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Rajinikanth praises 'The Answer' (16:32) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Actor-politician Rajinikanth has praised the Victor Banerjee-starrer "The Answer", which traces the life of yoga guru Paramhansa Yogananda's late American devotee James Donald Walters -- popularly known as Swami Kriyananda.

Astute statesman Vajpayee was courageous when required, diplomatic when necessary: Fali Nariman (Book Review) (14:50)
By Vishnu Makhijani
Title: God Save The Hon'ble Supreme Court; Author: Fali S. Nariman; Publisher: Hay House; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 599

Gulzar as the father in new book (14:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Gulzar is widely known as a filmmaker, lyricist and writer. But a new book by his daughter, Meghna Gulzar, presents a facet of the icon that few have been aware of - as a father.

Blessed by Indo-Bhutan wealth, stage set for annual literary retreat in the Himalayas (Curtain Raiser) (14:18)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) In the #litfest age of selfies and celebrities, Bhutans annual literary retreat resonates with a mix of the old-world charm and the contemporary vibe. Set to take place in the coming week amid the surreal setting of Thimphu, the extravaganza will open its doors to over 75 eminent personalities from the fields of writing, film and theatre.

California exhibition to provide glimpse into Marilyn Monroe's wardrobe (10:34)
San Francisco, Aug 18 (IANS) An exhibition on dresses and costumes worn by legendary Hollywood actor Marilyn Monroe is all set to open its doors to the public on Saturday at the Paley Centre in Beverly Hills, California.

Anjolie Ela Menon launches ink drawings, poetry book (23:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A book of ink drawings and short verses "Musavvir ka Khayal" was launched by noted contemporary artist Anjolie Ela Menon on Friday.

A piece of China for Durga Puja visitors in Kolkata this year (20:26) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) In a bid to boost cultural exchanges with eastern India, the Chinese consulate here has joined hands with a city-based Durga Puja committee to recreate a slice of authentic China in the marquee premises and would fly in a team of 25 artisans from Yunnan province during the festival this year, a senior envoy said here on Friday.

Nalco signs MoU with Hariprasad Chaurasia's trust for industry-culture interface (18:18) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (IANS) National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vrindaban Gurukul Trust of flute maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia for the promotion of art and culture.

Photography-poetry book on 'various moods' of Dal Lake launched (15:40) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A book compiling photographs and poems on the "various moods" of Jammu and Kashmir's Dal Lake was launched by Honorary Consul General of Comoros K.L. Ganju at the Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre here.

Curate a 'fantastic workplace' and how (14:44) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A book iterating that everyone deserves a fantastic workplace to learn, grow and contribute, spells out what makes a workplace productivity-friendly and hassle-free.

Of Hindu gods, mythology, and spirituality (IANS Books This Weekned) (11:10)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced and suspenseful narrative; flick through the second part of the "Blue Lotus Trilogy", which pays homage to India's magnificent mythological heritage and takes the reader on a journey into the heart of human passions; connect with some of the deeper concepts in the Gita; and get into the realm of the nothingness of profound and lasting peace.

Dolly Parton urges kids to read more (06:56) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) Legendary singer Dolly Parton has encouraged children to inculcate the habit of reading.

'I feel I've lost my father again': Lata Mangeshkar on her bonding with Vajpayee (01:24)
By Subhash K Jha IANS Photo Service
Devastated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death, Asia's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar who shared a very close bonding with him, said: "He was like my father. He called me Beti. I called him Dadda. I feel I've lost my father all over again.

Delhi government announces scholarships for advancing arts practice (01:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday increased the number and amount of scholarships for advancing arts practice, a move which will support budding artists and artists with disabilities.

Vajpayee's 'faceoff with death' and how he captured the agony in verse (21:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Much as he was revered as a stalwart politician, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away at the age of 93 here on Thursday, was widely recognised as a key poet in Hindi, who took poetry beyond the pages of his collections and recited them at numerous public fora. He used poetry as a medium to give expression to his deepest thoughts.

Of travels, crime thrillers and a lifelong association: Vajpayee beyond-the-usual (19:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) "Between the guns and guards, there were two dogs called Sassy and Sophie who would run around the prime ministers house, and also Ritu, the cat," journalist Saba Naqvi writes in her recent book "Shades of Saffron" in describing Atal Bihari Vajpayees personal life from close quarters.

Morocco takes part in 14th Panama Book Fair (18:48)
Panama City, Aug 16 (IANS/MAP) Morocco is taking part in the 14th edition of the Panama Book Fair here which will run till August 19.

Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee paintings to be sold, among other south Asian art (17:46)
New York, Aug 16 (IANS) Coveted artworks by master artists Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Manjit Bawa, Syed Haider Raza, V.S. Gaitonde, and M.F. Husain will be on sale at art dealer Christies auction here, previewing from September 7.

Naipaul's sibling urges people to read his works (16:46)
By Paras Ramoutar IANS Photo Service
Port-of-Spain, Aug 16 (IANS) Society can best embrace V.S. Naipaul is by reading his works and understanding how he relected on the times, Savi Naipaul Akal, one of the three surviving siblings of late Nobel Prize-winning writer has said. Naipaul, 85, died on August 11.

New book presents Khushwant Singh's writings on Punjab (15:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Late writer Khushwant Singh identified deeply with the culture of Punjab and some of his best writings on Punjab, Punjabis and the Sikhs are brought together in a new anthology by his daughter Mala Dayal.

President greets people on eve of Parsi New Year (15:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday greeted people on the eve of the Parsi New Year.

Manto comes to vivid life in Nandita Das' film trailer (12:06)
By Subhash K. Jha IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) Lets not beat around the bush. 2018 is the year of biopics in Bollywood. Barely have we gotten out of the two back-to-back hockey sagas "Soorma" and "Gold", when its time to relinquish the sportive spirit for a spot of sunshine in the literary world.

Festival to present Indian folk melodies with contemporary twist (15:34)
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The 10th edition of Lok Sangeet Sammelan, with its theme of finding the contemporary in folk music, is all set to begin at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) here from Saturday.

Pakistani, Chinese officials open art exhibition in Islamabad (15:14)
Islamabad, Aug 15 (IANS) Pakistani and Chinese officials have jointly inaugurated an art exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).

'Understand India' programme to be launched in China (14:52)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Aug 15 (IANS) India plans to launch an "Understanding India" programme in China to "demystify" the country and create a better understanding of it.

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