BOOKS

  • 'Korma, Kheer and Kismet' is a gastronomic memoir of a food-obsessed journalist 11 hours 36 minutes ago

    New Delhi: When Scottish journalist Pamela Timms came to India in 2005 with her husband and her three children it was meant to be a short trip for her. But they settled down in Delhi, where her husband is now the South Asia editor of London's Telegraph newspaper. Desperately seeking a...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chetan Bhagat says Anna Hazare's 'class' has 'placed'; feels that joining politics will make him lose his independence 3 days ago

    Jaipur: Be it the cold Sunday morning or the throng of people piling in to hear popular Indian writer Chetan Bhagat, the mood at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival was energetic. Dressed in a black velvet bandhgala suit and sporting a distinct salt-and-pepper look, Bhagat was in conversation with Meru Gokhale...
  • Acting is very odd, peripatetic: Benedict Cumberbatch 3 days ago

    London: Acting might have been in his blood, but the 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch says his parents didn't want him to become an actor. The 38-year-old actor said that his parents, esteemed theatre actor Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham who has appeared in episodes of 'Only Fools and Horses' and 'The Saint',...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Sheldon Pollock talks about finding one's 'not self' through modern translations of ancient Indian scriptures 4 days ago

    Jaipur: The tall, bearded professor looked like any other Caucasian erudite personality. But after listening to him for a minute, one can get dazzled by the eloquence with which he quotes ancient Indian scriptures, shlokas and mantras. On a chilly Saturday morning, noted Sanskrit scholar Sheldon Pollock was in conversation with...
  • JLF 2015, Day 3, behind the scenes: Amish Tripathi's sister is a fan of his books; Shashi Tharoor attracts amateur paparazzi 4 days ago

    Jaipur: We got a chance to catch up with Amish Tripathi before his big event where he announced his next book series and pleaded him to give us some details. "My publicist is hovering around, If I tell you anything, I might be killed," said Tripathi with poker straight face....
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: School kids turn mystery solvers; author Ketaki Karnik poses questions 4 days ago

    Jaipur: Picture this: a regular family gathering at a relative's farmhouse. But things take a turn for the worse, when a precious objects get stolen. It is now on the teenage detectives to solve the mystery, and find the culprit.Author Ketaki Karnik, who was addressing a young audience on the...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Youngest winner of Man Booker prize Eleanor Catton's advice to writers - read children's books 1 week ago

    Jaipur: Dressed simply in a black kurta and funky green and cream trousers, Eleanor Catton looked like any other bubbling, energetic 29-year-old at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. But the winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize was in the pink city to talk to young authors and writers about her...
  • An extract from Sumedha Mahajan's 'Miles to Run Before I Sleep' 1 week ago

    Chapter 6 Reading the Signs FOR A MOMENT, I thought I had lost my limbs. With the help of people around me, I managed to get up on my feet and take a few tentative steps. The wounds on my knees did not bother me, but as long as my limbs were not...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chef Vikas Khanna unveils new cookbook; wants to take Indian cuisine to the world 1 week ago

    Jaipur: Noted chef and TV host Vikas Khanna looked calm and composed as the cameras flashed. Dressed in his olive green jacket, pink tie, grey vest, white shirt and faded denims, Khanna dimpled at the adoring crowd (mostly women) at the 8th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival. "I am here to...
  • 20 books that you should totally judge by their cover 1 week ago

    India is a country with an immense amount of talent. We have excelled in every field and set new standards for the world. Literature is one particular field where have left no stone unturned. From Nobel Laureates to Booker Prize winners, we have them all and the world looks up...
  • BJP hails Modi for Jandhan scheme getting entry to Guinness record book January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Appreciating the Jan Dhan scheme for setting a Guinness record of opening most number of bank accounts in a week, BJP on Tuesday lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the achievement and for inclusion of 11.5 crore poor with country's economy. BJP also accused the Congress...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chefs, poets and record-breakers set to launch books January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Known for attracting interesting literary stars, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has also become the place to launch the biggest books of the year to the public. The festival, which takes place between 21-25 January, will see 19 new titles launched, including the launch of the 'Masterchef India...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Rajasthan's rich heritage to be in focus this year January 19, 2015

    All roads in Jaipur will lead to Diggi Palace on January 21st for the annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. With an eclectic mix of speakers' part of this year's program, the festival promises to bigger and better. The lawns of the historic Diggi Palace, which once belonged to a Thakur family,...
  • Controversial book on Sonia Gandhi 'The Red Saree' to be released in India January 16, 2015

    New Delhi It seems that trouble is mounting for the beleaguered Congress. Spanish writer Javier Moro's 'The Red Sari', controversial, unauthorized biography of Congress President Sonia Gandhi is being released by Roli Books in India. The book's English version was not allowed to be released in India in 2010. This...
  • ‘Ugly’ star Vineet Singh was moved by Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography, uses Osho's works as spiritual guide January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Vineet Singh was recently seen in Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly', a dark tail about a girl's abduction plot. In a previous interview to IBNLive.com, he called his character from 'Ugly' selfish and self-serving. The actor has been nominated for the 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards in the best...
  • 'Tiger Fire' speaks to all animal lovers January 10, 2015

    A book on tigers and their history and more so five hundred years of the tiger in India is a treat for readers from the word, "Go"! This book is wonderfully contributed by various writers and brilliantly edited by Valmik Thapar, the tiger expert. "Tiger Fire" charts the history of...
  • 'The Prince of Gujarat' is a lazy weekend read January 10, 2015

    The Prince of Gujarat is a one of a kind book. It is a story of a prince who was a part of India's struggle for independence. It is a story of times when princes and kings did not want to let go of their kingdoms and Gopaldas Patel did...
  • 'Becoming a Mountain' is a must read for those who want to look for calm and peace of mind January 10, 2015

    I have always been wary of reading travelogues. I somehow feel that the author may not be able to capture the scenic beauty or the imagery of the place through a book. I honestly believe that one needs to experience it for oneself. Travelogues also have this strange element that...
  • Andhra Pradesh: School of Wonder Kids secures place in India Book of Records January 7, 2015

    Visakhapatnam: The School of Wonder Kids has secured a place in the India Book of Records after its senior kindergarten kids did 100 mathematical calculations in a matter of 10.2 minutes during a test conducted on Wednesday. Nearly 30 kids of the school participated in the event held in the presence...
  • E-publishing, lit fests likely to rule the literary world in 2015 January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: India is reading like never before and it is not just the paperback version. For the young smartphone obsessed citizen of 2015, Harper Collins has come up with Harper-21 that publishes books which are purely digital. Harper's Chief Editor Karthika V K says 'Its the future'. Karthika MV...
  • What might be vulgar for one is reality of the world, says IOTY nominee Chetan Bhagat January 5, 2015

    Chetan Bhagat, the author who rose to fame with his bestsellers, answered few questions from his fans on Monday. Some of his bestselling books have even been adapted into Bollywood films. Bhagat has been nominated as the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for 2014. Here are some of the answers...
  • People in no-toilet villages indirectly consuming excreta: Government January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: In a village of 1,200 people not having toilets, each inhabitant has to indirectly consume through contaminated food about three grams of each other's faecal matter every day, says a government report. The 'Elementary Book on Sanitation in Gram Panchayats' brought out by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj...
  • Replace history books written by Britishers: Subramanian Swamy December 27, 2014

    Varanasi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday advocated replacing history books written by Britishers in pre-Independence era, alleging they had "distorted" facts about India. Addressing students at Banaras Hindu University's Swatantrata Bhawan hall, he said the history books written by Indians should be promoted instead of the ones written by the...
  • Tourists can now book tickets online for visiting Taj Mahal December 27, 2014

    Agra: The tourists visiting Taj Mahal from Saturday onwards will not have to stand in a queue for entry tickets. Online booking of tickets to the Taj Mahal have begun from Saturday. The tourism department has launched an online ticketing website for this purpose. Arrangements for barcode screening and broadband connection...
  • Finance Ministry launches e-book to improve governance December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Ministry on Thursday issued an e-book containing important decisions and initiatives with a view to improving governance and bringing government closer to the public. "MoF (Ministry of Finance) hopes this will be useful to the citizens and an important step in bringing...
  • Nitin Gadkari launches e-books on his ministry's achievements December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highway and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday launched two e-books on various developmental activities, initiatives and achievements of his ministry on the completion of the six months of the Narendra Modi government. The e-books were launched at a function here to mark "Good Governance...
  • Reading e-books before bedtime may adversely impact your sleep, overall health December 23, 2014

    Washington: Use of a light-emitting electronic device such as e-books in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact sleep, overall health, alertness and the circadian clock, a new study has found. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) compared the biological effects of reading a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) compared to...
  • 'Rajesh Khanna: The Fallen Superstar': New book seeks to reveal unknown facets about Bollywood's first superstar December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Rajesh Khanna's super stardom, tumultuous personal life and meteoric rise and fall have been a favourite subject for authors. And now journalist-writer Yasser Usman has followed the suit and given a fresh perspective about the actor and his cinematic journey in his new book 'Rajesh Khanna: The Fallen Superstar',...
  • I never imagned Wiccans in Hogwarts: J K Rowling December 19, 2014

    Los Angeles: Author J K Rowling said the 'Harry Potter' school Hogwarts would have been home to all kinds of students. The 49-year-old author addressed the issue of why there were no Jewish students at the school in her books during a Twitter session, reported People magazine. She explained that this...