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Former Organiser Editor Writes Book On Modi, Says Award Wapsi, Cow Slaughter Ban Not New

Former Organiser Editor Writes Book On Modi, Says Award Wapsi, Cow Slaughter Ban Not New

A new book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a senior BJP member is set to hit the stands. The book titled “Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor, The Maker of New India” is written by R Balashankar, a member of BJP central committee on training and a former editor of RSS-affiliated ...

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In the Twilight hour: Looking back at Stephenie Meyer’s cult human-vampire romance | hollywood

In the Twilight hour: Looking back at Stephenie Meyer’s cult human-vampire romance | hollywood

It landed in my mailbox one morning in 2008. The subject line was ‘mush’ and inside, along with the link to an e-book, was a one-line directive from a friend – ‘read it’. I ignored it. After all, my distaste for mush was well known. But she was oddly insistent. ...

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Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy was a very naughty child | books | author interview

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy was a very naughty child | books | author interview

For the award-winning author, philanthropist and Padma Shri Sudha Murthy the mantra is “what next? Murthy was in Delhi to release her latest book, The Upside-Down King, collection of tales of the two most popular avatars of Vishnu— Ram and Krishna, and their lineage. Her story titled Coconut Burfi had ...

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Review: Understanding India’s Northeast: A Reporter’s Journal by Rupa Chinai | books | reviews

Review: Understanding India’s Northeast: A Reporter’s Journal by Rupa Chinai | books | reviews

351pp; Rs 600; Earthcare Books In 1980, Rupa Chinai, along with a senior colleague, went to Guwahati for the first time to report on the incipient Assam movement against “illegal immigrants”. They stayed in the region for a month touring Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The visit yielded a ...

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Review: My Husband And Other Animals 2 by Janaki Lenin | books | reviews

Review: My Husband And Other Animals 2 by Janaki Lenin | books | reviews

320pp, Rs 499; Westland Books Janaki Lenin’s quarter century of adventures with her snake man-husband Rom Whitaker first recorded in My Husband & Other Animals gets better with this sequel. In her trademark irreverent style she recounts tales from the animal world; tales that are unlikely to cross an average ...

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Review: To Die in Benares by K Madavane | books | reviews

Review: To Die in Benares by K Madavane | books | reviews

186pp, Rs 499; PanMacmillan K Madavane’s stories are unlike anything you’ve read in a long time. They recall the supernatural horror of Poe and Angela Carter, the revulsion that rises at the end of The Visitor from Roald Dahl’s Switch Bitch, the sickening sudden lurch towards death in RK Narayan’s ...

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Dharmendra: The man who saw tomorrow – An extract from Dharmendra, Not Just A He-Man: A Biography | books

Dharmendra: The man who saw tomorrow - An extract from Dharmendra, Not Just A He-Man: A Biography | books

Had his dreams remained just dreams, Dharmendra could well have been driving a tractor in the verdant fields of Punjab all through the years during which he was, instead, one of the biggest stars of Hindi cinema. Born Dharminder Singh Deol on 8 December 1935 in Nasrali, a peaceful village ...

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Crystal clear | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Crystal clear | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Venki Ramakrishnan If Joseph Campbell were still in our midst and were to read Venki Ramakrishnan’s account of his life in science, he would have unhesitatingly declared it to be a classic hero’s journey. It’s a gripping tale with all the stock elements of the classical epic — a tale ...

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Bastions Of Unreason | By Feroze Varun Gandhi

Bastions Of Unreason | By Feroze Varun Gandhi

A Rural Manifesto: Realising India’s Future Through Her village By Varun Gandhi Rupa Publications India is gifted with a bouquet of 20 perennial and non-perennial river systems, with several tributaries. Our rivers, mostly originating from the Himalayas, the Chhotanagpur Plateau and the Western Ghats,  receive a significant run-off, from glaciers ...

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Gods Spoke To Them

Gods Spoke To Them

Thanjavur’s Gilded Gods By Anna L. Dallapiccola with Kuldip Singh and R. G. Singh Marg Publication | Pages: 180 | Rs. 2,800 A midst the roar of popular ima­ges of Hindu gods and goddesses in the style known as “Thanjavur paintings” that now flood the market, it’s alm­ost a shock ...

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