Bringing the flavour of van Gogh to grunge Kolkata (Book Review)

Book: On the Road to Tarascon; Author: Arnab Nandy; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 204; Price: Rs 350 What do Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and India’s grand old city, Kolkata, share in common’ The answer lies in the leap of imagination that author Arnab Nandy has shown in his just over 200-page novel. “On …

Ashwin Sanghi’s ‘The Krishna Key’ to be adapted into film

Author Ashwin Sanghi’s book “The Krishna Key” is set to be adapted into a film and an original series for the digital platform. Eros International has acquired the rights to adapt Sanghi’s thriller which came out in 2012, said a statement from the company. The book follows a history professor who must prove his innocence …

Judiciary needs more women to ensure justice for women: Top British lawyer

With crimes against women a feature in the developed as well as developing world, there is a pressing need for more female presence in the bench and bar than just a token few faces to ensure proper consideration and justice to the victims, says a prominent British woman jurist. “Courts hear matters of rape, domestic …

Khajuraho to host classical dance festival

The 44th Khajuraho Dance Festival is set to enthrall classical dance enthusiasts from February 20 here in Madhya Pradesh. The six-day-long festival will have performances by artistes from across the country including Kuchipudi dancing couple Raja-Radha Reddy from New Delhi, Bharatnatyam dancer Lakshmi Vishwanathan from Chennai, Bharatnatyam dancer Hema Tharuna-Kalaanjali from Chennai, Kathak dancer Mohini …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

Air war in 1971: A view from the other side

Disregarding the counsel of wise men, from Herodotus to George Santayana, Indians have consistently ignored the importance of reading, writing and learning from history. So, when retired US Air Force Brigadier “Chuck” Yeager, head of the US Military Assistance Advisory Group in Islamabad during the 1971 War, says, in his autobiography that the “Pakistanis whipped …

‘Journalism was like instant coffee, writing books is satisfying, self-discovery’

She worked as a journalist for Asian Age, Frontline and Tribune, but running behind bylines always seemed like “instant coffee” with no time to pause and appreciate the beauty of things around her. After she quit her full-time job and embarked on a journey of writing, life changed drastically for Charu Singh, whose second book …

‘It all began with that dinner where the milk played truant’ (Translating India – 8)

(ATTN EDITORS: This is the eighth in a 10-part “Translating India” series where noted translators — in articles written exclusively for IANS — share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.) By Ministhy Nair I had admired K.R. Meera’s extraordinary talent as a writer — the mesmerising wordplay and magical imagination — long before …

An ode to Lord Shiva through music, dance

Paying an ode to Lord Shiva through music and dance, eminent classical artists rendered a soulful evening on Tuesday through their mesmerising performances at ‘Maha Shivaratri’ organised at ‘Raja Radha Rangmanch in the national capital. Organised at Natya Tarangini, this annual festival saw artists like folk singer Malini Awasthi, carnatic vocalist OS Arun, aced Kuchipudi …

Sharjah organises charity auction for refugee children

The Sharjah Children Biennial (SCB) will organise a charity auction on Thursday and the proceeds will be used to support refugee children. The charity from the two-day auction, which will feature 65 artworks by children, will be shared between Sharjah-based humanitarian organisation Big Heart Foundation and Dar Al Ber Society in Dubai. The Big Heart …

Love’s different shades — and their tryst with ‘normal’ life (Book Review)

Title: Love is Never Easy; Author: Donna Dias Manuel; Publisher: Juggernaut Books; Pages: 160 Price: Rs 50 (app version) Love is a many splendoured thing, as the famous song goes. But while the focus usually remains on the heady feelings it may evoke among those experiencing it, the changes it elicits in them and the …

Justice needs to be proper, swift: Vice President

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said there should be proper and fast administration of justice which should also send the message that wrong-doers will be punished. “The administration of justice needs to be competent, swift, objective and efficient,” said Naidu after releasing book “Trials of Truth” authored by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand …

Love profane and sacred – the message of romance from Urdu poetry (Feb 14 is Valentine’s Day)

Another Valentines Day is on us, and will be enthusiastically observed by those who want against the backdrop of usual noises about it being a “western custom”, “against Indian traditions” and the efforts of the ‘moral’ vigilantes. But the opposition seems perplexing given how avidly we look to love in cinema, celebrity culture, popular literature …

Retaining the cultural moorings from Hindi to English translations (Translating India-5)

(ATTN EDITORS: This is the fifth in a 10-part “Translating India” series where 10 noted translators — in articles written exclusively for IANS — share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.) By Poonam Saxena “Gunahon Ka Devta” was published in 1949 and is widely regarded as one of Hindi literature’s biggest bestsellers. Written …

The delicate balance between beauty and originality in translating Marathi to English

(ATTN EDITORS: This is the third in a 10-part “Translating India” series where 10 noted translators — in articles written exclusively for IANS — share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.) By Vikrant Pande I began translating simply because I wanted my children to be able to appreciate the short stories I was …

Science writing: A neglected form of literature that needs focus (Column: Bookends)

Along with philosophers, tax lawyers and computer programmers, scientists are perceived as speaking in a language which is supposedly the same as that of common people, but scarcely intelligible to them. And then they use strange symbols, complicated equations, and considerable jargon to talk of “things” unlikely to affect an average person’s life or to …