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  • 'The Innovators' review: The strong narrative and character portrayal makes it a must read 5 days ago

    I remember reading, 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson with great trepidation. I thought I would get bored. I thought I would not be interested in it for long. I thought these things and a lot of other things before I invested time in the book. I loved the book at...
  • Hitler was asexual and climaxed just by looking at Eva Braun rather than touching her, new book claims 1 week ago

    Adolf Hitler probably had sex with his mistress Eva Braun without touching her, author Martin Amis has said in a new book 'The Zone of Interest', set during the Holocaust, according to a report in the Telegraph. In all the records about the Nazi dictator, his sex life remains a hazy...
  • Susmit Sen's memoir 'Ocean to Ocean' resonates with the most exciting phase of Indian rock October 13, 2014

    Name: 'Ocean to Ocean' Author: Susmit Sen with Sehba Imam Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 149 pages Price: Rs 699 Much before YouTube, Soundcloud and Vevo, Indians who are now in their 20s and thirties, were used to the thrill of buying an audio cassette or an audio CD a little later, to have the pleasure...
  • Interactive, live review of Chetan Bhagat's 'Half Girlfriend' on Facebook and Twitter October 10, 2014

    I have never reviewed a book live - tweeting as I read, answering questions, re-tweeting insights from users on Twitter and Facebook, forming many tiny first impressions before I've even finished reading - and if someone had suggested I do this earlier, I would have been nothing short of scandalized....
  • Much anticipated 1901 Boston time capsule yields mysterious small red book October 9, 2014

    Woburn (Massachusetts): The highly-anticipated opening of a time capsule that been hidden in the head of a lion statue atop a historical landmark for more than a century yielded at least one surprise Thursday: a hardcover book. The Bostonian Society had expected the time capsule to include letters, newspaper clippings and...
  • Chetan Bhagat takes on the 'English types' as critics outrage over crass 'Deti hai to de varna kat le' line from 'Half Girlfriend' October 9, 2014

    Chetan Bhagat's new book - Half Girlfriend - was launched on October 1, 2014. Within a couple of days, social media was abuzz with a line from the book, poking fun at its 'crassness' and it being in Hindi in an English book. 'Deti hai to de varna kat le' was...
  • I am telling my side of the story: Kevin Pietersen October 8, 2014

    Dumped England batsman Pietersen has claimed coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him. ...
  • Michael Vaughan slams ECB 'charges' against Kevin Pietersen October 8, 2014

    London: Michael Vaughan ridiculed a leaked England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) report into Kevin Pietersen's alleged misbehaviour during the Ashes whitewash in Australia as the fall-out from the controversial autobiography of England's all-time leading run-scorer showed no sign of stopping. Among the 'offences' of which Pietersen, effectively sacked by England...
  • Saving the girl child: 8,760 artistes dance into record books October 7, 2014

    Kullu: Over 8,000 artistes on Tuesday performed a folk dance in this town to highlight the message of saving the girl child and created a record for the largest voluntary participation in an event at one point of time, organisers said. "A total of 8,760 dancers, comprising girls and women, performed...
  • And Then One Day: A powerful memoir by Naseeruddin Shah September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: "Learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture", said Naseeruddin Shah when someone asked him a question about acting on stage and the entire auditorium roared with claps and laughter. I quickly noted this line down on my copy of And Then One Day and thought I...
  • Rachel Dwyer portrays Bollywood as a guide to modern India in 'Picture Abhi Baaki Hai' September 23, 2014

    It is always good to read books about Bollywood and how people perceive it. I am not a movie-buff but I have grown up watching Hindi movies and I am more inclined towards them any given day. I was pretty intrigued by the title and the cover of the Rachel...
  • Bubble Wrap – A fantastic debut by Kalyani Rao September 23, 2014

    Picking up a book by a debut author always comes with some kind of skepticism to me. What if I don't like the book and end up wasting my precious reading time - this question keeps haunting me but somehow I believe one must venture into unknown territories at times...
  • Anti-Social Network - Another potboiler by Piyush Jha in Mumbaistan series September 23, 2014

    Most of us have become social-networking junkies. I myself spend a better part of my day on Twitter like many others. Now, what Piyush Jha has done here in Anti-Social Network is something commendable. He took something, twisted it on its head and presented it in the form of a...
  • Soon order food of your choice through SMS onboard train September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon you can order meals of your taste through SMS while travelling on a train as Railways is launching a mobile phonebased service in a move to offer multiple catering options to passengers. The SMSbased service, part of the ecatering service, will be launched on September 25 in a...
  • 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...
  • Youngsters read more books than the older generation September 15, 2014

    Washington: Despite digital technology invading youngsters' life, US millennials are reading more books than the older generation, said a latest survey by Washingtonbased think tank Pew Research Centre. "Eightyeight percent of Americans under 30 years read a book in the past year, compared with 79 per cent of those aged 30...
  • 'Ten Kings' review: Must read, an interesting adaptation of Rig Veda September 15, 2014

    It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists. Based...
  • My father has a mind of his own: Manmohan Singh's daughter on memoir September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to make up his mind whether or not he wants to write his autobiography, his daughter Daman Singh has said. "My father has a mind of his own. I am sure whether he writes would depend on whether he feels it would be...
  • Manmohan Singh's daughter releases book on parents September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh's daughter Daman Singh on Sunday said her book Strictly Personal traces the journey of the former prime minister and his wife Gursharan Kaur's life from the 1930s to 2004. Speaking after the release of the book, Daman Singh said it talks not just about the two individuals...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read September 13, 2014

    I have said this earlier and I have no qualms in saying this again that Shobhan Bantwal is a reader's delight. You expect certain things from every Shobhan Bantwal book after reading its blurb and she delivers exactly the same. Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute pageturners...
  • 'Love Kills' review: A wellwritten thriller September 13, 2014

    I had read Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon and had quite liked the book though it had left me disgusted. It was a wellwritten book with some shocking facts as it was based on a true story. Ismita's latest offering is Love Kills and I must say her writing style...
  • 'God Is A Gamer' review: A thriller that will keep you on your toes September 13, 2014

    Before I begin with my review of God Is A Gamer, I would like to confess something here. I am a very impatient man when it comes to books that I look forward to read once they're announced and there are a couple of authors who make the cut for...
  • Rahul Dravid releases book on differently abled sports heroes September 12, 2014

    Mumbai: A motivational book about top Indian sportspersons who overcame disability and adversity to become champions, and coauthored by former international shuttler Sanjay Sharma, was launched by former Test cricketer Rahul Dravid at suburban Khar Gymkhana on Friday. In their book, Sharma and his daughter Medini have captured stories of differentlyabled...
  • Kashmir floods wash away tourist bookings September 11, 2014

    Kolkata: The devastating floods in Kashmir are expected to hit the state's tourism hard, a top tourism industry official said. With domestic tourists' numbers to Kashmir Valley expected to cross two crore this year, a top tourism industry official on Thursday said the floods in peak travel season will impact the...
  • 'Harry Potter' tops list of books that stayed with people in viral status update meme, no Chetan Bhagat or 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in top 100: Facebook data September 11, 2014

    The popular Harry Potter series by author JK Rowling remains most people's favourite choice even years after it first came out in 1998 and has topped the lists of books that people around the world have shared in a viral takeitforward meme on Facebook. Facebook employees Lada Adamic and and...
  • Maruti Ciaz coming to India in the first week of October; will compete with Honda City, Hyundai Verna September 3, 2014

    Jaipur: The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India, known for compact cars, is aiming for the top slot in midsized sedan segment with it's upcoming model Ciaz. Having learnt lessons from the past with Baleno and SX4 models, the company is preparing to aggressively tap customers who are looking to...
  • Maruti Suzuki India opens bookings for Ciaz from today September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to make a mark in the big car segment, the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India opens bookings of its upcoming midsized sedan Ciaz from today (September 3). The company has opened bookings for it from today with an advanced payment of Rs 21,000 across its 1,370...
  • 'The Mockingbird Next Door' speaks of an era gone by and of the times we live in September 3, 2014

    When "To Kill a Mockingbird" released in 1960, it created a sensation. The theme was bold, ahead of its time and reflective of the society and its prejudices. The book was a hit like no other. It won the Pulitzer and many other awards. There was a movie made, which...
  • 99: The book is thought provoking and entertaining September 3, 2014

    Writers live on forever. There is this immortality which is attained when you write a book. The concept of death is then cheated on and rightly so. When Khushwant Singh passed away, there was this surge of emotions in the country and outside of the country as well. India had...
  • SD Burman wrote 'Yeh dil na hota bechara' after watching 'Bridge on the River Kwai': New book shares rare details from the musician's life September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: During his initial days in Mumbai, composer S D Burman's experiments with music were hitandmiss affairs so he decided to give up his ambition of composing for Hindi films and return to Kolkata when he was persuaded by Ashok Kumar to stay back. Kumar was shooting for 'Mashaal' at...