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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…


Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and the harshest of childhoods to become a…


American writer Katakis’ book polemic about US

American writer-photographer Michael Katakis, who also manages Ernest Hemingway’s…


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…





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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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing dies at 94

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 …

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 …

Nixon kept quiet on Hindu genocide by Pakistani Army

Ahead of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971, the Pakistani Army systematically committed genocide” of the Hindu community in the then East Pakistan and the Nixon Administration kept a blind eye to it, a new book says. While the Indian …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – …

Teen writer plans sequel to suspense thriller

Teenage writers no longer keep their ideas bottled up. Be it writing or any other form of art, students are increasingly going public with their talent. Such is the story of 17-year-old Shriya Sekhsaria who after debuting with a suspense-filled book …

New look at India’s connections with South Asia

India’s Look East policy is all about revival of her pre-colonial and multi-dimensional interactions with South East Asia, especially through trade, that were ruptured by the European colonialists including the British which consciously sought …

Bhubaneswar Express is all about life’s many changes

Bhubaneswar Times — what does this name suggest to you? The name of a newspaper, a magazine or a news portal? It is neither a news portal nor a newspaper nor a magazine. It is a book — the debut novel by Nidra Naik. Bhubaneswar Times is a …

Obama and his two sides explored in The Center Holds

After sailing through two Presidential elections by comfortable margins, President Barack Obama finds himself bogged down just six months into his second term. His administration is fending off attacks on multiple fronts, including delays rolling …







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