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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Anthony Goldstein's character in Harry Potter was a Jewish wizard reveals JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling has recently confirmed that the character of Anthony Goldstein in the Harry Potter universe was a Jew. In his fifth year the wizard joined Dumbledore's Army and soon, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside his fellow members.

Resurrecting memory: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Collected Works to hit stores in January

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Collected Works including his speeches, writings and correspondence will come out in 15 volumes next month. This will be a re-print of the 15 volumes that were published about a decade ago but which have been unavailable for years. Each hardbound volume will cost Rs 1,000.

Nelson Mandels's biography, Long Walk to Freedom's sequel out next year

Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela's 1994 book that covers his early life and almost three decades in jail, sold millions of copies and was turned into a Hollywood film last year, taking around $27 million at the box office.

Michelin-Star Vikas Khanna pens children's storybook

Vikas Khanna believes that writing for kids is a difficult task. The story and character have to be woven very delicately, if the kids fall in love with the character, it continues to inspire them even after the story ends.

JK Rowling regrets getting 'little known' wizard Florean Fortesque killed by Voldemort

Best-selling author JK Rowling said that that the death of Florean Fortesque, owner of Diagon Alley's ice-cream parlour, who crops up briefly in The Prisoner of Azkaban, was most untimely and that she feels most guilty about killing him because it was all her fault.

Priya's Shakti: A comic on rape that's more than a book

At the core of the 25-page book is the fictional character Priya, a young Indian woman who is gangraped. Also like so many others, she is shamed in her village and blamed for the incident.

The tasting of flavour

BN Goswamy’s book, The Indian Spirit of Painting, is as layered, thought provoking and almost as beautiful to behold as the 101 great works of art that are its subject. In this excerpt, the author writes succinctly about the idea of rasa in Indian art.

Book review: A perpetual feast in Chettinad

The Bangala Table, that presents recipes of the Chettiar and Anglo Indian dishes served at a boutique hotel in Chettinad, is a delicious classic, writes Manjula Narayan.

Akhil Sharma's novel Family Life among NYT's 10 best books of 2014

Delhi born Indian-American author Akhil Sharma's second novel Family Life has been selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten Best Books of 2014. Published by W. W. Norton & Company, the Times describes Sharma's novel as a deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender book.

Pranab's book throws new light on Emergency

About forty years after then prime minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency, her staunch loyalist and President Pranab Mukherjee has disclosed that Gandhi “wasn’t aware of the Constitutional provisions allowing for the declaration of Emergency”.

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