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  • Varun Gandhi's poems - Gentle yet haunting 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Discovering higher truths within is the constant theme in the collection of poems put out by Feroze Varun Gandhi in his second book 'Stillness'. Fifty one poems, capturing a myriad mix of emotions, using different verse forms and encompassing a range of topics, Stillness is the work of...
  • 10 life lessons that we can learn from Chetan Bhagat novels April 27, 2015

    Everyone loves to hate Chetan Bhagat. And it is just so easy. This engineer-turned MBA-turned author-turned reality show host is a soft target for anyone who has nothing to do on days when material for outrage is low on the internet. It doesn't help that he makes the occasional foot-in-the-mouth...
  • 'Half Girlfriend' is purely fiction', says author Chetan Bhagat after defamation suit is filed against him April 24, 2015

    Mumbai: Author Chetan Bhagat, who has been slapped with Rs 1 crore defamation suit, has denied that 'Half Girlfriend' has any reference to the family of erstwhile princely state of Dumraon in Bihar. The author said there was some "misunderstanding" as his book is a work of fiction. Chandra Vijay...
  • 90s movies, MS Paint comics and life lessons; Sahil Rizwan's book is a fun read April 15, 2015

    Life offers you lessons in form of almost everything that exists; be it people, or things or in case of Sahil Rizwan, a whole batch of weird Bollywood movies from the 1990s. Sahil Rizwan is a 26 year old internet person known widely across India as the guy-who-recreates-movies-into-MS-Paint-comics. Yep, he...
  • Guenter Grass, author of ‘The Tin Drum’, dies at 87 April 13, 2015

    Berlin: German novelist Guenter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of works such as 'The Tin Drum', has died at the age of 87, a foundation in his name said on Monday. Grass, with his trademark drooping moustache, was born the Baltic port of Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland, in 1927 and...
  • Women writers do not get enough exposure in India unlike their male counterparts: Madhuri Banerjee April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Madhuri Banerjee may be a well known author of bestseller books like 'Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas' and 'Advantage Love' but the author-script writer feels that women authors in India do not get their due credit. In a free willing chat exclusively with IBNLive.com, Banerjee expressed...
  • 17 'Harry Potter' fans who tattooed their beloved magical world on their skin April 8, 2015

    Everyone who has grown up with the 'Harry Potter' series knows that fanboyism can go up to crazy levels. From writing fan-fiction, to covering every inch our wall with 'Harry Potter' posters, to making fan-art, it has been done but these people take it to a different level. They have...
  • Creative differences with Suhrita Sengupta? Never. Her complaint was that I never interfered, says 'All That Could Have Been' author Mahesh Bhatt April 7, 2015

    With just a few months left for the release of his most awaited films 'Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani', filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt speaks exclusively to IBNLive.com about his debut novel 'All That Could Have Been'. Based on the screenplay of Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi starrer, the novel revolves around the life...
  • Salman Khurshid talks about his new book 'At Home in India - The Muslim Saga' March 29, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's foreign affairs editor Anchal Vohra, former foreign minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid shares the story behind his new book 'At Home in India - The Muslim Saga'. ...
  • Read: Extended excerpts from 'Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader' March 25, 2015

    A new biography of the Apple co-founder Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader has been released and is stirring up many new discussions on the man and reigniting old ones. The new book by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, includes some revelations hitherto...
  • I don't try to provoke, I'm a simple storyteller: Jeffrey Archer March 23, 2015

    Kolkata: No alien to controversies, British author Jeffrey Archer says he's not a provocative writer and "feels very safe" in India when it comes to censorship issues. "I don't try to provoke. I am a simple storyteller. I feel safe in India, very safe," he said. In contrast, he said, he...
  • Kiran Nagarkar's 'Bedtime Story and Black Tulip' a terrific read March 20, 2015

    From the time I have started reading Kiran Nagarkar's books, I have wanted to read the banned play, "Bedtime Story". The play was banned when it first released in 1978 by the Shiv Sena and other fundamentalist parties. It has now been republished by Harper Collins India. For me the...
  • Modi doesn't know the meaning of failure, says author of 'The Modi Effect' March 17, 2015

    Author of 'The Modi Effect' Lance Price says that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not known to the feeling of failure and his charisma has projected him as the only option to the voters in India. ...
  • Narenda Modi saw no TV, took only calls after noon on Lok Sabha elections result day: Book March 15, 2015

    New Delhi: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal may have inflicted a massive defeat on BJP in Delhi Assembly polls last month, but months earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw him as a "small single city leader" not even worth "my time to ignore". These comments were made by Modi to former...
  • Harper Lee's agent 'surprised' by elder abuse allegations March 15, 2015

    New York: The literary agent for Harper Lee said he was surprised someone had told Alabama authorities that the 88-year-old author might be the victim of elder abuse and manipulated into the publication of her second novel. In a statement issued Friday through publisher HarperCollins, agent Andrew Nurnberg said Lee was...
  • There is no language left in films today: Javed Akhtar March 15, 2015

    New Delhi: For noted scriptwriter, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, language has no religion and says those who cry foul over "purity of language" should know that it is non-existent. Speaking at 'Jashn-e-Rekhta', a festival celebrating Urdu language organised by Rekhta organisation here, Akhtar hit out at those who aim...
  • With natural characters, 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader is good weekend read March 13, 2015

    In a perfect mix of emotions 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader brings out the feelings of those sections of society that have either been socially condoned or not at all addressed as a part of the society. The 10-story-long novel portrayed the society in most appropriate manner it could...
  • Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy 'Discworld' novels, dies at 66 March 12, 2015

    London: Terry Pratchett, the British author of the popular "Discworld" series of fantasy novels, has died of a form of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 66, his publishing house said on Thursday. Pratchett died at home surrounded by his family with his cat sleeping on his bed, Transworld Publishers said. "In...
  • Exclusive: Amitav Ghosh talks about his new book 'Flood of Fire' March 6, 2015

    Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, author Amitav Ghose talks about his latest book 'Flood of Fire'. ...
  • Bollywood stole my book 'Kane and Abel' and made 'Khuddar': Jeffrey Archer March 3, 2015

    Mumbai: Celebrated author Jeffrey Archer met his Mumbai fans at a book store on Monday to promote his latest book 'Mightier Than The Sword'. Among other things, the author discussed cricket, the ongoing world cup and Bollywood with the crowd that had gathered to meet him. The author mentioned how Bollywood...
  • Book raises questions about Mumtaz Mahal's burial March 2, 2015

    Agra: Was Mumtaz Mahal's body mummified before her temporary burial in Burhanpur and later finally laid to rest at the Taj Mahal in Agra? This is the subject of a book "Taj Mahal ya Mummy Mahal?" written by Afsar Ahmad, released on Sunday by the registrar of Central Hindi...
  • DC Comics' Catwoman comes out of the closet in the new comic book February 28, 2015

    DC Comics' popular comic character Catwoman has come out of the closet. In its latest issue 'Catwoman #39', Selina Kyle is seen puckering up Eiko Hasigawa, who in the latest series takes her place as the new Catwoman. The character has been an important part of the Batman series in the...
  • Gay rights, inter-generational chasms and evolving society - A conversation with Indian-American writer Mala Kumar February 20, 2015

    New York: Mala Kumar is an Indian-American writer and international development practitioner. Her debut novel, 'The Paths of Marriage', came out in October 2014, while she was working for UNICEF in the central African nation of Burundi and has made plenty of waves within the United States in general and...
  • Book excerpt: 'The Sibius Knot' February 20, 2015

    'The Sibius Knot' by former CNN-IBN senior news anchor/ Books & Health EditorAmrita Tripathi is a story about the devastation of adolescence and young adulthood. It tracks a group of friends who have to face up to Delhi's underbelly, the everyday banality of trauma, violence and loss, and feel they're...
  • Amish Tripathi: There aren't many extremist in India, it is a miniscule number; we are not Syria or Pakistan February 18, 2015

    Jaipur: One might think that Amish Tripathi, author of the hugely popular Shiva trilogy, took a big risk when he decided to write on mythology in his first book- but the author himself doesn't feel so. An IIM Calcutta graduate, Amish Tripathi's first book 'The Immortals Of Meluha' - narrating...
  • Book stalls to be set up at railway stations, airports February 14, 2015

    New Delhi: To encourage people to read books, HRD Ministry would approach the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to set up book stalls of National Book Trust (NBT) on platforms and in airports. "We will get in touch with the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to enable NBT...
  • 'Fifty Shades' author EL James says she 'fought hard' for her fans February 11, 2015

    New York: "Fifty Shades of Grey" devotees, know this: Whether you end up loving or hating the new movie, author EL James had your back. "I was thinking about the readers," James says about the sometimes fraught process of adapting her steamy book to the screen - a process that reportedly...
  • Sony Pictures and Marvel Studies to partner on Spider-Man movie February 10, 2015

    Los Angeles: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studies have reached a deal to partner on the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, uniting the web-slinging superhero with Marvel's comic book universe. Kevin Feige, president of Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios, will co-produce the next film set for July 2017 release...
  • JK Rowling answers Harry Potter fan's queries about Fluffy, Horcruxes and the Black's family house February 8, 2015

    London: Author JK Rowling has solved fans' queries about Horcruxes and the three-headed Fluffy from the 'Harry Potter' book series, on Twitter. Rowling, 49, was also asked about the 12 Grimmauld Place's bizarre location by the fans, reported The Independent. "How come when Harry gets bitten by the Basilisk in 'Chamber...
  • Cricket Fanatic's Essential Guide: A stat attack that nicely whets World Cup appetite February 6, 2015

    Noted sports journalist Vimal Kumar has produced a pocket-size dynamo at the most opportune time. His latest book 'Cricket Fanatic's Essential Guide' nicely whets the appetite of cricket aficionados, producing an easy-to-read line-up of stats and history from ten previous ICC World Cups. Vimal's 15-year experience in sports journalism and passion...

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