A tale of two books and India’s buzziest brand

A new book on india’s most happening Godman, The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon captures the incredible journey of school drop-out Ram Kishen who became the irresistible Yoga Guru Ramdev, and a business magnate with ambitions for Rs 100,000 empire in just five years.
In August we had reported a Delhi court restraining Juggernaut Books from the publication and sale of Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev.
The book had not gone down well with Baba Ramdev. In his petition to the court, his main contention is that the book associates him with cases of murder and mysterious disappearance of certain people who were, at some point, associated with him, and were even considered his teachers and friends. Ramdev also alleged that the book wrongly conveys the sense that he was benefiting from State governments run by the Bharatiya Janata Party... Read More..

Dan Brown on Hinduism

Dan Brown’s newbook Origin, is a charttopper on Amazon.com, and for Brown fans a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain.
Asked why he has never written on Eastern religions, his answer was: ‘I spent some time in India and thought I might write about Hinduism. But it’s so far removed from my experience, I couldn’t even get my mind around... Read More..

Tom, India will miss you

Veteran trilingual actor Tom Alter died on 29 September. For the writers fraternity, Tom was a favourite person to launch a book and we will all miss Tom. More than his launch presence will be missed his theatrical baritone on stages behind the Lal Quila. Tom played Bahadur Shah Zafar to enthralled audiences every winter. The actor became an Indian citizen, and contributed enormously to the cultural life of this country... Read More..

Tom Hank’s short stories

Several characters appear repeatedly over the course of the 17 stories in Tom Hanks’s debut short-story collection, Uncommon Type. The best story in the book by some distance has already appeared in the New Yorker. Alan Bean Plus Four suggested that Hanks, always a likable presence on screen, might also be a half-decent... Read More..

The Great Indian Literary Festival

The Great Indian Literary Festival or TGILF is an annual literary festival. Its maiden edition was held in the Indian city of Udaipur in March 2017. Founded by Indian author Amit Shankar, TGILF focuses on regional literature and its integration with global writing.
Last year saw an erudite gathering at a dozen interactive discussions. This year it takes place on 23,24 and 25 February 2018... Read More..

The Kumaon Literary Festival

The Kumaon LitFest , started in 2015, has been pegged for the last two years as the first travelling LitFest in India. The first edition was spread over Nainital and Dhanchauli.
Set in the lap of the Kumaon hills, the 2nd edition of the Himalayan Echo Kumaon Festival for Arts and Literature took place at Abbotsford Heritage Homestay in Nainital. It was mentored by eminent writers like Namita Gokhale and Rishi Suri and produced by literary consultancy Siyah. The second day of the lit fest was organised at The Gateway Resort in Corbett...Read More..

Satya Nadella’s first book

The founding fathers of the digital world, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, the great among them, made fashionable a leadership style that tolerated no dissent and took no prisoners. Bezos, according to his biographer, ‘abhors…what he calls social cohesion, the natural impulse to seek consensus’, epitomising a leadership style that celebrates conflict, disruption and domination as virtues and signs of limitless creativity and advancement.
In his debut book Hit Refresh, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella blends autobiography, biography of the company and techno futurism, but ethos, empathy, empowerment and democratisation are its keywords. Nadella is protagonist and observer of three transformations that the book is about. The first is his personal journey, the second transformation that he leads is of Microsoft, from being a desktop- era entity to aiming for the cloud, the third transformation is of computing technology, which will soon overcome the existing limits of physics and chemistry. ... Read More..

A book remembers Gond artist Jangarh Singh

‘Jangarh, sitting on a bamboo mat under a large tree with his drawings and paintings spread out before him, was wearing his ‘‘uniform’’ faded jeans and a checked flannel shirt. He smiled shyly as I told him how much my wife, Nilou, and I admired his drawings and paintings…'This is how art collector Mitchell S Crites recalls his first meeting...Read More..

A PresidentSpeak

In his new book, The Coalition Years: 1996 to 2012, former President Pranab Mukherjee has said he disfavoured the Congress’ 2003 decision to forge alliances to defeat the BJP in the 2004 general elections. He said his view remains unchanged even today.
Explaining his anti-coalition stand, Mukherjee, who was the longest serving member of the Congress Working Committee, said he thought the party should not forsake its identity for the sake of forming a government For the launch, all of UPA I & IIs partners were present. Mukherjee’s latest book is the third in a series of political memoirs penned by him after The Indira Years...Read More..

At the receiving end the eternal Woman

The book, In the Game of Love, One step Forward, One step Back was launched on 7 October at India International Centre by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, followed by a panel discussion on the topic ‘Naari kal aaj aur kal’. Dikshit cited the examples Ramayana and Mahabharata about how in India women have been sacrificing their desires since ages. She pointed out how Sita had to prove her genuineness in front of Ram. ...Read More..

From The Book of Dhaka with love

Jug mug thela, Saket kick-started the Navratri festivities with the launch of The Book of Dhaka: City in Short Fiction, one of the ‘city in short fiction' series following The Book of Tokyo, The Book of Gaza and The Book of Khartoum.
Arunava Sinha, a noted translator of Bengali literature, talked about the differences between Dhaka and Kolkata, why the Bengali literature is loved more than fiction in English and how Dhaka's history is deeply influenced by the 1971 war. He said that their main objective of coming up with such a book was to bring in a sense of history pre- 1971, along with focussing on the ...Read More..

PubliCon 2017: belling the future of Publishing

Books have always been regarded as an important media for the development and promotion of human values. The Publishing sector in India is the third largest in the world in English language publishing. Current statistics reveals that the sector ...Read More..

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