Wherever I may roam: Travelling in the subcontinent (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta : What drives people to leave the comforts of their home and familiar surroundings to explore other lands near and far? Can we ascribe it to the human fascination to visit new places, see how other people live, or obtain fresh experiences? Or are they simply echoing life, which itself is a journey in time and space?


A mother's nightmarish quest for her missing son (Book Review)

By Shilpa Raina : Title - The Half Mother; Author - Shahnaz Bashir; Publisher - Hachette; Pages - 182; Price - Rs.295.


Book release, Kathak recital liven up Darbar Hall

New Delhi, July 25 : The high marbled dome of the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan reverberated with music and some scintillating Kathak dance - watched by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other invited guests at a special book release event.


Piquant, historical and graphical (Books This Weekend)

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.


Discovering a vibrant India in Pakistan - via a book

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.


British-Indian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize

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.


Modi releases Braille biography of Sardar Patel

New Delhi, July 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille.


'Little Big Man' author Thomas Berger dead

New York, July 23 : Author Thomas Berger, best known for his book "Little Big Man", is dead. He was 89.


Oral literature of Indian languages dying: Culture minister

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.


Pakistani author documents Hindu temples in her country

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.


Osho on yoga and meditation (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title - New Dimensions of Yoga; Author - Osho; Publisher - Penguin Ananda; Pages - 200; Price - Rs.299.


Chetan Bhagat's next novel about rural boy, urban girl love story

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.


A call for revolution, and romance: The poetry of Faiz (Column: Bookends)

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.


Islamic finance, Bollywood and S.D. Burman (Books This Weekend)

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 book highlights growing India-China economic ties

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.


Confronting life's unknown insecurities and taming demons (Book Review)

By Shilpa Raina: Title- Passion Flower, Seven Stories of Derangement; Author- Cyrus Mistry; Publisher- Aleph; Pages- 199; Price- Rs. 495


The poetic side of a talented actress (Book Review)

By Vikas Datta: Book- "Meena Kumari The Poet, A Life Beyond Cinema"; Author/Translator- Noorul Hasan; Publisher- Roli Books ; Pages- 159; Price- Rs 395.


An Unlikely Presence: Humour in the Battlefield (Column: Bookends)

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.


Many doses of fiction(Books This Weekend)

Contemporary tales of fiction dipped in different genres is what IANS bookshelf is stacked with this weekend. Take uour pick.


National Book Trust to host book fair in Srinagar

New Delhi, July 9 : The National Book Trust (NBT) Wednesday announced it will organise a book fair in Srinagar from August 23.


A twilight, amoral world: Some Cold War spy fiction

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.


Meena Kumari, men and Mussoorie (Books This Weekend)

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.


Coffee table book on President to be released Wednesday

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.


A Civil War Trilogy: Resurrecting heroes, rescuing reputations

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.


An Aussie who embraced India for good (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: Lost and Found in India; Author: Braja Sorensen; Publisher: Hay House India; Pages: 229; Price: Rs.299


Thane to soon get mobile libraries for book lovers

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.


Love laced stories and emotional sagas (Books This Weekend)

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.


Hinduism pundits or Hindu baiters? (Book Review)

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.


Entries invited for Shakti Bhatt First Book prize

New Delhi, June 25 : The Shakti Bhatt Foundation has invited entries for the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the organisers said Wednesday.


Book by tribal painter a hit in Europe

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.


President receives copy of encyclopedia of Hindusim

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.


Understanding the Ramayana through Sita's eyes (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy : Title: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana; Author: Devdutt Pattanaik; Publisher: Penguin Books; Pages: 318; Rs.499


The magnificence of imagination: Enid Blyton and her works (Column: Bookends)

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


Vulnerability of Andaman's tribals brought alive through fiction

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.


Story A 'Hero' every Indian can be proud of (Book Review)

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


Football, cricket and other stories (Books This Weekend)

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.


A book on Kerala's legend by a veteran journalist

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.


Kanshiram: Who re-invented Ambedkar to mesmerise Dalits (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, BOOK: Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits; Author: Badri Narayan; Publisher: Penguin/Viking; Pages: 265; Price: Rs.499.


Serving poems, translations and political imagination (Books This Weekend)

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.


Indian author collaborates with American thriller writer

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.


Book on 'Sahara' released by former SEBI chairman

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.


REVIEW: How Narendra Modi became a gamechanger

By Deepak Parvatiyar, Narendra Modi: The GameChanger; Author: Sudesh Verma ; Publisher: Vitasta Publishing; Price: Rs.399/- soft bound; Published: Feb 2014


A world quite like ours: A tribute to ancient Rome (Column: Bookends)

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.


Talking environment, saving animals (Books This Weekend)

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.


Unveiling an amazing India through stamps (Book Review)

By Shubha Singh : Book: Post Haste: Quintessential India; Author: B.G. Verghese; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 384; Price: Rs.1,295.


A poet for all times: Majaz Lakhnavi (Column: Bookends)

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.


Subhash Ghai launches Tula Goenka's book 'Not Just Bollywood' in Mumbai

New Delhi, May 30 : Subhash Ghai was recently spotted launching Tula Goenka's book 'Not Just Bollywood' at an event in Mumbai.


How to make money and become an entrepreneur (Books This Weekend)

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.


Westland ropes in 'The Mahabharata Secret' author for thriller trilogy

Mumbai, May 28 : Westland Publishers have signed Christopher C. Doyle, author of "The Mahabharata Secret", for a thriller trilogy, the publishers said Wednesday.


Nikita Singh's 'Right Here Right Now' launched in Kolkata

Kolkata, May 23 : Author Nikita Singh's new novel 'Right Here Right Now' was launched in Kolkata on Friday.


Mountain Echoes: Stirring literary revolution in Bhutan (Litfest Review)

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 mixed bag of health, sports and entrepreneurial journey (Books This Weekend)

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!


Book on Pashtuns' role in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations

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.


What keeps the Marwaris thriving? (Book Review)

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


Crimes and intrigues in the Raj: Joe Sandilands in India (Column: Bookends)

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.


Inside some countries and contradicting capitalism (Books This Weekend)

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.


'Jhumura' first look launched

Kolkata, May 15 : The first look of Bengali feature film 'Jhumura' directed by debut director Anindya Chatterjee was released here on Wednesday.


Poet-writer's new book is about a Net scam

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.


Charting unknown territories is British Indian writer's forte

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.


Stifled voices of yore resonate in modern social milieu (Book Review)

Book: Angarey; Author: Translated from the Urdu by Vibha S. Chauhan and Khalid Alvi; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 106; Price: Rs.195.