BOOKS

  • Suresh Prabhu's hi-tech drive fails to take off on Railway Ministry site Yesterday

    New Delhi: Even two hours after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu presented his maiden Budget speech in Parliament on Thursday, his vision and stress on technology upgradation was not reflected on the Budget page of the Railway Ministry site.The minister wanted to take the railways to a new height by...
  • Book stalls to be set up at railway stations, airports February 14, 2015

    New Delhi: To encourage people to read books, HRD Ministry would approach the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to set up book stalls of National Book Trust (NBT) on platforms and in airports. "We will get in touch with the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to enable NBT...
  • Typo or intentional? Aarya Babbar promises to treat you like an 'angle' in his debut novel. True story February 5, 2015

    The who's who of television and film fraternity were present for the book launch of former 'Bigg Boss 8' contestant Aarya Babbar's debut novel 'My Fiancee, Me & #I fu**ed up'. While everybody was busy posing and smiling at the cameras, nobody seemed to notice THIS: ...
  • Harper Lee's second book 'Go Set a Watchman' sparks eager anticipation February 5, 2015

    New York: Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an American classic. Until Tuesday when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced it would publish "Go Set...
  • Six screenplays for 'Twilight' short movies revealed; chosen from 1,200 submissions by author Stephenie Meyer February 5, 2015

    Los Angeles: The winning screenplays for the upcoming 'Twilight' short films have been announced. The six works were chosen from 1,200 submissions by the book's author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate, Women in Film, Facebook and Volvo as a part of the project which is called 'The Storytellers: New Voices of Twilight Saga'. Among...
  • 50 years on, new book from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee February 4, 2015

    New York: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish her second novel more than 50 years after the release of her classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," her publisher said on Tuesday. "Go Set a Watchman," which is set in the 1950s and features lead characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" some...
  • Tina Dutta: I always ask my co-stars and friends to read books February 3, 2015

    Kolkata: Actress Tina Dutta, who is best known for her role as Iccha and Meethi in 'Uttaran', is on a break from hectic work schedules, and she's making the most of her free time by satiating her thirst for reading books. After wrapping up the shooting of 'Uttaran', which has now...
  • Ayushmann Khurrana: I wasn't the first choice for 'Vicky Donor'; Vivek Oberoi, Sharman Joshi were considered February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Vivek Oberoi and Sharman Joshi were courted for 'Vicky Donor' before it landed with Ayushmann Khurrana, who was struggling for a Bollywood break at that time. Khurrana has penned his experiences as a struggler in 'Cracking the Code'. Co-written with wife Tahira Kashyap and published by Rupa Publications, the...
  • Mahesh Bhatt's gift to actor Ali Fazal: A book on the Indian thinker UG Krishnamurti February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has gifted a copy of his book "A Taste of Life: The Last Days of U.G Krishnamurti" to actor Ali Fazal. Ali features in the newly-released film "Khamoshiyan", produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt under their Vishesh Films banner. "He gave it to me as a sign...
  • Five woes which the 'Game of Thrones' TV Show fans face in the hands of the book fans January 31, 2015

    The trailer for the 'Game of Thrones' season five is out and I cannot contain my excitement at all. I can't help but imagine all that is going to happen, the people who are going to be brutally murdered and the dragons, oh my god the dragons! And I can't...
  • 'Making India' review: The book is an courageous attempt to explain the modern Indian English literature January 30, 2015

    It is at times good to find a piece like 'Making India' which gives a broad insight from Historical events that lead to the contemporary developments. The Modern Indian history is an outcome of various happenings that took place in 18th and 19 century and Prof Makarand Paranjape, the author...
  • 'Korma, Kheer and Kismet' is a gastronomic memoir of a food-obsessed journalist January 28, 2015

    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 January 25, 2015

    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 January 25, 2015

    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 January 24, 2015

    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 January 24, 2015

    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 January 24, 2015

    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 January 21, 2015

    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' January 21, 2015

    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 January 21, 2015

    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 January 21, 2015

    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...