of the most talked about leisure stores of east Indian city of Kolkata.
By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, March 23 : No alien to controversies, British author Jeffrey Archer says he's not a provocative writer and "feels very safe" in India when it comes to censorship issues.
New Delhi, March 20: Those who have read Hindi author Dharamvir Bharti's works must be familiar with one of his masterpieces, "Gunaho Ka Devta". For the first time, this classic novel has been translated into English. This passionate tale of star-crossed lovers, along with a novel by a Man Booker winner and a slew of other stories, is what IANS has for its readers this week. Take a look.
New Delhi, Mar. 19 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday received the first copy of former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar's book 'Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker's Perspective' at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Hong Kong, March 19 : By 2030, the average citizen of planet Earth will be an Indian man in his mid-20s. But few people in the international creative industries realize this and so are still creating books, movies and music for the shrinking, over-saturated Western market. To help fix the problem, authors in Asia are setting up a new book prize - and creative people in India are tipped to be big winners.
New Delhi, Mar 17 : Title - China's Military Power; A Net Assessment; Author - Maj Gen G.D. Bakshi (Retd); Publisher - Knowledge World, New Delhi; Pages - 380; Price - Rs.900
By Vikas Datta : Only a few historical figures retain their renown in the relentless march of time, with one yardstick being widespread, continuing depictions across various cultures. Two of these are prominent figures from the ancient Graeco-Roman world, but their legacy is enduring - one's name is still used for a victorious champion (especially in the Indian subcontinent) and the other's for a monarch in his own land as well as wide swathes of Europe and Asia down to the modern age, still names a month and is forever linked with today's date (or the Ides of March).
Kolkata, Mar 14 : The walls of 'Story', a bookstore in Kolkata, which is an initiative of the Primarc Group of Companies, have been adorned with literary pieces specially picked out for children of various age groups.
Kolkata, Mar 14 : The walls of 'Story', a leading bookstore in Kolkata, has been adorned with literary pieces specially picked out for children of various age groups.
New Delhi, March 13: Crisp and sharp reportage of how Sri Lankans are returning to their normal lives after 30 years of civil war, a message of love and inspiration for readers through a brave memoir, dealing with important ethical issues of our time and a work of fiction - IANS Books This Weekend is a balanced lot. Take a look.
New Delhi, March 11 : Writers should get rid of fear from their mind, courageously stand against authority and figure out different ways to send out strong messages, Sahitya Akademi award winners said here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, March 11 : Translations of popular books like "The Immortals of Meluha" "The God of Small Things" and "Mujhe Chand Chahiye", among others, have been selected for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize 2014, the organisers said here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, March 11 : The Sahitya Akademi's prestigious Bhasha Samman will be conferred on two scholars who have contributed significantly to the enrichment of classical and medieval literature (northern) and Bhili language respectively, it was announced on Wednesday.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - On Religion; Author - Khushwant Singh (with Humra Quraishi); Publisher - Rupa; Pages - 206; Price -Rs.250
New Delhi, March 10 : More than 170 writers and scholars from across India have converged at the ongoing annual festival of Sahitya Akademi to deliberate over the challenges Indian languages are facing and the role of literature in society.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- The Night it Rained Guns, Unravelling the Purulia Arms Drop Conspiracy; Author- Chandan Nandy; Publisher- Rupa; Pages- 272; Price- Rs.295
By Vikas Datta : If the US president is the world's most powerful leader, his secretary of state (or foreign minister) is a close second though maybe not as well-known. Of the 68 secretaries since 1790, few are recognised names - even in America - though six, right from the very first (Thomas Jefferson), went on to become presidents themselves. Only three have been women, but they happened to be in office at critical and challenging times, held their own in high-level diplomacy and have penned absorbing accounts of their experiences.
New Delhhi, Mar 6 : Be it practical, straightforward advice to improve your work conditions or a few business tools you should know to succeed. IANS Books this Weekend is determined to give you a heavy dose of advice. Take a look:
By Sirshendu Panth : Book - Cricket World Cup - The Indian Challenge; Author - Ashis Ray; Publisher - Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd; Pages - 202; Price - Rs.499
New Delhi, Mar 1 : Sri Lanka based Chhimi Tenduf-La's recently released book The Amazing Racist catapults him as a soul-stirring writer to watch out for. Half Tibetan, half British, he grew up in Lutyens Delhi but has settled down in Sri Lanka. Sujoy Dhar in conversation with the writer whose grandparents owned the iconic Windamere Hotel of Darjeeling.
By Frederick Noronha : Book - One For The Road; Author - Biula V Cruz e Pereira Publisher - Goa 1556; Pages - 320; Price Rs.350
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - Letters for a Nation, From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (1947-1963); Author - Edited by Madhav Khosla; Publisher - Allen Lane/Penguin Books; Pages - 334; Price - Rs.599
New Delhi, Feb 27 : An unlikely friendship, a world full of witches and pirate girls and powerful business entrepreneurs. There is no common thread tying these themes together, but each book in the IANS book stack this weekend has an interesting tale to tell its own way. Take a look.
Mumbai, Feb 23 : The inaugural edition of a literary festival "Lit o Fest", that begins here Feb 28, will touch upon the topics of decline of Parsi population, relevance of Hindi in today's time and beauty of Urdu in poetry, organisers said Monday.
By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, Feb 22 : Hindi language publishers are adapting - and how - by offering fresh content, launching mobile apps and aggressively marketing their books to resurrect the genre's lost stature against the giant rise of literature in English.
By Vikas Datta : Tourism normally entails travel for relaxation or leisure, to some scenic spot or a place celebrated for its cultural heritage - and generates some splendid literature. But there are also contrarians who go to the other extreme - visiting the world's most polluted areas, or where fruits of globalisation have conspicuously turned sour - and present vivid but disturbing accounts of what unbridled "development" and rapacious commercial interests seeking to serve the global consumer society's insatiable demand are doing to the planet and luckless communities.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : With the Indian team riding high after registering their first win in the 2015 World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan, we have a book on the struggles and triumphs of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni; a mother's struggle to bring up her child in an Indian way in China and a critique of Hinduphobia in today's academia, media and popular culture - the IANS book stack this week has gems that are relevant for today's time. Take a look.
By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, Feb 17 : The international publishers participating in the ongoing Delhi World Book Fair 2015 here not only want to do good business, but also bridge cultural ties and introduce their literary landscape to the Indian audience.
By Vikas Datta: Who are the most famous fictional characters? The answers may vary, according to your choice of reading, from Don Quixote to Jeeves to Tintin to Harry Potter.
Agra, Feb 13 : The 49th SAARC literature festival commenced here Friday amid sprinkling of rose petals in Yamuna water and eminent poets from the eight member countries reciting poems on the first day.
New Delhi, Feb 13 : From a tribute to women like Revathi who fought conventional ideas and established themselves in the south Indian film industry to a journey through world history - from the French Revolution to the World Wars and beyond - this is what IANS offers its readers this weekend. Read on.
Lucknow, Feb 11 : The third edition of the Lucknow Literary Festival (LLF) will commence in Uttar Pradesh Friday, its organisers announced Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 11 : Indian American author Akhil Sharma's "Family Life" has been shortlisted for the Folio Prize, a popular English language book award, its publisher said Wednesday.
By Vikas Datta : Can a city develop a characteristic, exclusive literary style? A long-standing convention divides the Urdu ghazal tradition into "Dabistan-e-Dehli" and "Dabistan-e-Lakhnau" or Delhi and Lucknow schools, each with an array of poets and devoted adherents - and fierce critics. The role of both the cities in Urdu literature is beyond dispute but how can we distinguish between the rival schools, and is the classification even valid?
Kolkata, Feb 7 : The second edition of Kolkata Literature Festival (KLF) was inaugurated on Friday through a programme at the KLF Auditorium (SBI Auditorium) in the Milan Mela book fair ground here.
Islamabad, Feb 6 : Pakistani authors Intizar Hussain, Bilal Tanweer, H.M. Naqvi and Indian authors Nayantara Sahgal and Arshia Sattar would be part of the Karachi Literature Festival that begins today (Friday).
New Delhi, Feb 6: An original analysis of who was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's death, a reader-friendly guide spanning 40 years of the cricket World Cup and getting to know the incredible geography of India - the IANS book stack this weekend is a power house of information. Take a look.
New Delhi, Feb 4 : "How to Look Like a Million Bucks" is a book launched by Kaya Skin Clinic to guide people towards skin, body and hair care. It is targeted towards an increasingly conscious Indian crowd.
New Delhi, Feb 2 : Author Salman Rushdie's new novel, a wonder tale about the way we live, will be launched in September, an official statement said.
Mumbai, 1 Feb: Renowned Educator DR. 'K.M Vasudevan Pillai', founder, Chairman and C.E.O. Mahatma Education Society, Pillai Group of Institutions (48 institutes) launches his book , 'EduNation - The dream of India Empowered'
New Delhi, Jan 30 : Nostalgic accounts of travellers who rode the earliest trains in India, personal journeys of men who who have written memoirs of their life and struggle in the US and East Africa and former union minister Salman Khurshid's account of Muslims in India. IANS bookshelf this weekend offers these delights. Take a look:
By Shilpa Raina, Jaipur, Jan 28 : Why does society have a biased view about writers dealing with sex or about sexual dualities, what would end if we stop believing in our past and why freedom of expression comes at a cost were among the questions that were thrown open for debate and introspection at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015.
Kolkata, Jan 27 : Seven books penned by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were released at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, which she inaugurated Tuesday alongside British radio and television presenter and journalist Anita Anand.
By Vikas Datta: "Here richly, with ridiculous display,/The Politician's corpse was laid away/While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged/I wept - for I had longed to see him hanged", was prolific English author Hillaire Belloc's caustic send-off to an unnamed politician.
New Delhi, Jan 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for sound-bytes is not often accompanied by matching action and his very fine speeches and liberal pronouncements appear completely disconnected from any tangible action plan, adequate funding or execution capacity, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said in his new book.
By Vikas Datta, Jaipur, Jan 24 : Monotheism, which rose in the Middle East in the first century after Christ, was a "decisive moral and ethical" revolution that transformed the world and was almost an inevitable stage in human history. But, it did not represent a break with the classical era, say experts.
Jaipur, Jan 23 : After writing extensively on Lord Shiva, bestselling author Amish Tripathi Friday revealed his next series of books will be on Lord Ram.
Kolkata, Jan 23 : Celebrated author Ruskin Bond Friday said proximity to nature helped shape his writing, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's works "convinced" him to make a writing career in India.
Kolkata, Jan 23 : Encouraging youngsters to have a good command over language, noted author Ruskin Bond Friday questioned the role of vanity publishers who charge aspirants "large sums of money" to have their books published.
By Shilpa Raina, Jaipur, Jan 23 : Indian authors have failed to create their own set of popular sleuths like Sherlock Holmes despite filmmaker Satyajit Ray giving us the iconic Bengali sleuth Feluda way back in 1965, said the bestselling thriller writer Ashwin Sanghi, who feels crime writing requires discipline and persistence to narrate a gripping tale.
New Delhi, Jan 23 : Ruskin Bonds' stories on sports, a lover's desperate attempt to woo his lady love's "terror of a father", along with tales from Goa - the IANS bookshelf offers all this and more this weekend. Take a look.
By Vikas Datta, Jaipur, Jan 23 : She achieved notoriety as the French queen who suggested her starving subjects should eat cake if they had no bread. While this story is unlikely to be true, Marie Antoinette was dragged in a raging scandal - four years before the French Revolution - that irreparably tarnished the French royalty's image, earned them the label of tyrants and was one of the factors which led to the events of 1789, said author Jonathan Beckman at a session of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015.
Jaipur, Jan 22 : The 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been awarded to Jhumpa Lahiri for "The Lowland", it was announced Thursday.
By Shilpa Raina, Jaipur, Jan 22 : The beauty of the past lies in finding the truth that is buried deep in some unknown corners of the memory. Reclaiming it is a tedious process, but this is what Urdu critic and novelist Shamsur Rahman Faruqi has done in the remarkable novel "The Mirror of Beauty" that recreates the era of the late 19th century, with Wazir Khanam as the protagonist.
By Vikas Datta, Jaipur, Jan 22 : They were among the best known Urdu poets of their day, and though their life trajectories unfolded differently, both cultural activist Salima Hashmi's father Faiz Ahmed Faiz and actress Shabana Azmi's father Kaifi Azmi had some important things in common - belief in poetry as an instrument of social change, hope for the future and refusal to peddle hatred.
By Vikas Datta, Jaipur, Jan 21 : China's Dowager Empress Cixi has been long reviled as a despotic ruler who rose to power by harem intrigue, but it was she who transformed a medieval country into a modern nation, gave rights to citizens especially women and opened and facilitated China's engagement with the world for its own benefit, says a Chinese author.
By Shilpa Raina, Jaipur, Jan 20 : Every year, the annual literary pilgrimage Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) offers a fine balance among different writing genres that peacefully co-exist and give the audience an opportunity to deliberate on issues that usually don't find mention in everyday conversations. This year is no different, with the stage set here to host intellectual minds at the festival beginning Jan 21.
By Vikas Datta : The British were by no means the first travel writers, being beaten by various Greek and Arab scholars, Chinese and Japanese Buddhist monks and Venetian merchants. But they were arguably the first to begin travel for pleasure or even as a challenge! Thus it was apt that Jules Verne chose an Englishman as the hero of "Around the World in Eighty Days" and following Phileas Fogg's footsteps - and going far ahead - is British actor Michael Palin who fashioned a second successful career as a TV traveller and author.
Chennai, Jan 17 : Bollywood 'Baadshah' Shah Rukh Khan, who will be seen in the title role in upcoming graphic novel "Atharva - The Origin", instantly agreed to be part of the project and that too with a lot of enthusiasm, says its author Ramesh Thamilmani.
Kolkata, Jan 16 : The 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, that begins Jan 28, is set to go green, courtesy kiosks stacking up on innovative jute products to spread the message.