Thiruvananthapuram

28°C

Haze

Enter word or phrase

Look for articles in

Last Updated Wednesday March 29 2017 02:35 PM IST

BOOKS

Panmana: a beacon of the Malayalam language

Two years back, none would have thought that a book on the nuances of the language of the Kerala land would sell like hot cakes, giving best selling works of fiction a run for their money.

Amazon offers books in eight Indian languages

The selection has been made to help customers find books easily by classifying them according to titles, publishing houses, genres, hard-covers, paperbacks and in board (bound).

4 good reads for the weekend

From authors Kapila Vatsyayan, Come Carpentier De Gourdon, Priyanka Sharma Kaintura, Sharat Kumar and R.K. Somany

The Front Page Murders

Puja Changoiwala, who covered the incidents as they unfolded, recounts in gripping detail the story behind the sensational case of multiple murders that shocked the country

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad – Feminism gets a makeover

A septuagenarian woman falling in love with a younger man from another community might seem a little too fictitious; but the writer reassures that one is never too old to fall in love, even if it’s with the help of a hearing-aid

Book review | The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by Neena Gopal

Neena interviewed the former Indian Prime Minister during the journey and had stepped off the car to proceed to the venue of the meeting when Dhanu, the suicide bomber, detonated the explosives strapped to her body through a waist belt, instantly killing Rajiv Gandhi

Top 6 books for the weekend

From authors Durjoy Datta, Yuval Noah Harari, Devadutt Pattnaik, Karan Parmanandka, Geronimo Stilton, Peter Wohlleben, Pradip Kishen.

Book review | The sepia-colored frames of Kerala

Most of M P Gopalakrishnan's stories narrate the tales of Malayali men who ditched their caste-prescribed tasks and went in search of 'real jobs' in the flourishing cities of Madras and Bombay armed only with their educational certificates.

The hallmark of simplicity

Shorn of pretensions, there is a brutal honesty about Vakkom S. Bright's short stories, which converse with the reader straight from the heart.

Book Review: Time to Talk

Divided into 23 chapters, the book traces the growth of Ambrose from the community of Swetes, located inside St John, the capital of Antigua.

Book review: India's Broken Tryst

Tavleen Singh gives an insight into what has gone wrong with the political class and governance during the near seven decades after India's independence.

Book Review: Yoga and Diet for Ailment

If yoga has broken all barriers in recent times and is bringing more and more people globally into its fold for maintaining health and staying fit, it is something that was bound to happen.

Book Review: The New Spymasters

Grey, best known for his world exclusive revelations about the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' programme, seeks to weigh on the state and future of human intelligence.

Book Review: There Are No Gods in North Korea

Anjaly Thomas, Dubai based writer has come out with yet another stellar account of her world travels, this one setting off in Democratic People’s Republic (DPR) Korea simply known as North Korea.

Book review: The Recession Groom

Gripping, entertaining yet light – Vani successfully depicts the hardships of an IT workoholic who faces tough times when his company decided to cut costs.

Book Review: The China-Pakistan Axis

This book is the culmination of six years of travelling between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and the United States - assessing the reliability of various sources against real-life events.

Book Review: Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi was among those who not only made the transition from silent movies to 'talkies' but saw their careers further augmented.

World Cancer Day special: Here and Now

Here and Now offers photographic portraits and personal stories of 38 people - of all ages and from all walks of life - who have confronted cancer at some point in their lives.

Adult colouring book craze booms in USA

Intricate adult colouring books are the latest lifestyle craze to grip the United States, generating millions of fans, booming sales and libraries falling over themselves to host workshops

Celebrate the experience of 'seeing'

Kannan's latest book 'Kaattil njan kadanna murikal' is a collection of 500 poems – in a sense, mark a specific period of Malayalam poetry that keeps on evolving.

'Can't write fantasy, not good with dragons'

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood who is known for foraying into less explored genres of historical, speculative and dystopian fiction, said that she wouldn't take a shot at realms of fantasy and romance.

Book Review: Today's Pasts - A Memoir

Bhisham Sahni was not only a gifted Indian writer but, in his own way, exemplified an idea of India at its most inclusive and tolerant - and empathetic.

Book Review: Pichai - The Future of Google

This book takes us through the journey of the man from a self-driven school boy to the chief executive of search engine giant Google, a position he assumed last August.

Book Review: The Private Life of Mrs Sharma

Ratika Kapur gives us the engagingly dramatic story of one such woman who conscientiously fulfills all her responsibilities but has her unconscious inklings towards some time of life for herself.

Book Review: A State in Denial

Veteran journalist B.G. Verghese, who died on December 30, 2014, raises a few questions regarding Pakistan's relationship with India in his last book.

Book Review: Godfathers of Crime

The book is not only a meticulously-researched history of Mumbai's criminal empires but also an account of their transformation into international entities.

Books: The night before Christmas

Penned by one of America's most prominent writers, Clement Clarke Moore, The night before has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift giving.

Kindle reads: A Christmas Carol

It is Christmas time. While the whole world rejoices and spreads the message of love, peace and joy, the money-minded Ebnezer Scrooge chooses to act otherwise. But one fine night, Scrooge faces a most unexpected group of guests. He was visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and

Tough writing for kids, says Ruskin Bond

New Delhi: Legendary author Ruskin Bond said that writing for children is not an easy task as one has to get their attention from the first page itself.At a lecture held here, the 81-year-old also shared memories spanning 65 years of his writing of beautiful mountains, unrequited love, ghosts and

Kindle reads: Santa Claus adventures

Christmas is all about the season of peace, love and joy. However, no kid can imagine Christmas without the ever popular man in the red jacket a.k.a Santa Claus. His trips across the world on his sleigh, pulled by Rudolph – the red nose reindeer and the rest of the herd, is famous. Children wait

Book Review: Menaka's Choice

Title: Menaka's Choice; Author: Kavita Kane; Publisher: Rupa Publications; Pages: 290; Price: Rs.295Forever young and beguilingly beautiful, capable of swaying gods, men and demons alike from their resolve, they are the Hindu pantheon's most alluring and mysterious characters, but

Book Review: Juggernaut

Title: Juggernaut; Author: Akbar Agha; Publisher: 4 Hours Books (Tara Press); Pages: 253; Price: Rs.250It is among the world's greatest fears - Pakistan's nuclear weapons slipping into hands of jihadis, or command over them with someone who shares their outlook. The country's

Books: The weekend bucket list

All set for the weekend? Check out the bucket list for the weekend ahead:1. Book: A Space of Odyssey Author: Yashvardhan Shukla; Publisher: The Readers Paradise; Pages: 314; Price: Rs.250Two years after his first book, "The Gods of Antarctica," 15-year-old Yashvardhan Shukla has

Book Review: Shades of Difference

Title: Shades of Difference - Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore; Edited by: Radha Chakravarty; Publisher: Social Science Press and 9.9 Media; Pages: 291; Price: Rs.850Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's work in diverse genres has always attracted and fascinated authors and

'Vanessa and her sister' among NYT's 100 notable books

Washington: Indian-origin author Priya Parmar's historical novel "Vanessa and Her Sister," has been included in the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2015.Described as "A novel of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, constructed around an invented diary and letters," the publication called it a

So what should you read this weekend?

Wondering what book would be ideal for the weekend? Here is our list:1. Book: Of Marriageable Age; Author: Sharon Maas; Publisher: FingerPrint; Pages: 520; Price: Rs.350This is a tale of three protagonists and a story of their forbidden love spanning three continents and three

Prez receives first copy of 'The Eighth Ring'

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday received the first copy of the English translation of 'The Eighth Ring', the autobiography of former Malayala Manorama Chief Editor late K.M. Mathew.Malayala Manorama Chief Editor Mammen Mathew handed over the first copy of 'The Eighth Ring' to the

Vikas Khanna cooks up new book for kids

New Delhi: Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna has served up his second storybook for children, in the form of "The Milk Moustache", a tale of goodwill and friendship.The book's story is about children of the village who one day refuse to drink milk, which makes Kali the cow very sad. It is up to

Book Review: Smita Patil

Title: Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence; Author: Maithili Rao; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 348; Price: Rs.450As Shyam Benegal's iconic "Manthan" was being shot in a village near Gujarat's Rajkot, a big crowd came from the city to see the Bollywood actors, but none of them

Book Review: Kalkatta

Title: Kalkatta; Author: Kunal Basu; Publisher: Picador India; Pages: 314; Price: Rs.599To realise his aspiration of becoming a pure "Kalkatta-wallah," the protagonist of this tale of a fervent, pervading desire for belonging and acceptance is advised to follow four key rules -

Books: Bollywood's new passion

More and more Bollywood celebrities are taking to penning books with Sonali Bendre Behl the latest to join the league with a book on parenting tips.Several Bollywood actors have recently come out with books or are planning to do so in the near future - among them being Anu Aggarwal, Twinkle Khanna,

Book Review: Written by Salim-Javed

Title: Written by Salim-Javed - The Story of Hindi Cinema's Greatest Screenwriters; Author: Diptakirti Chaudhuri; Publisher: Penguin Books India; Pages: 361; Price: Rs.399Their first idea was a love story of a widower and a single mother - and had the unprecedented device of the

Enid Blyton's top 5 series for children

Nearly 47 years after her demise, Enid Blyton continues to be one of the most favourite authors of children's literature. Here are the top five series for children penned by Blyton:The Famous Five series: The Famous Five are a group of four children who, together with Timmy the

Book for Diwali: Indian Family Business Mantras

Title: Indian Family Business Mantras; Authors: Peter Leach and Tatwamasi Dixit; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 252; Price: Rs.595True to its title, the book summarises the spirit of Indian family businesses. It has not only captured the positive side of family-run business but also

'Hitler was shrewd, not so hypnotic'

A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader's political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated.Peter Longerich's "Hitler," to be published on Monday, is a

Book Review: City of Spies

Sorayya Khan begins her third novel in Islamabad in July 1977, as 11-year-old Aliya Shah, the third and youngest child of a senior Pakistani bureaucrat and a Dutch mother, who comes to know that Army Chief Gen. Zia-ul-Haq has overthrown Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.The effects of the regime

Tenth book of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series out

American author-illustrator Jeff Kinney has come out with the tenth book of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series in which main character Greg Heffley starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could’ve imagined.In "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School", Kinney brings the series back to its

The poetry of Vikram Seth

For poet Vikram Seth, "bright darkness" offers comfort and "dark daylight" is a friend. In "Summer Requiem," his latest published book Seth's eloquence meanders across time, seasons and countries to present observations of a world that both "gifts and harms."Written over a period of two decades,

Book Review: Murder in Bollywood

Author: Shadab Amjad Khan; Publisher: Penguin India; Pages: 256; Price: Rs.250It is an eerie, dark night in a deserted studio on the outskirts of Mumbai. Bollywood's leading director Nikhil Kapoor was reported to have died of a powerful electric shock. Across the city, in an

Jayaram turns writer, launches book on jumbo

Kochi: Actor Jayaram has joined the league of writers and launched 'Aalkoottathil Oraanappokkam' authored by himself and published by Manorama Books. Kuttappan, a long-time mahout of Jayaram's tusker received the first copy of the book.Launching the book actor Mammootty said that true talents are

Book Review: The Sepoy by Edmund Candler

Title: The Sepoy; Author: Edmund Candler; Publisher: Life Span Publishers and Distributors; Pages: 139; Price:Rs.450It was a splendid device of the British Raj to safeguard the 'Jewel in the Crown' as well as to serve imperial interests overseas. The 'Martial Races' concept well

Abdul Kalam: India should not become assembly line

Late president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a tad cautious about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign saying though it's "quite ambitious", it has to be ensured that India does not become the low-cost, low-value assembly line of the world.On Digital India, he felt it has the potential

Good morning, Mr. Mandela: Book review

Author: Zelda la Grange; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 373; Price: Rs.599If someone thought they were going to be vouchsafed some secret when Nelson Mandela indicated that he wanted to have a "private discussion" with them, they would be left disappointed. Sometimes

Emraan Hashmi to pen a book

Mumbai: A book unfolding the pages of the struggle and hardship of Emraan Hashmi with son Ayan's cancer treatment will soon find its way onto the stalls. The actor says the “last two years” have been the most trying phase of his life and have made him wiser, adding that he is eager to share his

Rekha Kalindi story translated in English

New Delhi: The life story of Rekha Kalindi from Purilia in West Bengal, who became a hero when she stood up against child marriage as an 11 year-old and fought for her right to study further, is now out in the form of a book.Titled 'The Strength To Say No', the book has been translated by Sarah

Changing the way books are read in India

New Delhi: In a unique initiative that may change the way India reads, books would soon be available to nearly 200 million smartphone users at the tap of their devices. 'Juggernaut', the new venture of Chiki Sarkar, former publisher at Penguin Random House India, launched recently, will be powered

When Indian Army commanders eyed enemy land

Title: 1965-Stories From The Second Indo-Pak WarAuthor: Rachna Bisht RawatPublisher: Penguin Books IndiaPages: 189Price: Rs 299When Pakistan launched a full-scale war against India in 1965 and prime minister Lal

'Voldemort' pronounced wrongly: Rowling

London: JK Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter series, has shocked and devastated the Harry Potter fandom by admitting that everyone has been pronouncing the main antagonist Voldemort's name incorrectly.The 50-year-old author shared the news with her 5.46 million Twitter followers that

Shilpa Shetty's book to release in November

Mumbai: Actress Shilpa Shetty says she has finished writing her book on nutrition, and that it will release in November."Amongst all the things that I multi-task with, I've already finished and completed my book on nutrition and it should be releasing very soon in November," Shilpa said here on

Obama reading Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland'

Washington: Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's second novel 'The Lowland' is among the six books which are part of the summer reading list of US President Barack Obama. Obama is currently on a summer vacation along with his family in Martha's Vineyard - an island in

Jishnu to dedicate his poems to mother

P.S. Jishnu, who is in his eighth standard, wants to dedicate his poem collection to his mother. Christened 'Snehathanal', the collection is to be published at a function at Perumbavoor Koovappady Kunnummel Higher Secondary School. The collection has about 36 poems. The collection is to be

Of a book, Facebook and a crematorium

'Ouija Board', by debutant Akhil P. Dharmajan which is believed to be the first in India to be published after being serialised on Facebook will be released at a function to be held at a public crematorium on Sunday. Excerpts from an interaction with its young author.He was so passionate about

What the war wrought

Title: The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War;Author: Yasmin Khan; Publisher: Vintage/Random House India;Pages:433; Price: Rs.699Moving to London in 1936, Anand Swaroop Mohan, my mother's

For Maxin, writing is a continuation of dreams

"I dream my stories before I write them. So writing a story is like the continuation of a dream for me."Maxin James the novelist has just made his presence known. His debut English novel, "A Monk and His Girlfriend", tells the story of Karthik, a young monk who leaves the solitary heights of

Harper Lee's new novel goes on sale

New York: Excitement soared with the publication Tuesday of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel as her lawyer hinted the reclusive 89-year-old may have written a third book.The global release of 'Go Set a Watchman' is one of the biggest literary events in years. Thanks to

Chapters from RD Burman's musical life

New Delhi: Genius ideas often strike at random times and this held true for Rahul Dev Burman who seemed to have a penchant for composing some evergreen classics of the Hindi film music while travelling. It was during a flight from Bombay to Delhi with the then reigning superstar Rajesh Khanna that

Harper Lee's next tops pre-orders

New York: "Go Set a Watchman," the much-anticipated second novel by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, is the most pre-ordered print title on Amazon.com since the last book in the "Harry Potter" series, Amazon said on Thursday.The online retailer said the novel, to be published on July 14,

Chronicles of food and memories

New Delhi: Novelist R K Narayan was fond of scented areca nut and the strictly vegetarian author fussed over food labels and ate the 'cleansing' curd rice during his stint in the US as a Rockfeller Fellow. Charming tidbits about the author of iconic stories like "The Guide" and "Malgudi Days" can

A golden chance for aspiring writers

New Delhi: Eleven noted authors have been roped in to mentor aspiring writers in a programme, which is based on a contest format, with winners getting a chance to publish their stories.Under the 'Write India' campaign launched here recently, a preview of the Delhi Literature Festival scheduled for

Age-old values that help lead a sound life

Title: Mantras for Success; Author: Shiv Malik; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Pages: 286; Price: Rs 295Title: Feeling at East with Yourself; Author: Rajiv Parti; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Pages: 218; Price: Rs 295"Know the purpose of your life and identify the

Shilpa Shetty to pen book on health, nutrition

After working on fitness DVDs, Bollywood actress and fitness enthusiast Shilpa Shetty is now writing a book on heath and nutrition to emphasise the importance of Indian food."I'm penning a book on health and nutrition. I really have been passionate about making people aware of nutrition because

World's largest book on display in Australian library

The world's largest book, a giant atlas weighing 150 kg, has been put on display at the State Library here, media reported on Friday.The book will be on display for one month starting on Friday. The atlas, Earth Platinum, measures 1.8 metres by 2.7 metres, ABC reported.There are only 31 copies of

Finding inner peace

Finding inner peace seems to be the flavour of the season whether its through yoga or Vipasana. And thus a book on finding peace is a worth read. Book: Finding Peace- An Oriental QuestAuthor: Koushiki ChoudhuryPublisher:

A look at single screen cinemas

In the 1950s, whenever Bollywood stars Raj Kapoor and Nargis visited the Regal, one of the oldest cinemas in Connaught Place here, they used to occupy a particular set of seats, says the theatre's 73-year-old manager. Movie trivia like this make up the recent book Delhi: 4 Shows: Talkies of the

'Hadal' a map of conspiring minds: CP Surendran

C.P. Surendran's eclectic trysts with words made him traverse the realms of journalism, script writing, novels and poetry in varying degrees. And in India's big cities of Mumbai and Delhi. But it was in Kerala, his native place, that the idea of Hadal germinated from a real-life sham –

It isn’t what it used to be

Book: The End of PowerAuthor: Moisés NaímPublisher: Basic Books, 2014Power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but

Weaving a larger-than-life aura

The shock and awe of Narendra Modi’s victory over the Congress may not be too hot to read about any more – as the share market lingo goes, it has already been priced in and what lies ahead matters more. Still, understanding the nuts and bolts of the presidential style campaign that the BJP under

For the Maoists, by a 'Maoist'

Decoding arrested radical Left leader Roopesh's lesser known face – He is the author of a book aptly titled 'Maoist'.

A day to celebrate Man's second best friend!

To cuddle in with a hot, steaming cup of coffee while cradling the slightly browned yet crispy pages of a tale is so descriptive that you feel you are 'Alice in Wonderland' everyday.

The bookshelf this week

For the first time, Dharamvir Bhartati's classic novel "Gunaho Ka Devta"has been translated into English.

And then, Buddha smiled

“It is difficult to judge a writer, but easy to see the sincerity with which she expresses herself.”

Long-lost Sherlock story discovered

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle for a fundraiser has been unearthed after lying in an attic for almost 50 years.

Play your own World Cup

The 'book', best suited for seasoned couch potatoes, gives you a chance to play a match sitting where you are.

Decoding the World Cup trivia

This reader-friendly essential guide is full of facts, statistics and details spanning the 40 years of the World Cup and its memorable matches and players.

Chetan Bhagat to pen a novel on women

Author Chetan Bhagat said he will soon pen a novel, which would centre around women as he feels that they have not been able to get the pride of the place they deserve. 

An editor's observations

This book takes forward the story of the author's first book in which he recounted his experiences in the corridors of power in Delhi.

Sachin's book to be in 8 languages

Apart from Marathi, the book will be published in other Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Gujarati.

Modi is akin to Indira Gandhi, Rahul is no leader

Narendra Modi is like Indira Gandhi in leadership style, and he has also instilled a sense of fear in his cabinet colleagues, a book by veteran journalist and well known television anchor Rajdeep Sardesai says.

A guide to crack the HBS interview

In order to help students achieve their dream, Harbus, the News Corporation of the Harvard Business School, has come up with The unofficial Harvard Business School Interview Guide.

Half Girlfriend: Book review

There is a looming Bollywood movie all over Half Girlfriend, Chetan Bhagat’s new offering that has been obviously written with a blockbuster movie in mind.

A mirror work of cultural variety

Set against the backdrop of time, Dinesh Prasad's book is a collection of novellas and short stories about love that sears and consumes, elevates and devastates.

Book on Adoor Bhasi released

Anecdotes from the life of Bhasi, who represented an era in Malayalam cinema, have been compiled in the book written by his younger brother K Padmanabhan Nair.

Literary journey from Delhi to Afghanistan

A book explores birds, animals and plant species adding a fresh perspective to Delhi whereas another book examines the changing trajectory of Indian policy towards Afghanistan. Take a look.

The rot that is India's prison system

This is a serious book written lucidly, a commentary on all that is wrong with India's prison and judicial system that is so often brazenly biased against the poor.

Neel Mukherjee's novel in Booker Prize shortlist

London: Kolkata-born British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centres around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award. Mukherjee, who studied at Oxford

Divided Sri Lanka haunts a man at the wheels

Title: Noon Tide Toll; Author: Romesh Gunesekera; Publisher: Penguin Books: Pages: 237; Price: Rs.299How does Sri Lanka fare after the end of a quarter century of ethnic conflict? Vasantha ferries visitors all around the island in a van bought with savings after retiring early. The

Bruce Springsteen to publish children's book

New York: Musician Bruce Springsteen is set to publish his first children's book Nov 4.The book, titled "Outlaw Pete", is based on his same-named song and with illustrations by Frank Caruso. Springsteen, 65, thus joins Madonna and Keith Richards, along with members of The Beatles, who have

Mohsin's Butterfly is sophisty, smart and socialist

After her hugely successful, “The Diary of a Social Butterfly,” which came out in 2008, Moni Mohsin followed it up with Tender Hooks in 2011. Now, she brings us The Return of the Butterfly, which is a dazzling description of today's Pakistani society.Mohsin's Butterfly is “sophisty, smart and

'Engglishhh': An anthology of humorous stories

New Delhi:Seeing strange spellings of some Hindi television soaps, writer Altaf Tyrewala coined a new term 'Engglishhh', which he says is an antidote to the world's most inauspiciously spelled language. Compiled by a team of 17 numerologists after years of fevered calculations, Engglishhh contains

Alice in wonderland - a surrealistic masterpiece

What do James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, H.H. Munro 'Saki,' Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Aerosmith, Walt Disney and Tim Burton have in common? Some of their most famous creations have been inspired by characters of a supremely enduring work of literature with an

Don't copy us, Mao advised Indian Maoists

New Delhi: Mao Zedong may have clandestinely backed the Naxalite movement but the Chinese revolutionary leader told Indian Maoists in the late 1960s not to blindly copy the tactics that brought him to power.According to IANS, Mao Zedong's advice was given to a four-member delegation of Maoists when

India-born author gives a taste of Ghalib to Americans

An India-born former World Bank staff member turned poet and novelist has penned a new English translation of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib's works to meaningfully engage American readers.Gopi Chand Narang, leading literary critic and former President of Sahitya Akademi, released the book titled

Salman Rushdie gets Denmark's top literature award

Odense: Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie received Sunday a literary award named after Denmark's famous poet and fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.The HC Andersen Literature Award was presented by Danish Crown Princess Mary at the Concert Hall of Odense, which is Denmark's third

DC Comics celebrates Batman Day

Madrid: US publisher DC Comics Wednesday celebrated "Batman Day" with a free special edition, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the dark knight's first appearance.A special issue of "Detective Comic #27", updated by Chip Kidd and Brad Melzer, would be handed free to Batman fans in specialised

In superhero gender bend, Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

Reuters: "Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on Norse the hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman" publisher Marvel Comics said on Tuesday.The publisher said the female Thor is an effort to bring new readers and to appeal to women and girls, whom Marvel