BJP will be a force to be reckoned with in Punjab: Arun Singh (IANS Interview)
'Book in Hindi will help counter 'WA varsity' on India's PMs' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Book in Hindi will help counter 'WA varsity' on India's PMs' (IANS Interview)(10:36)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Rasheed Kidwai, a political commentator, author and journalist of three decades standing, generally writes in English but chose Hindi for his book on Indian Prime Ministers as he found it the ideal medium to not only to counter what the "WhatsApp University" has been purveying on social media but also to serve as a handbook for students of contemporary Indian politics.

'Indians at large need to know about The Battle of Rezang La' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Indians at large need to know about The Battle of Rezang La' (IANS Interview)(11:54)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) It was an epic battle that cost the lives of 110 valiant soldiers of the Indian Army who stood steadfast against a marauding force of 5,000 attackers and prevented a possible Chinese occupation of the entire Ladakh region during the 1962 Sino-Indian war. And yet, very little is known about it to Indians at large outside the villages of southern Haryana from where the soldiers hailed, prompting author Kulpreet Yadav, who served for 20 years in uniform, to bring its minute details onto a larger canvas.

Congress, SP, RLD weakened farmers' protest for personal gains: Sanjeev Balyan (IANS Interview)
Vengaboys: 'You could call us the Bharat Boys' (IANS Interview)
Aim to harness tech for everyone's benefit: Teen coder-author Paarth Arya (IANS Interview, Ld)
  • Aim to harness tech for everyone's benefit: Teen coder-author Paarth Arya (IANS Interview, Ld)(14:34)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Hes all of 17 but his language is that of a Computer Science pro. He played chess at the national level in the Under-7 category, is disturbed at the "huge challenge" of the digital divide, hopes that his debut book on software programming for beginners is a "great way to start your coding journey" and in five years from now, aims to be in a position where he is "well-equipped to harness technology for the benefit of everyone".

I aim to harness tech for everyone's benefit: Teen coder-author Paarth Arya (IANS Interview)
  • I aim to harness tech for everyone's benefit: Teen coder-author Paarth Arya (IANS Interview)(12:42)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Hes all of 17 but his language is that of a Computer Science pro. He played chess at the national level in the Under-7 category, is disturbed at the "huge challenge" of the digital divide, hopes that his debut book on software programming for beginners is a "great way to start your coding journey" and in five years from now, aims to be in a position where he is "well-equipped to harness technology for the benefit of everyone".

Juxtaposing the resilience of Jews in India with artwork of Siona Benjamin (IANS Interview)
  • Juxtaposing the resilience of Jews in India with artwork of Siona Benjamin (IANS Interview)(11:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) This book is a double delectation. Its an inspiring chronicle of the resilience of the Jewish community in India over the centuries and a tribute to the artwork of Siona Benjamin, who grew up in Mumbais Bene Israel community and whose extensive portfolio reflects her background of being born Jewish in a country that is predominantly Hindu and Muslim but also gives ample space to other religions to flourish.

There's no possibility of joining hands with SAD: Dushyant Gautam (IANS Interview)
'Indian Army's Special Forces are about pure soldiering' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Indian Army's Special Forces are about pure soldiering' (IANS Interview)(11:54)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) The Indian Army's elite Special Forces are all about "pure soldiering" without the "stiffness" and "spit and polish" of the infantry, says Abhay Narayan Sapru, who served with the "Maroon Berets" for 10 years, rising to the rank of Major and earning a Sena Medal for Gallantry in the process and opted out once he'd had his "fill of combat".

Bhumi Pednekar: I'm a little shy about calling myself a star (IANS Interview)
  • Bhumi Pednekar: I'm a little shy about calling myself a star (IANS Interview)(11:12)
    By Durga Chakravarty

    New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) On her debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar took critics by surprise, and won awards, by playing an overweight bride who speaks up for her rights in the romantic comedy 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. Since then, Bhumi Pednekar has given a string of hits with meaningful cinema.

Saif Ali Khan: Horror comedy genre in danger of getting over exposed (IANS Interview)
  • Saif Ali Khan: Horror comedy genre in danger of getting over exposed (IANS Interview)(12:10)
    By Durga Chakravarty

    New Delhi, Sep 8 (IANS) His one-liners set the audience rolling on the floor laughing with his performance as 'Boris' in 'Go Goa Gone' and he is now all set to tickle the funny bone once again with his performance in 'Bhoot Police', a horror comedy, a genre which actor Saif Ali Khan feels is in danger of getting over exposed.

Enrique Arce of 'Money Heist' deconstructs Arturo (IANS Interview)
  • Enrique Arce of 'Money Heist' deconstructs Arturo (IANS Interview)(16:14)
    By Durga Chakravarty

    New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Love him or hate him but you surely cannot miss Arturo Roman from the popular Netflix series 'Money Heist'. Ever since the show gained popularity, Arturo has been one of the most discussed characters on social media.

Under attack for 'Tuck Jagadish' OTT release, Shiva Nirvana says team had no alternative (IANS Interview) (Ld)
Under attack for 'Tuck Jagadish' OTT release, Shiva Nirvana says team had no alternative (IANS Interview)
'Tuck Jagadish' is my return gift to fans: Nani (IANS Interview)
'Saffron' completes 'Colours' dance film trilogy of Srikanth, Savitha Sastry (IANS Interview)
'Shang-Chi' star Awkwafina talks about inclusivity in Hollywood and acting in Hindi films (IANS Interview)
'Family values, religious sanctity keep Indian marriages together' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Family values, religious sanctity keep Indian marriages together' (IANS Interview)(13:04)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) A strong sense of family values and religious sanctity are two important factors that keep marriages together, says Kiran Chadha, a former bureaucrat, writer, motivational speaker, philanthropist and adventure lover, who points out that 99 per cent of marriages stay alive in India against just 60 per cent globally.

'Accelerating India' evaluates 7 years of Modi government (IANS Interview)
  • 'Accelerating India' evaluates 7 years of Modi government (IANS Interview)(11:20)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The annual budget actually does not inform people beyond telling them how much money is proposed to be spent on what. It also gives the amount of money spent the previous year. But all the money spent means nothing in the light of what Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said in the 1980s that for every rupee spent only 16 paise reaches people. That being so, has Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government delivered anything better?

'My Own Mazagon' a delight for connoisseurs of social change (IANS Interview)
  • 'My Own Mazagon' a delight for connoisseurs of social change (IANS Interview)(11:44)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) It was one of seven islands that once upon a time grew mangoes for the Mughals. With the coming of the British, the archipelago in which Mazagon and the six other islands lay was painstakingly reclaimed to make up the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) and was the "Jewel in the Crown" till the focus shifted to the Malabar Hill downtown south.

'Aerial combat may gradually fade away' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Aerial combat may gradually fade away' (IANS Interview)(11:20)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) For a fighter pilot, an aerial dogfight is the ultimate test of his flying skill to outwit and shoot down an enemy aircraft. That skill may soon be lost due to the evolution of advanced weapon systems, says Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd), who has authored a path-breaking book on 25 Air Aces from around the world who have left an indelible mark on the history of air warfare.

Examining the leadership skills of Indian Prime Ministers (IANS Interview)
  • Examining the leadership skills of Indian Prime Ministers (IANS Interview)(10:50)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) There are any number of systematic psychographic studies in the US context that investigate the dispositional traits of demagogic and political leaders that are often put to use to convincingly sway the voters and curry favours - favours that often cost and defeat human logic, as perhaps happened when Donald Trump won his Presidential election.

'The jungle came alive and became an intimidating adversary' (IANS Interview)
  • 'The jungle came alive and became an intimidating adversary' (IANS Interview)(12:04)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) It's a teen versus wild memoir and a survival adventure "that has stood the test of time for me, but if you scratch the surface, it is many other things too," says filmmaker-author Nidhie Sharma, who, as a 13-year-old, led a group of six children out of the treacherous jungles of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after an ill-advised shortcut to a picnic spot went horribly wrong and has now penned the saga in "Invictus - The Jungle That Made Me" (Pan).

'India's insolvency and arbitration laws evolving' (IANS Interview
  • 'India's insolvency and arbitration laws evolving' (IANS Interview(11:38)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) India's laws relating to insolvency and arbitration are in sync with global practices, but are not a "cure for all problems" and would undergo reform over time to keep pace with the needs of the economy, says Vivek Sood, a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court who has authored the first comprehensive book on the two statutes.