HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Gouramma and Duleep: Excerpt from Victoria by AN Wilson

A new biography of Queen Victoria sheds new light on Britain’s longest reigning monarch. This excerpt brings out the tragedy of Indian royals deposed by the East India Company.

Listen to the caged bird's song in Arun Ferriera's Colours of the Cage

Colours of the Cage by Arun Ferriera is a Kafkaesque account of the time he spent in the dreaded Nagpur jail, after being falsely implicated. Read this review to know more about what the book holds.

Malayalam writer Sethu's amazing short story collection now in English

Ten short stories written by eminent Malayalam writer Sethu has been translated into English. The tales in the collection "A Guest for Arundhathi and Other Stories" have been translated from Malayalam by K Kunhikrishnan.

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.

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