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Indira Gandhi saw herself as an environmentalist, not politician: Jairam Ramesh (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Indira Gandhi may have been criticised for her policies during her tenure as Prime Minister and called authoritative but what people hardly knows is that she was very much an environmentalist and naturalist, said senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on the life of India's iron lady.

The surprising origins of some much-hummed Bollywood songs (Column: Bookends) (12:14)
By Vikas Datta
In any literary tradition, the works of even its less famous or forgotten figures are liable to crop up at some unexpected place. As in Hindi film songs, with which Urdu poetry has been closely linked from the beginning. While their soulful, stirring or soothing lyrics come from the creativity of poets from Sahir Ludhianvi to Gulzar, Majrooh Sultanpuri to Javed Akhtar, sometimes inspiration comes from elsewhere too.

The 'Idea of India' and how our public intellectuals define it (With Images) (16:22)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The world's largest democracy is witness to debates on a range of issues and noted public intellectuals from across the political spectrum -- Left, Right and Centre -- have shared their thoughts in two recent books.

Death hasn't intervened: S.H. Raza's rich legacy lives on (July 23 is iconic artist's 1st death anniversary) (With Images) (15:06)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) It's been a year since famed Indian artist S.H. Raza's death on July 23. A legend in the true sense of the word, he popularised Indian concepts and iconography globally and built an impressive legacy of modern art.

Not (only) cricket: Playing a second innings in love (Book Review) (With Images) (12:10)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Man of Her Match; Author: Sakshama Puri Dhariwal; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 299

Australia India Youth Dialogue to focus on digital disruption (17:06)
New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Thirty delegates from Australia and India will converge in Mumbai and New Delhi to discuss, debate, ideate and collaborate on how digital disruption is shaping our democracy and media and the future of the workplace.

Museum unveils pre-nuke attack Hiroshima footage (15:24)
Tokyo, July 21 (IANS) A museum on Friday unveiled a rare video footage of Hiroshima city from 1935, a decade before it was devastated by a nuclear bomb.

Iranian artist denied UK visa to attend book fest (13:44)
Tehran, July 21 (IANS) An acclaimed Iranian illustrator has been denied a visa to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival amid growing criticism of the UKs handling of Iranian visas, the media reported on Friday.

Princess Diana's personal items to go on display (13:27)
London, July 21 (IANS) Personal items owned and used by Princess Diana, including cassette tapes, a lunch box and ballet shoes, will be put on display at the Buckingham Palace, the media reported on Friday.

Business is to increase not only wealth but also 'dharma' (Book Review) (With Images) (13:25)
By Porisma P. Gogoi
Title: The Dharma of Business -- Commercial Law in Medieval India; Author: Donald R. Davis, Jr; Publisher: Portfolio by Penguin Random House India; Pages: 155; Price: Rs 299

Spanish authorities exhume remains of Dali for paternity test (13:02)
Madrid, July 21 (IANS) The remains of Spanish artist Salvador Dali has been exhumed from a grave in his native city Figueres in compliance with a court order in a paternity case, an official said.

Of mother, marks and survival (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:08)
New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Discover the touching fictional tale of a joint family at the centre of which is "mai" or the mother, who holds the entire family together; flick through a manual that lists steps to securing good marks in examinations, and finally read about the historic force that is shaking our world. There is nothing more diverse that the IANS bookshelf could offer this week.

London to banish winter blues with biggest ever light show (06:08) IANS Photo Service
London, July 21 (IANS) More than 40 installations are to light up London in one of the biggest ever light shows, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday.

Thames, Hooghly communities plan riverside art walk for cross-cultural connectivity (22:36)
Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) In a bid to inspire cross-cultural connectivity between Bengal and Britain, the communities along the Thames and Hooghly rivers have come together for a year-long artistic exchange programme to create 20 hand-painted silk scrolls and participate in animated walks across 20 locations along the two rivers between September-December this year.

New book club for readers of NCR (19:40)
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A new book club aiming to develop a community that encourages reading not just for pleasure but also for learning is all set to attract readers of the National Capital Region (NCR).

Gulfam Khan's painter dreams (17:22) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Gulfam Khan, known for acting in shows like "Naamkarann" and "Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par", says had she not been an actress, she would have been a painter or a fine artist.

Extensive research into translations of Milton results in new book (14:46)
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A new book, put together by scholars and translators of 17th century poet John Milton from across the globe explores the wide reaching impact of his literary works. This book also marks the 350th anniversary of his masterpiece "Paradise Lost" (1667).

Pakistani daily hails lifting of ban on Indian TV shows (14:34)
Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) A Pakistani newspaper on Thursday hailed as "a welcome development" the Lahore High Court's ruling striking down a ban on broadcast of Indian TV shows on private television channels.

A spiritual powerhouse and an iconic Swami (Book Review) (12:26)
By M.R. Narayan Swamy
Title: Devi's Emerald; Author: Ruzbeh Nari Bharucha; Publishers: Vakils Feffer and Simons Pvt Ltd and Vishnu Sadanand Memorial Foundation; Pages: 274; Price: Rs 500.

Vienna Blues: Love in times of turmoil and totalitarianism (Book Review) (With Images) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Tobacconist; Author: Robert Seethaler/Charlotte Collins (translator); Publisher: Picador/Pan Macmillan; Pages: 234; Price: Rs 399

Heritage British era community hall in Bengal's Kurseong burnt to ashes (21:40)
Darjeeling, July 19 (IANS) The colonial era Raj Rajeswari hall, burnt down on Wednesday by alleged pro-Gorkhaland activists, was a heritage structure in the heart of northern West Bengal's Kurseong town that was graced through the decades by stalwarts from various fields including iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Durjoy Dutta's novel to be adapted in a web series (15:08)
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Bestselling author Durjoy Duttas popular novel "World`s Best Boyfriend" -- a heart-touching story about love, friendship, betrayal and hatred that exists between the two central characters -- will soon be adapted in a web series.

For this Buddhist monk, happiness is a sense of satisfaction within (IANS Interview) (12:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Thimphu (Bhutan), July 19 (IANS) He knows travel is the best teacher and when the destination is spirituality, the experience is more than just sightseeing. It helps you pack young and vibrant viewpoints in your intellectual bag of traditional Buddhist teachings.

Of compelling characters in fewer pages: Short-story writer Akhil Sharma (With Images) (11:38)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The greatest challenge for a short story writer, says one of the foremost names in the field -- who might not be too well known in India but has built up an impressive resume in the US -- is to stick to its ideal length, with the writer captivating his readers in a way that they have no desire for more.

Revisiting crime stories that shook the nation (Book Review) (11:30)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Ponty Chadha, Sheena Bora, Jiah Khan, Sunanda Pushkar, Rizwanur Rahman and Neeraj Grover -- the connecting factor for each of these high-profile personalities is the unsolved mystery behind their deaths.

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