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The making of an activist

The making of an activist

WHEN the journalist Gauri Lankesh was killed on September 5, 2017, her ex-husband, Chidanand Rajghatta, a long-time Washington correspondent of The Times of India, wrote a heartfelt tribute titled “Gauri Lankesh: Amazing Grace” on social media. The book under review reads like an extended version of that requiem and seeks ...

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Book, docu-drama on Dharmendra’s life in works | books

Book, docu-drama on Dharmendra’s life in works | books

A book and a docu-drama will encapsulate the journey of his father, legendary actor Dharmendra from his childhood to him becoming a successful hero to his life now, says his actor son Sunny Deol. “A docu-drama and a book on papa’s life is being worked on. He remembers the smallest ...

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HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week | books | ht picks

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week | books | ht picks

THE SIXTH STRING OF VILAYAT KHAN BY NAMITA DEVIDAYAL Rs 699, 253pp; Westland Meditative and playful, generous and ruthless, he was many things to many people. He broke heart and he broke rules. He tinkered as furiously with his car as he did with his instrument, which he transformed technically to create the new sitar standard. And ...

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Review: Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy | books | reviews

Review: Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy | books | reviews

205pp, Rs 499 Collateral damage in war usually has a spillover effect for decades and generations. A chunky tome of Sri Lanka’s history is the civil war between 1983 and 2009 that bludgeoned its population and caused over a hundred thousand deaths. The deeper roots of this conflict lie in ...

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The intimate, secret world of wild tigers | india news

The intimate, secret world of wild tigers | india news

The sexual world of tigers is invisible to most and it was the same for me. I have been through endless books and journals but so little is described regarding this facet of the tiger’s life. And especially in the wild! My very best observation was relegated to a long ...

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Q&A: A tigress prefers a male who is the boss of the area she lives in, says Valmik Thapar | india news

Q&A: A tigress prefers a male who is the boss of the area she lives in, says Valmik Thapar | india news

Tigers go to great lengths to find their mates. When they copulate, it is with single-minded focus. Yet, for wildlife observers, this is something they are rarely able to witness at close quarters. Wildlife expert and writer, Valmik Thapar, explains why. For wildlife expert Thapar, field study is more important ...

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Excerpt: Nightmarch by Alpa Shah | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Nightmarch by Alpa Shah | books | excerpts

327pp, Rs 699; Harper Collins The shadow of a soldier stirred. He bent down to awaken another. The hour was up and it was time to change sentry duty. There was some grumbling from under the blanket that he was shaking. ‘Wake up! Wake up!’ the soldier whispered. No response. ...

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Review: The Flavours of Nationalism by Nandita Haksar | books | reviews

Review: The Flavours of Nationalism by Nandita Haksar | books | reviews

248 pp, Rs 245 Nandita Haksar is a human-rights lawyer, teacher and campaigner. She is also a prolific writer. Her latest book ‘The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship’ is not a traditional food memoir that limits itself to discussions on dishes and cuisines. Instead, it also ...

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This new graphic novel is a millennial’s guide to good parenting | books | watch out for

This new graphic novel is a millennial’s guide to good parenting | books | watch out for

Millennial parents have their hands full. While there are tons of literature, websites and parenting network groups for guidance, it is nevertheless a challenge to decide on how to raise a child. Drawing attention to modern-day parenting issues is Raising Rihaan, a graphic book written by journalist Ketaki Latkar and ...

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This author claims that India should get credit for Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ | books | author interview

This author claims that India should get credit for Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ | books | author interview

The ‘Vitruvian Man’ is one of the most famous creations by Leonardo da Vinci, along with Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. One of the most significant moments in recent times when the late artist became a talking point was after the release of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code (2003), ...

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