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Goan capital abuzz as multi-arts Serendipity festival opens (21:42)
By Siddhi Jain
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) The western coast of the Goan capital is abuzz with conversations over different streams of art, as 13 locations here sprawled across Mandovi's shoreline opened their gates for the third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 on Saturday.

Penguin releases controversial book on Asaram (17:28)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Leading publisher Penguin Random House India announced on Saturday the release of its publication "God of Sin: The Cult, The Clout and Downfall of Asaram Bapu" by Ushinor Majumdar.

Group show by Bangladeshi artists brings societal issues to fore (17:02)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Issues of social justice, war, women rights and colonialism find expression in "A Finger on the Pulse", an ongoing group show of avant-garde Bangladeshi art here.

Amitav Ghosh becomes first English writer to bag Jnanpith Award (16:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) In a first recognition for an English writer, Amitav Ghosh has been announced as 2018's Jnanpith Award winner for "outstanding contribution towards literature".

Vikas Khanna's directorial debut film to premiere in US (14:38) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Celebrity chef Vikas Khannas directorial debut feature film "The Last Color", starring Neena Gupta, will have its world premiere at the prestigious 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019.

Harshvardhan Rane's 'jungle book' birthday (12:06) IANS Photo Service
Bhopal, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor Harshvardhan Rane has made special plans for his birthday on Sunday. He will be wandering into the wild through the forest of Madhya Pradesh for a tiger safari.

India, China to hold high level meet on cultural, people-to-people ties (Lead) (17:54)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The first meeting of the newly constituted India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges will be held here on December 21, it was announced on Friday.

'Bigger and better', Serendipity Arts Festival opens Saturday (17:14)
Panaji, Dec 14 (IANS) Turning the spotlight on Indias rich tradition of music, dance, theatre, culinary arts, crafts, and visual arts through 90 diverse projects, the third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival will open on Saturday with the participation of over 1,500 artistes.

Tech allowed me new ways of thinking: Top Malaysian artist (13:08) IANS Photo Service
Hong Kong, Dec 14 (IANS) Leading Malaysian architect-turned-artist Red Hong Yi, who paints with unconventional everyday objects and not the regular paintbrush, believes that without technology, she wouldn't be able to produce and experiment fast enough as technology allowed her "new ways of thinking".

Of sting operations, Obama's mind, and demons of fictional lands (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:44) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Flick through the "anatomy" of sting operations conducted by an investigative journalist; learn how to think like former US President Barack Obama through mantras presented in a new book; discover the world through the eyes of Anantya Tantrist, who must deal with sorcerers to solve a mystery for the CBI; and finally, enter Sultanpur, which is in danger from a demoness released by a forbidden spell.

When the story of your suffering is the best weapon you have (Book Review) (11:00)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
Book: The Last Girl; Author: Nadia Murad; Publisher: Vergo Press/Hachette India; Pages: 306; Price: Rs 499

Mauritius to organise 'Gita Mahotsav' in 2019 (22:04)
Kurukshetra (Haryana), Dec 13 (IANS) Mauritius will organise a 'Gita Mahotsav' in February 2019, the country's acting President, Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, said on Thursday.

Maneka Gandhi opens art exhibition celebrating life (20:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Thursday inaugurated an art exhibition at the Triveni Kala Sangam here.

How real is the 'TruModi' bromance? (Book Review) (12:18)
By Arun Kumar IANS Photo Service
Book: Open Embrace: India-US ties in the Age of Modi and Trump; Author: Varghese K. George; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Price: Rs 599.

Art elevates man from animal status: Vijayan (23:46)
Kochi, Dec 12 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that art is necessary for a man to be elevated from the status of an animal.

Gond art by Jangarh Shyam's family on view in Delhi (20:30)
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The family of tribal art legend Jangarh Singh Shyam, who is credited with bringing tradition of Gond painting into urban consciousness, is exhibiting their art here starting Wednesday.

Navjot Altaf's first retrospective charts her 5-decade artistic practice (18:22) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) The first retrospective of acclaimed contemporary artist Navjot Altaf, mapping her artistic presence in the Indian art scenario since the 1960s, is open for public till January 25 here.

Call to name new Brahmaputra bridge after Ahom Kingdom founder (Lead) (17:44) IANS Photo Service
Dibrugarh, Dec 12 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to inaugurate the new rail-cum-road bridge over river Brahmaputra at Bogibeel near here on December 25, a demand has come up for naming it after the founder of the erstwhile Ahom Kingdom of Assam, Chaolung Siu-ka-pha.

Demand to name new Brahmaputra bridge after Ahom Kingdom founder (15:06) IANS Photo Service
Dibrugarh, Dec 12 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to inaugurate the new rail-cum-road bridge over river Brahmaputra at Bogibeel near here on December 25, a demand has come up for naming it after the founder of the erstwhile Ahom Kingdom of Assam, Chaolung Siu-ka-pha.

I end up withholding much more than telling: Writer S. Hussain Zaidi (11:36)
By Radhika Bhirani IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Between exploring the complex labyrinth of India's criminal underbelly and narrating it to curious readers through his gritty books on dons and mafia queens, there's a lot that writer S. Hussain Zaidi still ends up not telling.

How Gandhi came to drink goat milk (Book Review) (11:14)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Book: Kasturba Gandhi; Publisher: Thornbird; Pages: 424; Price: Rs. 795

New book takes readers on a historic adventure through railway legends (16:24)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) A new book by New Delhi-based author-poet Arup K. Chatterjee, "The Great Indian Railways" takes its readers on a historic adventure through many junctions of Indias hidden railway legends.

US returns 3 church bells seized from Philippines in 1901 (15:08)
Manila, Dec 11 (IANS) The US on Tuesday returned to the Philippines three church bells seized by American troops as war booty over a century ago.

Maneka Gandhi receives first copy of children's sci-fi book (14:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday received the first copy of "The Great Moto-Matic House" by debut author Brijesh Luthra.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of new novel (14:22)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, whose writing has been included in over 50 anthologies and books translated into 29 languages, will be releasing "The Forest of Enchantments" in January 2019.

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