Books
15 Books You Should Be Reading In 2018, As Recommended By Singapore’s Leaders
Review: A Biography of Innovations by R Gopalakrishnan
Tricky art of writing for films
Of course we don’t read poetry. We’re Singaporean
James Franco to direct, star in film about poet Shel Silverstein
‘Fauda’ creator to take Times of Israel readers behind the scenes
Talented teen writer debuts book
Delhi’s culture calendar: Here’s how you can enjoy the winter with poetry, music, drama
2018-01-18 09:14:10 The Delhi government is undertaking a series of initiatives to revamp the arts and culture calendar of the capital. The idea, officials said, is to bring the finest forms of art and culture to people in a hassle-free manner. In a recent message to residents, Delhi’s minister of culture and languages, Manish Sisodia, said that art helps people find meaning of life amid personal and social struggles and hence the government is committed to facilitating and promoting creative expressions and cultural diversity in a range of art forms   Read More ...
7 out of 10 teens can use cellphone but not read basic text says report
2018-01-17 06:01:21 New Delhi: More than seven out of ten children in the age group of 14-18 years can use a cellphone, but cannot read basic text fluently in their language, says the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The report also says that females have reduced access to cellphones. While only 12 per cent males have never used a cellphone, the corresponding number of females is much higher at 22 per cent, it says   Read More ...
Read very few children’s books as a boy: Ruskin Bond
2018-01-14 16:15:20 His prolific ability to churn out stories for kids notwithstanding, one of India’s most-loved authors Ruskin Bond read very few children’s books as a boy as he graduated straight from comic papers to adult fiction. Bond shares this secret in his new book Till the Clouds Roll by, Beginning Again, which is a story about his life when he was 10-years-old and coming to Dehradun for his winter holidays, a few months after his father had been taken from him by “death’s dark angel”   Read More ...
Magic in the Everyday
2018-01-13 05:17:23 Maya, all of 15, wanted to be like the popular girls in school. But her t-shirt was just too long and her hair too tidy. She enjoyed watching Netflix, gorging on butterscotch brownies and experimenting with lipsticks, and no longer wanted to be Maya “the misfit”. However, soon, she became aware of her special powers that allowed her to look through illusions   Read More ...
15 Books You Should Be Reading In 2018, As Recommended By Singapore’s Leaders
2018-01-11 12:04:13 “When was the last time you read a good book?” This was the question posed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the launch of the , a five-year campaign launched in 2016 to encourage Singaporeans to “Read More, Read Widely, and Read Together”. With the world changing so quickly, reading is an important habit and tool to broaden our minds and give us new perspectives   Read More ...
Tamil language club expands workshop to help writers - Nation
2018-01-10 00:49:14 THE Tamil Language Revival Club of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Teluk Intan, Perak, will be expanding its literary workshops to help aspiring writers, Malaysia Nanban reported. It quoted Tamil Department lecturer Dr Muniisvaran Kumar as saying that the club had conducted two series of short-story writing workshops since April. Each seven-week session is part of the effort to help young local writers improve   Read More ...
100 years of the Tamil short story
2018-01-07 07:33:53 The Hindu Lit for Life is going to have an exclusive Tamil lit fest for the first time this year. It could not have come at a more appropriate time as 2018 marks the completion of the centenary of the Tamil short story. The event will honour senior writer Indira Parthasarathy with a lifetime achievement award and five short story writers with awards and cash prizes   Read More ...
Five Tamil writers to be honoured for their work
2018-01-06 19:13:35 The first edition of The Hindu Lit for Life - Tamil fest will honour five writers for their contribution to Tamil literature. Veteran writer Indira Parthasarathy, who has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award, will confer the awards on the writers during the festival to be held at Lady Andal School in Chetpet. The award will include ₹1 lakh each, a citation and certificate   Read More ...
Bengaluru most well read city in India: Survey
2018-01-06 10:16:29 Bengaluru has emerged as the most well read city in India, while Mumbai and Delhi stands at second and third position, respectively, according to a survey conducted by Amazon India’s Annual Reading Trends Reports for 2017. “We are very excited with this year’s Reading Trends Report and are thrilled to see Indian writers among the most read authors for the fifth consecutive year! We are truly committed to helping our customers enjoy their passion for reading by offering them a wide selection of books with unique choices across languages, genres and authors,” Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India, said in a statement   Read More ...
Review: A Biography of Innovations by R Gopalakrishnan
2018-01-05 17:16:15 The I-word isn’t a nondescript noun any more in India. Once upon a time innovation was indeed an irrelevant concept. The straight and narrow socialist path was once the only non-option available for a discerning Indian talent to reach her destination. Why bother at all to turn right here, turn left there or take a scenic detour? Better be safe than sorry   Read More ...
Prof Gopal Guru appointed editor of EPW
2018-01-04 19:19:22 Political scientist Gopal Guru has been appointed as the editor of the Economic and Political Weekly, its publisher Sameeksha Trust announced on Thursday. Professor Guru currently teaches Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Earlier, he taught at the University of Delhi and the University of Pune. He is the author of several acclaimed books, the Sameeksha Trust said in a statement   Read More ...
Professor Gopal Guru appointed Editor of EPW
2018-01-04 16:20:22 Political scientist Gopal Guru has been appointed as the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), its publisher Sameeksha Trust announced on Thursday. Professor Guru currently teaches Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Earlier, he taught at the University of Delhi and the University of Pune. He is the author of several acclaimed books, the Sameeksha Trust said in a statement   Read More ...
New Delhi World Book Fair 2018: The 8-day extravaganza begins from January 6
2018-01-04 14:20:50 The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which has emerged as one of the most significant events in the publishing world, will be held in the Capital during January 6-14 at Pragati Maidan. The fair, organised by National Book Trust, India, promotes titles, trade, co-publication titles and – above all – the habit of reading. The fair serves as a meeting point of readers and publishers and had started in 1972 with only 200 participants   Read More ...
An ode to intimate poetry
2018-01-04 11:12:30 Not many would christen their name; Guntur-born Khaja Hussain, popularly known as poet Devipriya, was privileged to do so. His poetry is replete with intimate and political motifs like ‘dear’; his choice of words, often measured, advocate a firm opinion. His residence at Alwal in Hyderabad is named after his first anthology of poems Amma Chettu. Clearly, there’s a nostalgic reflection of childhood but there is also hope for the future   Read More ...
Workshops on writing and photography from January 14
2018-01-04 03:12:28 Come January, it’s time to celebrate literature. The Hindu Lit for Life 2018 is back with a range of workshops from creative writing to mobile photography that will be held during the three-day festival from January 14. The festival will kick off with a session by award-winning author and journalist Claire Scobie on ‘World Building in Fiction’. She will talk about how to create a believable world in fiction and evoke a sense of place and social milieu of characters in the session to be held between 10 a   Read More ...
Tricky art of writing for films
2018-01-02 08:10:33 Prasanna Kumar Bezawada rose to fame with Cinema Chupista Mava around the time when Telugu film industry was facing a dearth of writers. The situation is more or less the same now and Prasanna says he will continue to remain a writer and will not direct a film. He had scripted Nenu Local and now a new story of his is set to go to the sets with direction by Trinadha Rao Nakkina starring Ram Pothineni   Read More ...
The city and its poet
2018-01-01 20:16:00 jin shahroñ meiñ gooñji thi Ghalib ki nava barsoñ/ un shahroñ meiñ ab Urdu benam-o-nishañ thahri/ aazadi-e-kamil ka elaan hua jis din/ ma.atub zabañ thahri ghhaddar zabañ thahri. (In cities where Ghalib’s voice had echoed for years/ In those very cities Urdu is an alien language now/ The day complete independence was declared/ It was declared a national misfortune and language of anti-nationals)   Read More ...
Top 10 books of 2017
2018-01-01 04:07:36 If ever you wondered if Filipinos still loved to read, then 2017 answered that question with a bang. Readers enthusiastically showered books and authors with affection and compulsion throughout the year. A broad range of writers visited the country in 2017, representing everything from the genre of science fiction to a writer whose novel is being adapted into a motion picture with Kris Aquino in the cast: Pierce Brown, Mark Danielewski, Jenny Han, Kevin Kwan, Lang Leav, Jennifer E   Read More ...
‘Strong in the Rain’: Poetry from the heart and mind by Kenji Miyazawa
2017-12-30 15:08:13 ‘Strong in the Rain,” a classic Japanese poetry collection from Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1921), beautifully reveals much about both nature and humanity. Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems, by Kenji Miyazawa, Translated by Roger Pulvers.128 pages. BLOODAXE BOOKS, Poetry. Miyazawa, raised in rural Iwate Prefecture, was an agricultural science teacher, a devout Buddhist and a social activist. Best known for his children’s books, notably “Night on the Milky Way Train,” Miyazawa’s poems reveal a deeper layer to the talented Japanese artist and activist   Read More ...
The Hindu’s pick of top 10 non-fiction books from 2017
2017-12-30 14:12:58 Political ferment, India’s relations with neighbours, state of the economy, demonetisation, the end of globalisation and liberalism, migration, gender relations, sport — the literary world was kept busy trying to make sense of 2017. There were spectacular biographies, long-form writing, essays, and memoirs to choose from. This being the centennial of Gandhi’s first public movement at Champaran, there were many books on the Mahatma, including a brilliant translation of Sudhir Chandra’s Gandhi: An Impossible Possibility (Routledge India) about his last years and its impact on our polity   Read More ...
2017’s celebrity biographies and autobiographies that became talking points
2017-12-30 10:13:37 Celebrity biographies and autobiographies are usually controversial. While some end up clearing some long-believed myth, others end up opening a can of worms. Much like every other year, even this year, a host of celebrities wrote about their lives, while some had others writing their story for them. There was where the actor unabashedly acknowledged the extra marital affairs of his father Raj Kapoor, and An Ordinary Life: A memoir on actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui that had to be withdrawn owing to the number of people it offended   Read More ...
Google Doodle Celebrates Kannada Novelist Kuvempu's 113th Birthday
2017-12-29 04:35:53 Today, Google Doodle celebrates the 113th birthday of Kannada novelist and poet, Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, better known as Kuvempu. Widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet, Kuvempu was also a playwright, critic and thinker. Among Kannada writers, he was the first win the prestigious Jnanpith Award. He was also conferred the Padma Vibushan award by the Government of India in 1988   Read More ...
NRIs donate books to 30 schools
2017-12-28 20:31:59 The District NRI Foundation has donated books valued at ₹3 lakh to 30 government schools in the district to promote reading habit among schoolchildren and enrich their knowledge base. The members of the DNF handed over books to the staff of the schools at a function here on Thursday. The books are on on science, technology, culture and literature besides short stories highlighting moral values   Read More ...
Ailing Ome museum dedicated to samurai novelist Eiji Yoshikawa on the brink
2017-12-28 10:09:11 A museum dedicated to Eiji Yoshikawa — famed author of the samurai epic novel “Miyamoto Musashi” — in Ome, Tokyo, is facing closure due to low attendance, its operator said. The museum is so far in the red that the Yoshikawa Eiji Cultural Foundation, which runs the Yoshikawa Eiji House and Museum, decided in March to propose donating it to the Ome Municipal Government as a last resort   Read More ...
Mirza Ghalib, poet par excellence, gets beautiful birthday Google Doodle
2017-12-27 06:12:19 Google on Wednesday has dedicated its doodle to one of Urdu literature's most iconic poets, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, most commonly as Ghalib, to mark his 220nd birth anniversary. Born in Uttar Pradesh, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah, Ghalib (meaning conqueror) showed a gift for language at an early age and was educated in Persian, Urdu, and Arabic   Read More ...
Annual comic book sales set to sink amid dearth of popular titles
2017-12-25 11:06:28 Comic books sales are expected to plunge about 12 percent for the year amid a dearth of popular titles and increasing demand for ebooks, a research institute said Monday. Sales of comic magazines targeted at adolescents are forecast to drop sharply, the Research Institute for Publications said. The end of popular long-running series and a lack of new hits are believed to have turned young readers away from both comic books and magazines, the institute said   Read More ...
Of course we don’t read poetry. We’re Singaporean
2017-12-25 00:30:13 SINGAPORE: We are learning about the life cycles caterpillars. Our textbooks tell us that caterpillars spin warm, little cozy cocoons for themselves and eventually emerge as pretty butterflies. But Mrs Chang, our science teacher details to 38 of us horrified but enthralled 9-years-olds how caterpillars digest themselves into a soup and how their cells work to reform that body-soup into a butterfly   Read More ...
Words pay: A career in writing
2017-12-24 09:08:59 Writing is a bit like singing. Everyone can do it at some level. Facebook, Twitter and other social media have created a world of film critics, political commentators, and travel writers. But perhaps, you are more than a hobby writer – you may be one of those for whom writing is a tremendous passion. If you are seriously in love with words, here are some ways to transform your passion into a lifelong romance: Copy writing Copy writers do more than write promotional or advertising texts for ads, brochures, and websites   Read More ...
Poetry with Prakriti has always been about thinking outside boxes
2017-12-23 12:13:48 Dim lights, high stools, the smell of peat and peanuts, the clatter of glasses being cleared away — the Secret Society bar in R.A. Puram is probably no different from any such drinking joint in the world. But it housed an eclectic audience that December evening. Sure, there were the young professionals grabbing a few drinks with their friends, but there were also older people (“I’ve never been inside a bar before,” whispered one lady), students and expatriates in the audience, and all eyes were fixed on the young woman performing in front of them   Read More ...
Tibet tops publication sales growth in China
2017-12-20 04:31:38 The sales of publications in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region surged by over 84 percent in 2016, according to a report made public on Tuesday. The report, published by the Books and Periodicals Distribution Association of China, said although Tibet topped the country in terms of sales growth, publication sales in the country's 12 western provincial-level regions accounted for only 15   Read More ...
Telugu The Language Of Indian Soft Power: President Ram Nath Kovind
2017-12-20 04:13:42 Hyderabad: Telugu is a global language, it is the language of enterprise and technology, of Indian soft power and a vibrant Telugu-speaking diaspora, President Ram Nath Kovind said today. He was addressing the valedictory function of the World Telugu Conference here. "Telugu is a global language. It can be heard, read and cherished across continents. It is the language of enterprise and technology, of Indian soft power and of a vibrant Telugu-speaking diaspora that has made a name for itself and for our country   Read More ...
Self-publishing allows writers to tell stories on their own terms
2017-12-19 15:01:28 With trends such as collaborative consumption and digitalisation now a mainstay of everyday life, it has become easier for people to unlock and access opportunities with unprecedented ease. While bigger industries have already started leveraging these trends, we are increasingly seeing smaller, more niche sectors also looking to harness the opportunities that technology brings - one such industry being self-publishing. The most recent data reveals that in 2014, there were 9,054 books published in Singapore; a drastic 28 per cent decrease from the 12,608 books published in 2009   Read More ...
A rail of verses: Paris Metro, Mumbai locals inspire poem anthology
2017-12-19 11:45:08 Four women poets and illustrators from India and France use the Metro of Paris and the suburban railway of Mumbai as the subject for their book which they see as a blend of visuals and words of journeys. French-Indian poet Karthika Nair, French illustrator Joelle Jolivet, poet-novelist Sampurna Chattarji and Gond artiste Roshni Vyam have joined hands for "Metro Lands", which is expected to be out in the next three-four months   Read More ...
Library eyes to make reading cool
2017-12-17 20:02:26 AS electronic reading devices have gained popularity in recent years, the library, the traditional place for reading, has been gradually fading out of people’s lives. However, a recently-opened library in Tianjin has received a lot of attention from the public. “China’s most beautiful library,” “The Binhai Eye,” and “The Road to the Mountain of Books,” are just some of the nicknames the library has received on social media platforms   Read More ...
Rescued dog who found new life comforting elderly gets story made into children's book
2017-12-17 07:45:50 TOYOOKA, Hyogo -- On the other side of the pet boom, there are cats and dogs that are abandoned or put down. But the story of one stray dog whose life might have been cut short but found a place as a comfort dog at an elderly care facility here has been made into a children's book. The title of the book is "Iyashiinu Maruko: Otoshiyori ni yorisou inu no motogatari" (Comfort dog Maruko: The tale of a dog who cuddles with the elderly)   Read More ...
‘Book With No Pictures’ is leaving kids in stitches
2017-12-16 16:10:08 Picture-less book a hit with kids A book titled “えがないえほん” (“E ga Nai Ehon,” or “The Book With No Pictures”) has been leaving children nationwide in stitches, taking top spot on online bookstore e-hon early last week. The book was written by B.J. Novak, who is well-known for his work on NBC’s comedy series “The Office.” As the title suggests, the book isn’t illustrated   Read More ...
The Hindu publications on sale
2017-12-15 21:18:47 The sought-after publications of The Hindu will be available on sale at attractive rates at The Hindu office at Vyttila, Kochi, between December 16 and December 30 as a New Year offer to readers. While old publications will be available at half the cover price, publications in 2015 and 2016 can be had at a rebate of 40% and 30% respectively   Read More ...
Telugu poets, others leave for Hyderabad to attend WTC
2017-12-15 20:21:49 About a thousand persons were sent to the State capital for the inaugural of the World Telugu Conference in 20 buses arranged by the district administration here on Friday. Not just linguists and poets, but the list prepared by various departments a week before the inaugural included artistes, language enthusiasts, and others who love Telugu. According to an official, a fleet of express buses from the TSRTC, arranged by the administration, was able to pick 1,000 members from Miryalaguda, Devarakonda and Nalgonda   Read More ...
English textbooks to be provided to first and second graders next year
2017-12-15 08:02:51 The Education Ministry states that students of grade 1 and 2 will be offered English textbooks from January next year. According to the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the printing of text books are in the final stage and books will be given to over 700,000 children studying in Sri Lanka. The minister further stated   Read More ...
All set for the celebration of Telugu language, literature and culture
2017-12-14 19:16:16 The stage is set for the World Telugu Conference-2017 (WTC), the festival of Telugu language and culture, which would be inaugurated by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Friday evening. Even as final touches were being given to the main venue at the L.B. Stadium that would reflect the prominence of the culture and heritage of Telangana State, the organisers – Telangana Sahitya Academi, Tourism and Culture officials – had a hectic day monitoring the arrangements as about 8,000 delegates, including over 450 NRIs and delegates of non-Indian origin, from over 40 countries would be attending the conference   Read More ...