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    There is so much to Indian Mythology that remains hidden. There is so much which no one speaks of. Of hidden desires (maybe), of stories that somehow do not surface, because we are too civilized for our own good. We are full of shackles and intimidation and fear and to...
  • 'Mumbai Confidential' depicts the city's dark side with brilliance 23 hours 28 minutes ago

    What better way to depict the dark and gory underworld and cop politics of Mumbai, than through a graphic novel? The underbelly is fantastically done with shades of brown, black and grey. Sometimes it also may happen that some graphic novels fail to convey what they want to, but that...
  • KR Meera's 'Hang Woman' is a complex read 2 days ago

    Some books are just not an easy read. No matter how hard you try, you cannot skim through them. Neither can you dismiss them. They demand complete and total attention. They will not rest till you give it to them and neither will you. 'Hang Woman' by KR Meera is...
  • Rainbow Rowell's 'Landline' is about adult relationships July 16, 2014

    Rainbow Rowell is the new favourite amongst both, teens and adults. I had heard a lot about Fangirl and Eleanor and Park from a lot of friends and other people. I even bought Eleanor and Park and never got around to reading it. Till 'Landline' reached me and I thought...
  • South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies July 14, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement...
  • In JK Rowling's second story, Harry Potter's wife Ginny, a sports reporter with the Daily Prophet, live blogs from the Quidditch World Cup July 14, 2014

    On Tuesday when JK Rowling gave fans a glimpse of how Harry Potter and his gang are doing 7 years post the battle at Hogwarts, there were speculations on whether these posts would become a regular feature on the Pottermore site. Good news is that on Saturday, Rowling posted a live...
  • 'Aspyrus' is a silent graphic novel, with images for most part of it July 13, 2014

    I love graphic novels. They are something else like I have always maintained. There is something about them that takes your imagination riding, even though it is all there in front of you. It is saying what it has to and yet it is not. Appupen's graphic novels are different....
  • Rebecca Westcott's 'Dandelion Clocks' is a good read July 12, 2014

    The age of 'sick-literature' is on. Almost all young adult books have that element in them after 'The Fault in Our Stars' and I am not surprised. It can get a bit annoying though. I would rather be back in the time and place when literature for children and teens...
  • Book will come out soon with or without Orient Blackswan: Megha Kumar July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Oxford-based historian Megha Kumar is the recent victim of censorship as publisher Orient Blackswan withheld the sale of the book 'Communalism and Sexual Violence: Ahmedabad Since 1969' just days after releasing it. The publisher informed Kumar that the book needs "comprehensive assessment" and should be set aside "for...
  • Attention Harry Potter fans: JK Rowling posts story about Harry sporting a new cut on his cheek and attending Quidditch game July 8, 2014

    OMG, you guys! You will never believe what gossip columnist Rita Skeeter is reporting! JK Rowling has just posted a new short-story about Harry Potter attending a Quidditch World Cup game in a new article on her website, Pottermore.com. Harry, last seen waving his children onto the Hogwarts train at the...
  • 'The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing' is a story of a dysfunctional family that cannot be forgotten July 3, 2014

    The past is beautiful and also has the power to be vicious. For it to rear its ugly head and not let go, till the demons have been put to rest. As a reader, I see this theme occurring again and again in books. I think that one cannot ignore...
  • Stop illegal Bangladeshis or Assam could turn into 'Bosnia or Kashmir': BSF ex-officer June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Retired Indian security personnel must be allowed to settle along the Bangladesh border to be New Delhi's "eyes and ears" vis-a-vis illegal migration, a former BSF officer says. Retired Border Security Force (BSF) Additional Director General PK Mishra also warns that India's failure to stop the growing illegal...
  • The Silkworm review: JK Rowling casts a spell as Robert Galbraith June 28, 2014

    It's clear now, that JK Rowling's debut under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was no flash in the pan. The Cuckoo's Calling was a taut, pacey read, and while The Silkworm feels like a longer one, she's packed a lot in. First things first, let's just admit that the main man,...
  • Patrick Lee's 'Runner' is not for the serious reader but is perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon June 27, 2014

    Thrillers are not easy to write. There is always the case of what to give away and what to hide and also the fact that the reader, who reads the genre, has had some experience in figuring it all out. Then how does a writer get the reader to turn...
  • Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    London: Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday. The prize, awarded by the British branch of the worldwide writers' association, is named for the...
  • Irish writer pips Jhumpa Lahiri to win top UK prize June 5, 2014

    First-time Irish novelist Eimear McBride beat five other authors including Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri to win this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. McBride's debut "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing" tells the story of a young woman's...
  • Gulzar's 'Green Poems' to be launched on World Environment Day June 3, 2014

    Patna: On the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June, 2014) Penguin Books India is launch of a new book of poetry 'Green Poems' by renowned lyricist Gulzar. Retired diplomat and JDU leader by Pavan K Varma has translated the poems into English. The launch is being organised by the...
  • 'The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair': There is no way you can stop reading it June 2, 2014

    I thought to myself, "What could be there in this book that most people outside of the country are going absolutely crazy about it?" I mean there has to be something to it, isn't it? I kept evading the read for the longest time, maybe because of the tome of...
  • 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn signed up to write a novel based on 'Hamlet' May 31, 2014

    London: American novelist Gillian Flynn, author of the bestselling "Gone Girl", will write a novel based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" for a series commissioned by The Hogarth Press employing contemporary writers to reinterpret the Bard's plays. Hogarth announced this week that Flynn had been recruited for its "Hogarth Shakespeare" project which will...
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    Winston-Salem: Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why...
  • 'Indianomix' full of multiple gems which makes it a must read May 27, 2014

    I will begin this review by saying that this book is not 'Freakonomics'. Due to the success of books such as 'Freakonomics' and 'The Undercover Economist' which in turn has spawned off a multitude of me-toos, most reviews of the book tend to be focusing on comparisons with the above...
  • 'Arctic Summer' is unconventional book that deserves a reread May 27, 2014

    There is this charm to old-world stories and to people who lived then. This is even more true when it comes to writers and what they write and sometimes what they do not or what they were supposed to, but did not. EM Forster is one such writer. He wrote...
  • Original page of Tintin drawings sets comic strip record at auction May 25, 2014

    Paris: An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction Saturday for more than two million euros, a new world record for a comic strip. The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector after 15 minutes of furious...
  • Popular comic Tinkle enters Limca Book of Records May 22, 2014

    Mumbai Children's monthly Tinkle, from the house of Amar Chitra Katha, has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the 'only all-comic magazine for children . The June issue of the magazine has been dedicated to this record along with a double spread proclaiming the entry into the record book. The...
  • Writer Taslima Nasreen tweets she does not have cancer, test result shows her tumour is benign May 15, 2014

    Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has confirmed that she does not have cancer, days after she tweeted that she underwent a biopsy to determine the cause of a tumour. Nasreen tweeted that her tumour is benign. In fact, a visibly relieved Nasreen tweeted "It's BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN...
  • Arun Maira says his book is on reforms needed for stronger economy May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Member Arun Maira on Tuesday said that his new book focuses on reforms that can ensure a stronger economy and is "very different" from what others have written recently. Maira's book titled 'Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying - Reforming Institutions' comes on the heels of books written...
  • Lucie Whitehouse's 'Before We Met' is a racy psychological thriller May 12, 2014

    It is always a pleasure to explore new authors, more so, when you end up loving their books. I'd never heard about Lucie Whitehouse's name before. I was just browsing through the catalogue that I'd received from Bloomsbury and the cover of the book caught my attention. After reading the...
  • Paul Danahar's 'The New Middle East' is an outcome of A-class research May 12, 2014

    Many countries of the Middle East have been on world radar since 2011. Dictators like Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussain, Gaddafi and Bashar-al-assad have been dethroned by their people and what they've left behind are countries in chaos, having millions of people who are constantly looking for their lost identities and...
  • 'Love among the bookshelves' is about Ruskin Bond's tryst with books May 12, 2014

    How can someone not love something that Ruskin Bond has written? I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. Though, this was a genre that I had never tried before - a book about books and reading. 'Love among the bookshelves' is part memoir and part anthology by our very own...
  • Had unfettered access to Modi, says his biographer Andy Marino May 8, 2014

    There are more than 10 books on the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in stores now. One book that seems to be flying off the shelves is London-based biographer Andy Marino's book. He talks of getting unfettered access over a period of a few weeks, in an exclusive interview...

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Irish writer pips Jhumpa Lahiri to win top UK prize

First-time Irish novelist Eimear McBride beat five other authors including Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri to win this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

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