HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

Chetan Bhagat, please stop writing books, concentrate on Bollywood instead

Reading is not just an act of recreation but it also adds value to the readers' knowledge. After reading Chetan Bhagat's latest novel Half Girlfriend, we feel either our perception of books is wrong, or Mr Bhagat needs to quit writing books.

Poetry can never lose its sheen, says Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri

Poetry can never lose its sheen, believes India-born Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri. The poet tells us about his influences, poetry in India, and returning to Mumbai after more than five decades.

The King of controversy: No half measures in Chetan Bhagat's Twitter spat with journo

Chetan Bhagat does it again! The bestselling author took to Twitter on Monday to express his displeasure at an article published in an online daily criticising a 'sexist' comment he made at the annual Rendezvous 2014 festival of Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. Read on.

Technology to fiction: 4 books to read this week

From decoding global operations to comparative analysis of India and China; from technology to a fictional tale - this weekend our book stack has spread its wings across many genres. Take a look.

From popular culture to global leader in business, here's deciphering the Korean wave

A new book uncovers the roots of the Korean Wave, a fanaticism for South Korean pop culture that has enabled the nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men, and rock 'n' roll to mass produce boy bands and soap operas.

Educated girls don't date guys who don't speak English: Chetan Bhagat

Speaking at an Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi event, author Chetan Bhagat said in his new novel Half A Girlfriend, he had tried to bring out the divide between English speaking and non-English-speaking people in the country.

From erotic to religious: Journey of dancers from pre-Independent times

Anna Morcom pulls back the curtains on the world of non-classical performing dancers in India. Her book deals with those that remain popular in India but are deemed non-classical and whose traditions often do not meet the norms of culture, social, gender and sexual acceptance.

Derangement takes on a scary dimension in Cyrus Mistry's new book

In Passion Flower, Anand, an ambitious young botanist in search of the reportedly extinct Passiflora, discovers the futility of an obsession that has distanced him from his wife and unborn child.

John Grisham says not all child-porn watchers need jail, apologises later

Best-selling U.S. author John Grisham apologized on Thursday for comments he made to a British newspaper that not all men who look at child pornography should be sent to prison and that sentences for such crimes were too harsh.

I am ashamed to be Australian, says Booker Prize winning novelist Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan said he was ashamed to be Australian during a scathing attack on the environmental policies of his home nation. He believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott was being foolish in his declaration that coal is good for humanity.

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