Book captures brilliance of Ranjit Singh's polity, rule
New Delhi, Aug 19 : The secularism of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) needs to be stuided in the current context for the manner in which he brought together a collection of warring misls (confederacies) to create a Sikh Empire that stretched from the Khyber Pass in the west to western Tibet in the east, and from Mithankot in the south to Kashmir in the north, says US-based poet, playwright and commentator Sarbpreet Singh in a new book.
Ethical toolkit, burnouts, small-town India ( Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, Aug 16 : Read about a new toolkit required to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals that go beyond the precepts of good business management and prevalent best practices in government and civil society organisations; then a handy guide that offers a framework to ensure that you continue to have a productive life without getting burned out; and finally, commune with your brethren in small-town India to get a feel of their reality.
Now, Marvel Superheroes in a book format ( Interview)
New Delhi, Aug 16 : You have read about them in comics -- that was the original genre. They then transformed to the stage, to the small screen, then to the big screen and soon the streaming platform. Now, read about your favourite Marvel Superhero in book format with the seven titles that have been released making waves worldwide and also in India, where they recently debuted.
William Dalrymple's 'The Anarchy' to release on Sept 10
New Delhi, Aug 14 : Willliam Dalrymple's latest book "The Anarchy" published by Bloomsbury and releasing on September 10, tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders.
USD 25,000 DSC prize to be announced in Pokhra on Dec 16
New Delhi, Aug 13 : The ninth USD 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be awarded at the finale of the four-day Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhra on December 16, in keeping with the tradition of announcing the winner at a different South Asian country every year. It was announced here on Tuesday.
Under Trump, a world turned upside down (Book Review)
New Delhi, Aug 11 : Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the Donald Trump presidency "is that it truly appears to function according to the strictures of a reality television format", says widely respected journalist and author Alan Friedman in a seminal disection of the current US administration.
A history of Himalayas and Tibetans rebuilding life (Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, Aug 9 : Go beyond defining mountains only by their height, though the summit of a peak is nothing more than the point where it gives way to clouds and the sky; next, ponder over a paradigm shift in ancient Indian history in the modern day search for the mythical Sarasvati river; and finally, make your way through an emphatic and enhanced collection of stories about Tibetan refugees starting anew in India.
Manu Pillai to explore 18th-19th century India in his next book
New Delhi, Aug 9 : Acclaimed for his ability to capture unique perspectives of Indian history, best-selling author Manu S. Pillai will look into India's extraordinary past and the startling colonial connections that have shaped the narrative of independent India in his fourth book.
Sunanda Pushkar's spirit was one that couldn't be contained (Book Review)
New Delhi, Aug 2 : From a convent in Ambala to the high-profile corridors of power in Delhi, from an event manager in Dubai to a "serendipitous" meeting with Shashi Tharoor, from polarising the media to a fairy tale gone wrong, Sunanda Pushkar "died just as she had lived - dramatically", says the definitive biography of a woman whose spirit was one that couldn't be contained.
Ruskin Bond releases latest book at Noida school
Noida, July 31 : Celebrated author Ruskin Bond on Wednesday released his latest book "Words From My Window -- A Journal" amid his young admirers from the Shriram Millennium School here and other prominent schools of the National Capital Region.
Indians in Britain relive partition with pain (Book Review)
New Delhi, July 30 : Hitherto, the thousands of Indians who had migrated to Britain in the wake of the partition of the sub-continent had lived in silence, perhaps wanting to bury the ghosts of the past as they sought to make a new life. Two years ago, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Kavita Puri produced a three-part series, "Partition Voices" for BBC Radio 4 that won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. She has now converted this into a similarly-titled book "to remember the time before separation so the next generations understand that there were Hindus in Lahore, and Muslims in Amritsar".
Of journalism in a new India, discover the history and architecture of India's churches, day-to-day knocks taken with a dollop of humour ( Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, July 26 : Despite the breadth and scope of the Indian media, there is little meaningful literature available about journalism practised in the country today. There have been individual accounts by journalists, some of them pretty eminent, but rarely has an attempt been made to present a holistic picture from the 21st century's perspective. A new book seeks to address the requirement. You can also discover the fascination of India's churches, their history and legends, the early arrival of Christianity, India's first encounters with Europeans and the magnificence of India's church architecture; and finally, there is another book that just lets you - well, chill!.
Ranbaxy: Why cutting corners didn't work (Book Review)
New Delhi, July 25 : American investigative journalist Katherine Eban pored over roughly 20,000 internal documents from the US FDA, including emails, memorandums, minutes of meetings and thousands of internal government records, as also replies under the Freedom of Information Act, to piece together a riveting and definitive account of how once storied Indian pharma major Ranbaxy blatantly cut corners - to improve its bottom line.
Penguin to publish Balraj Sahni's biography authored by son
New Delhi, July 20 : "The Non-Conformist: Memories of my Father Balraj Sahni", a biography by his son Parikshit that chronicles one of the finest and most natural actors hailing from the golden era of the Indian cinema, will release next month, presenting an insightful take on the legendary actor.
Yashwant Sinha laments steady erosion of Indian institutions (Book Review)
New Delhi, July 16 : He has been a keen observer of the Indian scene for over five decades, the first 24 of them as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and thereafter as a politician -- first with the Janata Party, then the Janata Dal and finally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Along the way he became the first non-Congress Finance minister to present five regular budgets and two interim budgets. Now, as he contemplates the past after quitting the BJP last year, Yashwant Sinha laments the increasing politicisation of the bureaucracy and the steady erosion of Indian institutions.
Upcoming Gurugram Litfest to focus on mental health
Gurugram, July 8 : The second edition of Gurgaon Literature Festival (GLF), to be held on November 16-17 at the DLF Cyber Hub, will be themed around mental health and fitness. It will feature around 80 speakers, including authors, politicians and psychiatrists.
Kalinga lit fest to recall Gandhi's 'idea of India'
Bhubaneswar, July 2 : With "Gandhis Idea of India: Truth, Harmony, Non-Violence" as its central theme, the three-day Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) here later this month will pay tribute to the Father of the Nation through contemporary reflections on his ideas and is set to trigger global and national discussions on his work and ideas through literature; lived experience, politics, art, film, business, media and sports.
Gun Island: Magic of the Bonduki story (Book Review)
Gun Island : By Amitav Ghosh; Penguin Random House; Rs 699. Journeys to distant lands, migration and ancient connections between civilisations are recurring themes in Amitav Ghosh's books. His latest offering, "" is a story of travel and migrations, overlaid with myth and folktales, and the deepening crisis of climate change.
Children's lit fest 'Bookaroo' to debut in Gangtok
Kolkata, June 26 : With as many as 21 speakers, 59 sessions including storytelling, drama, workshops, art and craft, Bookaroo -- India's first children's literature festival that has travelled to 12 cities across the country -- is set to debut in Gangtok, Sikkim on June 28.
What if Gandhi had lived, asks Manu Pillai (Book Review)
New Delhi, June 26 : Mahatma Gandhi had expressed the opinion that a human life could span 125 years and that he would quite like to live that long. "If he had his way, he would have departed not in 1948 but around 1994," best-selling author Manu S. Pillai writes in his latest book, also posing some intriguing questions, among them: would he have sided with Indira Gandhi to end genocide in East Pakistan and help birth Bangladesh, would Mrs Gandhi have thrown him into prison during the Emergency and most importantly, "would the tragedy that was Babri Masjid have pierced the Mahatma's heart as he aproached his own deadline of a century and a quarter?"
Sunanda Pushkar's biography to release on July 26
New Delhi, June 26 : The death on January 17, 2014 of Sunanda Pushkar, businesswoman and wife of writer and politician Shashi Tharoor, was as shocking as it was suspect, spawning many a controversy and complex legal battles.
Justice for children directly linked to reducing child mortality' (Book Review)
New Delhi, June 23 : Justice for children is directly linked to lessening child mortality and in the true sense has the potential to anchor the broader pursuit of justice. It thus needs to be multidisciplinary, multisectoral and multifocal in approach, says a just-published scholarly treatise by Ali Mehdi, who leads the Health Policy Initiative of a leading think-tank and has also been assisting the government in formulating it position on health - and other areas - for G20 meetings on the sector.
'Five major risks will haunt the Indian economy' (Book Review)
New Delhi, June 21 : India is a nation with a huge demand but one that lacks high quality services. Be it agriculture, manufacturing or other services, the Indian economy is still a work in progress and its political leadership, its bureaucracy, its business class and its citizens are on a learning curve, searching for ways to get it right, says a new book that points to the five major risks that India must address in the coming decade to stay ahead.
Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest turns 10, focuses on homegrown talent
New Delhi, June 20 : In a refreshing change for such events, Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Festival of Art, Literature, is focusing on homegrown talent - and a great deal of informality - as it aims to put its speakers and guests in the same space as its audiences at its 10th edition in Thimpu August 23-25, with the inaugural on August 22.
Amitav Ghosh's passion for climate change continues with 'Gun Island'
New Delhi, June 16 : Three years after making a forceful plea against the effects of environmental degradation, globally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh returns to the subject by once again focusing on the Sundarbans, which he terms critical for the well being of West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh and lamenting that nations around the world are not responding adequately to the global scourge.