• Meet Ove, the unusual protagonist of a million-copy international bestseller

    By Saket Suman(Book: A Man Called Ove; Author: Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch; Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 350; Pages: 304)The quality of fiction is said to be on a decline globally -- with non-fiction garnering greater attention as well as market share. This 2014 international bests...

  • Of Ayurveda, modern relationships and female bonding

    New Delhi: Learn how to combine Ayurveda's age-old traditions with modern concepts of wellness, flick through the story of a young couple that pretty much reflects most modern-day relationships, and read a tale that revolves around friendship and love between mothers and daughters.IANS bookshelf off...

  • Searching for ecstasy across a spectrum of transcendence

    By Vikas DattaTitle: The Art of Losing Control; Author: Jules Evans; Publisher: Canongate; Pages: 294; Price: Rs 699Even in our hi-tech, increasingly self-obsessed and anxiety-beset world, there are times when we move beyond our digital devotion, daily duties or angst to a "more peaceful, absorbed o...

  • A woman's snapshots of Egypt's simmering discontent and revolt

    By Vikas DattaTitle: Chronicle of a Last Summer; Author: Yasmine El Rashidi; Publisher: Tim Duggan Books/Penguin Random House US; Pages: 194; Price: Rs 499Volcanic emotions contribute to, and are further generated, during turbulent times in human affairs as manifested in revolutions or other such in...

  • Nanak, the apostle of oneness, compassion and 'Charhdi Kala'

    By Vikas DattaTitle: Nanak - The Correspondent of the Ultimate; Author: Sumeet D. Aurora; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 399While much of his teaching can be summed up in a prayer, formulated by his final human successor, ending "Nanak naam charhdi kala, tere bhaane sarbat da bha...

  • Music gigs should be safe, says English singer

    By Sugandha RawalNew Delhi: After a terror attack struck music lovers at singer Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, English songstress Lucy Rose says people should "keep playing and keep going to gigs" because bowing down in front of terror outfits is not the solution.Music can open gates to esca...

  • The Secret of Jahanara Begum

    By Arundhati Roy(One of the most anticipated novels of 2017, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" will hit the bookstands across India on Tuesday, June 6. The novel comes 20 years after the author's "The God of Small Things", which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and was a bestseller in more than 30 lang...

  • The ghost who writes: Thriving business of anonymous authorship

    New Delhi: What if you were told that many of the books that you have read of late have actually not been written by the authors who find mention on their covers?Difficult to believe -- but true. An anonymous world of ghostwriters lies hidden behind the glitz and glamour of the books business and li...

  • 'Midnight Rider' Gregg Allman and his rock music journey

    In a nearly half-century career, both in a band and solo, his distinctive voice, inspired lyrics and energetic guitar work went to make Gregg Allman a musical legend as pioneer and practitioner of 'Southern Rock' - which brought together rock and roll with traditional blues, jazz, country music and ...

  • Anger is good and other lessons from Mahatma Gandhi to his grandson

    Title: The Gift of Anger; Author: Arun Gandhi; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 292.Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is widely thought to have been a calm and composed personality but this highly anecdotal book by one of his grandsons suggests otherwise. Gandhi, the author says, lost his...

  • A humongous tribute to pioneering Indian architect Achyut Kanvinde

    New Delhi: He has a staggering 450-plus projects to his name over a career spanning 55 years -- ranging from the IIT-Kanpur campus to New Delhi's ISKCON Temple. He believed that the core of an architect's work should be sensitivity to human nature and respect for human values. Though a pioneer in th...

  • Crime-solving lessons from the Great Detective himself

    Even nine decades after his original creator penned his last tale, the solver of mysteries, scourge of criminals, and saviour of the wrongly-accused is still busy at work. But in the thousands of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there is one glaring omission for a detective whose swore by the "science of ...