Noted Odia poet Brajanath Rath passes away

Noted Odia poet Brajanath Rath passes away

Noted poet of Odia literature Brajanath Rath, on Saturday passed away at his residence in Balasore following a prolonged illness. He was 79. Rath, whose poetry is replete with humanism, nationalism and social satire was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, Vishuba Award, Gokarnika […]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, passes away at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, passes away at 87

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America’s charm and maddening […]

American writer Katakis’ book polemic about US

American writer Katakis' book polemic about US

American writer-photographer Michael Katakis, who also manages Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate, has come out with a book highly polemical about the US, which he calls “a store disguised as a country”. “A Thousand Shards of Glass” is a visceral and eviscerating lament for the US, the country Katakis loved but […]

Army wives and their lives

Army wives and their lives

Women form an important part of the society and the family in particular. As they say, behind every successful man, there is a woman. We hear stories about brave soldiers of Indian Army who give their life for the nation, fight wars when need arises, work in counter-insurgency operations, disaster […]

Karachi retold: The Scatter Here Is Too Great

Karachi retold: The Scatter Here Is Too Great

Born and brought up in Karachi, the city fascinates Bilal Tanweer endlessly and in his debut novel he deals with its striking portrait and its people through a melange of stories told in a rich variety of distinctive voices that converge around a deadly bomb blast. The Scatter Here Is Too Great […]

The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong will make your day

The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong will make your day

We do not do justice to children when it comes to stories meant for them. For a long time, adults decided what was ‘proper’ for children to read and what was not and young people therefore, got to read things they would rather not have. It was therefore with some […]

Art of Giving: Warren Buffet to be told

Art of Giving: Warren Buffet to be told

Below is an extract from R Vaidyanathan’s forthcoming Book India Uninc, published by Tata Westland. The Indian ethos of giving has been much misunderstood and not stressed on sufficiently enough. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have been the recipients of much praise, while Indian pioneers like Dyal Singh Majithia are […]

What 2014 has in store for booklovers

What 2014 has in store for booklovers

The biographies of Pranab Mukherjee, Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi, Hillary Clinton’s memoir, another novel from the indomitable Jeffrey Archer and a retelling of the Aarushi murder are some of the major titles that booklovers can look forward to in 2014.In the sports segment, the prominent books will be the […]

And The Mountains Echoed: An absorbing emotional journey

And The Mountains Echoed: An absorbing emotional journey

In his book And The Mountains Echoed, renowned storyteller Khaled Hosseini writes, “All good things in life are fragile and easily lost” and that’s what struck me, smack in the middle of my inexperienced heart and mind. I have to admit that I completely loved it. I call my heart […]

Pak mole in Indian agencies helped 26/11 attackers

Pak mole in Indian agencies helped 26/11 attackers

A Pakistani mole in the Indian security agencies code named ‘Honey Bee’ had helped his ISI handlers in identifying the landing site for 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai, claims a book by two British journalists. The information on Badhwar Park, the landing site, was shared by ISI operatives with Pakistani-American Lashkar […]

Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing dies at 94

In this January 30, 2008 file photo, Nobel literature laureate, Doris Lessing holds up the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal after being presented it by the Ambassador of Sweden, Staffan Carlsson, during a ceremony at the Wallace Collection art gallery in London.

Doris Lessing emerged from a black cab outside her home in London one day in 2007 and was confronted by a horde of reporters. When told she had won the Nobel Prize, she blinked and retorted “Oh Christ! … I couldn’t care less.” That was typical of the independent — […]

Eleanor Catton wins fiction’s Man Booker prize for The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton wins fiction's Man Booker prize for The Luminaries

Youth and heft triumphed at Britain’s Booker Prize on Tuesday, as 28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton won the fiction award for  ‘The Luminaries,’ an ambitious 832-page murder mystery set during a 19th-century gold rush. The choice should give heart to young authors of oversized tales. Catton is the youngest writer […]

Best-selling spy novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

Best-selling spy novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games’ made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66. Penguin Group (USA) announced that Clancy had died on Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did […]

SD Burman walked out after hearing Dum maro dum

SD Burman walked out after hearing Dum maro dum

Musician Sachin Dev Burman was terribly upset with his son RD Burman’s composition in Hare Rama Hare Krishna and walked out of the studio when he heard the recording of the song Dum maro dum. This and several other interesting facts about the legend find mention in a book SD […]

Privacy from government monitoring is a right

Privacy from government monitoring is a right

Excerpted below is the introduction to Cory Doctorow’s young adult science fiction novel Little Brother. It is being reproduced here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. While it talks about ‘Big Brotherly’ behaviour by Governments in the West, it is of particular value to Indians right […]

Partition – stories from India, Pak, Bangladesh

Partition - stories from India, Pak, Bangladesh

Contributors from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have helped stitch up a melange of reflective, witty and contemporary  accounts of how ordinary people negotiated with the partition, in a new graphic novel. Narratives by 46 contributors – journalists, graphic artists, translators and storytellers among others- feature in the anthology “This Side […]