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Never mind Anil Vij and KVIC, Obama still finds inspiration from Gandhi

Haryana minister Anil Vij believes Gandhi is a not an impressive brand (Modi is), and

Good governance is actually a cooperative, collective endeavour: Jerry Pinto

Prolific writer and acclaimed journalist Jerry Pinto has edited and written many literary works in different genres. His work ranges from children’s fiction and magazine columns to poetry

Contemporary India in MoUH: a journalistic guide

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy’s new novel in two decades, reads like non-fiction at time – in a welcome sense, in a non-post-truth kind of way. Its characte

Hindi’s narrow readership is a concern: Nikhil Sachan

Nikhil Sachan is one of the most promising names among contemporary Hindi writers. His first book, Namak Swadanusar, a collection of short stories published in 2013, was praised widely in liter

How Sahitya Akademi promotes India lit abroad

Sahitya Akademi, the autonomous organization under the ministry of culture, has been silently promoting Indian literature abroad through a host of activities, including promotion of translations.

Vanni: In struggle of memory, pictures complement words

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the new president of Sri Lanka, won the November elections that were held amid continued polarization in the island nation. As defence secretary, he had led the government&rsquo

‘Always write (or live life) with all passion and heart in it’

Did India’s nuclear tests in Pokhran in 1974 affect the local population? That is the starting point for a new novel, Uday Singh`s `Pokhran` (published by Srishti). It expertly blends rea

How RBI officer Giridharan wrote his debut mystery

The first mystery about the mystery writer R Giridharan is this: how does he manage to accomplish much in the same 24 hours? He, as the publishers’ note says, “churns out murder mysteri

Gems, rare and otherwise, of Indian-English prose, finally in one place

The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of English Prose Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Black Kite in association with Ashoka University and Hachett

If Bharata Muni watched European thrillers…

Cinema Through Rasa A Tryst with Masterpieces in the Light of Rasa Siddhānta By Prachand Praveer Translated by Geeta Mirji Narayan from the Hindi original

An anthropologist on moral life in a Delhi colony

Textures of the Ordinary: Doing Anthropology After Wittgenstein By Veena Das Orient BlackSwan, 410 pages, Rs 1,350 Veena Das, a well-know

I owe much in my life to writing: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar’s new fiction, ‘How to Kill a Billionaire’, explores crime, law and redemption in a deeply flawed world. It’s a story of a billionaire’s son going mi

A portrait of Mahatma as a young man

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Restless as Mercury: My Life as a Young Man Edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi Aleph, xvi+377 pages, Rs 999 The Collect

Was more nervous ahead of 2nd, 3rd book launch, not 1st: Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat, the best-selling author and columnist who is launching his tenth novel, ‘400 Days’, on October 8, has said that he had maximum nervousness ahead of the launch of his seco

Reading ‘Meghaduta’ in the times of climate change

Kalidasa’s Meghaduta: The Cloud Messenger Translated by Abhay K. Bloomsbury / 114 pages / Rs 399 ‘Meghduta’, a &lsq

A counter-terrorism thriller that’s also insider story beyond headlines

OPERATION TROJAN HORSE By D.P. Sinha and Abhishek Sharan Paperback | Rs 399 | 372 pages Espionage thrillers closely resembling tomorrow’

A deeply felt meditation on girlhood

GIRLHOOD By Melissa Febos Bloomsbury / 336 pages Melissa Febos wowed readers and critics with her ‘Whip Smart: A Memoir’ (2010). I

Five Ws of Gandhi assassination

The Murderer, the Monarch and the Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination By Appu Esthose Suresh and Priyanka Kotamraju HarperColl

The inimitable life and times of Nandshankar

Nandshankar: A Portrait in Nineteenth-century Surat By Vinayak Nandshankar Mehta Translated from the original Gujarati by Radhika Jayakar Herzberger

What Ramayan and Mahabharat teach us about modern times

When I was a young child, I used to read the Panchtantra and the English stories and fairy tales. They taught me many things, like never to speak to strangers, never to trust anybody blindly, alway

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the Uni

‘Classified’, a scintillating expose of the ISRO spy story

Classified: Hidden Truths in the ISRO Spy Story By J. Rajasekharan Nair Srishti Publishers, 280 pages, Rs 350 The Indian Space Research Organisation (

Visionary Talk: Ram Madhav, Member Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh with Kailashnath Adhikari


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