POETRY

  • Author Raza Mir provides a guide to understanding couplets of Ghalib, Gulzar July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A new book on Urdu poetry provides an introduction for beginners as well as connoisseurs to the poems of legends like Mirza Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir to the lyrics of contemporary game changers like Javed Akhtar and Gulzar. In the anthology The Taste of Words: An Introduction to...
  • Watch: Varanasi voter recites a couplet of what the temple town wants May 12, 2014

    Varanasi has a history of having poetic talent. It is said that every third voter in the temple town is a poet. Here one such voter recites the Ramvani of the politics of Varanasi and what the voters of the temple town want. ...
  • Narendra Modi says his poems are 'like a spring of fresh water', collection of his poetry in English to be out on April 20 April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: It seems Bharatiya Janata Party's PM nominee Narendra Modi is pulling out all stops to convey his message to voters across India. The latest is a collection of his poems out on April 20 in the national capital. Modi's poems in Gujarati have been translated into English and...
  • Ex school teacher stabs friend to death after a drunken argument January 31, 2014

    The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix. A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday. "The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the...
  • Read Vikram Seth's poem 'Through love's great power' a protest against the SC ruling on gay sex January 29, 2014

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013, verdict criminalizing gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. Celebrated author Vikram Seth, who has been a champion of the LGBT community for some time...
  • Flawed Theorem: Courage in the hearts of post colonial poetic odysseys May 30, 2013

    'One wants to break free of the past: rightly, because nothing at all can live in its shadow, and because there will be no end to the terror as long as guilt and violence are repaid with guilt and violence; wrongly, because the past that one would like to evade...
  • Watch: Javed Akhtar launches book by budding poet Sanil Sachar April 13, 2013

    Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar launched a book by young budding poet Sanil Sachar, the grandson of Justice Sachar, in the capital on Friday. ...
  • I have always been a bit of a lecher: Khushwant Singh March 29, 2013

    New Delhi: At 98, Khushwant Singh counts himself lucky that he still enjoys his evening drink and relishes tasty food, but feels sad that he has always been a bit of a lecher and looked at women as objects of lust. In " Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life", the country's...
  • Intolerance increasing in society: Javed Akhtar February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: The level of intolerance has increased in Indian society, National Award winning lyricist and Urdu poet Javed Akhtar said in Kolkata on Thursday. "Somehow the liberal space has shrunk and intolerance has increased in the society today. But I am happy to see that there is a rise in intolerance...
  • Reading Shakespeare, Wordsworth can boost morale January 14, 2013

    London: Reading writers like Shakespeare and Wordsworth can give a 'rocketboost' to your morale and provide better therapy than selfhelp books, a study of the human brain has found. Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that serious literature catches the reader's attention and triggers moments of selfreflection. Using scanners, scientists...
  • My job as a writer is to overreact to the headlines: Altaf Tyrewala December 18, 2012

    The author, Altaf Tyrewala, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his new book 'Ministry of Hurt Sentiments'. Q. What is the genre you are writing in? Prose or poetry? Asked by: Sudeep Sen A. Hi Sudeep, good question. I don't know either. Writing is a lot like rebirth: your ideas will...
  • Margaret Atwood is my current literary goddess: Annie Zaidi December 14, 2012

    Annie Zaidi writes poetry, essays, fiction of varying lengths, and scripts for the stage and the screen. She is the author of 'Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales', a collection of essays that was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award (nonfiction, 2011), and the coauthor of...
  • There was a time when poetry romanced cricket October 31, 2012

    New Delhi: In 1950, Lords witnessed one of the craziest scenes ever in postwar cricket. Suddenly, it wasnt a cricket ground anymore; it was a mela. The occasion was the historic Windies victory over England. The year, along with those euphoric moments, has disappeared but the wanton...
  • Poetry is the new tool of soft diplomacy in India October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Cultural and linguistic boundaries blurred as Rabindranath Tagore's poetry was set to a dance and Hungarian poetry composed by national icons like Endre Ady was recited in Hindi and in Hungarian. All this when 15 poets and writers from the two countries assembed here under the "Poetry Across...
  • Hazaaron jawabon se acchi hai meri khamoshi: PM August 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Whether it was helplessness in the face of an angry Opposition demanding answers over coal block allocations or the din that drowned his statement and led to adjournment of both Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to hit back at detractors with poetry. The logjam in Parliament...
  • Javed Akhtar unveils his new book 'Lava' July 12, 2012

    Javed Akhtar unveiled a brand new book of poetry titled 'Lava', which is available in Urdu and Hindi. ...
  • Children want to burst into poetry: Ruskin Bond June 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Today's youngsters are writing a lot of poetry to put their emotions into words unlike in the past when they liked to read and think, says iconic Indian storyteller of British origin Ruskin Bond. "Children all want to burst into verse you might say. But they would write better...
  • Poetry on stone: Timeless genre in revival across India June 12, 2012

    New Delhi: It is 6.30 in the morning as a group of 12 poets assemble at the Purana Gumbad in Lodi Gardens under the banner "Poetry on Monuments", a monthly poetry promotion initiative at heritage sites in the capital. The group sat in a circle as the readings began in Hindi,...
  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poems translated into German May 28, 2012

    Islamabad: Works of noted subcontinental Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, globally recognised as one who believed in social reform and devoted his poetry to the uplift of humanity, has now been translated into German. A bilingual UrduGerman book of Faiz's poems has been launched by the Goethe Institut in Karachi, Dawn...
  • Taking poetry to India's young readers April 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Prose has for long edged poetry to the margins of contemporary Indian literature. It is only natural that the new reader is not familiar with the late Kamala Das or her bold feminist oeuvre of poetry and short story that gave her cult status in India like Sylvia...
  • Pioneering feminist poet Adrienne Rich dead at 82 March 29, 2012

    Los Angeles: Poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, a feminist literary figure celebrated as much for deeply personal reflections on her own life as for sometimesbiting social commentary, has died at age 82, family members said on Wednesday. Rich, who received a galaxy of honors, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and...
  • Music, calligraphy, poetry in Vikram Seth's new work March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Music, calligraphy, conversations and poetry merge in Vikram Seth's new anthology of poetry, 'The Rivered Earth', an eclectic journey into the heart of rhythmic lyricism that the writer of 'The Golden Gate' a novel in verse is known for. The slim anthology, inspired by Seth's tryst with...
  • No good scripts to make films: Subhash Ghai March 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Lamenting the degradation of poetry and story in Bollywood films, eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai has said it is one of the primary reasons he has stopped making movies. "It is true that Mukta Arts does not make movies of late because there are no good scripts. But, it is...
  • Good as politicians, bad as poets March 5, 2012

    New Delhi: "Music rippling, blazing Not knowing where you are; In the fire of your own tune, resound, resound; I love songs; There is tempest in tunes; Resound, resound in the fire of music; And compose a tune....; Sway your Vina in the dreams; Let beauty rise in your...
  • 'Digital format not threatening Urdu books' February 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Noted Urdu poet Waseem Barelvi has warned that information without knowledge was useless and that while the digitisation of Urdu literature was a positive step, it must not be seen as a replacement for the printed word. "Information is useless without knowledge and books give knowledge while digital media...
  • Poetry is losing its value: Javed Akhtar February 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Veteran poetlyricist Javed Akhtar feels that the younger generation today doesn't understand the craft of poetry and insists the art is losing it's essence. On the occasion of launching his book 'Lava', a collection of his poems, Javed said that although there are a lot of talented poets in...
  • Kapil Sibal, the poet, back with his second book February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: From a politician and a lawyer Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is also a poet. Sibal's second anthology of poems will be released in Delhi this week. Four years after releasing his first anthology of poems, he's back with his second, 'My World Within', published by Roli Books. "It's...
  • Sahitya Akademi turns spotlight on poetry, nature February 17, 2012

    New Delhi: "Poetry across languages draws from the rhythm of nature, and resonates with the cosmic beat of the universe," acclaimed Punjabi poet Surjit Patar said at the annual Samvatsar lecture of the Sahitya Akademi. Delivering the lecture on "Poetry and Nature" at the ongoing "Festival of Letters", Patar quoted from...
  • Guha among 22 awarded Sahitya Akademi Awards February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi and novels and essays by Gopalakrishna Pai, Kashinath Singh and Manik Sitaram Godghate alias Grace are among 22 books which were awarded prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards for this year. Eight books of poetry, seven novels, three essays and one each short story,...
  • Kashmiri writer turns down award by JK govt January 28, 2012

    Jammu: Veteran writer and poet Agnishekhar on Saturday turned down award for best book announced by Jammu and Kashmir government's State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (SAACL) as a "protest against exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley". "I reject the Best Book Award carrying a cash reward of Rs...