Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases (16:04)
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its 'Future Relics' project -- the first-ever lab experiment in India.
The sublime joy of translations (Translating India-10) (14:56)
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the last 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.)
Judiciary needs more women to ensure justice for women: Top British lawyer (11:36)
By Vikas Datta
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) 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.
Khajuraho to host classical dance festival (19:54)
Khajuraho, Feb 18 (IANS) The 44th Khajuraho Dance Festival is set to enthrall classical dance enthusiasts from February 20 here in Madhya Pradesh.
Air war in 1971: A view from the other side (12:34)
By Admiral Arun Prakash (retd)
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 the Indians' asses in the sky... the Pakistanis scored a three-to-one kill ratio, knocking out 102 Russian-made Indian jets and losing 34 airplanes of their own...", we are left fumbling for a response. Other Western "experts" have alleged that, in 1971, the IAF was supported by Tupolev-126 early warning aircraft flown by Soviet crews, who supposedly jammed PAF radars and homed-in Indian aircraft.
Weighty reading: Books which provide physical exercise too (Column: Bookends) (11:22)
By Vikas Datta
Someone once quipped that the "universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle" and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a "doorstopper"?
Scientists uncover hidden details in Picasso's painting (07:02)
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso's masterpiece "La Misereuse accroupie" or "The Crouching Woman."
Automobile beauties grace Delhi roads at vintage car rally (19:04)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) From a 1903 Humberette owned by Abbas Jasdanwalla from Mumbai to an array of Rolls Royce's, including the 1908 Silver Ghost, the 1930 Phantom II, the 1938 Phantom III and the 1965 Silver Cloud III, the 8th edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show 2018 showcased the most beautiful creations from from the world of automobiles.
Literary Portrayals on 70 Years of Indian Independence (15:20)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Indias National Academy of Letters organised a national seminar on "70 Years of Indian Independence" on Friday as part of its ongoing Festival of Letters. Eminent scholars and writers presented their views on the literary portrayals that have found light of the day over the past seven decades.
Is translation a means of retelling stories, experts discus (15:08)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) What is the role of translations in bringing many unknown stories to the fore? Can translation be used as a means of retelling narratives? Several experts came together at a symposium organised by the Sahitya Akademi here to deliberate on the topic.
How I became a translator (Translating India-9) (12:14)
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the ninth 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.)
'Journalism was like instant coffee, writing books is satisfying, self-discovery' (11:46)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) 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 was published in December.
Chinese celebrate Year of the Dog's start (22:48)
Beijing, Feb 16 (IANS) People across China on Friday celebrated the Spring Festival, the country's most important occasion for family gatherings, with fireworks, greetings, delicious food and performances on the first day of the Year of the Dog.
Those appropriating Vivekananda haven't read him: Tharoor (22:48)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Taking a dig at the BJP and other rightwing political parties, acclaimed author and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that those trying to appropriate Swami Vivekananda have not actually read him and thus project the celebrated 19th century Hindu monk in a "blasphemous" way.
Why you can't get enough of your favourite songs (18:24)
New York, Feb 16 (IANS) If you have played your favourite Kishore Kumar song or a Beatles classic umpteen times but do not know why you forget to press the stop button for some particular numbers, new research offers some clues.
Delhi Lit Fest returns with diverse speakers (15:52)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The sixth edition of the three-day Delhi Literature Festival is all set to kick off from February 23 at Dilli Haat. Featuring a diverse mix of writers of commercial and literary books, the upcoming literary gathering promises to be a lively affair for book lovers in the national capital.
Tamil oldest language: PM (14:38)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Tamil is the oldest and a beautiful language, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, regretting that he was not able to speak it.
Ads, friends, Gurugram and pollution (IANS Books This Weekend) (14:34)
New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Know of interesting stories from the advertising sector and things you didn't want to know about the hits, the misses, and the banned; read about gossip-driven friendship of four women and see what happens when it is tested; get a humorous peek at the workings of a modern-day village -- Gurugram; and flick through the tale of two teens who are at war against pollution.
'It all began with that dinner where the milk played truant' (Translating India - 8) (14:16)
(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.)
Rajkumar Hirani's wife to launch book (15:00)
Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani's wife Manjeet is set to launch her book, "How To Be Human - Life Lessons by Buddy Hirani", which revolves around the family's dog Buddy.
Soha receives letter of encouragement from Big B (13:46)
Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Actress-author Soha Ali Khan has received a letter of encouragement from megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who praised her book "The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous".
Triple talaq verdict a lesson for Muslim community on reforms: Former minister Salman Khurshid (IANS interview) (13:04)
By Prashant Sood
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The triple talaq bill is a step towards imposing a Uniform Civil Code and the judicial verdict on the practice is a lesson for the Muslim community that matters such as polygamy and nikah halala might similarly end up in court if reformative steps are not taken, Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.
Dev Patel to star in David Copperfield film (12:56)
Los Angeles, Feb 15 (IANS) Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel is set to play David Copperfield in the new retelling of Charles Dickens' story -- "The Personal History of David Copperfield".
The journey of translating K.M. Munshi from Gujarati to English (Translating India-7) (12:42)
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the seventh 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.)
Schools becoming breeding grounds for intolerance? A new book opens the discussion (11:58)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Nazia Erum's "Mothering a Muslim" has been dominating the bestseller charts for many weeks now and has opened up prime-time discussions on the telly, columns in newspapers and reams of reviews on how -- through the cases she has documented across cities -- religious bigotry has been seeping into schools, playgrounds, and into children's minds. Some of the accounts are shocking, most of them are heartbreaking, but above all, the book finally puts into words what has always existed but not acknowledged.