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Ancient cuneiform clay tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

  • The $1.7 million cuneiform clay tablet or the Gilgamesh tablet is part of a section of a Sumerian poem from the Epic of Gilgamesh. It is one of the world’s oldest works of literature, and one of the oldest religious texts.
A man photographs the Gilgamesh Tablet, a 3,500-year-old Mesopotamian cuneiform clay tablet that was believed to be looted from Iraq around 1991 and illegally imported into the US to be displayed at the Washington Museum of the Bible, during a ceremony to repatriate the tablet to Iraq, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC,(Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
A man photographs the Gilgamesh Tablet, a 3,500-year-old Mesopotamian cuneiform clay tablet that was believed to be looted from Iraq around 1991 and illegally imported into the US to be displayed at the Washington Museum of the Bible, during a ceremony to repatriate the tablet to Iraq, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC,(Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
Updated on Sep 24, 2021 08:19 AM IST
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Twinkle Khanna shares 3 book recommendations ‘for a brief respite’ amid Covid-19

  • Twinkle Khanna recommends these 3 books or short stories that she recently read and re-read to lose herself ‘within the comfort of printed pages’ amid the ongoing conflicts and Covid-19 gloom
Twinkle Khanna shares 3 book recommendations ‘for a brief respite’ amid the ongoing conflicts and Covid-19 gloom(Instagram/twinklerkhanna)
Twinkle Khanna shares 3 book recommendations ‘for a brief respite’ amid the ongoing conflicts and Covid-19 gloom(Instagram/twinklerkhanna)
Updated on May 23, 2021 08:19 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra

  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "India gave the world the number 'zero' but today we are losing our scientific edge and falling prey to obscurantism and superstition"
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra(Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash/Twitter@Rajeevsinghamm)
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra(Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash/Twitter@Rajeevsinghamm)
Updated on May 19, 2021 06:34 PM IST
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Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh passes away, days after testing Covid-19 positive

Shankha Ghosh, at the time of his death, was aged 89. After he tested positive for coronavirus disease on Wednesday, the poet was being nursed at his own residence.
A prolific poet, critic, and academician, Shankha Ghosh was an authority on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. (File Photo)
A prolific poet, critic, and academician, Shankha Ghosh was an authority on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. (File Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 12:24 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose

Check out Super Bowl’s first poet, Amanda Gorman's powerful poem at NFL here

  • ‘Carry forth the call of our captains’: America’s first ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman stirs the country once again with her original poem at the Super Bowl with unthinkable collision of grace and glitz. Check her full poem, Chorus of the Captains, here
Check out Super Bowl’s first poet, Amanda Gorman's powerful poem at NFL here(Twitter/NFL)
Check out Super Bowl’s first poet, Amanda Gorman's powerful poem at NFL here(Twitter/NFL)
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 07:46 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz

Ruskin Bond reveals the secret behind his ‘so simple’ style of writing

Iconic Indian novelist Ruskin Bond encourages young writers to try his ‘simple’ style of writing and not ‘make their readers toil and sweat’
Ruskin Bond reveals the secret behind his ‘so simple’ style of writing(Instagram/ruskinbondofficial)
Ruskin Bond reveals the secret behind his ‘so simple’ style of writing(Instagram/ruskinbondofficial)
Updated on Sep 26, 2020 09:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByZarafshan Shiraz

Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Canadian writer Margaret Atwood wins this year’s lifetime achievement award

Celebrating literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding, Dayton Literary Peace Prize has been awarded this year to The Handmaid’s Tale author, Margaret Atwood.
Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize(Twitter/egabbert/UBCM)
Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize(Twitter/egabbert/UBCM)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 09:59 AM IST
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Cincinnati | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Interview: ‘I like to be reminded that literature has the power and mystery of a dragon,’ says Australian-Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar

The writer whose book The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize speaks about the kind of books she likes to read, and about Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Female leftist students chant anti oppression slogans while standing in rows with piles of newspapers and cardboard ready to burn in case of tear gas attack by Revolutionary Guards, before street clashes with Hezbollah forces broke outside Tehran university campus, on the occasion of Cultural Revolution, 21st April 1981. The Cultural Revolution (1980-1987) was a period following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran where the academia of Iran was purged of Western and non-Islamic influences to bring it in line with Shia Islam. The official name used by the Islamic Republic is
Female leftist students chant anti oppression slogans while standing in rows with piles of newspapers and cardboard ready to burn in case of tear gas attack by Revolutionary Guards, before street clashes with Hezbollah forces broke outside Tehran university campus, on the occasion of Cultural Revolution, 21st April 1981. The Cultural Revolution (1980-1987) was a period following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran where the academia of Iran was purged of Western and non-Islamic influences to bring it in line with Shia Islam. The official name used by the Islamic Republic is "Cultural Revolution." Directed by the Cultural Revolutionary Headquarters and later by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, the revolution initially closed universities for three years (1980-1983) and after reopening banned many books and purged thousands of students and lecturers from the schools. The cultural revolution involved a certain amount of violence in taking over the university campuses since higher education in Iran at the time was dominated by leftists forces opposed to Ayatollah Khomeini's vision of theocracy, and they (unsuccessfully) resisted Khomeiniist control at many universities.(Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 08:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNawaid Anjum

When self-isolation led to great works of science and literature

Isaac Newton (Trinity College): Considered Trinity’s most accomplished alumni, he exemplified productivity during a pandemic.
Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, John Milton and Lord Byron used such time to add to their formidable body of work in science and literature.
Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, John Milton and Lord Byron used such time to add to their formidable body of work in science and literature.
Updated on May 03, 2020 02:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar, London

Series format lends itself for good literature to be adapted: Rasika

Actor Rasika Dugal talks about why she prefers consuming content on a visual medium rather than reading nowadays.
Rasika Dugal will be seen in a screen adaptation of A Suitable Boy.
Rasika Dugal will be seen in a screen adaptation of A Suitable Boy.
Published on Feb 04, 2020 01:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRadhika Bhirani, New Delhi

World Book Fair 2020: Promoting children’s literature, a tribute to 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi and more

World Book Fair 2020: The theme for this year’s book fair is Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer. The theme aims to highlight the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Indian literature and a few renowned authors in India and abroad. Here are some of the things to look forward to at New Delhi World Book Fair 2020.
New Delhi World Book Fair 2020: Promoting literature for children, a tribute to 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi and more to see this year.(Saumya Sharma)
New Delhi World Book Fair 2020: Promoting literature for children, a tribute to 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi and more to see this year.(Saumya Sharma)
Updated on Jan 12, 2020 04:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySaumya Sharma

Dive into children’s literature with Peek-A-Book

The fourth edition of the children’s literature and storytelling festival, which will take place at Mumbai’s Royal Opera House on December 1, will highlight the relevance of books in an era where phones and digital devices consume children’s time.
Children’s literature and storytelling festival will take place at Mumbai’s Royal Opera House on December 1. (Representational image)(HT file)
Children’s literature and storytelling festival will take place at Mumbai’s Royal Opera House on December 1. (Representational image)(HT file)
Published on Nov 25, 2019 09:17 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByIndo Asian News Service

Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel ‘The Far Field’ bags 2019 JCB prize for Literature

The Far Field is an impressively ambitious novel of stunning emotional and psychological acuity. This deeply introspective story, located in troubled Kashmir, is also a panoramic exploration of our ideas and assumptions about nationhood.
Vijay, who wasn’t present at the award ceremony here due to her pregnancy, will receive a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh, along with a a sculpture by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra entitled “Mirror Melting”.(twitter/@TheJCBPrize)
Vijay, who wasn’t present at the award ceremony here due to her pregnancy, will receive a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh, along with a a sculpture by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra entitled “Mirror Melting”.(twitter/@TheJCBPrize)
Updated on Nov 03, 2019 09:28 AM IST
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Perumal Murugan, Paul Zacharia in JCB Prize for Literature 2019 longlist

The jury will announce the shortlist of five titles on October 4. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner on November 2. If the winning work is a translation, the translator will receive an additional Rs 10 lakh.
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Updated on Sep 04, 2019 04:49 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByIndo Asian News Service

Possessing literature is not a crime

From writers who fear book bans, the scanner is now on readers
Citizens in a democracy rely on the judiciary to uphold and protect their basic rights. This includes the right to own literature of all kinds, from the subversive and revolutionary to the conformist(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Citizens in a democracy rely on the judiciary to uphold and protect their basic rights. This includes the right to own literature of all kinds, from the subversive and revolutionary to the conformist(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Aug 29, 2019 07:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

NEP: Children’s Literature and Reading Promotion – Missing Link?

Beyond a fleeting mention of reading for enjoyment, the focus on promoting Indian languages is more on creating vocabulary that keeps pace with new developments as well as on teaching of Indian (including classical) languages.
Role of good quality books in learning cannot be denied(MINT File)
Role of good quality books in learning cannot be denied(MINT File)
Published on Aug 07, 2019 10:59 AM IST
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BySwaha Sahoo

Jaswant Kanwal: The grand old man of Punjabi literature turns 101 today

Known as the writer of movements of Punjab, such as Naxalbari (left), Muzara Lehar (Tenancy movement) and Khalistan movement, Kanwal has penned about 100 books.
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 09:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAVTAR SINGH, Sangrur

Girish Karnad: Literature’s doyen, friend, philosopher, and guide to all

Chandrashekhara Kambara, a Jnanpith Award winning playwright and novelist, described his relationship with Karnad, who passed away after a prolonged illness at 81, as an “intellectual jousting competition”.
Girish Karnad’s demise on Monday led to an outpouring of reminiscences from people across political and cultural fields offering their condolence, and remembering their association with the noted Kannada playwright.(HT Archives)
Girish Karnad’s demise on Monday led to an outpouring of reminiscences from people across political and cultural fields offering their condolence, and remembering their association with the noted Kannada playwright.(HT Archives)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 11:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | ByVikram Gopal

This doctor turns medical study into literature

Penned by a doctor of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), the poem has won a special prize in the International Hippocrates Conference for Medical Poetry in London
Dr Siddharth Warrier, doing DM in neurology, has a knack of making studies of medicine easy by coming out with poetry(HTPhotos)
Dr Siddharth Warrier, doing DM in neurology, has a knack of making studies of medicine easy by coming out with poetry(HTPhotos)
Published on May 25, 2019 02:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByAnupam Srivastava

JLF2019; At the Mahakumbh of literature

As always, this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival was where Established India came to rub shoulders with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer prize winners and an adoring reading public
The attentive audience at the final debate at JLF 2019 on whether liberalism stifles debate.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The attentive audience at the final debate at JLF 2019 on whether liberalism stifles debate.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 01, 2019 08:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManjula Narayan

The essential purpose of any art or literature is to become anonymous says writer and poet Jayant Kaikini

Jayant Kaikini who has won the DSC prize for South Asian literature 2019 on why he writes, his favourite authors and why literature and medical science are similar.
Updated on Feb 01, 2019 04:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySrishti Jha

Muslim Marathi literature meet in Pune: Basharat Ahmed’s ouster irks organisers

Slogans were raised outside the assembly hall of Azam Campus in Pune, Camp after the Friday prayers, demanding that poet Basharat Ahmed from Latur should not be allowed to speak at the event. Some of the protesters alleged that his views were heretical and critical of the Muslim faith.
(From left) A K Bashir, Sajiid Pathan, Jaidev Dole, Bashir Shaik and Khalid Mila during a conference at Azam campus on Saturday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)
(From left) A K Bashir, Sajiid Pathan, Jaidev Dole, Bashir Shaik and Khalid Mila during a conference at Azam campus on Saturday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2019 03:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByPrachi Bari

How to bring diversity in children’s literature

Agents, editors, authors and illustrators need to seek out and nurture underrepresented talent through commissioning books, providing editorial support, and being generous with our contacts.
India’s diversity is described as our greatest liability, when in reality, it is our greatest strength. Our children deserve to know this truth.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
India’s diversity is described as our greatest liability, when in reality, it is our greatest strength. Our children deserve to know this truth.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 03, 2019 07:51 AM IST
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ByMathangi Subramanian

A literature fest in the Himalayas looks forward to seeing you this weekend

Your weekend plan is getting a rejig with Himalayan Echoes, which is now in its third season and promises to be a haven for like-minded readers, writers, poets and people who love the mountains.
Your weekend plan is getting a rejig with Himalayan Echoes(Himalayan Echoes Facebook page)
Your weekend plan is getting a rejig with Himalayan Echoes(Himalayan Echoes Facebook page)
Updated on Oct 05, 2018 04:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySaumya Sharma

A love without a name: Identifying homosexuality in Indian language and literature

Same-sex desire is around us everywhere. We need an ocean of words to express its diverse forms
As India’s LGBT movement grows in popularity and public exposure, it is important to recognise its histories because a vast majority of queer people live outside metropolitan cities.(Ragul Krishnan/HT Photo)
As India’s LGBT movement grows in popularity and public exposure, it is important to recognise its histories because a vast majority of queer people live outside metropolitan cities.(Ragul Krishnan/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 04:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDhrubo Jyoti

Two-day literature festival on theme ‘One India’ kicks off in Shimla

The fest will offer events on literature, art, music and poetry.
Updated on Jun 23, 2018 11:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shimla | ByHT Correspondent, Shimla

Here are 4 books by Haruki Murakami that will change the way you look at literature

Haruki Murakami takes his readers through grief, tragedy, happiness and loneliness – all-in-one go – with some jazz, The Beatles or Bach and Beethoven tuning alongside.
If Haruki Murakami’s novels are about the stolen moments of life, his short stories are like episodes from a Richard Linklater movie.(Illustration: Shutterstock)
If Haruki Murakami’s novels are about the stolen moments of life, his short stories are like episodes from a Richard Linklater movie.(Illustration: Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 05:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByPrerna Madan

No Nobel Prize in Literature this year amid sex abuse scandal

The Swedish Academy, which decides the recipients of the Nobel prize, said the decision was made because it is in no shape to pick a winner for the literature prize after a string of sex abuse allegations and financial crimes scandals.
A medal of Alfred Nobel is pictured prior to the beginning of a press conference in Stockholm.(AFP File Photo)
A medal of Alfred Nobel is pictured prior to the beginning of a press conference in Stockholm.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2018 02:54 PM IST
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