Biography

  • 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography' warms up to Modi but not dazzled by him 19-04-2014 02:09 PM

    Introducing his book 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography', Andy Marino makes two claims keeping in mind that he is adding to the list of biographies of a man who is regarded both as a villain and a hero. First, he says, this is no hagiography but a work of 'cold...
  • The present generation has a much shorter screen life: Waheeda Rehman 07-04-2014 11:59 AM

    Mumbai: Yesteryear screen goddess Waheeda Rehman marvels at the superior current filmmaking techniques and praises the "smart and focussed" young generation, but says that the present lot has "a shorter life" on the screen as compared to those of her time. The 76-year-old, who ruled the screen during the 1950s...
  • Dilip Kumar's biography out early 2014: Saira Banu 12-12-2013 03:42 PM

    Mumbai: Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar's biography, which was earlier scheduled to be released on his 91st birthday, will now come out early next year, said his wife and yesteryear actress Saira Banu. The biography, written by author Uday Tara Nayar, who is also a close family friend of the Bollywood...
  • Extract: Mahi, The Story of India's Most Successful Captain 11-12-2013 01:39 PM

    One of India's most charismatic player, a record-breaking captain and the best wicketkeeper-batsman India has produced, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the most sought-after subject for sports writers, and seasoned journalist Shantanu Guha Ray has produced a biography that invites readers' fancy. 'MAHI, The Story of India's Most Successful Captain',...
  • Cricket Australia let me and the team down during Monkeygate: Ponting 19-10-2013 12:47 PM

    Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels country's cricket board let him and the entire team down during the 2008 'Monkeygate' controversy, saying that CA officials acted as if the relationship with India mattered more than the national players. In fresh excerpts of his autobiography 'At The Close of Play'...
  • Watch: Vinod Mehta talks about his book on Meena Kumari 12-10-2013 12:33 PM

    Journalist Vinod Mehta talks about the life and times of the legendary actress Meena Kumari in his book 'Meena Kumari The Classic Biography'. ...
  • Dilip Kumar's biography set for October release 08-10-2013 02:17 PM

    Mumbai: Bollywood veteran Dilip Kumar's biography, which is almost ready, is likely to be launched this month, said the author of the book Uday Tara Nayar, also a close family friend of the legend. Earlier, it was reported that the biography was to be launched on Dilip Kumar`s 90th birthday...
  • Manmohan Singh turns 81: 20 Most hilarious tweets from detractors to PM 26-09-2013 05:31 PM

    New Delhi: Even though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced his decision to not celebrate his 81st birthday in the wake of the twin terror attack in Jammu, nothing can deter his detractors from mocking him. From observing September 26 as 'Maun Diwas' (a direct jab at his reluctance to...
  • I am Malala: Story of the 16-yr-old who stood against Taliban 01-08-2013 11:21 AM

    Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the...
  • Interview: Milkha Singh on Milkha Singh - part I 19-07-2013 05:30 PM

    I take my seat as he answers a phone call. An authoritative 'hello' puts me on my guard. This isn't going to be an easy interview; I assure and then reassure myself. "It was a call from the Tihar Jail superintendent," Milkha Singh, The Milkha Singh, catches me fidgeting my...
  • 'Ghanchakkar' will be my biggest success: Emraan Hashmi 13-06-2013 06:09 PM

    Mumbai: Emraan Hashmi, who has had a slew of hits lately, believes his latest 'Ghanchakkar' will be his biggest hit ever. "There has been a huge change for me in the last 3-4 years with films like 'Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai' and 'The Dirty Picture' and, Inshallah, I...
  • Deepti Naval's documentary on Balraj Sahni hits roadblock 26-05-2013 04:03 PM

    Mumbai: Films about Indian cinema's legendary personalities are still a rarity. And one of those rare attempts is being made by Deepti Naval - she is keenly interested in making a non-fictional film on the life and times of that amazingly naturalistic actor Balraj Sahni, but facing certain problems. Deepti,...
  • Two authors explain different facets of Modi in their books 26-04-2013 11:59 AM

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party's potential prime minister in waiting Narendra Modi is not just the subject of debate in television studios but in the literary world as well. There are two books on the man, both written by journalists that are now out. Wherever...
  • Lonely Tagore was haunted by depression: Biography 26-12-2011 02:01 PM

    Kolkata: Famed for his literary, artistic and intellectual capabilities the world over, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore led a very lonely life and even suffered from frequent bouts of depression, says his new biography. "In January 1915 Tagore again speaks of a 'breakdown', 'deep depression', but in February he claimed to...
  • Shah Rukh's 800-page biography to weigh 37 kgs! 12-12-2011 07:43 PM

    Mumbai: Weighing an incredible 37 kgs, running up to 800 pages and consisting of exclusive content including fascinating extracts from Shahrukh Khan's personal diary, "King Khan - The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan" is likely to be released next year. "I am overwhelmed by the honour. Though there have...
  • Jobs biography Amazon's best-selling book of 2011 07-12-2011 11:54 AM

    Washington: 'Steve Jobs', the only authorised biography of the late Apple co-founder, has climbed to the top of Amazon.com's best-selling books for 2011. The book was released in October, Xinhua reported. The 56-year-old Jobs died Oct 5 after a long battle with cancer. Amazon.com, however, did not give the exact...
  • Ferrari unveils diamond-encrusted biography 03-12-2011 11:32 AM

    New Delhi: Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari on Thursday unveiled its official biography 'The Ferrari Official Opus' -- the diamond-encrusted volume is priced at $250,000 (approx Rs.1.3 crore) making it the costliest book to be sold in India. The book, of which only 4,100 copies have been printed, weighs 37 kg....
  • India born doctor wins Guardian First Book Award 02-12-2011 03:18 PM

    New Delhi: Another honour for India born doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee. He has bagged the 10 thousand pound Guardian First Book Award for his book on cancer. 'The Emperor of All Maladies' which won the Pulitzer prize earlier in April, was the only work of non-fiction on the shortlist. Mukherjee is...
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee scoops Guardian first book award 02-12-2011 11:51 AM

    London: A history of cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies', won the 2011 Guardian First Book Award on Thursday, beating four works of fiction also on the shortlist. The author, American oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, has described the work as a "biography" of cancer, or "an attempt to enter the mind...
  • Beatles legend Harrison's sister plans tell-all book 01-12-2011 06:40 PM

    London: Beatles legend George Harrison's sister Louise says she is writing a book about the guitarist and his famous bandmates. Louise Harrison is the older sister of the late guitarist - who died of lung cancer ten years ago on November 29 - at the age of 58. She said...
  • Rafa's story a fascinating tale of self realisation 24-11-2011 06:37 PM

    New Delhi: Rafa My Story, the biography by John Carlin of one of the greatest players in the history of professional tennis, is a true lesson of the benefits that can be derived, if the will to dig deep and get the best out of oneself is taken to the...
  • Booker winner, poet laureate vie for UK Costa prize 16-11-2011 01:30 PM

    London: Julian Barnes, who won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's poet laureate, were among the nominees for the 2011 Costa Book Awards announced on Tuesday. English author Barnes is one of four shortlisted for the best novel category for "The Sense of an...
  • New Indira Gandhi bio narrates her personal story 14-11-2011 12:03 PM

    New Delhi: A new biography of India's late prime minister Indira Gandhi tries to throw candid light on her personality against the backdrop of her family and politics. "Indira Gandhi: Revolution in Restraint" by Uma Vasudev chronicles Gandhi's life as a politician in context of her grandfather Motilal Nehru's fortunes...
  • Palash Sen's bio by Ashish Kate, a lyrical tale 05-11-2011 05:03 PM

    The biggest problem that everybody, including some of my band-mates, had about this music was: 'This is not rock and this is not commercial enough.' Here are the two questions: 'Who decides what rock is?' And who decides what is commercial?' Pune based artist and author Ashish Kate's biography of...