Books

  • Have you got 'booked' yet? Indians are challenging their friends to name 10 books they have loved growing up in viral, chain dare on Facebook 1 hour 35 minutes ago

    If you are a regular on Facebook and have friends who read, it's highly likely you have been tagged by one or multiple of them in status updates asking you to name 10 books that have had a deep impact on your life. The newest trend to take over Facebook...
  • Air India website crashes on day 1 of its grand Rs 100-per-ticket sale 22 hours 56 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Air India website on Wednesday crashed on day one of the 5-day special discount period. The airline had launched 'Air India Offer', a scheme offering tickets for Rs 100 apart from all applicable taxes. The offer has started from Wednesday. The discount is available only for online booking and...
  • Rare copy of Superman comic book fetches US dollar 3.2 million 2 days ago

    New York: A nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price US dollar 3.2 million. New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said today they submitted Sunday's record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No 1. That's the 1938 book in which...
  • 35,000 Nepalese attempt to set world's largest human flag record 4 days ago

    Kathmandu: In a bid to set a new world record, over 35,000 Nepalese on Saturday gathered at an open ground to form the world's largest "human national flag". Around 35,000 people carrying placards assembled at Tundikhel ground as they made a huge portrait of Nepali flag for setting the Guinness...
  • After Benedict Cumberbatch, actors Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett join 'The Jungle Book' 6 days ago

    Los Angeles: Actors Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett have joined Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Warner Bros' 'Jungle Book: Origins'. Actors Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan have also been roped for the adaptation of 'The Jungle Book', said The Hollywood Reporter. Rohan Chand, the young actor...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Sher Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. film 'Jungle Book: Origins' August 20, 2014

    Here's another piece of fantastic news for Benedict Cumberbatch fans. After portraying the role of Khan in 'Star Trek Into Darkness', Cumberbatch will now be giving his voice to Sher Khan, in the upcoming Warner Brothers' 'Jungle Book: Origins'. The news was first reported by Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. The film, which...
  • We are trying to enter the Limca Book of Records by planting 180,000 saplings: BSF August 17, 2014

    Agartala: The paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) aims to enter the "Limca Book of Records" by planting 180,000 trees along India's frontiers Tuesday, an official said. "Over 10,500 BSF troopers would plant 180,000 trees in 30 minutes (10 am to 10:30 am) on August 19 all along India's borders with Pakistan...
  • Saltwater explores the lives of privileged young adults living in India August 12, 2014

    A Novel Published in India by Penguin India. To be published in the German language by Ullstein Verlag. About the Book Saltwater is a story about a world without anchor, where rich young boys and girls drift and collide, smashing each other to smithereens. There are no inhibitions here, everything is allowed. This is the...
  • Yes, Kim Kardashian is publishing 'super racy' selfies book and it is called 'Selfish' August 9, 2014

    Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is set to publish a photography book compiled entirely from her selfie collection. The 33-year-old socialite has turned her hand to photography after apparently being inspired by a book of polaroid photos she gave husband Kanye West for his birthday, reported E! online. "It ended up turning...
  • Ananth's 'Play with Me' seeps you in and doesn't let go August 7, 2014

    The Indian literary scene is bursting at the seams with new authors, new plots (almost, and sometimes contrived), new ambitions and new hopes (for some of us at least). There is this surge of authors - this tide of 'I-can-also-write' men and women. And amidst all of this, as a...
  • English is the new caste system, my book 'Half Girlfriend' explores this aspect of our society: Chetan Bhagat August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Author Chetan Bhagat's new novel, a rural-urban love story about a boy from Bihar falling for an English-educated Delhi girl, is set for release this October. Bhagat, who is considered a bestseller, took to Twitter and Facebook to announce details of the upcoming book and accompanied it with...
  • Ex-PM Manmohan Singh's daughter defends father in a book, says he faced resistance within Congress August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has come to his defence in a new book. In an interview to a national daily, Daman Singh has said that her father was not a misfit in politics but that manipulative politics and wheeling dealing didn't come easily to him. She...
  • 'Half Girlfriend': Author Chetan Bhagat's new book is a love story between a Bihari boy and a reluctant girl August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: His last book 'Revolution 20: 20' came out in 2011 and since then Chetan Bhagat has been busy writing scripts for films. The author is back after a long hiatus with his latest book 'Half Girlfriend'. The book's first look was released by e-commerce store Flipkart on Tuesday morning...
  • Natwar Singh's book has left an unpleasant taste: Salman Khurshid August 3, 2014

    Panaji: As a debate continues over comments made about Sonia Gandhi in a new book by Natwar Singh, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said the issue has left an "unpleasant taste" and the former minister has forgotten the "good counsel and guidance" that he himself used to give. Saying that...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read August 5, 2014

    There're books that you pick because their blurb looked interesting to you. The reason why I picked up Junglezen Sheru was the same but when I saw the genre of the book which is Fiction/Spirituality, it intrigued me and that's when I thought, I am sure there book has something...
  • Upendra Namburi does it again with well-crafted '60 minutes' August 5, 2014

    There are very few books that can make me sit straight and finish them in a single go. Two Indian authors who manage to do so time and again when it comes to corporate thrillers/drama are Ravi Subramanian and Upendra Namburi. I remember reading Upendra Namburi's 31 when it...
  • Natwar Singh says Rajiv Gandhi didn't take a penny in Bofors scam but was still crucified August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was not a beneficiary in the Bofors scam, claimed former foreign affairs minister Natwar Singh in an interview to CNN-IBN. "Rajiv Gandhi did not take a penny in the Bofors scam, but still he was crucified," said Singh, who has criticised the Congress leader...
  • Natwar Singh lambasts Sonia Gandhi for not treating him well August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Former union minister Natwar Singh continues to breathe fire on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her family. Singh, who resigned from the UPA-I government in 2005 in the wake of the Iraqi food-for-oil scam, lashed out at Sonia for 'treating' him in the manner that she apparently did....
  • 'Can't and Won't', a collection that wrenches your heart with facts about life July 31, 2014

    When Lydia Davis writes short stories, you take notice. You observe them and linger in their bitter or sweet after-thought. You also get confused. You wonder what her stories are about. As a reader, you also want to give up some times. You do not want to turn the next...
  • Natwar Singh's book row: Sonia breaks her silence, Manmohan backs her July 31, 2014

    Former external affairs minister Natwar Singh's tell-all book has caught the ire of his former party's leadership. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday broke away from her usual stoic silence to say she will write a book to reveal the truth. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also slammed Natwar Singh...
  • Michael Morpurgo's 'Meeting Cezanne' is a perfect monsoon read July 31, 2014

    I had heard a lot about Michael Morpurgo and his books before I started reading 'Meeting Cezanne'. I now know why both kids and adults love him and his works the way they do. There is something about the way he unfolds a story. It transcends age. Both adults and...
  • Manmohan backs Sonia, refutes claims made by Natwar Singh in his book July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: After Congress President Sonia Gandhi's outburst over former union minister Natwar Singh's claims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too, on Thursday refuted allegations that the UPA government sent files to 10 Janpath for approval. Backing Sonia, Dr Manmohan Singh said, "There are some conversations that take place which should not...
  • Sonia reacts to Natwar Singh, says she'll write her own book and then people will know everything July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who is normally a reticent person, hit out at former union minister Natwar Singh for claims made in his upcoming autobiography 'One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography'. Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that she would write a book which would put an end to...
  • Natwar using book on Sonia, Rahul to promote his BJP MLA son: Digvijaya Singh July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress party has refuted claims made by former external affairs minister Natwar Singh about Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in his yet to be published autobiography. Senior party leader Digvijaya Singh accused the former Congress leader of promoting his son by making these revelations. Natwar Singh's son Jagat Singh...
  • George W Bush writes book about father July 31, 2014

    New York: His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George HW Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on...
  • 'The Book of Life,' 'Kingsman' lead Fox's eclectic Comic Con peeks July 26, 2014

    Reuters: Action, comedy, animation and dystopia made up an eclectic slate of upcoming films that 20th Century Fox presented at Comic Con on Friday, hoping to engage the convention's avid fan base. Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman lent some star power to the presentation, introducing clips from "The Book of...
  • Indian-American boy to play Mowgli in Disney's 'Jungle Book' July 16, 2014

    Los Angeles: Disney has found its Mowgli in 10-year-old Indian-American Neel Sethi for its live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale about a boy who is raised by animals in 'The Jungle Book'. New York-born Sethi will be the only actor to appear onscreen in the project which is a combination...
  • Singapore backs call to destroy gay themed books July 12, 2014

    Singapore: A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles. The National...
  • Author James Patterson's young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' to come to life on YouTube July 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for 'Maximum Ride' to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels,...
  • Is the world on the brink of a new Harry Potter series? Harry is 34. Neville Longbottom is an alcoholic. 15 things revealed in JK Rowling's explosive new tease July 9, 2014

    Author JK Rowling teased a new short story just days ahead of her man wizard Harry Potter's 34th birthday. Written as a news report by the magical newspaper Daily Prophet's gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story is set around a Quidditch World Cup final in the Patagonian desert and is...