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In search of a suitable girl (June 20 is writer Vikram Seth's 66th Birthday) (15:50)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seth's sequel to the monumental "A Suitable Boy" (1993). Five years on, since he was first expected to deliver the manuscript, the novel is still to see the light of the day. But what seems like a saga of missed deadlines can very well -- far from our eyes -- be a masterpiece in the making.

Ancient city found in China (14:36)
Beijing, June 19 (IANS) Archaeologists have discovered a city dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1384-1644) in China's Jiangxi province.

A kaleidoscope of Pakistan's other surprising side (Book Review) (11:08)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Title: Points of Entry: Encounters at the Origin Sites of Pakistan; Author: Nadeem Farooq Paracha; Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 188; Price: Rs 499

Serendipity Arts Festival announces new curators' panel (17:00) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, June 18 (IANS) The third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival will see a new panel of 14 curators, the organisers announced on Monday.

Works by Picasso, Monet at Christie's auction in London (13:48) IANS Photo Service
London, June 18 (IANS) Masterpieces by art virtuosos Pablo Picasso, Kazimir Malevich and Claude Monet are a part of an auction at Christie's London on June 20, the auction house said.

Release of Amish Tripathi's book postponed (13:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Author Amish Tripathi has "postponed" the launch of his upcoming book "Suheldev & the Battle of Bahraich", which was accepting pre-orders and was scheduled to release on July 16.

'Ocean Rimmed World': The Ocean giveth, but the ocean also taketh away (Book Review) (11:02)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar IANS Photo Service
Book: Ocean Rimmed World; Author R.N. Joe D'Cruz; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 563; Price: 575

Warner Bros cracking down on Harry Potter fan festivals (14:40) IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, June 17 (IANS) Entertainment company Warner Bros is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals, saying it is necessary to halt unauthorised commercial activity.

Laughter: A diagnosis, and some personal prescriptions (Column: Bookends) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta
Laughter is our audible reaction, usually involuntary, to something that amuses us -- yet, it is a complex emotional expression that can also serve as a gesture of bravado, contempt or even desperation or a sign of mental imbalance. Consequently, it has been viewed variously down the ages and, likewise, so used in literature.

Major fire devastates Glasgow School of Art (Lead) (19:52)
Glasgow, June 16 (IANS) Glasgow's world-renowned School of Art has been ravaged by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire, emergency services said on Saturday.

Gritty tale set in Mumbai's famous dance bars (Book Review) (11:08)
By Kishori Sud IANS Photo Service
Title: Without Prejudice: Epic Tale of a Mumbai Bar Dancer; Author: Devasis; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 313; Price: Rs 450

Sahitya Akademi's gimmick falls flat, embarrassed on its home turf (Lead) (20:12)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) In a dramatic turn of events, the Sahitya Akademi was left embarrassed on its home turf as noted writer-poet Keki N. Daruwalla, on whose works the Akademi presented a documentary Friday evening, clarified that despite being present at the Akademi, his views and stance remain unchanged and the question of taking back his Sahitya Akademi award, which he returned in 2015, does not arise.

Indigenous Australian masterworks exhibited at NGMA (19:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) An exhibition of over 100 artworks by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists was inaugurated in the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here on Friday.

My views and stance remain the same: Keki Daruwalla on Sahitya Akademi (19:08)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) In a dramatic turn of events, the Sahitya Akademi was left embarrassed on its home turf as noted writer-poet Keki Daruwalla, on whose works the Akademi presented a documentary Friday evening, clarified that despite being present at the Akademi, his views and stance remain unchanged and the question of taking back his Sahitya Akademi award, which he returned in 2015, does not arise.

Brain values foods loaded with fats and carbs (18:00)
New York, June 15 (IANS) Ever wondered why you tend to buy processed foods such as fries, sausages, bacon, ham or ready meals, even if the cost is high?

Not easy to attract eyeballs from government: Vivek Agnihotri (17:58) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who has made his debut as an author with "Urban Naxals", met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this week. He says he must have done something right as it isn't easy to grab the government's attention.

That scar is permanent, Saeed Mirza on Modi's Gujarat legacy (14:40)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) He has been called an angry radical, an anarchist and a lot of other things but multiple award-winning director of films, documentaries and television serials, Saeed Akhtar Mirza is, in his own words, a leftist Sufi. His third book, billed as "a personal history of our times", bears this out.

Glimpse of Indian modernism in London's art fair (13:56)
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) A collection of 11 modern Indian art works by prominent artists including the late M.F. Hussain and Tyeb Mehta, will feature in the ninth edition of Masterpiece London, the UKs leading cross-collecting fair for art, design and collectibles.

Of risk planning, Nagas, texting and nagins (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:32)
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Know how adequate risk planning is the key in ensuring the future of the family; go through a collection of 19 short stories that breathe new life into the inner make-up of the people of northeast India, the Tangkhul Nagas in particular. Read of a tale based on the premise that "text is the new talk" -- and what happens to a virtual relationship when two who have been exchanging texts finally meet in the real world. Finally, flick through a book on women who are fierce and spit poison when provoked.

Modi greets nation on Raja Parba (11:16) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the festival of Raja Parba which is celebrated in Odisha.

The mean, tough war machine and its complex course (Book Review) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Title: Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution; Author: Richard Ogorkiewicz; Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Pages: 392; Price: Rs 499

Tyeb Mehta's 'Kali' sold for a record Rs 26.4 cr (22:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) In a record-breaking sale at an online auction on Thursday, Tyeb Mehta's iconic painting "Kali" (1989) was sold at a whooping Rs 26.4 crore, setting a new record for the artist.

Biography of social reformer Narayana Guru released (Lead) (22:16)
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) A comprehensive biography of Kerala's prominent social reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru was launched here on Thursday, with the aim of popularising his life and teachings beyond the state.

Biography of social reformer Narayana Guru released (21:50)
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) A comprehensive biography of Keralas prominent social reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru was launched here on Thursday, with the aim of popularising his life and teachings beyond the state.

Kerala Boat Race League to be state's latest tourism product (21:16)
Thiruvananthapuram, June 14 (IANS) The upcoming Kerala Boat Race League will evolve into a world-class tourism product, state Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said on Thursday.

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