• First Punjabi theatre actress Uma Gurbaksh dies at 93(17:09)
    Chandigarh, May 23 (IANS) Uma Gurbaksh Singh (93), the first Punjabi theatre actress and daughter of novelist Gurbaksh Singh Preetlari, passed away in Amritsar on Saturday after prolonged illness, her family members said. She was cremated in her hometown.
Reimagining businesses for a post-coronavirus world
  • Reimagining businesses for a post-coronavirus world(16:00)
    New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will entail a drastic reimagining of business models in going forward says a new book on the subject that proposes frameworks with Design Thinking as the backbone for creating win-win situations.
Nitish Bharadwaj: Ved Vyas was first anthropologist to establish evolution
41 years on, Manipuri classic relives forgotten chapter of British Raj
  • 41 years on, Manipuri classic relives forgotten chapter of British Raj(17:24)
    New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Forty-one years ago novelist, short story writer, playwright and lyricist MK Binodini Devi, a member of the erstwhile royal family of Manipur, won a Sahitya Akademi Award for "Boro Saheb Ongbi Sanatombi", a poignant love story of her aunt Sanatombi and Lt. Col. Henry St. P. Maxwell, the British Political Agent in the subjugated Tibeto-Burman kingdom of Manipur.
A unique underground library has 900,000 books in Rajasthan
'The Hunger Games' prequel novel launches in India
  • 'The Hunger Games' prequel novel launches in India(16:30)
    New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Coming as a prequel to the cinematically-adapted worldwide bestselling 'The Hunger Games' series by author Suzanne Collins, a new novel 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' revisits the fictional world of Panem, 64 years before the main storyline.
Recontextualising Raja Rao, a pioneer of  Indian-Anglian writing, for today's generation (Book Review)
  • 'The End Of October' ominously prescient of Covid-19(20:25)
    New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Doomsday theories have been flying thick and fast ever since the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has affected close to 5 million people and claimed nearly 400,000 lives
'Soar' a heart-warming tale of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood (Book Review)
In whatever format, JLF will endure: Sanjoy Roy (IANS Interview)
  • In whatever format, JLF will endure: Sanjoy Roy (IANS Interview)(18:38)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Earlier this year, the Rajasthan government ruled that the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), dubbed the greatest literary show on earth, would have to shift out of the Diggy Palace, its home for 13 years on logistical issues. Then came the coronavirus pandemic that has locked down India and much of the world and there was a question mark on whether the situation would stabilise for the 14th edition to be held as scheduled for January 28-February1, 2021. Regardless of the testing times, the show will go on, JLF Producer Sanjay K. Roy asserts – though there may be changes in the format.
Indian publishers gear up for post-pandemic world
  • Indian publishers gear up for post-pandemic world(12:48)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Re-establishing the value chain, the discoverability of new books, "fortifying the ability to face new exigencies", sustaining reading as a habit and the emergence of a new genre of writing is what Indian publishers are looking at in a post-pandemic world and the lifting of the lockdown it has caused.
  • Rediscovering the Parsis of Calcutta(19:37)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) It began with author Prochy N. Mehta's grandchildren being barred from Kolkata's sole fire temple and culminated in a meticulously researched book on the role of prominent Parsis and the community at large in various aspects of the city's growth in diverse areas over the years.
  • TN's Arumbavur wood carvings get GI tag(20:20)
    Chennai, May 12 (IANS) The unique Arumbavur wood carving on Tuesday was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, said a senior official of Geographical Indications Registry.
  • 'My Son's Inheritance' an eye-opening myth-buster (Book Review)(11:09)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) For generations, it has been drilled into Indians right from their school days onward that non-violence is the essence of the nation's culture. Not so argues a new book by Aparna Vaidik, an Associate Professor of History at Ashoka University who has previously taught at Washington's Georgetown University.
Early mammography screening cuts fatal breast cancer risk: Study
Amid COVID-19, Rabindra Jayanti celebrations very low-key in NE
Harry-Meghan tell-all book to peel away layers from split with the British Royal Family
  • Harry-Meghan tell-all book to peel away layers from split with the British Royal Family(14:35)
    London, May 8 (IANS) Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and sixth in line of succession to the British throne, stunned the world in January by announcing that he and his wife, Meghan Merkel, were stepping back from their duties as senior royals and would chart an independent financial course by dividing their time between the UK and the US.
  • I wish I hadn't destroyed so many manuscripts: Bijoya Sawian (IANS Interview)(13:40)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The perfectionist that she is, Bijoya Sawian wishes she had not destroyed so many manuscripts in the past and whose just-published "Shallow Men", set in her native Shillong - actually a novella and two short stories - has been nominated for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for 2020, instituted to honour the Nobel laureate for his outstanding contribution to Indian and international literature, as well as to the cultural, educational and humane ideas he pursued throughout his life.
MHA gives permission for chariot construction for Puri Rath Yatra
  • New Banksy artwork appears at UK hospital(13:24)
    London, May 7 (IANS) A new artwork by Banksy, the acclaimed anonymous British street artist, has appeared at a hospital in the UK which shows a young boy kneeling by a wastepaper basket with discarded Spiderman and Batman model figures in favour of a new favourite action hero - an NHS nurse, a media report said.
COVID-19 effect: PM to address 'virtual' Buddha Purnima celebrations
  • COVID-19 effect: PM to address 'virtual' Buddha Purnima celebrations(21:55)
    New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. Hence, this year's Buddha Purnima celebration has gone virtual keeping in mind the need to maintain social distancing where prayers will be virtually uttered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be participating in the event and will be delivering the keynote address for the same on Thursday morning.
COVID-19 has created a rippling effect, accept the new way of life: Shobha Nihalani
  • COVID-19 has created a rippling effect, accept the new way of life: Shobha Nihalani(14:58)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The corovirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in many parts of the world, including India has had a "rippling effect" on everyone and the "new way of life" it has created has to be accepted by everyone, says Hong Kong-based thriller writer Shoba Nihalani, whose new novel "The Blue Jade" that deals with the smuggling of antiques is already creating waves even as she has embarked on her next work that is part memoir and part historical account about a country in the 1970s.
Latest phase of  'Harry Potter At Home' launches with readings from friends of the Wizarding World & beyond
Tribal Ministry pact with Art of Living, tribal workers to get monthly ration
Pulitzer Prize questions India's legitimacy over Kashmir (Ld)
  • Pulitzer Prize questions India's legitimacy over Kashmir (Ld)(15:26)
    By Aarti Tikoo Singh
    New Delhi/Washington, May 5 (IANS) In a major controversy, the Pulitzer Prize board has questioned India's legitimacy over Kashmir, calling the valley a "contested territory" whose "independence" was revoked and "executed through a communications blackout".