New Delhi, May 22 : Enjoy a dose of light fiction to beat summer heat. From heartaches to thrillers and from graphic travelogue to Vipassana journey - take your pick from this vibrant assortment of books IANS has on offer this weekend.
London, May 20 : Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the biennial Man Booker International Prize 2015.
Kolkata, May 19 : The Quest Mall outlet of Kolkata's popular bookstore chain Starmark witnessed the launch of writer Alka Saraogi's novel 'Jankidas Tejpal Mansion'.
Mumbai, May 19 : Author Shrikala Warrier, a London based scholar, unveils her insightful book 'Kamandalu: The Seven Sacred Rivers of Hinduism'.
New Delhi, May 19 : As Mussoorie-based author Ruskin Bond turned 81 on Tuesday, fans turned to the micro-blogging site Twitter to wish him and quoted many of his memorable lines to highlight the simplicity of his writings.
New Delhi, May 16 : Book - 'The Brown Sahebs'; Publisher - Vitasta Publishing; Pages - 320; Price - Rs.295
Kolkata, May 13 : Leading authors and intellectuals on Wednesday condoled the death of famed Bengali writer Suchitra Bhattacharya, saying her passing away has left a big void in the world of literature.
New Delhi, May 12 : Retelling of mythologies isn't new to Indian audiences, but when an author chooses to create a fantasy world drawing from classical Indian mythology one does take notice, especially when author Sangeeta Bahadur's offering is part of a trilogy.
Panaji, May 12 : Sameer Khan's fictionalised story might seem to run parallel to that of the big Bollywood star currently in the news, but this novel was actually born in the mind of Mumbai-born, New Zealand-based marketing specialist Nigel Fernandes.
New Delhi, May 10 : Journalism, or especially news reporting, is a rather ephemeral form of literary expression, concerned as it is with bare facts of a developing situation in a terse and concise style. But there are practitioners of the craft whose reportage is no less a work of literature - like this intrepid, peripatetic Polish reporter, whose coverage of Africa (and its messy experience of colonialism's end) and Central America was unparalleled and enduring, and made him a credible contender for the Nobel Literature Prize.
New Delhi, May 8 : Is it possible to build cities that are energy efficient and environment friendly in populous cities like Delhi and Mumbai? What do successful organisations and smart leaders have in common? Insights like this make up for our books bonanza this week. Take a look.
New Delhi, May 3: Involving a long and gruelling stint of study to qualify and everyday exposure to human pain and suffering, the practice of medicine is perhaps one of the last you could expect to serve as a base for comedy. But it is the saving grace of humanity that it too has people capable of seeing - and sharing - the funny side of their life. Like this doctor who found greater fame with his uproariously comic series of books centred on his profession.
London, May 3 : British crime fiction writer Ruth Rendell, author of more than 60 bestselling thrillers, died on Saturday in London, her publisher, Penguin Random House, said. She was 85.
New Delhi, May 1 : Many fault lines criss-cross Indian society today because of economic inequality, short-stories of the scattered Kashmiri Pandit community who are tourists in their own homeland and a few light-hearted love stories: take a look at what the IANS bookshelf has to offer this week.
New Delhi, April 30 : Apart from adding new dimensions to the way they treated the young book-lovers in cities, bookstores have come a long way by slowly and steadily gliding their way into becoming luxury lifestyle stores for the urbanites as they offer more than just books. Toorssa Banerjee reports.
New Delhi, April 29: The finest of Indian Literature took center stage at the RAYMOND CROSSWORD BOOK AWARDS 2014 where the country's finest writers and their books were honored at a glittering award function at NCPA in Mumbai.
Kolkata, Apr 28 : Debut author Saptarshi Sarkar's book on ex-Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was launched on Monday at an event hosted by the publishers HarperCollins Publishers India at Starmark bookstore in Kolkata.
New Delhi, April 24 : A book analyses the drivers of change and the repercussions of present-day gender revolutions, a man in today's Kolkata meets a man who claims to be a werewolf. Some light and some heavy dosage, the IANS bookshelf this weekend has reality meeting fantasy. Take a look.
By Shilpa Raina: Title- Chander and Sudha; Author- Dharamvir Bharati translated by Poonam Saxena; Publisher- Penguin Viking; Pages- 351; Price- Rs.499
New Delhi, Apr. 22 : Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K's collection of poems on Nepal titled Jatra was released at a function at the City Museum, Kathmandu, today by Nepal's Vice President Parmanand Jha.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - Capital Conquest; Author - Saba Naqvi; Publisher - Hachette India; Pages - 202; Price - Rs.499
By Mohd Asim Khan : Title - Delhi 4 Shows, Talkies of Yesteryear; Author - Ziya Us Salam; Publisher - Om Books International; Pages - 280; Price - Rs.395
By Vikas Datta : "... the female of the species is more deadly than the male," said Rudyard Kipling and he might have meant writers excelling in frightening us with tales of supernatural horror and terror.
New Delhi, April 17 : Stories picked up from Ruskin Bond's body of work to a journey into the intoxicating city of Varanasi - the IANS bookshelf this week has a melange of options for bookworms. Take a look.
New Delhi, April 16 : The third edition of the Delhi Literature Festival, which will begin here on April 17, will see discussions on books, authors and anything related to literature, the organisers said on Thursday.
New Delhi, April 14 : The role of a writer is to highlight reality of the society through his writings as literature should become the voice of voiceless, eminent Indian language writers said Tuesday.
London, April 14 : Renowned German author Guenter Grass has passed away. He was 87.
New Delhi, April 13 : Indian novelist Vikram Seth's new book of poems will hit the market in October, the publishers announced Monday.
By Vikas Datta: Disproving Percy Bysshe Shelley's description of poets as "unacknowledged legislators of the world", he combined his illustrious poetic career with membership of the Constituent Assembly that drafted free India's constitution.
Mumbai: A look at the wonderful 1990s in Bollywood, chronicling the rise of a "frugal economy" in some Western countries and a super sleuth solving an unusual case. An assortment of films, economics and fiction, the IANS book stack this week has a variety of options. Take a look.
New Delhi, April 3 : It is an undisputedly history-rich bouquet of books that IANS is offering to its readers this weekend, covering the most debated topic of India-Pakistan rivalry to juxtaposing the neighbour's state of affairs in global politics. And then there are some gems from history repolished through the eyes of foreigners. Take a look.
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.