HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

I wanted to be a tap dancer: Ruskin Bond

That the 80-year-old is a favourite childrens' author is a fact universally known. But did you know that Bond is not too fond of pets; that his grandma was a strict Victorian, or that he wishes he had at least one or two love affairs?

Agatha Christie, Jane Austen: Old classics, new authors

Hercule Poirot is being brought back to life by British writer Sophie Hannah. But can she bring alive the spirit of Agatha Cristie and the personality of Poirot once again on paper? She manages quite well indeed, says Seema Goswami.

Book review: A Home in Tibet by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

It is not easy to classify Tsering Wangmo Dhompa’s debut book, A Home in Tibet, into any genre. How should we read her book, as a memoir or a travelogue? Perhaps, it is both and in this sense, is evocative of Colin Thubron’s To A Mountain in Tibet.

The writer’s moving camera: In conversation with Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee, whose second book, The Lives of Others, is on the Man Booker Prize shortlist, talks about writing his realistic novel, and about contemporary Indian writing in English, among other things.

Long feud ends as Asterix creator, daughter bury hatchet

The French illustrator of world-famous cartoon hero Asterix, Albert Uderzo, who had been locked in a bitter, years-long legal feud with his daughter said Friday the pair had finally buried the hatchet.

Mills & Boon launches hunt, Indian to feature on cover

Mills & Boon has launched a unique "Friends For Life" pack which gives the every buyer an assured personalized Mills & Boon featuring them on the cover! The pack, available for online purchase, consists of three heartwarming romances and is priced Rs 299.

What else can you do with the world other than want to change it, says Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee, the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lives of Others was recently in Delhi to discuss his book. The novel has been described as searing, savage and deeply moving.

Different strokes: When 'boxer' Ruskin Bond was disqualified for foul play!

Life wasn't all about books for Ruskin Bond during his youth. The seasoned author donned several hats like being a goalkeeper, a hockey player, as well as a boxer. He, however, hated boxing and often fouled on his opponent to get himself disqualified.

After Zuckerberg, new comic book to star Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

The life of billionaire Facebook executive and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg has been distilled into a 32-page comic book set for release this week. "Female Force: Sheryl Sandberg" will be available in print and digital versions.

Chef Vikas Khanna captures essence of Amritsari flavours

The book records the native food dishes found in the lanes of Amritsar. From puffy 'Puris' with spicy 'Chole' to batter fried chicken there is enough food to suit everyone's palate.


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