BOOKS

  • Chetan Bhagat: My books are not classics, but they're not of the read-and-throw variety; they fall in the middle - they connect, have an impact Yesterday

    New Delhi: India's biggest-selling author in English is often dismissed as persona non grata by literary critics, but that doesn't faze Chetan Bhagat. Ten years on as a professional writer, the banker-turned-author says he is better prepared to face criticism. "I can dispassionately talk about it. It cannot bother me enough to...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • James Joseph's 'God’s Own Office' demystifies the concept of working from home 4 days ago

    New Delhi: As far as I knew, companies in India were slowly adapting themselves to the global culture of working from home. In my opinion, working from home comes with its own pros and cons. At one point, you feel this is the best thing that could have ever happened...
  • Nidhie Sharma's 'Dancing With Demons' will keep you entertained throughout 4 days ago

    New Delhi: A debut author whose book is already being made into a Bollywood film, this feat was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. The author, Nidhie Sharma is a writer-director living in Mumbai and has studied at NYU. 'Dancing With Demons' is a story about two...
  • 'Because Life Is A Gift': A tribute to differently-abled people 4 days ago

    New Delhi: I had absolutely loved Disha's debut book, 'My Beloved's MBA Plans'. It was a well crafted piece of work that touched the lives of people who took plunge at crucial junctures of their lives to study further and came out victorious. With 'Because Life Is A Gift', Disha...
  • Asus launches a 15.6-inch laptop with 360-degree rotating touchscreen at Rs 47,999 in India 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Asus announced new additions to the Transformer Series - the Asus Transformer Book Flip, which is a 15.6-inch laptop with 360-degree rotating touchscreen that flips for use as a laptop, a responsive tablet, or anything in between; Asus Transformer T200, which is a 2-in-1 laptop with 11.6-inch rablet;...
  • London: Sachin Tendulkar gives insights into his book 'Playing it my way' 1 week ago

    During the book tour for his autobiography "Playing it my way" in London, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said that this book has many facets of his life which have never been written or talked about earlier including his "personal life with Anjali." ...
  • Hachette and Amazon bury the hatchet, reach agreement on e-book sales November 14, 2014

    Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for e-book and print book sales after months of bitter fighting that pitted writers and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Hachette, a unit of France's Lagardere SCA and the fourth-largest US book publisher, said the...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle November 13, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories November 13, 2014

    Bullet News is CNN-IBN's non-stop prime time bulletin where we bring to you the day's top stories from around the world. Be it politics, sports, entertainment or business, catch it here, only in 30 minutes. ...
  • News 360: Burdwan blast probe trail reaches Jharkhand, NIA to visit Dhaka November 13, 2014

    The probe trail in Burdwan blast case has now reached Jharkhand. National Investigation Agency on Thursday interrogated Harun and Mohammad Hussain, the two aides of Jamaat operatives Sajid and Amjad who were arrested recently. The interrogation of these Jamaat operatives zeroed in on the names of these two individuals. ...
  • Book review: Bimal Roy’s daughter revisits 'Madhumati' in a compelling behind-the-scenes book November 12, 2014

    Whenever the divide between art and commercial cinema is hotly debated or the new cinema is triumphantly celebrated [re-affirming the existence of quality, intelligent, cinematic fare over mindless opium for the masses, hysterically targeting the vulgar Rs.100 crore benchmark by catering to the lowest common denominator across 5000 screens] the...
  • At 5'7", five-year-old Karan is a celebrity in Meerut November 11, 2014

    Meerut: Standing tall at 5'7", five-year-old Karan is a celebrity to everyone in his hometown Meerut. His incredible height sets him apart, not just in his class and neighborhood, but all over the world. In 2008, Karan entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tallest and heaviest...
  • Book Review: Mid-wicket Tales, from Trumper to Tendulkar November 10, 2014

    Next only to playing cricket, watching and reading about the sport is one of the favourite pastimes of many cricket fans. Even now as you walk past a game of gully cricket, or drive next to a maidan, one's instinct is to wait for that eternal second to see the...
  • Matthew McConaughey wants to do comic book film November 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: 'Interstellar' star Matthew McConaughey is not averse to playing a comic book superhero. The actor, who was being eyed to play the lead in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' before it went to Benedict Cumberbatch, said he would love to take on a superhero role only if he feels he can...
  • Kerala: Longest cake enters the Limca Book of Records November 1, 2014

    Thrissur: A 600 foot long cake made by bakers of Kozhikode on Saturday made it to the Limca Book of Records (LBR) as the longest cake in the country. The one and half foot cake, weighing 3,120 kg, was on display at the three-day long Bake Expo 2014 which began...
  • Online retailer HomeShop18 stops selling books online November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what comes as a surprise, e-commerce major HomeShop18 has stopped selling books online. The company has issued a notice announcing that it will no longer be selling books on the site. The notice, however, states no reason as to why the company has discontinued the books section. The...
  • Amazon India launches Kannada books, movies, music store November 1, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon.in, has announced the launch of its Kannada books, movies and music store. The store with a wide selection of more than 7,300 books, 4,700 movies and 2,500 music albums are available at "great" prices and convenience of shopping online, making it thus the largest selection in India, Amazon...
  • Littering is just as bad as anti-nationalism: Chetan Bhagat on PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Dressed in a simple pink shirt and a black half Nehru jacket, popular Indian author Chetan Bhagat mopped his brow as he blinked in the harsh lights. He was chatting with a few professors and media persons on a balmy evening here, in Delhi. In the city to promote...
  • Madhumati: Behind the scenes October 29, 2014

    Filmmaker Bimal Roy's daughter Rinki Roy Bhattacharya is out with a book that promises to tell us the untold stories behind Roy's classic 'Madhumati'. The film starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala was released in 1958 and was a runaway hit. ...
  • Kindle Voyage review: Significant improvements over the Paperwhite make Amazon's new e-reader a recommended buy October 28, 2014

    Grapevine: As stand-alone e-book readers go, I have yet to find anything as comfortable and easy to use as Amazon's Kindle. Last year's Kindle Paperwhite was small and sturdy, and came packed with useful features such as the ability to jump to another part of a book without losing your place....
  • Bolly Book: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia: From flunked heroes, to older couples, Diptakirti Chaudhuri predicts 'filmi' trends set to become cliches October 27, 2014

    "I am only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then, finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of Bollywood lay all undiscovered before me." - With apologies to Isaac Newton A self-confessed "salesman by day and a...
  • 'The Innovators' review: The strong narrative and character portrayal makes it a must read October 16, 2014

    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 October 13, 2014

    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...