Making of a writer: How Ashwin Sanghi's wife awakened the writer in him (15:14)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) When summer was at its peak and all his friends had left for vacations, a young member of a Marwari business family was packed off to spend time at its many mills and workshops. There he was taught the "hunar", or skills, of business, so that he could one day occupy his father's gaddi (seat).

How to start your own cryptocurrency (The Funny Side) (11:18)
By Nury Vittachi
Fed up of standing by watching while others make and lose fortunes on cryptocurrencies? Now you too can make and lose a fortune!

The publisher as the writer of a novel for himself (Book Feature) (11:34)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) When Ashok Chopra set off on a career in publishing, it was a totally different world -- but along the way, as he was climbing up the ladder and making a mark in the publishing space, the industry itself was undergoing massive transformation. More than four decades later, he is a publisher-par-excellence, revered and held in high esteem, but how does such a publisher fit into the shoes of a novelist?

Khaled Hosseini pens 'intensely moving' refugee story (18:42)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) The author of "The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns", and "And the Mountains Echoed" is all set to return with a new book later this year. Billed as a "lyrical and intensely moving story" around the refugee crisis, Khaled Hosseini's next is titled "Sea Prayer".

Lit fest to show women power in contemporary Indian literature (15:58)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) From a Jnanpith laureate to Sahitya Akademi award winners, from a sex worker-turned-author to a domestic help-turned-writer, the upcoming LIC Gateway LitFest here will feature more than 50 women writers from varied backgrounds.

Distinct divide in news preferences between Hindi, English readers: Survey (15:42)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) There is a steep divide in the news preferences of Hindi and English readers online and findings of a survey, announced on Wednesday, show that while nationalistic, religious and political themes attract Hindi readers, the news around entertainment and celebrities find more readers in English.

Kashmir's laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir's depressed lives (IANS Special Series) (12:14)
By Sheikh QayoomIANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir's very own "Charlie Chaplin", used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, with his facial expressions of total bewilderment, the street impressions of a joker and strong Chaplinesque elements in his walking style.

Literary Portrayals on 70 Years of Indian Independence (15:20)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Indias National Academy of Letters organised a national seminar on "70 Years of Indian Independence" on Friday as part of its ongoing Festival of Letters. Eminent scholars and writers presented their views on the literary portrayals that have found light of the day over the past seven decades.

Is translation a means of retelling stories, experts discus (15:08)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) What is the role of translations in bringing many unknown stories to the fore? Can translation be used as a means of retelling narratives? Several experts came together at a symposium organised by the Sahitya Akademi here to deliberate on the topic.

'Journalism was like instant coffee, writing books is satisfying, self-discovery' (11:46)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) She worked as a journalist for Asian Age, Frontline and Tribune, but running behind bylines always seemed like "instant coffee" with no time to pause and appreciate the beauty of things around her. After she quit her full-time job and embarked on a journey of writing, life changed drastically for Charu Singh, whose second book was published in December.

Delhi Lit Fest returns with diverse speakers (15:52)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The sixth edition of the three-day Delhi Literature Festival is all set to kick off from February 23 at Dilli Haat. Featuring a diverse mix of writers of commercial and literary books, the upcoming literary gathering promises to be a lively affair for book lovers in the national capital.

'It all began with that dinner where the milk played truant' (Translating India - 8) (14:16)IANS Photo Service
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the eighth in a 10-part "Translating India" series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.)

Kumarakom Wood Castle is new destination for antique lovers (Travel) (11:46)
By Sanu George
Kumarakom (Kerala), Feb 16 (IANS) When former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wrote "My musings from Kumarakom" after a brief visit to this village in late 2000, Kumarakom, situated on the eastern shore of Kerala's largest lake Vembanad, shot to prominence. Nearly two decades later, the village has come up with Kumarakom Wood Castle resort, a new destination for all those who love antiques and nostalgia.

It's not what you wear, but the way you wear it (The Funny Side) (11:24)
By Nury Vittachi
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

How Darul Umoor is turning madrassa graduates into change agents of society (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Abu ZafarIANS Photo Service
Srirangapatna (Karnataka), Feb 11 (IANS) Surrounded by a cluster of coconut trees and at a stone's throw from the tomb of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in this town near Mysuru, Darul Umoor at first glance looks like a farmhouse. But inside, it is a unique coming together of science and spirit, imparting scientific knowledge and nurturing multiple skills and abilities while promoting Islamic knowledge for a holistic view of life.

Dave Weckl to awe Jazz affecandoes in Delhi (16:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Legendary drummer Dave Weckl, along with leading jazz players from Denmark, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Israel and India are all set to awe Jazz affecandoes in the national capital.

Stage set for 'Difficult Dialogues' on gender equality (Curtainraiser) (14:56)
Panaji, Feb 8 (IANS) Leading experts, policy makers and renowned personalities have begun to gather in this e Western Indian state for the "Difficult Dialogues" forum, an annual conference tackling the most vital issues facing South Asia. The third edition in the series will focus on "Gender Equality - For Everyones Benefit?"

Modi highlights 'importance of stress-free examinations' in new book (13:26)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on the "importance of stress-free examinations" and has called on the young students to "pursue knowledge over marks". In a new book, "Exam Warriors", he authored, Modi has set out to provide "a handy guide" for students in India and across the world.

Major focus on translations among publishing houses in India (11:40)IANS Photo Service
(ATTN EDITORS: The rich linguistic diversity of India is fast seeping into the English publishing space as translations from Indian languages to English are at an all-time high. In this new series "Translating India" beginning Feb 9, ten noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages to English. EDITOR IANS)

Nikita Singh's 'Letters to My Ex' to release on Valentines Day (14:10)
New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) With just over a week to go for the Valentines Day, readers of popular fiction may have something exciting in store for them. Nikita Singh, bestselling author of ten novels, has announced that her next book "Letters to My Ex" will be released on this Valentines Day.

Kachchrapur to Safaipur: The magical transformation of a historic Delhi neighbourhood (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) Ten-year-old Chandni, living in the predominantly Muslim settlement of Hazrat Nizamuddin that grew around a venerated Sufi shrine, excitedly talks about the makeover of her once filthy neighbourhood that used to be disparagingly called "Kachrapur" (Garbageville) by outsiders.

The lottery winner who dropped dead and other thought-provoking tales (The Funny Side) (11:30)
By Nury Vittachi
I refuse to buy lottery tickets on principle. But I still reserve the right to feel cheated when someone else wins. (Hey, you want logic? Buy a calculator.)

Five books to look forward to in February 2018 (11:40)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) After an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books releasing in February, IANS recommendations for the month, dominated largely by fiction and accompanied by a memoir and a commentary on Pakistan, is both subtle and appealing at the same time.

No roof for patients at AIIMS, scores brave cold in the open (12:38)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Four-year-old Aashirvaad Kumar has had the hole in his heart fixed by the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the country's premier government-run research and referral hospital, but he is still trying to the fix the hole over his head to find a shelter in the national capital's chilling winter.

Amazing journey: Sightless man with the clearest vision (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mamta AggarwalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) He suffered from meningitis and became visually impaired when he was only 10 months old. Yet, fighting insurmountable odds, George Abraham is today not only living a successful and wholesome life himself, but is also working tirelessly to bring hope to the lives of other visually-impaired people.

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