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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
By Raja Menon : Title- India and the First World War; Author- Vedica Kant; Publisher- Roli Books; Pages- 255.
By Vikas Datta: "The old order changeth, yielding place to new..." wrote Tennyson, and he may have been talking about the world of books.
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.
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."
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 .
By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- Leadership The Gandhi Way; Author- Virender Kapoor; Publisher- Rupa; Pages- 122; Price- Rs.195.
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.
Book: Islands; Author: Keki N. Daruwalla Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 208; Price: Rs.325
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title-Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi; An Inside Job? Author- Faraz Ahmad; Publisher-Vitasta; Pages- 312; Price- Rs.495
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wellington, Sep 18 : Malaysia Airlines has lambasted an author from New Zealand, who wrote a book on the MH370 tragedy, media report said.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mumbai, Sep 2 : "Playing It My Way - My Autobiography" is the title of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's life story in his own words, slated for release Nov 6, it was announced Tuesday.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- The First Naxal, An Authorised Biography of Kanu Sanyal; Author- Bappaditya Paul; Publisher- Sage Publications; Pages- 249; Price- Rs.550
New Delhi, August 29: Breaking some myths about former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, how a laid-back girl became the czar of India television and a journalist shares some interesting newsroom stories. IANS Books This Weekend has interesting mix. Take your pick.
New Delhi, Aug. 28 : India's only multilingual book show 'Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond', which airs on DD Bharati, is scheduled to complete 50 episodes at the end of this month.
New Delhi, Aug 28 : Three unpublished comics of late cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, creator of comic characters like Chacha Chaudhary, will be available on an e-commerce website from Sep 1, organisers said Thursday.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- Noon Tide Toll; Author- Romesh Gunesekera; Publisher- Penguin Books- Pages: 237; Price- Rs.299
New Delhi, Aug 25 : Exhibitors at the ongoing 20th Delhi Book Fair are offering some wonderful gems at throwaway prices to ensure stock clearance and attract more footfalls.
New Delhi, Aug 25 : How about a talking pen that would read out to your children? Or what about clicking a picture of a difficult lab experiment and understanding it using a free app?
By Vikas Datta: What do James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, H.H. Munro 'Saki', Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Aerosmith, Walt Disney and Tim Burton have in common? Some of their most famous creations have been inspired by characters of a supremely enduring work of literature with an impromptu origin.
Bangalore, Aug 22 : Renowned Kannada writer and literary critic U.R. Ananthamurthy died here Friday after a brief illness. He was 82.
New Delhi, Aug 22 : Young actor Rohan Chand, who was born in New York to Indian parents, has been cast as Mowgli in Warner Bros' 3D adventure entertainer "Jungle Book: Origins".
Overcoming emotional obstacles can be achieved only when one liberates the soul or learns new lessons of life from Mahatma Gandhi's principles. On the other hand, there are women who who will go to any length to fulfill their desires. All this and more is at the IANS book stack this week. Take a look.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia; Author: Meenakshi Iyer; Publisher: Promilla & Co; Pages: 284; Price: Rs.395
New Delhi, Aug 21 : The 20th edition of the Delhi Book Fair, with the theme "Literature in Cinema", will begin here Aug 23, the organisers said Thursday.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War; Author: Samanth Subramanian; Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin); Pages: 320; Price: Rs.499.
By Vikas Datta : Is it a feasible idea to set a series of noirish detective novels in a totalitarian state like Nazi Germany which itself practised violence intensively against its own citizens, or even in the midst of the viciously bloody conflict that was World War II? It may appear paradoxical but even in midst of such blood-letting, there are crimes that such a regime should have solved as they have not been "sanctioned". And since a totalitarian state may not be a monolithic entity but an aggregation of competing interests, an independent investigator is needed. Step in Bernie Gunther, a worthy counterpart to Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe but with higher stakes - his American counterparts don't risk being sent to a concentration camp permanently.
Los Angeles, Aug 19 : Celebrated author J.K. Rowling has written a biography of the lesser-known "Harry Potter" character, Celestina Warbeck, on a fan site.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title: Kaw Caw Silly point: A Wonky look at Contemporary India; Author: M.K. Kaw; Publisher: Konark Publishers: Pages: 270; Price: Rs.250.
By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, Aug 13 : For close to a century, many generations of an Indian family have been looking after the Indian Hospice, a symbol of India's heritage, in the old city of Jerusalem. This existence intrigued Indian diplomat-writer Navtej Sarna, who has chronicled its story in a fascinating new book.
By Vikas Datta : It is an unfortunate occurrence that if there are many outstanding literary figures in any era, only one or two will figure in the general public consciousness. Elizabethan England had no shortage of dramatists but can you think of anyone except Shakespeare? Russian literature flourished in the 19th century but the only names that register now are Tolstoy and, maybe, Dostoyevsky.
Reckless voices and poetic verses won a book the Pulitzer prize this year and other fictional tales made the longlisted and shortlisted list of several book awards: The IANS bookshelf this weekend has the magic of imaginative richness. Take your pick.
New Delhi, Aug 7 : President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday received the first copy of a book "Munger Through The Ages" at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, an official statement said.
New York, Aug 6 : Noted novelist and documentary maker Nikhil Chandwani has become the first Indian author to win "Conspiracy Novel of the Year" award from the American Literary Forum Society.
New Delhi, Aug 6 : Pran Kumar Sharma, creator of iconic comic book character Chacha Chaudhary, was a bit eccentric, but a thorough gentleman and a nice man, said Diamond Comics publisher Gulshan Rai, remembering the cartoonist who died Tuesday night.
New Delhi, Aug 4 : To encourage the ability to think, ask questions and discuss among children at an early age, publishing firm Katha has started the second chapter of their creative writing competition "I Love Reading", the organisers said Monday.
Mumbai, Aug 3 : Women literary figures bagged the lion's share of Maharashtra State Gujarati Sahitya Academy Awards (MSGSAA) for Gujarati literature published during 2013, an official said here Sunday.
By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, Aug 3 : No more is the genre of erotica alien to Indian literature and no more are publishers afraid of the word "sex". But what is new is the way writers are exploring women's sexuality, without shying away from writing about closed bedroom romps and intimate love-making scenes - all this within the confines of contemporary social context that mirrors the sexual revolution India is going through.