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  • What we know so far and four wildly speculative story lines for Chetan Bhagat's upcoming book 'Half Girlfriend' September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: With Chetan Bhagat's latest book release just around the corner, we are sure that all his fans and readers are aching to know what the story will be about. To make things easier for his fans, we have made a list of concrete things we know about the...
  • Book on Narendra Modi's life to come out in November September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: A book chronicling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rise in politics as well as other aspects of his life will hit book stores in November. The book "Narendra Modi: a Charismatic and Visionary Statesman" has been authored jointly by Adish C Aggarwal and Sarah J Marchington. To be released...
  • Neel Mukherjee's novel in Booker Prize shortlist September 9, 2014

    London: Kolkataborn British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centres around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award. Mukherjee, who studied at Oxford and Cambridge, was also...
  • George W Bush's book about father titled '41' September 3, 2014

    New York: The title of former US President George W Bush's book about his father will feature a number, not a name. Crown Publishers announced Wednesday that the book about former President George HW Bush will be called "41: A Portrait of My Father." The elder Bush was the country's 41st...
  • Action against Tripura government officials for ordering books August 31, 2014

    Agartala: A government official was suspended and another official warned in Tripura for issuing an order to purchase books written by the Chief Minister and the former chief secretary without taking proper sanction and permission from the government, officials said on Sunday. Deputy Director of School Education, holding the charge...
  • Noted Historian Bipan Chandra dies at the age of 86 August 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Well known Indian author and historian Bipan Chandra died on Saturday morning at the age of 86. He was considered to be an expert in political history and economics. He has authored a number of books including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, Communalism: A Primer, The...
  • Have you got 'booked' yet? Indians are challenging their friends to name 10 books they have loved growing up in viral, chain dare on Facebook August 28, 2014

    If you are a regular on Facebook and have friends who read, it's highly likely you have been tagged by one or multiple of them in status updates asking you to name 10 books that have had a deep impact on your life. The newest trend to take over Facebook...
  • Rare copy of 1st Superman comic book fetches USD 3.2 million August 26, 2014

    New York: A rare copy of Action Comics #1 that introduced Earth to Superman has become the world's most expensive comic book, selling for a whopping US $3.2 million. The 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared initially cost 10 cents. When Darren Adams decided to put his incredibly rare,...
  • UR Ananthamurthy: Eternally vigilant writer, thinker and teacher August 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, known as UR Ananthamurthy, died on Friday. He was 82. Ananthamurthy was one of India's best known writers and thinkers both within India and abroad. He wore many hats. He was a celebrated English professor, acclaimed writer, admired activist and a loved mentor to many. Born at...
  • Will write another book after Sonia Gandhi publishes hers: Natwar Singh August 19, 2014

    In an interview with Vivek Tejuja, former Union minister Natwar Singh talks about his life as author. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Vivek Tejuja: You are already a prolific writer and have written many books including 'Walking with Lions', 'My China Diary' and many others recounting your vast...
  • English is the new caste system, my book 'Half Girlfriend' explores this aspect of our society: Chetan Bhagat August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Author Chetan Bhagat's new novel, a ruralurban love story about a boy from Bihar falling for an Englisheducated Delhi girl, is set for release this October. Bhagat, who is considered a bestseller, took to Twitter and Facebook to announce details of the upcoming book and accompanied it with...
  • Cartoonist Pran, the man behind Chacha Chaudhury and other characters, dies August 6, 2014

    One of India's most successful Indian cartoonists Pran Kumar Sharma died on Wednesday. Pran was the man behind the famous comic series Chacha Chaudhury. His others famous characters included cartoons like Sabu, Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channie Chachi and many more. Pran succumbed to cancer early on Wednesday morning at a...
  • ExPM Manmohan Singh's daughter defends father in a book, says he faced resistance within Congress August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has come to his defence in a new book. In an interview to a national daily, Daman Singh has said that her father was not a misfit in politics but that manipulative politics and wheeling dealing didn't come easily to him. She...
  • 'Half Girlfriend': Author Chetan Bhagat's new book is a love story between a Bihari boy and a reluctant girl August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: His last book 'Revolution 20: 20' came out in 2011 and since then Chetan Bhagat has been busy writing scripts for films. The author is back after a long hiatus with his latest book 'Half Girlfriend'. The book's first look was released by ecommerce store Flipkart on Tuesday morning...
  • The 5 most explosive memoirs by Indian politicians and bureaucrats to help Sonia Gandhi write her own August 1, 2014

    Former foreign affairs minister Natwar Singh has raised quite a storm with revelations about the NehruGandhi family in his book 'One Life Is Not Enough', enough to rile Congress President Sonia Gandhi into saying that she will write her own book to counter Singh's claims. Singh had said Sonia was...
  • South African antiapartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies July 14, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African Nobel Prizewinning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at her Johannesburg...
  • 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...
  • 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 shortstory 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...
  • Stop illegal Bangladeshis or Assam could turn into 'Bosnia or Kashmir': BSF exofficer 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" visavis 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...
  • Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    London: Indianborn 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • 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 allcomic 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Londonbased biographer Andy Marino's book. He talks of getting unfettered access over a period of a few weeks, in an exclusive interview...
  • 10 years of Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone', possibly the world's only mostread book everyone has denied reading May 7, 2014

    No author in literary history has polarised readers as much as Chetan Bhagat since the release of his first semiautobiographical book 'Five Point Someone' that touched a nerve with readers debating both his style and the quality of his prose. Bhagat is not a literary elite but no other author has...
  • Australian physicist finds 99yearold mistake in Oxford dictionary April 28, 2014

    An eagleeyed Australian scientist has forced the Oxford English Dictionary to change its definition of how a siphon works, after he found an error in the entry which had gone unnoticed for 99 years. For almost a century, the dictionary incorrectly stated that atmospheric pressure, rather than gravity, is the...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day April 24, 2014

    For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian cultur'Alchemy'...
  • Next Oxford dictionary may be too big to print, fear publishers April 21, 2014

    London: The Oxford English Dictionary may disappear from bookshelves as future editions may be too big to print, its publishers fear. Only an on-line format would be practicable and affordable as the third edition is expected to be twice the size of the current version, according to its publishers. The publishers say...

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Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Google doodles the great Russian author's epic novels

The whitebearded, prolific Leo Tolstoy is revered the world over for addressing war, love, God and family in epic novels such as 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'.