• The many adventures and misadventures of 'Silver', a remarkable Indian spy

    New Delhi: Bhagat Ram Talwar -- a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier Province of British India -- was perhaps the only quintuple spy of World War II and the author of perhaps his first detailed sketch has said that even as the master spy helped Subhas Chandra Bose escape from India via Kabul,...

  • Connecting the dots: The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations

    Title: Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva; Author: Dhirendra K. Jha; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 499The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from two seats in 1984 to a staggering 282 in 2014 may be seen as the growing appeal of its ideology ...

  • 'Mohe pir paayo, Nizamuddin Auliya...': The saint and his grace

    Title: Song of the Dervish; Author: Meher Murshed; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 242; Price: Rs 499The bit in the headline is from one of the subcontinent's best-known qawwalis honouring one of its most venerated Sufi saints but its true worth is seldom realised. In it, the singer is addressin...

  • 'White Crane...' a poignant cry for Tibetan freedom

    New Delhi: He was the first Tibetan to be admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons but could re-visit his beloved "mystic" homeland only in 2007, four years before he died aged 79, to find it had "withered away not so much from Communist Chinese genocide as from geno-dilution" -- or inward...

  • Smuggled out of N. Korea, these chilling stories lay bare horrors of dictatorial regime

    By Saket Suman (Title: The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea; Author: Bandi (pseudonym); Publisher: Hachette India in arrangement with Profile Books; Pages: 247; Price: Rs 599)The period is between 1989 and 1997. Bandi -- the pseudonym of our North Korean author who is worki...

  • Exploring the alchemy of clay

    By Mudita GirotraNew Delhi: When a faculty member of the School of Planning and Architecture here decides to hang up her boots and probe hidden embers of firing and glazes and clay constructions, it becomes more than a mere pilgrim's journey.Artist Manjari Sharma's affair with stoneware began more t...

  • The other detectives of Baker Street - and their chilling cases

    By Vikas DattaOn the foggy streets of gaslight, late-19th century London, evil is again afoot. Inmates of a women's ward in a leading hospital are dying in suspicious circumstances, while boys from the street are disappearing and some reappearing in a mysterious, nocturnal gang. Probing these cases ...

  • Dress up right this summer

    New Delhi: Summer is here and its time to put your best forward in trendiest outfits that are easy on skin keeping the warm weather in mind. From opting light layering to avoid sun burn to mixing and matching can add some fashion quotient in your daily wear dressing style, experts say.Rajesh Jain, B...

  • Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose

    New Delhi: It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands the ghost of Akbar.This ethereal yet...

  • Classical dancer interprets Mahabharata to resolve contemporary issues, leaves audience thrilled

    A jam-packed auditorium here witnessed a leading classical dancer profoundly interpreting the Mahabharata in her latest presentation. The audience -- mesmerised at the performance -- couldnt help but ask for more.Titled "Atma Rati," it was performed by award winning classical dancer, Dimple Kaur and...

  • Sunidhi one of India's finest singers: Sachin Tendulkar

    Mumbai: Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Monday praised popular singer Sunidhi Chauhan and called her one of the finest singers in the country. Last week, Sunidhi praised Sachin's upcoming film "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" and posted on Twitter: "Now I would be able to say I know si...

  • Analytics the way forward for a marketing organisation: Author Adele Sweetwood

    In today's digital world, how does one transform a marketing organisation from "art" to "art and science"? By creating a culture that thrives and adds value through data and analytics -- the analysis of this data, says the author of a seminal book on the subject."I wrote 'The Analytical Marketer' (H...