Biography

  • West Bengal Urban Development department to launch website on Tagore August 4, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal Urban Development department is ready to come up with a website on the biography on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a senior official in the government said on Monday. "We've plans to launch a digital biography of Rabindranath Tagore and an agency has already been entrusted to set...
  • Malayalam book on M F Hussain translated into Arabic, English July 1, 2014

    Dubai: The story of acclaimed painter Maqbool Fida Hussain, written in Malayalam by an Indian journalist, has now been translated into Arabic and English in the UAE. The Department of Culture and Information of the Sharjah Government published the translated version of the book originally written in Malayalam by E M...
  • Why Dilip Kumar and Madhubala's marriage did not happen June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Dilip Kumar and Madhubala would have been together had her father not tried to make a business venture out of their proposed marriage which did not go down well with the actor, who did not want someone else to dictate his career choices. In his just-released autobiography 'Dilip Kumar:...
  • Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan to launch Dilip Kumar's biography May 31, 2014

    Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan will launch legendary actor Dilip Kumar's biography next month. The biography 'Substance and Shadow', authored by Uday Tara Nayar, was earlier scheduled to release on Kumar's 91st birthday last year, but will be now unveiled on June 9. Writer Uday Tara Nayar is also a...
  • 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography' warms up to Modi but not dazzled by him April 19, 2014

    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 April 7, 2014

    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 and...
  • Dilip Kumar's biography out early 2014: Saira Banu December 12, 2013

    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 thespian,...
  • Extract: Mahi, The Story of India's Most Successful Captain December 11, 2013

    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', published...
  • Cricket Australia let me and the team down during Monkeygate: Ponting October 19, 2013

    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' published...
  • Watch: Vinod Mehta talks about his book on Meena Kumari October 12, 2013

    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 October 8, 2013

    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 on...
  • Manmohan Singh turns 81: 20 Most hilarious tweets from detractors to PM September 26, 2013

    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 August 1, 2013

    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 July 19, 2013

    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 June 13, 2013

    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 feel...
  • Deepti Naval's documentary on Balraj Sahni hits roadblock May 26, 2013

    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, who...
  • Two authors explain different facets of Modi in their books April 26, 2013

    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 one...
  • Rajinikanth gives away half his income to charities: biographer Naman Ramachandran December 14, 2012

    Rajinikanth is, quite simply, the biggest superstar cinema-crazy India has ever seen. His stylized dialogues and screen mannerisms are legion, and his guy next door-cum-superhero image has found a hysterically appreciative following among millions of moviegoers. Naman Ramachandran's marvellous biography recounts Rajini's career in meticulous detail, tracing his incredible cinematic...
  • Rajinikanth: The humble coolie who went on to become the God of the silver screen December 14, 2012

    Chennai, capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 1 October 2010, 4 a.m. We are in the Royapettah area of the city. Chennai is a metropolis that rises much earlier than other Indian cities, but today, there is something in the air, and it is not just the strains...
  • Dilip Kumar's biography has been delayed December 10, 2012

    Mumbai: Thespian Dilip Kumar's biography was due to be launched on his 90th birthday Tuesday, but it has been delayed, says wife Saira Banu. "We will not be launching his biography on his birthday as the book needs some polishing. His biography will be a kind of look into what...
  • Russian woman fined $3,000 over 'Mein Kampf' October 6, 2012

    Moscow: A woman staff member of a Russian university has been slapped a fine of 100,000 rubles ($3,000) by a court for posting an online copy of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" on her personal website. The 28-year-old woman posted the book, which is on the Russian federal list of extremist literature,...
  • Bhawana Somaaya: The Amitabh Bachchan I know September 19, 2012

    In 2009, Osians released my book 'Bachchanalia' comprising 182 anecdotes, synopsis and posters of Amitabh Bachchan films spanning 40 years of his career. It was a nostalgic and a grand event held at Tata Theatre attended by a number of film folks and celebs. As the author I was...
  • Soon, a book on Saina Nehwal's inspirational story July 11, 2012

    Saina Nehwal's phenomenal success as an international badminton player is one of the most inspiring stories of Indian sports. Saina comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds. Author TS Sudhir's book, 'Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography', is an...
  • Guru Dutt biography becomes innovative book drama May 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Book readings could soon become passe if author Sathya Saran has her way. Hoping to make an instant connect with audiences, the veteran journalist is taking her biography of Bollywood legend Guru Dutt to the masses by enacting the book with a cast of six characters across India. The...
  • JD Salinger: Not quite the 'Catcher in the Rye' March 29, 2012

    When JD Salinger passed away in 2010 at the age of 91, it became clear that he hadn't lost his ability to split the world into two. Either you get the Glass family, or you don't. The precocious siblings were refractions of the author's own identity, something that becomes more...
  • Guha among 22 awarded Sahitya Akademi Awards February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi and novels and essays by Gopalakrishna Pai, Kashinath Singh and Manik Sitaram Godghate alias Grace are among 22 books which were awarded prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards for this year. Eight books of poetry, seven novels, three essays and one each short story,...
  • Lonely Tagore was haunted by depression: Biography December 26, 2011

    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! December 12, 2011

    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 been...
  • Jobs biography Amazon's best-selling book of 2011 December 7, 2011

    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 sales numbers. According...
  • Ferrari unveils diamond-encrusted biography December 3, 2011

    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. The book...