The publisher as the writer of a novel for himself (Book Feature) (11:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) When Ashok Chopra set off on a career in publishing, it was a totally different world -- but along the way, as he was climbing up the ladder and making a mark in the publishing space, the industry itself was undergoing massive transformation. More than four decades later, he is a publisher-par-excellence, revered and held in high esteem, but how does such a publisher fit into the shoes of a novelist?
Khaled Hosseini pens 'intensely moving' refugee story (18:42)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) The author of "The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns", and "And the Mountains Echoed" is all set to return with a new book later this year. Billed as a "lyrical and intensely moving story" around the refugee crisis, Khaled Hosseini's next is titled "Sea Prayer".
Lit fest to show women power in contemporary Indian literature (15:58)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) From a Jnanpith laureate to Sahitya Akademi award winners, from a sex worker-turned-author to a domestic help-turned-writer, the upcoming LIC Gateway LitFest here will feature more than 50 women writers from varied backgrounds.
Distinct divide in news preferences between Hindi, English readers: Survey (15:42)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) There is a steep divide in the news preferences of Hindi and English readers online and findings of a survey, announced on Wednesday, show that while nationalistic, religious and political themes attract Hindi readers, the news around entertainment and celebrities find more readers in English.
Export credit agencies: Potential partners for Indian infrastructure (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:00)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Export credit agencies (ECAs) have globally played a significant role in promoting trade and investments by providing insurance and funding. It is important for global infrastructure investors and the Indian government to look at ECAs as a significant enabler of much-needed infrastructure investments in India.
IoT will exponentially increase use of devices, but what about e-waste? (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:18)
By Rajendra Shende
Srinivasan leaves his office in Bengaluru where the lights and air-conditioners are switched off when sensors planted inside notice that he is leaving. He is prompted on his e-watch as to how much time it would take for the elevator to arrive on his floor, based on movement-recognition by sensors at the entry of the corridor.
Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala (New Analysis) (12:32)
By Sanu George
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general -- and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular -- with the state party conference scheduled to be held in Thrissur from February 22 to 25.
How telecom has become driver of economic change in India (Column: Active Voice) (11:06)
By Amit Kapoor
For most part of human history, change was glacial in pace. It was quite safe to assume that the world at the time of your death would look pretty much similar to the one at the time of your birth. That is no longer the case, and the pace of change seems to be growing exponentially. Futurist Ray Kurzweil put it succinctly when he wrote in 2001: "We wont experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century - it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at todays rate)." Since the time of his writing a lot has changed, especially with the advent of the internet.
Selling every handset, not dumping units in secret warehouses: Xiaomi India (Lead, correcting name in first para) (15:10)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics and software company, does not have big, secret warehouses in India where it is dumping unsold inventory and is actually selling smartphones faster than any other brand in the country, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain has emphasised.
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.)
India's Sri Lanka challenge (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:14)
By Amit Dasgupta
My wife and I recently visited Sri Lanka on a holiday with friends. For both of us, it was the first visit after almost 15 years. At that time, the idyllic island country was caught up in a deadly civil war that claimed countless lives and devastated the economy. When Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed power as the Sri Lankan President, he made the elimination of the Tamil Tigers his foremost objective. After 30 months of relentless assaults, the 26-year-old civil war finally ended in 2009, with the killing of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the ruthless decimation of his supporters.
Kashmir's laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir's depressed lives (IANS Special Series) (12:14)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir's very own "Charlie Chaplin", used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, with his facial expressions of total bewilderment, the street impressions of a joker and strong Chaplinesque elements in his walking style.
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"?
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.
Hashimpura, Srebrenica and Rohingyas: Similar and so different (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:57)
By Saeed Naqvi
Incidents, similar in their chilling monstrosity, came to mind when I saw photographs of a row of Rohingya Muslim young men, on their knees, hands tied behind their back. Gun-wielding military police, lurking within the frame, eventually mowed them down.
'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.
For Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper (Column: Political Circus) (11:32)
By Amulya Ganguli
For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.
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.
'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.)
Kumarakom Wood Castle is new destination for antique lovers (Travel) (11:46)
By Sanu George
Kumarakom (Kerala), Feb 16 (IANS) When former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wrote "My musings from Kumarakom" after a brief visit to this village in late 2000, Kumarakom, situated on the eastern shore of Kerala's largest lake Vembanad, shot to prominence. Nearly two decades later, the village has come up with Kumarakom Wood Castle resort, a new destination for all those who love antiques and nostalgia.
It's not what you wear, but the way you wear it (The Funny Side) (11:24)
By Nury Vittachi
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.
The emerging India-U.S. role reversal in world leadership (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:32)
By Frank F. Islam
For the last half of the 20th century, the United States was the world's beacon for democracy and economic development and India was a laggard. These roles are reversing as the end of the second decade of the 21st century approaches.
Global macro: Key for Centre to boost Indian infrastructure (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:10)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Current global macro-economic news has two key trends that stand out: Monetary policy tightening and fiscal policy expansion. Hawkish commentary by global central banks regarding rate hikes and balance sheet reduction has started to hit the newswires with regularity. On the fiscal policy side, tax cuts in the US have made news.
Convergence of talents: Modi must join hands with Musk for a shot at Mars (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:16)
By Rajendra Shende
"A one-km auto rickshaw ride in Ahmedabad takes Rs 10 and India reached Mars at Rs 7 per km, which is really amazing," Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the achievement in his speech in New York in September 2014.