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Birth-photography: Framing labour room moments for eternity (Lifestyle Trends) (With Images) (11:56)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Happiness knows no bound for a mother who holds her baby for the first time after battling with the excruciating pain undergone during the labour hours. What if one gets a chance to look back at those moments later?

Special 'house' editions to mark 20 years of Harry Potter (18:50)
New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) It has been 20 years since boy wizard Harry Potter first entered the lives of us "muggles" (those without magical powers), with "The Philosopher's Stone". To mark the the anniversary, publisher Bloomsbury India has come up with a special "house" edition.

'Society has started accepting women as chefs' (With Images) (12:26)
By Kishori Sud
New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Traditionally, chefs have been men. Even top-end restaurants in five-star hotels have had men as cookery experts. But things are changing. An increasing number of women have started to flaunt the chef's hat.

A world where the truth matters not (Book Review) (With Images) (12:14)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Post-Truth - The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back; Author: Matthew D'Ancona; Publisher: Ebury Press/Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 164; Price: Rs 399

Britain maps out country's magic sites to promote tourism (16:50) IANS Photo Service
London, June 25 (IANS) Britain's tourism office has announced the release of an interactive map to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book on Monday.

Wodehouse's women and their most liberated and effective flagbearer (Column: Bookends) (10:16)
By Vikas Datta
Going by P.G. Wodehouse's most famous works and characters - Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, the Blandings Castle set, Psmith, Mr Mulliner et al, you could wonder - as one of my friends did - why the celebrated comic novelist didn't have a woman character of equal standing. One who is not just a love interest, or among the formidable female relatives (chiefly aunts) many protagonists have to deal with.

Foreign devotees to offer traditional dishes to Lord Jagannath during Rath Yatra (17:50) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) At least 400 devotees from different countries, including Russia and China, would offer traditional vegetarian dishes from their countries to Lord Jagannath during the 46th edition of the Rath Yatra festival organised by the ISCKON here.

Buddhist leader bestowed with Honorary Fellowship by Oxford (13:42)
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Acclaimed Buddhist leader and head of the Drukpa Lineage, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, has been bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship by the Wolfson College of Oxford for preservation of culture in the Himalayas, his office said on Saturday.

Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries (With Images) (12:40)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Once a favourite spot for learners and scholars, most of the 70,000 plus public libraries in India have now turned into haunted houses with few visitors to grace their premises.

Of Yoga sutras, mystery and superstitions (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:20)
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Embark on an inspiring journey based on the ancient philosophy of Yoga Sutras, flick through the story of a newly married couple stuck in a mystery, read about the steady advent of modernity in a village where tradition and subversion coexist and learn a new way to stress-test business strategies by flushing out unseen threats and missed opportunities.

A global tour of expressive words English needs (Book Review) (With Images) (10:46)
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Greeks Had a Word For It - Words You Never Knew You Can't Do Without; Author: Andrew Taylor; Publisher: Corgi Books/Penguin Random House; Pages: 202; Price: Rs 399

Regional poets lead Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (14:20)
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Regional language poets dominated the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2017 with sixteen books of poetry along with five short stories, two biographies and one essay that won the award.

Exploring Kumaon through its art, craftsmanship and woodwork (Book Review) (11:02)
By Somrita Ghosh
Book: In the Shadow of the Devi: Kumaon; Author: Manju Kak; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 255; Price: Rs 1995

Egypt celebrates International Yoga Day (15:18)
Cairo, June 22 (IANS) Hundreds of people turned up in the Egyptian capital to celebrate the third International Yoga Day on Wednesday, an official statement said here.

Reporting from Pakistan: Adventures in a mirror-image land? (Book Review) (With Images) (10:54)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

'Edge of an Era' will stimulate ideas, says author Carlo Pizzati (19:14)
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Italian journalist and novelist Carlo Pizzati says his latest book 'The Edge of an Era', intense and rich in content, will leave readers with stimulating ideas.

Egyptian artisan created prosthetic wooden toe 3,000 years ago (16:10)
London, June 21 (IANS) An artificial wooden toe worn by an Egyptian priest's daughter about 3,000 years ago was so meticulously built that it testifies to the skills of an artisan who was very familiar with the human physiognomy, say researchers.

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine (Book Review) (June 21 is International Yoga Day) (With Images) (10:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it.

Writer who finds inspiration for writing near a cemetery (Feature) (With Images) (10:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Undisturbed by his silent neighbours in the capital's Nicholson Cemetery, this leading author has penned numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children in a career spanning several decades.

Rains lash Lucknow ahead of Modi's yoga event (06:20) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, June 21 (IANS) Rains lashed the Uttar Pradesh capital early on Wednesday, ahead of the International Yoga Day event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to lead more than 50,000 people in practising yoga.

Google updates Search, Maps for experiencing art online (17:40) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, June 20 (IANS) In a bid to inspire art enthusiasts to brush up their knowledge, Google on Tuesday announced the latest updates in its Search and Maps to enhance the art search experience.

Indians, Chinese perform yoga at Great Wall (17:24)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, June 20 (IANS) About 150 yoga enthusiasts practiced various poses of India's ancient physical discipline at China's iconic Great Wall on the eve of International Yoga Day.

'My name is Bond and I stay calm and mind my own business' (With Images) (17:22)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) At a time when writers are increasingly evoking controversies with their political stand and activism, one gifted writer -- possibly India's most loved and adored -- maintains a low-profile, away from the glitz and glamour, and yet commands enormous readership while writing at an incredible pace.

Taslima Nasreen's Indian visa extended by a year (16:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The Indian government on Tuesday extended the visa of self-exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen by another year.

Dissenting voices of India from past to present (12:22) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) At a time when freedom of expression of an individual and groups is repeatedly being questioned and censored, comes a book which collectively presents voices of those who have persisted despite all attempts to muzzle their thoughts and voices.

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