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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

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.

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize

Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) prize for his novel 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North', set during the building of the Thailand-Burma 'Death Railway' in World War-II.

Obsessed with film trivia? Here are 51 unheard stories

The first volume of Did You Know claims that it's for all Bollywood obsessed movie buffs. The cover promises 51 interesting facts about Hindi Cinema, but are these facts really novel or just a rehash of the blind columns published in old film magazines? Let's find out.

Man Booker 2014 short-list contenders and their work

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, will be announced on Tuesday in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six short-listed contenders.
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