UP geared up to fight third Covid wave: Sehgal (IANS Interview)
  • UP geared up to fight third Covid wave: Sehgal (IANS Interview)(15:16)
    By Vivek Tripathi

    Lucknow, May 17 (IANS) After dealing with the second Covid wave successfully, the Uttar Pradesh government is gearing up to stop the third wave of the pandemic. For this, not only beds are being increased in hospitals, but oxygen concentrators have also been arranged in rural areas.

'Life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings' (IANS Interview)(12:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Award-winning childrens author Vaishali Shroff belongs to a family of wildlife enthusiasts. While her husband and children look for interesting sightings and topographies to photograph, she looks for stories and lessons to be learnt, like for instance, that life in a forest evokes empathy for all living beings.

Breathe the mountain air through these Himalayan recipes (IANS Interview)
'Books from India are my gift to the world' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Books from India are my gift to the world' (IANS Interview)(13:02)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) In 1998, Ray McLennan, who till then had been importing into the UK "all sorts of things" from India like musical instruments, saris, tilak, Tulsi malas and agarbatti, purchased Motilal Books, a small Oxford-based distributor focusing on academic bookshops and university libraries.

DDCA gave IPL accreditation to arrested men in Delhi: BCCI-ACU chief (IANS Interview)
  • DDCA gave IPL accreditation to arrested men in Delhi: BCCI-ACU chief (IANS Interview)(12:38)
    By Khurram Habib

    New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a perennially controversial body, provided the Indian Premier League (IPL) accreditation cards to two individuals who were hired by an agency as part-time workers during the tournament, says BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Shabbir Hussain Khandwawala. The two individuals were allegedly providing match/other information to undesirable people on phone from inside the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

Of alchemists, gold and the American dream (IANS Interview)
  • Of alchemists, gold and the American dream (IANS Interview)(11:40)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) It began as a tale of a mother and a daughter, two Indian Americans who are gold thieves, but expanded into a magical realist story about two immigrant families and about the costs of ambition, says Atlanta-based author Sanjena Sathian, of her debut novel, "Gold Diggers" (HarperCollins).

'Leopard Diaries' explores remarkable tale of 'lonely, mysterious creature' (IANS Interview)
Bottom line is your 'josh' is all that matters (IANS Interview)
  • Bottom line is your 'josh' is all that matters (IANS Interview)(11:48)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Do you remember an Indian Army recruitment campaign that went along the lines of "Do you have it in you"? Then, during the Kargil War of 1999, the late Captain Vikram Batra raised this to a new peak with his oft repeated quote: "Yeh dil maange more".

'Aatmanirbhar Bharat an opportunity for bigger business between UK and India' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat an opportunity for bigger business between UK and India' (IANS Interview)(23:28)
    By Aarti Tikoo Singh

    New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) UK India Business Council (UKIBC), an advocacy group that works with businesses and governments in the UK and India with an objective to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties, is hoping for great synergy between the two countries in the upcoming virtual meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson.

Michael B. Jordan: I'm a pretty calculated person (IANS Interview)
Multiplexes are the future of Bhojpuri cinema: Amrapali Dubey (IANS Interview)
  • Multiplexes are the future of Bhojpuri cinema: Amrapali Dubey (IANS Interview)(17:32)
    By Vivek Tripathi

    Lucknow, April 24 (IANS) Bhojpuri actress Amrapali Dubey, who has been praised for her acting, has been constantly trying to raise the bar for Bhojpuri cinema. She says that Bhojpuri cinema is going through difficult times but the industry has gone through worse and now there is a ray of hope. The only battle is to take the industry to the multiplexes.

Raghu Rai's rediscovered negatives relive the horrors of B'desh's liberation (IANS Interview)
  • Raghu Rai's rediscovered negatives relive the horrors of B'desh's liberation (IANS Interview)(12:56)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Ace photographer Raghu Rai was only five years into the profession when the Bangladesh liberation struggle erupted in March 1971. He was dispatched post-haste by The Statesman newspaper to record the exodus of refugees, they would eventually number some 10 million, as they streamed into West Bengal and neighbouring states to escape the atrocities being committed by the Pakistani Army.

'Recognise your serendipitous moments, seize them' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Recognise your serendipitous moments, seize them' (IANS Interview)(11:10)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Archimedes' discovery of the relationship of weight, volume and density of materials, Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, Samuel Morse devising the Morse code, Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone and Charles Goodyear devising the process of vulcanising rubber all occurred during serendipitous moments they recognised and seized.

'Despite regional influences, Jewish food observes a strict dietary law' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Despite regional influences, Jewish food observes a strict dietary law' (IANS Interview)(11:20)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) When a community decreases in numbers, its traditional food becomes a memory and it is to ensure that this memory prevails that award winning author Esther David set out to chronicle the dietary habits of the 5,000-odd Jews residing in five areas of the country � down from a peak of about 30,000 in the 1940s � discovering that despite 2,000 years having passed since the community first arrived in India, their food might have imbibed regional influences but observes a strict dietary law to this day.

'Sans baggage, Indian businesses uniquely positioned to leverage new digital media' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Sans baggage, Indian businesses uniquely positioned to leverage new digital media' (IANS Interview)(12:28)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Without legacy systems of the past, Indian businesses are uniquely positioned to leverage the new digital media, says Will Page, former Chief Economist of music streaming app Spotify, in his new book "Tarzan Economics" (Simon & Schuster), extrapolating the global music industry's journey in coping with the threat of online piracy to present eight principles for pivoting through today's ubiquitous disruption in almost all industries -- much in the manner in which the 'ape man' swings from vine to vine to attain his goals.

Adarsh Gourav: BAFTA nomination as good as win for me (IANS interview)
  • Adarsh Gourav: BAFTA nomination as good as win for me (IANS interview)(16:24)
    By Durga Chakravarty

    New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Indian actor Adarsh Gourav earned global spotlight with his nomination at the 74th British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards for his performance of Balram Halwai in "The White Tiger", in the Leading Actor category. Although he did not win, he is not upset.

'Jallianwala Bagh propelled the Mahatma to assume centre stage' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Jallianwala Bagh propelled the Mahatma to assume centre stage' (IANS Interview)(12:32)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Jallianwala Bagh massacre propelled Mahatma Gandhi to assume centre stage and encouraged him to launch his non-violent movement, says Nonica Datta, an Associate Professor of History at JNU in a new introduction to her late father V.N. Datta's book, "Jallianwala Bagh - a groundbreaking history of the 1919 massacre" that was published on its 50 anniversary in 1969 and has been updated on the 102nd anniversary, April 13, of the horrific slaughter in which, according to the author's research, over 700 unarmed civilians were killed.

'The Gopichand Factor' flatters to deceive (IANS Interview)
  • 'The Gopichand Factor' flatters to deceive (IANS Interview)(11:56)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Hero or hurdle? That's the question one is left wondering after reading "The Gopichand Factor" (Westland) given author Abhijeet Kulkarni's praising sky high only the second Indian to win the All-England badminton title but also grudgingly admitting how he has been an impediment to the game while being the Chief National Coach for the past 14 years while simultaneously running his private training academy -- leading to repeated charges of a huge conflict of interest.

Delving into the sub-conscious to heal physical manifestations of disease (IANS Interview)
  • Delving into the sub-conscious to heal physical manifestations of disease (IANS Interview)(11:16)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The physical manifestations of diseases in our present life can be linked to cellular memories from the past, including even childhood or early stages of our present life � especially when the stored memories area negative or traumatic, says Natwar Sharma, a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health who has trained at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, in his new book, "Metaphors of Memory" (Westland).

Looking after young cricketers will be important, says new BCCI ACU chief (IANS Interview)
Not being a regular in playing XI doesn't bother me: Kuldeep (IANS Interview)
To win WC again, India need to get occasion out of system: Gambhir (IANS Interview)
Rediscovering Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu's first great poet (IANS Interview)
  • Rediscovering Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu's first great poet (IANS Interview)(12:00)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) was not only Urdu's first great poet but also the most prolific one with around 13,500 couplets to his name. He is credited with giving shape and structure to the Urdu language itself, is counted among the five major poets of the language along with Mirza Ghalib, Mir Anees Allama Iqbal and Josh Malihabadi and is often mentioned as 'Khuda-e-Sukhan' (God of Posey or poetry).

Biography of last Travancore ruler silent on his Dewan's machinations (IANS Interview)
  • Biography of last Travancore ruler silent on his Dewan's machinations (IANS Interview)(11:45)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A biography of the last Maharaja of Travancore that attempts to provide an "authentic" account of his accession and his legacy is, however, silent on the shenanigans of his Dewan, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, to retain the independence of the province in 1947 and his deal with the British to export the states valuable mineral resources, while the author obfuscated on the two issues in an interview with IANS.

Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: 'Still speechless when I think of love we got from India' (IANS Interview)
  • Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: 'Still speechless when I think of love we got from India' (IANS Interview)(11:04)
    By Samarth Goyal

    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Faisal Kapadia is "celebrating right now". The singer of the iconic rock band Strings, which last week announced its break-up after going strong for 33 years, reveals a bittersweet tone of voice as he speaks. It wasn't an "easy decision" for him, or Bilal Siddiqui -- the other half of the original band -- to "end the journey". But, as Faisal puts it, the timing couldn't have been better.