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  • Books as 'bombs': Opposition gets ready to unleash 'soft power'

    New Delhi: Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as "book bombs", critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election. Four years later, it ...

  • World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

    Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval ...

  • Commercialisation has led to emergence of new talent in art: Satish Gujral

    New Delhi: Many major artists, including stalwarts like Jatin Das, have expressed disappointment at the widespread commercialisation of the art market. But Satish Gujral, a pioneer of contemporary Indian art, believes commercialisation has also led to the emergence of new talent.Gujral, whose ...

  • The second coming: Jeet Thayil on inspiration, writing, and his latest novel

    New Delhi: The clickety-clack from the typewriter of acclaimed writer-journalist T.J.S. George night after night was so soothing that it would lull his young son Jeet Thayil to sleep in the next room."Perhaps that's what first introduced me to the world of writing," says Thayil, shortlisted in the ...

  • Mirror or game? A philosopher's quest to gauge the limits of language

    By Vikas DattaOne thing that exalts the human above all other sentient creatures is its capability for speech, facilitated by language that is a medium of communication, of expression, of representation and so on. However, how does language relate to reality, and does it have infinite capacity ...

  • What's your password, again?

    Title: Password; Author: Martin Paul Eve; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 124 ; Price: Rs 250We have come far as a civilised society and with it, the way we see or do things has seen a drastic change too. Take, for instance, the measure we use to keep our secrets safe. In simpler words -- the ...

  • Cover designers: Unsung heroes of the publishing industry

    Of all the aspects that go into shaping the fate of any given book, its cover, apart from the merit of the title, is perhaps the most significant. In today's times, when the calibre of a novel is based on its Instagram likes and Facebook shares, "do not judge a book by its cover" is nearly lost in ...

  • No child's play: The craft of designing a book cover

    Writing a full-length book, simply put, is not everybody's cup of tea. It demands one creative person to sit down for hours, day after day, and allow his/her thoughts to play with words. But what about designing a book cover? That seems easy; after all, it is only a matter of putting the title of ...

  • Caught in a loop: Understanding festival circuit ennui

    In India you have hundreds of film, literature, music, dance, sports, fashion, investment, technology, science and other festivals in every part of the country. This should be a happy indicator of our rich cultural heritage and our predisposition to the arts. However, most such events are forced ...

  • Enduring bonds: Looking at friendships in fiction

    It is arguably our most valuable and worthwhile social attribute, but in human nature's paradoxical way, quite undervalued. Friendships can last lifetimes but more frequently are subject to changing status, other interests (or self-interest), other companionship and so on. But the one ...

  • Art now is all about market and business: Jatin Das

    New Delhi: Prominent Indian artist Jatin Das -- painting for well over five decades now -- has come down heavily on the state of the contemporary art market. In one of his rare interviews in recent years, the prolific artist reflected upon his illustrious career and maintained that the art world ...

  • Inspiring story of a radical, but practical, Ireland-born nun

    An Irish nun came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1956 and soon adapted herself to the city. Sister M. Cyril Mooney, fondly called Sister Cyril, is now looked upon as a motherly figure who has not only saved the lives of many but also brought in necessary educative reforms during her tenure as head of ...