Books
Regional Language Centre celebrates golden jubilee with commemorative book
Unbelievable, 'Padmaavat' actress Deepika Padukone penned this poem in 7th grade
Swedish linguists discover Jedek language in Kelantan - Nation
"Interesting" Rahul Gandhi Extraordinarily Well-Read, Says Shashi Tharoor
Shahid Kapoor Hasn't Read Swara Bhasker's "" Letter But Says It 'Feels Odd'
Of course we don’t read poetry. We’re Singaporean
A rail of verses: Paris Metro, Mumbai locals inspire poem anthology
Regional Language Centre celebrates golden jubilee with commemorative book
2018-03-12 11:00:14 SINGAPORE - Haw Par Villa is recognised for its cultural value and Mount Imbiah Battery for its historical significance, but a lesser-known heritage site has been playing an important role in Singapore for half a century. The Regional Language Centre (RELC) was set up in 1968 and moved to its present Orange Grove Road site four years later. In 2016 the 18-storey building was made a heritage site by the National Heritage Board for its contribution to education here - an achievement detailed in a book launched on Monday (March 12) to mark the centre's half-century   Read More ...
The good news: Filipinos are still reading books
2018-03-11 00:10:56 Despite the deluge of online content, Filipinos are still reading books. “The challenge is to make sure that the right books are available at the right stores,” said Xandra Ramos-Padilla, managing director of the 235-strong National Book Store (NBS) chain. The readership is as varied as the areas where these branches are located, she explained. “In some stores, locally published books authored by celebrities are a hit, while in others, imported books are saleable,” she noted   Read More ...
Mumbai: Copyright on state published textbooks
2018-03-10 02:41:49 The state government will copyright the textbooks published by its bureau, making it mandatory for private publishers who come out with guides and study material for students to seek the state's nod before coming out with such educational tools. "Henceforth, we will copyright the textbooks. This will happen for the first time. The copyright of the textbooks will be vested with the state government   Read More ...
International Women’s Day: Male authors who used female pseudonyms
2018-03-08 14:20:04 Written by Ishita Sengupta | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2018 6:29 pm What’s in a name? “Everything. Nothing”, writes Carmela Ciuraru in her book Nom de Plume. A book on pseudonyms, the author delightfully chronicles several male and female authors who, at different points in their careers, took pseudonyms — sometimes to dupe the readers, sometimes to dupe themselves   Read More ...
AIMIM's Owaisi: Book Sri Sri For Comparing India To Syria | Ayodhya Title Dispute
2018-03-06 12:27:35 A day after Hindu spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in an interview with India Today editor Padmaja Joshi, said that any delay in resolving the Ram Mandir issue would result in a 'Syria-like' situation in India, AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi has attacked Sri Sri. Owaisi has said that Sri Sri should be booked for his provocative comments. ___ About Channel: India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Stay tuned for latest updates and in-depth analysis of   Read More ...
SPH Magazines adds Times Publishing titles to its mobile app
2018-03-06 10:45:25 INGAPORE - SPH Magazines and Times Publishing have partnered to digitise and electronically distribute the latter's titles on SPH Magazine's online platform, expanding offerings to. Bringing Times Publishings' titles on board will boost the 105 titles currently published by SPH Magazines, which include Her World, Men's Health, CLEO, The Peak, ICON, Home & Decor and HWM. rs will be able to access the selection through the "My Newsstand" app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store   Read More ...
Google celebrates Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle
2018-03-06 04:16:38 Google is celebrating Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 91st birth anniversary with a colourful doodle recreating the "magical city of Macondo" from his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Acknowledged as one of the greatest writers in recent times, Marqurz was a novelist, short story writer, and a journalist. His literary works have earned him comparisons with the likes of Mark Twain   Read More ...
Food writing legend Paula Wolfert wins lifetime achievement award
2018-03-04 20:17:47 Five-time James Beard award-winning cookbook author Paula Wolfert has now been named the recipient of the James Beard lifetime achievement award 2018. Best known for championing the benefits of Mediterranean cooking and her love of Moroccan cuisine, Wolfert has authored eight cookbooks, many of which have gone on to win several major writing awards. Wolfert’s love affair with Mediterranean cuisine began after moving to Tangiers in 1959   Read More ...
Honing writing skills in Malayalam
2018-03-04 16:15:27 In a classroom at SMV Government Model Higher Secondary School on Sunday morning, some 30-odd people go though the basics of Malayalam language. As their tutor Yamuna P.V., guest lecturer at Iqbal College, Peringamala, takes them through ‘Kootaksharam’ (conjunct consonants) and ‘Chillaksharam’ (pure consonants), they come up with words where these are used, all the while taking down notes. This, though, is not a class for schoolchildren   Read More ...
Sowing the seeds of a great Tanizaki biography
2018-03-03 23:34:03 In Japan, there is a strong tradition of memoirs of writers being penned by family members, providing essential information about the writer’s domestic set-up and unvarnished personal foibles. For example, the memoir co-written by the widow and son-in-law of Natsume Soseki, “Memories of Soseki,” or the book written by Yukio Mishima’s father, “My Son: Yukio Mishima,” offer profoundly important inside knowledge about those two acclaimed authors   Read More ...
Decolonising the mind
2018-03-03 12:16:43 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is one of the few authors whose appeal transcends barriers of language and culture. One of his short stories has the distinction of being translated into over 30 languages. He was in Hyderabad recently for the launch of the Telugu translation by G.N. Saibaba of his book, Dreams in a Time of War. The 80-year-old author’s eyes sparkled with wit as he chatted with me in a hotel room in Hyderabad   Read More ...
Spirituality, mystery, detectives and growth (Book Reviews)
2018-03-03 08:12:59 Get some spiritual guidance from a figure of international stature; read how a secret agent investigates the case of his colleagues’ disappearance; flick through the interesting story of a detective agency run by women; and know how our steadfast loyalty to growth is shaking the very foundations of our democracy. The IANS bookshelf has a bunch of interesting reads for this weekend   Read More ...
A stab in the dark
2018-02-28 07:02:02 FIRST-TIME novelist A.J. Finn has created a suspense thriller with enough twists and turns, that readers want to read his book The Woman in the Window repeatedly, just to figure out what they might have missed initially. The protagonist, Dr Anna Fox, lives all alone in a large house and spends her time people-watching from her window, watching black-and-white classic films, or drinking herself into a stupor   Read More ...
Majority of Japanese university students don’t read books for pleasure, poll shows
2018-02-27 14:12:50 A majority of university students in Japan do not read books for pleasure, an annual survey by the National Federation of University Co-operative Associations showed Tuesday. In the 2017 survey, 53.1 percent of the students said they do not read books at all, exceeding 50 percent for the first time since the federation started collecting such data in 2004. “An increasing number of students have not developed the habit of reading until they are in high school   Read More ...
Writing community stories
2018-02-26 11:12:56 The fact that there is large-scale migration to Bengaluru warrants the inclusion of issues relating to every community, class, caste, and gender. The Indian Institute of Human Settlements in their City Scripts Festival brought such issues to the fore. The session The Way I See It: Tribute to Gauri Lankesh which featured poet Mamta Sagar, Pradeep Dipu, and artist Surekha Sharada, traced the history of protests in Bengaluru, which included the demand for better housing, condemning communal attacks, and fighting inequality; issues Gauri Lankesh connected deeply with   Read More ...
Vietnamese students design prize-winning AI to read ancient Japanese writing
2018-02-25 04:46:05 Two Vietnamese students at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology's Institute of Engineering have won a recent contest to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to read ancient Japanese handwriting. Twenty-three teams from universities and technical colleges across Japan entered the December 2017 contest backed by the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE). The challenge: to create the most effective AI at reading ancient cursive hiragana, one of the Japanese language's two phonetic scripts   Read More ...
writing for and by women
2018-02-23 18:25:16 Women Writers’ Fest, the travelling literature jamboree that debuted last year, with editions in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, aside from Mumbai, returned to the city this weekend. While the first day took place at the Bandra bookstore, Title Waves, today’s sessions will be taking place in Kala Ghoda. The festival is being organised by SheThePeople TV, the feminist video storytelling platform   Read More ...
Unbelievable, 'Padmaavat' actress Deepika Padukone penned this poem in 7th grade
2018-02-21 23:43:34 We all know that Amitabh Bachchan is a wordsmith and he keeps charming us with his thoughts penned down on his blog. But did you Deepika Padukone also has an inclination towards writing and penned a beautifule poem around the age of 12. Yes, the actress who is riding high on the success of her Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmaavat went into major throwback mode on Instagram   Read More ...
Punjab: Schools directed to create book bank; Decision taken as PSEB fails to supply required number of textbooks
2018-02-21 22:37:36 The state Education Department has directed the principals/headmasters, district education officers and circle Education Officers to create book banks in all the government and government-aided schools after Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) failed to supply textbooks to around 30 per cent of the students till the end of the current academic session. School heads, with the help of teachers, should motivate the students to use the books properly so that they can be reused by their juniors from the coming academic session,” the DGSC said   Read More ...
Bengaluru resolutions: Inclusion of all native languages in Eighth Schedule sought
2018-02-21 21:34:15 On the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2018, representatives of 22 native languages from across the country passed ‘Bengaluru resolutions’ on Wednesday, urging the Union government to include all native languages of the country in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. The participants, who included academicians and linguists, also demanded equal status for all scheduled official languages. The resolutions were passed after a two-day seminar on ‘Linguistic Rights and Language Equality in India’ jointly organised by Campaign for Language Equality and Rights in collaboration with Banavasi Balaga   Read More ...
Sarvat Hasin on shifting away from narrative norms
2018-02-21 11:16:26 It seems that lately, more audiences are drawn to the realm of short stories, be it in film or prose. Sarvat Hasin, a Creative Writing graduate from Oxford, delves into this subculture thanks to her knack for encapsulating diverse characters in riveting plotlines. Origins and all. In You Can’t Go Home Again, short stories are intertwined through the eyes of young people based in Karachi who are faced with countless dilemmas as one of them goes missing   Read More ...
Google unveils Tamil language support for AdWords, AdSense
2018-02-21 10:13:02 Google on Wednesday announced the launch of Tamil language support for its advertising products — Google AdWords and Google AdSense. The Internet giant said these products would support the Tamil language web publishers and also help advertisers to reach out to the large base of Internet users in Tamil. With this launch, Google has now scaled support for Indian language advertising to cover Hindi, Bengali and Tamil   Read More ...
Site of Struggle
2018-02-17 04:11:42 The Constitution of India – Miracle, Surrender, Hope Rajeev Dhavan. Universal Law Publishing. This book by one of India’s foremost lawyer-intellectuals is based on a lifetime of thinking and reading on the Indian Constitution. The author gives us his views in a crisp and direct manner, unencumbered by scholarly circumlocution. There are no footnotes, just a list of readings at the end that hint at the author’s erudition   Read More ...
Publications forced to re-print books, claims Opposition
2018-02-16 15:07:34 A day after Education Minister Vinod Tawde said there is no obscene language in thesupplementary books meant for students from Class I to V, the Opposition on Thursday alleged that the publication houses were asked to change the language of books overnight. “The minister is misleading the people. The Education Department was set to distribute the books with language unsuitable for students   Read More ...
Dhasal Literature Festival: Day-long festival with poetry, theatre and music
2018-02-16 02:10:01 Commenting on the current “hypernationalism” prevalent in the country, Marathi filmmaker Nagraj Manjule said: “It is important to love your country, but it is more important to love people. Once we will love people, it will make us more humane towards people of all religions and castes and that will also make us patriotic.” The director of “Fandry” and “Sairat”, Manjule was addressing the audience at the Dhasal Literature Festival held at Sir J J School of Arts on Thursday   Read More ...
Fil-Am writer wins top U.S. prize for children’s novel
2018-02-14 20:22:36 NEW YORK – A Filipino American writer won the prestigious John Newbery Medal, one of the top literary prizes given out at the American Library Association’s awards for young adult and children’s literature. Erin Entrada Kelly’s middle grade novel “Hello, Universe,” about the bond that forms between a Filipino American boy, a Japanese American girl and a deaf girl after a shocking act by a neighborhood bully, won for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, according to a report by the New York Times   Read More ...
‘People are museums of memories’
2018-02-12 15:19:44 Sudha Menon’s four non-fiction books — Devi, Diva or She Devil-The Smart Career Woman's Survival Guide, Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, Legacy: Letters to their daughters from eminent Indian men and women and Gifted: inspirational stories of people with disabilities have gathered good readership. The Pune-based author, columnist and writing coach adroitly uses her skills of a former journalist and takes reportage to a new high in narrating inspirational, human interest stories in these books   Read More ...
VOX POPULI: 'Sayonara' to Ishimure, who found a paradise in 'sea of sorrow'
2018-02-12 07:02:38 Michiko Ishimure grew up reading few books worth reading, and perhaps the only notable literary work she went through before turning 20 was “Daibosatsu Toge” (Great Boddhisattva Pass), an epic multivolume novel by Kaizan Nakazato (1885-1944). The writer and activist also loathed literary magazines that she received from the big cities. Instead, she tried to create works based on a dialect that was spoken by elderly people in Kumamoto Prefecture's Amakusa, where she was born, and Minamata, where she moved as a child   Read More ...
Translating India: An author’s balancing act while translating from Marathi to English
2018-02-12 05:09:36 I began translating simply because I wanted my children to be able to appreciate the short stories I was reading in Marathi. When I realised that the translation had come out well, I realised that many gems in Marathi literature, which I had read since childhood, were unknown and unavailable to the people at large. Ranjit Desai was my favourite author and I began with his Raja Ravi Varma   Read More ...
We don’t need no judgement
2018-02-09 11:15:43 In her first non-fiction book Status Single: The Truth About Being a Single Woman in India, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, author of Faraway Music, Sita’s Curse, and You’ve Got the Wrong Girl!, writes of the lives of urban, single women who have lived through struggle, unfair labelling, but have triumphed over every obstacle. “I have a huge fan following on Facebook,” says Sreemoyee as we settle down to chat during a meet-up with the Bengaluru-based women whom she interviewed for her book   Read More ...
Swedish linguists discover Jedek language in Kelantan - Nation
2018-02-09 00:48:41 PETALING JAYA: Linguists from a Swedish university have stumbled upon a previously unknown language spoken by only 280 people in a rural area of Kelantan while doing research on another language. The discovery of the Jedek language was made by researchers of the Lund University while they were studying the Jahai language in the Sungai Rual area near Jeli. “Documentation of endangered minority languages such as Jedek is important, as it provides new insight into human cognition and culture,” said Joanne Yager, a doctoral student at Lund University in a press release on EurekAlert   Read More ...
67 countries, 500 people & one book of poems
2018-02-06 18:29:39 A unique multilingual anthology of 948 poems — including translations — in 85 languages was recently launched at the International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) for the first time. Five hundred poets from 67 countries have contributed to the anthology titled Amaravati Poetic Prism, 2017 published by a Vijaywada-based organisation. It was first published in September 2015. The nearly 1000-page anthology contains poetry in diverse Indian languages such as Awadhi, Mizo, Santhali, Koya, Gondi along with foreign languages like Keresan ( spoken in New Mexico), Zapotec ( spoken by an indigenous tribe in Mexico), Estonian, Latin, Croatian along with other major languages   Read More ...
Kerala High Court stays gag order against media from publishing news against MLA’s son
2018-02-06 14:28:44 The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed a gag order issued by a lower court, restraining the media from publishing news against the son of a legislator in the state assembly. Justice B Kemal Pasha granted the stay while considering a petition filed by the Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama, challenging the interim order issued by the sub-court judge, Karunagapally, imposing restrictions on the media from publishing any defamatory statements against Chavara MLA Vijayan Pillai’s son Sreejith   Read More ...
Anthology of 100 Indian poems translated into Portuguese
2018-02-05 18:23:41 An anthology of 100 Indian poems, translated into Portuguese for the first time, was released at an event organised at the Indian Cultural Centre in Sao Paulo. The 100 Great Indian Poems from over 3,000 years of Indian Poetry written in 28 languages was released on Friday, by Vijay Chauhan, Consul General of India in Sao Paulo, an embassy release said   Read More ...
INTERVIEW: Insta Poet Rupi Kaur On Poetry And Criticism
2018-02-05 12:29:26 Watch Instagram's favorite poet, Rupi Kaur speaking exclusively to India Today on her upcoming book, taking the Instagram world by storm with her poetry, dea   Read More ...
Many benefits in getting the young to pick up the reading habit
2018-02-05 10:01:32 I am writing about how reading as a national pastime has fallen off in Singapore. From a young age, reading and how to read effectively must be inculcated as it is absolutely essential to the development of the mind. We should draw inspiration from the United Kingdom, where I have observed that reading is very much part of the culture. Readers there have access to some of the finest libraries and bookstores in the world   Read More ...
Are we approaching the cusp of change when it comes to writing and reading Indian thrillers?
2018-02-04 12:14:40 It’s a hectic winter. Having taught workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and other cities over the past years, I was in Puducherry the other week to speak to a group of 15 or so aspiring authors about how to write thrillers. At the same time, I was gearing up for a tour — as I, in the coming months, would be speaking on the subject of thrillers at literary festivals across the country   Read More ...
Beyond Boundaries: ‘Mera Yakeen Kareen’, an Indian poet’s ode to the children killed in Peshawar school terror attack
2018-02-04 10:11:33 Going beyond borders and boundaries that separate us, Sehajpreet Singh, a Ludhiana-based Punjabi poet has written an anthology of poetry, ‘Mera Yakeen Kareen’ (Believe Me), a tribute to the school children who were killed in a deadly terror attack in 2014 at Peshawar in Pakistan. At least 141 people, including 132 school children died in one of the deadliest terror attacks at the Army School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, after seven terrorist stormed into the school and went on a rampage   Read More ...
Handcrafted Memoir
2018-02-02 22:15:02 Written by Mark Tully. Book name: Life Among the Scorpions: Memoirs of a Woman in Indian Politics Writer: Jaya Jaitly. Publication: Rupa Publications India. Jaya Jaitly, crafts pioneer and politician, has written a book which is two biographies in one. It is the story of her life and an apologia, which does not mean an apology but an explanation or justification, of the life of George Fernandes, one of the most charismatic Indian politicians   Read More ...
‘Rank Odour of Hellfire’
2018-02-02 22:14:54 Book: Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Writer: Syeda Saiyidain Hameed. Publication: Rupa Publications India. This is an immense labour of love. For twenty years, says Syeda Hameed, she has “lived with a man she never met”: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Over these two decades, she has read all on Bhutto that she has been able to in both English and Urdu; made several research visits to Pakistan; spent time in the sprawling personal library of her protagonist; delved deep into the archives at Lahore; and met as many of Bhutto’s contemporaries as she could   Read More ...