July 25: What if a mythologist looks into mythology and introduces queerness through the story of gods? What if a graphic designer uses the power of visuals and no text to narrate a tale? What if a Kashmiri author writes about the plight of "half-mothers"? Answers to all these "what ifs" are offered by the books IANS is reviewing this week. Take a look.
New Delhi, July 24 : Colourful photographs of people celebrating Holi; women wearing vermillion, saris and bindis as they wait for the moon rise so they can break their Karva Chauth fast; firecrackers creating a kaleidoscopic canvas in the sky during Diwali - all this seems normal till one spies a Pakistani flag fluttering in the background.
London, July 23 : A novel written by a British Indian author has made it to the first long list of the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction for this year.
New Delhi, July 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille.
New York, July 23 : Author Thomas Berger, best known for his book "Little Big Man", is dead. He was 89.
New Delhi, July 22 : Many Indian languages are losing their oral literature and globalisation isn't the reason for the loss of this intrinsic fabric of culture, parliament was informed Tuesday.
New Delhi, July 21 : Pakistani author Reema Abbasi will launch here July 23 her new book "Historic Temples in Pakistan - A Call to Conscience" documenting Hindu shrines, and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan through 400 photographs.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - New Dimensions of Yoga; Author - Osho; Publisher - Penguin Ananda; Pages - 200; Price - Rs.299.
Mumbai, July 20 : Celebrated author Chetan Bagat says his next book is quite challenging, as it is a love story of a rural boy and an urban girl. His new novella will hit the stands in October.
By Vikas Datta : Is there any common ground between revolution and romance, as expressed in poetry and music? Lenin didn't think so, admitting he loved hearing a Beethoven sonata, but couldn't listen to music much since it made him want to pat people's heads, though his "devilishly difficult job" called for him to beat their heads instead. But it is not difficult to identify parallels - for one, both activities call for a great deal of passion. The Indian subcontinent can boast of several people who effortlessly straddled both spheres. One of them was Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz," who even won the Lenin Peace Prize.
The roots of Islamic finance lie in the foundations of Islam and Sharia law, fragmented memories of musician and composer S.D.Burman's life and interesting titbits from the lives of Bollywood directors: the IANS bookshelf this week is buzzing with stories from different genres. Take a look.
New Delhi, July 16 : A book on the growing economic ties between India and China and its implications for the world was launched here Wednesday, aptly timed with the announcement of the BRICS bank at the 6th BRICS Summit currently underway in Brazil.
By Shilpa Raina: Title- Passion Flower, Seven Stories of Derangement; Author- Cyrus Mistry; Publisher- Aleph; Pages- 199; Price- Rs. 495
By Vikas Datta: Book- "Meena Kumari The Poet, A Life Beyond Cinema"; Author/Translator- Noorul Hasan; Publisher- Roli Books ; Pages- 159; Price- Rs 395.
By Vikas Datta : War and humour - no two words can seem as divergent. But some incorrigibles, adept in uniting the most incongruous elements, have fashioned out quite a close relationship, manifested in some unforgettable depictions of armed conflict and combatants, bringing out the heroism, but also the futility, barbarity, and above all, the absurdity. Joseph Heller's celebrated black comedy "Catch 22" (also a successful film), TV series "M*A*S*H", film "Kelly's Heroes", and Mort Walker's "Beetle Bailey" comic strip are some of the most famous examples.
Contemporary tales of fiction dipped in different genres is what IANS bookshelf is stacked with this weekend. Take uour pick.
New Delhi, July 9 : The National Book Trust (NBT) Wednesday announced it will organise a book fair in Srinagar from August 23.
By Vikas Datta : Think espionage and the first image flashing in your mind will be of a suave, smartly-clad "secret agent" pulling off the most complex mission single-handed. A raised eyebrow and a wisecrack is his only reaction in a tight position he finds himself in before busting out spectacularly with aid of a range of awesome gadgets. But is the cinematic depiction of James Bond the way spies and secret agents operate? Not much.
Yesteryears Bollywood actress Meena Kumari's lyrical and emotional poems, a quirky look at sex from a woman's point of view, cooler climes of Mussoorie and Landour and some roller-coaster adventures; the IANS bookshelf this week is an eclectic mix of genres. Take a look.
New Delhi, July 1 : President Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of a coffee table book, "First Citizen: Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan" Wednesday, an official release said Tuesday.
By Vikas Datta : So many people accomplish heroic deeds but only a handful persist in public consciousness for any appreciable level of time before getting forgotten. Happily, some get rescued from obscurity by inspired authors. Among these lucky ones is Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The tale of his steadfast and dauntless courage one July day in the bloody quagmire that was the American Civil War was revived - over a century after the events - for the modern world in a trilogy of riveting historical fiction - that also serves as a son's tribute to his father.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: Lost and Found in India; Author: Braja Sorensen; Publisher: Hay House India; Pages: 229; Price: Rs.299
Thane, Jun 27 : Thane municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta has declared that the city would soon get ''Garden Libraries'' to cater to the needs of the book lovers.
A woman hopelessly falls in love with a suave hotelier; her good-looking best friend enters and she realises how fickle the heart can be. Another woman finds unexpected friendship and experiences love in strange situations and a couple go through a turbulent phase of their life. All these stories reflect contemporary tales of love. Take a look at the IANS bookshelf.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America: Editors: Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 545; Price: Not listed.
New Delhi, June 25 : The Shakti Bhatt Foundation has invited entries for the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the organisers said Wednesday.
Thane, Jun 23 : The second part of the book of a tribal painter Madhukar Vade from Palghar, written in German language, is generating a huge demand in Europe.
New Delhi, June 23 : President Pranab Mukherjee received a copy of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism today at a function here at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana; Author: Devdutt Pattanaik; Publisher: Penguin Books; Pages: 318; Rs.499
By Vikas Datta : Grew up in India between the 1960s and 1980s? Chances are that you, if you were fond of reading, had your first brush with English books through a magnificently inventive author whose oeuvre stretched from a range of mysteries solved by an
New Delhi, June 21 : Attempting to reach out to a wider audience and highlight the vulnerabilities of tribal communities of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands who are in constant conflict with the world at large, an author and researcher has penned afictional tale to offer lyrical insights into the pristine archipelago that has been a tourists' delight.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title: The Inspiring Journey of a Hero: Learning from the Life of O.P. Munjal; Author: Priya Kumar; Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin; Pages: 170; Price: Rs.399
As soccer fever soars globally, the IANS bookshelf brings to its readers football's essential guide, inside stories of junior premier league and a few easy reads. Take a look.
Thiruvananthapuram, June 15 : When two legends from two of the four pillars of democracy join hands, the end result cannot but turn out to be better than just an interesting book and a pleasurable read.
By M.R. Narayan Swamy, BOOK: Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits; Author: Badri Narayan; Publisher: Penguin/Viking; Pages: 265; Price: Rs.499.
Dilemmas of the self, evocation of modern India, some unpublished letters - the IANS bookshelf this week offers the best of many worlds. Take a look.
New Delhi, June 11 : Indian author Ashwin Sanghi has collaborated with American thriller writer James Patterson for the "Private" series, and together the two have unravelled Mumbai's dark underbelly, Bollywood glitz and empowered business class.
Mumbai, Jun 10 : Former SEBI chairman M. Damodaran on Tuesday released a controversial book 'Sahara - The Untold Story', penned by veteran banking sector reporter and Deputy Managing editor of 'Mint' Tamal Bandyopadhyay, here.
By Deepak Parvatiyar, Narendra Modi: The GameChanger; Author: Sudesh Verma ; Publisher: Vitasta Publishing; Price: Rs.399/- soft bound; Published: Feb 2014
By Vikas Datta : Picture a metropolis where citizens live in multi-storey buildings, throng streets teeming with people from all over the world, eagerly follow and gossip over the foibles of the rich and famous, are keenly involved in governance which however is a preserve of a professional breed of squabbling politicians focussing on public works, food subsidies, corruption et al.... Sounds familiar? Well these attributes don't only fit our world but are also a description of ancient Rome.
Loss of flora and fauna poses a massive threat to human existence. To save and protect our environment, IANS has picked up some educational environment books for you to befriend. Take a look.
By Shubha Singh : Book: Post Haste: Quintessential India; Author: B.G. Verghese; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 384; Price: Rs.1,295.
By Vikas Datta : In Guru Dutt's "Pyaasa", before that haunting Sahir Ludhianvi dirge on the arbitrariness of human relationships ("Jaane woh kaise log the...."), two Urdu poets are shown. For the current generation, they will just be the expected depiction - a gaunt man reciting a sonorous lyric and a bearded man in traditional garb declaiming in courtly style.
New Delhi, May 30 : Subhash Ghai was recently spotted launching Tula Goenka's book 'Not Just Bollywood' at an event in Mumbai.
Not every business idea flourishes and not all business ideas are dated. Following this mantra, IANS picks up interesting reads from the book pile to help you decide. Take a look.
Mumbai, May 28 : Westland Publishers have signed Christopher C. Doyle, author of "The Mahabharata Secret", for a thriller trilogy, the publishers said Wednesday.
Kolkata, May 23 : Author Nikita Singh's new novel 'Right Here Right Now' was launched in Kolkata on Friday.
By Shilpa Raina, Thimphu, May 25 : Bhutanese scholars, students and writers acknowledged how the literary and cultural gala "Mountain Echoes" is encouraging the younger generation in the landlocked Himalayan country to read, and exposing them to literature from outside, especially India, as curtains came down on the three-day festival.
A peek into the life of the "King of Good Times", a must-have guide for football fanatics, tips for the perfect weight regime to an entrepreneur's successful journey - IANS book stack this week offers a concoction of lifestyle, wellness and sports!
New Delhi, May 20 : Many accounts claim that the instability gripping Afghanistan and Pakistan is rooted in Pashtun history and culture, but a new book contests this claim, a statement said Tuesday.
By Aparajita Gupta, Title: The Marwaris - From Jagat Seth to the Birlas; Author: Thomas A. Timberg; Series Editor: Gurcharan Das; Publisher: Allen Lane; Pages: 184; Price: Rs.499
By Vikas Datta : Rudyard Kipling, E.M. Forster, John Masters, M.M. Kaye, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle to Bapsi Sidhwa, Manohar Malgaonkar, Gita Mehta, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and R.K Narayan... the British Raj has been a fertile setting for works of some of the best-known authors - in differing styles of narration.
An anthology of Sri Lankan literature, getting to know Tibet better, unraveling paradoxes about capitalism and a journalist's account of terrorism - the IANS Book stack this weekend has works from other countries.
Kolkata, May 15 : The first look of Bengali feature film 'Jhumura' directed by debut director Anindya Chatterjee was released here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, May 14 : An innocent urge to showcase his hacking skills and also score a few brownie points leads a young college student to a big, yet unexposed, internet scam.
New Delhi, May 14 : There's no mention of "comfort zone" in British Indian author Rana Dasgupta's dictionary. He is more comfortable with exploring unknown territories to inject oxygen into his writings by offering fresh perspectives into the cities that haven't been written about, or cities that havecrossed the exhaustion mark in literature.
Book: Angarey; Author: Translated from the Urdu by Vibha S. Chauhan and Khalid Alvi; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 106; Price: Rs.195.
Mumbai, May 10 : Tisca Chopra launched Kiran Manral's book "Once Upon A Crush", here. The actress says she enjoys reading the writer's work.
A woman discovers life is no romantic novel and a man exposes the unpleasant realities within gleaming new hospitals. Understand their complicated lives and and discover murky underworld of Delhi with the IANS bookshelf offerings this week. Take a look.
Kolkata, May 8 : With India going through a "big social youth revolution", best selling author Ira Trivedi feels social network has a huge potential to bring couples together in the country.