HindustanTimes Thu,27 Nov 2014

The blurring lines of right and wrong: India's first crime writer's festival coming soon

Come January next year and India would be hosting the inaugural edition of the Crime Writers Festival.  The two day festival that will be held Jan 17-18 at the India Habitat Centre is conceptualised by Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Political non-fiction, India’s story of the year

It has been the year of political non-fiction with insider accounts by decision-makers and those with access to them. And more books are on their way. While such books have long been a regular fare in the west, it is a relatively recent trend in India.

My stance is in my books, says Dan Brown

Bestselling author Dan Brown says his works spark dialogue; admits that one of his first stories was based on his India visit at the age of 18. The author of books like Da Vinci Code, Angels And Demons, and Lost Symbol also admits that this level of enthusiasm is a little startling.

The insider with an outsider's perspective: Habib Rehman's autobiography documents a fascinating life

A document of a fascinating life, Habib Rehman's autobiography is an honest book. His memoir shows how demoralised everyone at the Maurya felt when the new Taj Palace seemed to zoom ahead and how ITC Hotels was pushed into the big league.

Epistolary exchanges: A compilation of Jawaharlal Nehru's letters to his chief ministers

A new compilation of Jawaharlal Nehru's letters to his chief ministers over a 16-year period reveals his views on democracy, the RSS, the communists, and yes, Vallabhbhai Patel too. Madhav Khosla, who edited the book, talks about Nehru's complex worldview.

Tendulkar’s autobiography now in regional languages

Due to enormous demand, the publishers of Sachin Tendulkar’s record-breaking autobiography, Playing It My Way, have decided to translate the book in Indian regional languages. Hachette India will be co-publishing the cricket legend’s autobiography after being flooded with interest from several publishers.

Jesus was married and had children with Mary Magdalene, claims new book

A new book claims that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married with children. The authors of The Lost Gospel claim that an ancient Syriac manuscript called 'Joseph and Aseneth' is the lost gospel that shows Jesus as a human being who courted and then married his wife.

Guess who's writing a book? It's Ellen DeGeneres

Popular TV host Ellen DeGeneres is preparing an interior design book to be released next year. The book, called Home, will feature many tips from the host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show about creating dream homes.

A fan of Ruskin Bond? Kolkata lit meet is the place to be!

Noted author Ruskin Bond and Daman Singh, daughter of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, are some of the big names who will participate at the fourth Kolkata Literary Meet, beginning Jan 23 next year.

Book Review: Meena Kandasamy's The Gypsy Goddess is undercut with anger

It's easy to forget that books and narrative formats mould stories into particular shapes, that the truth, to whatever extent such a thing exists, is only available to us mediated through those shapes.

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