Books

  • Publishers make merry in election season, books on politicians fly off the shelves 16-04-2014 08:42 AM

    New Delhi: Book publishers are making a merry this election season. With the election battle unveiling in book stands now, books on political leaders are soon flying off the shelves. The two books that apparently are the most sought after currently are Sanjaya Baru's 'The Accidental Prime Minister' and former...
  • 'The First XI' is about junior version of IPL 14-04-2014 11:52 PM

    Joy Bhattacharjya, the director of Kolkata Knightriders, in his first book writes about a fictional junior version of the IPL targeted at 10+ ages. The book may be titled 'The First XI' but you walk away with four principal characters who seem to have walked straight out of recent mainstream...
  • What Sanjaya Baru told CNN-IBN about his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister' 14-04-2014 12:28 PM

    Live Blog: Sanjaya Baru on books row ...
  • After 'Bal Narendra', a graphic biography on Narendra Modi now 13-04-2014 01:21 PM

    New Delhi: Books on Narendra Modi seems to be the flavour of the poll season with another work -- a 'graphic biography' narrating his journey from birth till becoming the prime ministerial candidate of BJP -- set to hit bookstores soon. 'Narendra Modi: The Icon of Development' is being published...
  • Chidambaram rejects Baru's claims but says PM is shy, withdrawn 13-04-2014 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: In the backdrop of a furore created by the Prine Minister's former media advisor Sanjaya Baru's book, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that Dr Manmohan Singh is reticent, withdrawn and shy by nature. Accepting that the UPA II failed in getting across the message to the general public,...
  • 10 books Konkona Sen Sharma loves and wants you to read 10-04-2014 01:43 PM

    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 09-04-2014 10:08 AM

    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...
  • 'The Syria Dilemma': The only flaw is essays aren't arranged 09-04-2014 09:43 AM

    Simply put, there is no good option in Syria. Not only has the time passed for the international community to be able to effect an internal solution to the crisis inside the country, the geopolitical dynamics outside Syria are also changing at a rapid pace. So even if there was...
  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written 08-04-2014 11:47 AM

    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...
  • 'Take Me Home' focuses on small town entrepreneurs who made it big 07-04-2014 11:48 PM

    With all the big business houses shifting their focus on tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India these days, no one would have thought of the entrepreneurial revolution brewing in these small cities. And when you will read Rashmi Bansal's latest book 'Take Me Home', you would come to...
  • 'Conversations with Waheeda Rehman': You will be left thinking about it 28-03-2014 12:31 AM

    New Delhi: So when you read about a legend, you just continue turning the pages. It does not matter. Their life has so much to offer and give insights about every aspect of life, that you cannot stop reading. The same happened to me while I was reading, "Conversations with...
  • 'Bal Narendra' in pics: Comic book shows 'fearless' young Narendra Modi saving drowning boy, taking on crocodiles, bullies 27-03-2014 05:03 PM

    Bal Narendra - Childhood Stories of Narendra Modi, a comic book brought out by Rannade Prakashan and Blue Snail Animation, tells stories of bravery and "fearlessness" from BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's childhood. The comic book, that has no known author, is a catalogue of larger-than-life deeds...
  • Sad about 2002 riots, but have no guilt: Narendra Modi 25-03-2014 07:28 PM

    Narendra Modi says that he was "sad" about the 2002 Gujarat riots but has no guilt, and that no court has "come even close to establishing" it. He has suffered 12 years of public "Modi-bashing" since the time of the riots but says that he had decided early on to...
  • LS polls: Salman Khurshid booked for violation of poll code 24-03-2014 05:52 PM

    Union minister Salman Khurshid has been booked for alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct in his parliamentary constituency in Farrukhabad, police said. The FIR was registered on Sunday night against Khurshid and his two supporters after a vehicle, loaded with solar lights and some other material purportedly meant for...
  • Now you can book your own coach in Delhi Metro 23-03-2014 10:38 AM

    New Delhi: Tourists, foreign travellers and government or private school children, NGOs running schools for differently able children can book coaches for metro tours for anything between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, under its Policy on Reservation of Car(s)/Train, allows tour operators, any government or private...
  • 'How to Poo on a Date', a book on awkward dating problem gets odd book award 21-03-2014 04:28 PM

    A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, 'How to Poo on a Date', scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year on Friday. The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on a public vote since 2000,...
  • Chiki Sarkar to head publishing at Penguin Random House India 20-03-2014 11:49 AM

    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...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch colouring book to be out soon 14-03-2014 12:23 PM

    Los Angeles: A colouring book containing the sketches of Hollywood heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch would soon go on sale. The 37-year-old 'Sherlock' actor is the latest celebrity to have been added to the I Love Mel's Colour Me Good colouring book collection, reported E!Online. Apart from the sketches, the book even...
  • Book excerpt: 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase' 14-03-2014 12:09 PM

    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. Once done with schooling, she made the rather dubious choice of studying Economics,...
  • 'Me and my Plays' is a celebration of contemporary Indian theatre 13-03-2014 03:22 PM

    Mahesh Dattani is arguably one of the defining features of contemporary Indian theatre. His plays covered a wide range of socio-political themes, and despite being written in English, have managed to capture the paradigms of modern Indian life. The most recent of his works, published by Penguin, features two of...
  • Photo: Meet Canadian Sikh Sarwan Singh, a Guinness World Record holder for the world's longest beard at 8.25 feet 11-03-2014 02:16 PM

    A Sikh from Canada, Sarwan Singh, displays his 8.25 feet long beard during a news conference in Ahmedabad. Singh has his name in the Guinness Book of World Record since 2008. ...
  • 10 books Nimrat Kaur loves and wants you to read 11-03-2014 12:18 PM

    That she is a thinking man's new pin up girl is already evident. Theatre and film actress, Nimrat Kaur, who made heads turn with her performance in 'The Lunchbox', has an eclectic mix of autobiographies and fiction as a part of all time favourite films. They include Marlon Brando and...
  • Indian author Pankaj Mishra wins $ 150,000 Yale literary prize 11-03-2014 07:24 AM

    Washington: Award-winning Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers from seven countries who have won a $ 1,50,000 Yale University prize each in recognition of their literary achievements. Essayist and novelist Mishra has been selected for the prestigious Windham Campbell Literature prize in the non-fiction category, Yale University said...
  • This election season, books talk politics 10-03-2014 10:27 AM

    New Delhi: This election season it's all about political analysis, commentary and key political players. It is raining books - non-fiction by senior journalists and India watchers alike. All political leaders are fair game. The Telegraph Editor Sankarshan Thakur's 'Single Man' takes a look at the Janata Dal United leader...
  • On its silver jubilee, Limca Book of Records celebrates Women's Day 08-03-2014 09:56 PM

    On the International Women's Day Limca Book of Records and CNN-IBN bring a special show on 'Empowering Women'. It's been been 25 years of Limca Book of Records celebrating India at its best. ...
  • Rupa Publications denies pulling out Wendy Doniger's previous book 'On Hinduism' 05-03-2014 11:02 PM

    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...
  • Book Extract: Virgin Gingelly by V Sanjay Kumar 03-03-2014 03:41 PM

    V Sanjay Kumar is the author of Virgin Gingelly. He owes this book to his baniya lineage that three generations before him have tried to obliterate by staying in Tamil Nadu. In language both gritty and humorous, and often surprisingly poetic, V Sanjay Kumar's narrative, set in modern middle-class, housing...
  • Another book 'On Hinduism' by Wendy Doniger under attack 01-03-2014 09:59 PM

    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...
  • 111-year-old Italian man crowned world's oldest man 28-02-2014 05:59 PM

    A 111-year-old Italian has been crowned the world's oldest living man by the Guinness Book of World Records. Arturo Licata, from Enna, Sicily, has been awarded the title after officials checked his birth papers and marriage records. The Italian has been declared the world's oldest living man after reaching the...
  • 'Mein Kampf' signed by Hitler up for auction in Los Angeles 28-02-2014 02:52 PM

    Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is considered one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but an auctioneer says two rare, early editions signed by Hitler could sell Thursday for more than $20,000 at an online auction. Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles,...