Sunday 28 May, 2017

Of the rich and powerful: How system bends to provide them comfort in jails

By Saket Suman Title: Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous; Author: Sunetra Choudhury; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 266 Jail is a fearsome word for almost everybody and the general perception that revolves around the lives [...]

Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Golden House’ to release in September

Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) After Arundhati Roy, it is now author Salman Rushdie’s turn to return to the literary world this year with his new book “The Golden House”, slated to be released in September, said a statement by Penguin [...]

Karan Johar’s memoir lays bare all; reflects Bollywood’s ambiguity

By Saket Suman Title: An Unsuitable Boy; Author: Karan Johar (with Poonam Saxena); Publisher: Penguin India; Pp: 216 This much-anticipated memoir of filmmaker Karan Johar has been creating waves on social media after chapters describing his [...]

Explaining Trump’s rise and other strange things

By Vikas Datta Title: Winning Arguments — What Works and Doesnt Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom; Author: Stanley Fish; Publisher: Harper; Pages: 224 It is the phenomenon that may explain a lot of “inexplicable” [...]

Nobel committee gives up trying to reach Bob Dylan

Stockholm, Oct 19 (IANS) Nearly a week after Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the prize committee has given up trying to reach the American icon for confirmation, media reported. “We have stopped trying — we [...]

Bob Dylan: Blowing in the Wind to Nobel Literature Prize

By Vikas Datta An unconventional singer – with a raspy, almost nasal voice instead of honeyed tones – burst into public consciousness in the early 1960s with a brace of self-written, hard-hitting songs expressing the growing social [...]

Mumbai spiritual guru’s book is New York Times July best-seller

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Spiritual Guru Radhanath Swami’s new book, “The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti”, has topped the July New York Times Best-seller list within two months of its release in the US, an official [...]

A yogi’s actions are neither white nor black: Author Karan Bajaj

BY VEENA RAO The Yoga of Max’s Discontent is New York based author Karan Bajaj’s third novel, and his first international release. Published in the US by Penguin Random House, the novel is about a young American’s spiritual journey to [...]

Shashi Kapoor: The story of India’s first international star

By Vikas Datta Title: Shashi Kapoor – The Householder, The Star; Author: Aseem Chhabra ; Publisher: Rupa Publications India; Pages: 216 His elder brothers left one defining cinematic image – Raj the simple, honest ‘tramp’ [...]

John Masters and his ‘Savage’ view of Indian history

By Vikas Datta What do we make of the Raj’s storytellers? Should we simply view them through anti-colonialism’s uncompromising prism and unceremoniously dismiss them as standard-bearers of discredited imperialism? Or should we be [...]