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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.

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography releasing Nov 6

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.

A born rebel who died a lonely death (Book Review)

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

Insider's tales, assassination decoded and some gossip ( Books This Weekend)

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.

India's only multilingual book show 'Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond' to complete 50 episodes

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.

Buy unpublished comics of cartoonist Pran online

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.

Divided Sri Lanka haunts a man at the wheels (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy: Title- Noon Tide Toll; Author- Romesh Gunesekera; Publisher- Penguin Books- Pages: 237; Price- Rs.299

It's raining discounts at Delhi Book Fair

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.

Educational apps exhibited in Delhi Book Fair

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?

A surrealist masterpiece for children - and its abiding influence

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.

Eminent Kannada writer Ananthamurthy dead

Bangalore, Aug 22 : Renowned Kannada writer and literary critic U.R. Ananthamurthy died here Friday after a brief illness. He was 82.

US-born Indian to play Mowgli in 'Jungle Book: Origins'

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".

Short stories, self-help and seduction (Books This Weekend)

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.

Fiction from troubled South Asia (Book Review)

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

Delhi Book Fair to begin Saturday

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.

Peace? Sri Lanka is still at war -- within (Book Review)

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.

Nazi Noir and more: Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series

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.

Rowling pens new biography of 'Harry Potter' character

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.

An anthology on today's India (Book Review)

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.

The Indian connection in Jerusalem through the centuries

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.

The poetic physician: Momin and his art (Column: Bookends)

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.

Pultizer winner, some shortlisted novels (Books This Weekend)

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.

President receives Munger book's first copy

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.

Indian author wins American Literary Forum Society award

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.

'Cartoonist Pran was little eccentric but a thorough gent'

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.

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