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  • Next Oxford dictionary may be too big to print, fear publishers 2 days ago

    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...
  • 10 helplessly romantic quotes of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez you're thankful Bollywood scriptwriters never found out 5 days ago

    His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th...
  • Prince Charles did not support Rushdie over The Satanic Verses April 15, 2014

    Britain's Prince Charles turned his back on author Salman Rushdie during the fatwa over publication of 'The Satanic Verses' as he believed the book was offensive to Muslims, a novelist has revealed. In an interview with Vanity Fair, author Martin Amis has claimed that the Princes views caused a row...
  • Some amazing lines from Indian-origin poet Vijay Seshadri's Pulitzer prize winning book '3 Sections' April 15, 2014

    India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems '3 Sections.' The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced on Monday by Columbia University. Seshadri's '3 Sections' is a "compelling collection of poems that...
  • Batman turns 75: Here are his best stories, handpicked for you April 11, 2014

    There have been thousands of Batman stories published in the last 75 years. To make your work easier for you, we recommend the best storylines. Year One. Arguably the greatest comic book story ever written, this is Frank Miller's re-imagination of how Bruce Wayne became the Bat. If you've seen...
  • Batman nemesis: The good, the bad and the creepy April 11, 2014

    The Joker: No list is complete, or even begins, without him. The first great Bat-villain, and arguably the greatest comic book villain ever (Lex Luthor and Magneto fans, please stay your fists). Poison Ivy: Pamela Islay is an immortal femme fatale, and has had many love-hate run-ins with the Bat....
  • Batman turns 75: From grim personal story to sinister villains - what is the secret of The Dark Knight's popularity? April 11, 2014

    Delhi: So Batman has entered his 75th year. For a creature born out of acute childhood trauma, nostalgia does not come easily, and we suspect Mr Wayne would take reminiscence as a kind of weakness, but we are not caped crusaders ourselves, so we can afford to look back on...
  • 10 books Konkona Sen Sharma loves and wants you to read April 10, 2014

    From detective novels to popular comics, storybooks and classic literature, books play a key role in widening the horizons of our imagination and introducing us to different perspectives. To ensure they aren't deprived of the pleasure of reading books, celebrities - despite their frenzied and chaotic work lives - take...
  • Unreal Elections: Internet's favourite parody bloggers try to answer crucial but entirely fake questions ahead of 2014 polls April 9, 2014

    Why Narendra Modi's favourite movie is The Lion King, what happens to Arnab Goswami's milkman when he tries to cheat him, how Sonia Gandhi reshuffles her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears, Why Arvind Kejriwal can't get rid of his shawl in the Delhi summer, what fills Manmohan...
  • RIP Archie: Popular comic character Archie to be killed off in upcoming comic book April 9, 2014

    Los Angeles: Beloved comic book character Archie Andrews will die in an upcoming issue. Archie Comics announced that the redhead would be killed off. Details of the death are not available, but the story will be covered in "Life With Archie", which will be released on July 16, reported Ace...
  • Narendra Modi says his poems are 'like a spring of fresh water', collection of his poetry in English to be out on April 20 April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: It seems Bharatiya Janata Party's PM nominee Narendra Modi is pulling out all stops to convey his message to voters across India. The latest is a collection of his poems out on April 20 in the national capital. Modi's poems in Gujarati have been translated into English and...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' shortlisted for Baileys Prize April 8, 2014

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Lowland" has been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Prize, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. "The Lowland", which is about the lives of brothers Subhash and Udayan, their choices and their fate, was described by Helen...
  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written April 8, 2014

    Dune by Frank Herbert is often quoted as 'Science Fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings'. The cast is huge and varied, a tapestry of flesh that includes the likes of noble desert fighters, messiahs, conniving 'witches', and greedy emperors. 'Ender's Game' is the story of a young boy placed...
  • Antony a good man but surrounded by a web of bureaucrats: Gen VK Singh's autobiographer April 6, 2014

    New Delhi: With the clock ticking down, the fate of 542 candidates that will be sent to the next Lok Sabha hangs in the balance. Amidst the shrill, high-pitched drama with various candidates attacking their rivals, the one issue that is omnipresent is the multiple scams in Defence deals. The...
  • Veer: 'Courage beyond compare', stories of extraordinary struggles April 3, 2014

    The book tells the stories of the extraordinary struggles of some of India's highly accomplished para athletes. These athletes overcame unbelievable physical and mental challenges to become world beaters in their chosen sporting arena. ...
  • US: Anti-war activist, author Jonathan Schell dies at 70 March 27, 2014

    New York: Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and anti-war activist who condemned conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and warned of a nuclear holocaust in terrifying detail in his prize-winning book, "The Fate of the Earth," has died at age 70. Schell's companion, Irena Gross, said that Schell died on Tuesday...
  • Chiki Sarkar to head publishing at Penguin Random House India March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Chiki Sarkar, currently Publisher at Penguin Books India, has been appointed as Publisher, Penguin Random House India with overall responsibility for building the local publishing programme in both English and local languages. Milee Ashwarya and Meru Gokhale have both been appointed to the role of Publishing Director, Penguin...
  • Comic superhero Ultraman slain by Malaysian censors March 10, 2014

    Malaysia has banned a comic book starring the Japanese superhero Ultraman because it could disturb "public order", sparking a torrent of online ridicule from those who saw it as the latest sign of excessive censorship in the Muslim-majority country. The book, 'Ultraman The Ultra Power', was banned from February 18...
  • Twitter Fiction Festival: Author Meghna Pant will be retelling the Mahabharata in 100 tweets on March 13 March 10, 2014

    The Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House are partnering from March 12-16, 2014, to put on this year's Twitter Fiction Festival which will see a showcase of authors from across the industry crafting fiction on Twitter. During the festival, anyone is invited to jump in and tell stories...
  • Sales of Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy reach 100 million mark March 6, 2014

    The Fifty Shades trilogy, written by EL James, who shot to fame because of her fan fiction writing, is now celebrating double milestones. The trilogy has officially sold a hundred million copies worldwide, and has also seen its hundredth week on the New York Times Bestsellers list. According to Random...
  • Hachette announces release of anthology of crime stories March 6, 2014

    Hachette, on the 25th of February this year, announced the release of an anthology of crime stories which will be sure to make crime fiction fans very happy. This anthology will contain 11 stories by 23 acclaimed contemporary crime fiction writers, and for those readers who are not very well...
  • Robert Galbraith's novel 'The Silkworm' to be released in June March 6, 2014

    Hachette publishing house announced the upcoming release of a new Robert Galbraith novel in the month of June, 2014. The Silkworm, as the novel has been titled, is the second novel by Galbraith with Cormoran Strike as the lead, followed by his young assistant, Robin Ellacott. The book revolves around...
  • Rupa Publications denies pulling out Wendy Doniger's previous book 'On Hinduism' March 5, 2014

    Rupa Publication on Wednesday refuted a media report that claimed it pulled out author Wendy Doniger's book 'On Hinduism'. In an official statement, the publishing house said it was "looking forward to the right resolution of the situation". Earlier, a Times of India report claimed that Doniger's earlier book was...
  • Another book 'On Hinduism' by Wendy Doniger under attack March 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Another book on Hinduism by American indologist Wendy Doniger has come under attack from the same Delhi-based group, which had compelled the publishers of an earlier work by her to withdraw the title. Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) on Saturday demanded that the Aleph Book Company stops sales...
  • In conversation: Bangladeshi writers Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed February 24, 2014

    An explosion of new writing from Bangladesh is fast spreading across the world of contemporary literature. Two of the newest literary stars from the country, Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed, both have new books out this year. Chaudhuri's candid and moving account of growing up and growing away, Beloved...
  • Mahanayika: New book brings out lesser known facts about Suchitra Sen February 20, 2014

    Kolkata: A new book on the late Bengali cinema icon Suchitra Sen offers a peep into the life of the elusive actress through rare photographs, replica of posters and insights offered by renowned filmmakers. Titled 'Mahanayika' (great actress), the 500-page book was released Wednesday and has write-ups on Sen by...
  • Murakami's newest novel to be released in August 2014 February 20, 2014

    Murakami loyalists need not wait too long for another treat by the acclaimed author. His newest novel, Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has been slated for release by Harvill Secker on the 12 August, 2014. The novel was released in Japan in April, 2013, and it sold about...
  • A threat to print: digital book formats and availability February 20, 2014

    It is no secret that bookstores have been in dire straits for quite a while now. With digital books available legitimately and otherwise, the print media is facing an increasing threat of extinction. The fear of oblivion might not be as acute in India, but with gadgets facilitating the easy...
  • Piracy and its grey areas February 20, 2014

    Up until very recently, online piracy of books was not a widespread phenomenon. Mainly because of the effort it takes to scan each individual page in order to make it available digitally. However, the digitization of books has made it much easier for soft-copies of books to get uploaded on...
  • 'The Hindus' effect? Wendy Doniger's 'On Hinduism' on Kindle eBooks bestsellers list in India February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over Penguin Books India withdrawing all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies has also resulted in a greater interest in Doniger's other works. On Hinduism, a different book by Wendy Doniger is currently the...

Book Extracts

Book excerpt: 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase'

Parul Sharma, the author of 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase', grew up in the small towns of Uttar Pradesh. This was fortunate because it ensured that she ran into some rather quirky characters pretty early on in life.

Book Reviews

'India in Love' is about dichotomy nature of love in the country

The time was just right for a book like this one, about love, sexuality and marriage in 21st century India. This is in the wake of Section 377 and other pre-conceived notions our country and society has about love, gender, sexuality and marriage. Ira Trivedi takes a close look at the culture and how society either encourages or mars people in love.