HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Must be funny, in the rich man’s world

With enlightening forays into the ancient Roman empire and post-war Japan, Bob Swarup examines the endless human pursuit of wealth.

The stuff of life

Of all the English writers whose most creative period coincided with the Raj, Rudyard Kipling and EM Forster are the ones who continue to interest Indian readers. Galgut weaves together fact and fiction in a novel about a novel that somehow avoids meta fog to miraculously steer the reader to a greater understanding of Forster and his work. Galgut explains in an email interview. 

National Book Trust to host book fair in Srinagar

The nine-day fair will be held at the Exhibition Ground, Kashmir Haat. It will run from August 23, The National Book Trust posted on its Facebook page.

To Kill a Mockingbird goes digital for Gen Y

To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the best-loved stories of all time, was released as an e-book for the first time on Tuesday. Author Harper Lee said this was for the new generation as she still loved "dusty old books".

Harry Potter returns with grey hair in new JK Rowling story

Fictional boy wizard Harry Potter made his first appearance in seven years on Tuesday, featuring as a nearly 34-year-old with grey hairs in a new short story by author JK Rowling.

Book review: Hinduism pundits or Hindu baiters?

The book Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America is a compilation of the Hindu anger that followed questionable scholarship on Hinduism studies in the US, primarily by those linked to the powerful American Academy of Religion.

Cameron wants more Indian-origin MPs in UK

The number of Indian and other non-white people in British parliament has increased in recent years, but Prime Minister David Cameron believes ‘there is much more to be done’ to make parliament more representative of Britain’s demographic composition.

Four weekend reads: an eclectic mix of genres

Yesteryears Bollywood actress Meena Kumari's lyrical and emotional poems, a quirky look at sex from a woman's point of view, cooler climes of Mussoorie and Landour and some roller-coaster adventures - we tell you what you can read this weekend. Take a look.

Book recalls role of Tripura in Bangladesh liberation war

In Contribution of Tripura in the Liberation War of Bangladesh, Bangladeshi author and human rights activist Salam Azad recalls how the north-eastern state provided support to liberation war heroes and lakhs of refugees in the form of food and shelter.

Lost and Found in India, a must read for desis, videshis

This book is Braja's story of her love for India, a land she clearly adores. An autobiography written in an unusual style, she displays a strong sense of humour, often making fun of situations that other foreigners (even some Indians) may fume about.

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