Kashmir's laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir's depressed lives (IANS Special Series) (12:14)
By Sheikh Qayoom IANS Photo Service
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.

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.

'Journalism was like instant coffee, writing books is satisfying, self-discovery' (11:46)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
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.

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) IANS Photo Service
(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.

How Darul Umoor is turning madrassa graduates into change agents of society (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Abu Zafar IANS Photo Service
Srirangapatna (Karnataka), Feb 11 (IANS) Surrounded by a cluster of coconut trees and at a stone's throw from the tomb of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in this town near Mysuru, Darul Umoor at first glance looks like a farmhouse. But inside, it is a unique coming together of science and spirit, imparting scientific knowledge and nurturing multiple skills and abilities while promoting Islamic knowledge for a holistic view of life.

Dave Weckl to awe Jazz affecandoes in Delhi (16:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Legendary drummer Dave Weckl, along with leading jazz players from Denmark, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Israel and India are all set to awe Jazz affecandoes in the national capital.

Stage set for 'Difficult Dialogues' on gender equality (Curtainraiser) (14:56)
Panaji, Feb 8 (IANS) Leading experts, policy makers and renowned personalities have begun to gather in this e Western Indian state for the "Difficult Dialogues" forum, an annual conference tackling the most vital issues facing South Asia. The third edition in the series will focus on "Gender Equality - For Everyones Benefit?"

Modi highlights 'importance of stress-free examinations' in new book (13:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on the "importance of stress-free examinations" and has called on the young students to "pursue knowledge over marks". In a new book, "Exam Warriors", he authored, Modi has set out to provide "a handy guide" for students in India and across the world.

Major focus on translations among publishing houses in India (11:40) IANS Photo Service
(ATTN EDITORS: The rich linguistic diversity of India is fast seeping into the English publishing space as translations from Indian languages to English are at an all-time high. In this new series "Translating India" beginning Feb 9, ten noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages to English. EDITOR IANS)

Nikita Singh's 'Letters to My Ex' to release on Valentines Day (14:10)
New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) With just over a week to go for the Valentines Day, readers of popular fiction may have something exciting in store for them. Nikita Singh, bestselling author of ten novels, has announced that her next book "Letters to My Ex" will be released on this Valentines Day.

Kachchrapur to Safaipur: The magical transformation of a historic Delhi neighbourhood (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mudita Girotra IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) Ten-year-old Chandni, living in the predominantly Muslim settlement of Hazrat Nizamuddin that grew around a venerated Sufi shrine, excitedly talks about the makeover of her once filthy neighbourhood that used to be disparagingly called "Kachrapur" (Garbageville) by outsiders.

The lottery winner who dropped dead and other thought-provoking tales (The Funny Side) (11:30)
By Nury Vittachi
I refuse to buy lottery tickets on principle. But I still reserve the right to feel cheated when someone else wins. (Hey, you want logic? Buy a calculator.)

Five books to look forward to in February 2018 (11:40)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) After an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books releasing in February, IANS recommendations for the month, dominated largely by fiction and accompanied by a memoir and a commentary on Pakistan, is both subtle and appealing at the same time.

No roof for patients at AIIMS, scores brave cold in the open (12:38)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Four-year-old Aashirvaad Kumar has had the hole in his heart fixed by the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the country's premier government-run research and referral hospital, but he is still trying to the fix the hole over his head to find a shelter in the national capital's chilling winter.

Amazing journey: Sightless man with the clearest vision (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mamta Aggarwal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) He suffered from meningitis and became visually impaired when he was only 10 months old. Yet, fighting insurmountable odds, George Abraham is today not only living a successful and wholesome life himself, but is also working tirelessly to bring hope to the lives of other visually-impaired people.

Enjoy the street food of Bangkok in wintry Delhi (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (11:44)
By Aroonim Bhuyan
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Want to try some morning-glory stir fried with yellow bean sauce, garlic and chillies? Or maybe deep-fried white snapper with cashew nuts and dry chilli? Or perhaps some refreshing steamed sea bass fillet in lime, garlic and kaffir lime sauce?

India's vanishing stepwells crying for attention, says US journo-author (00:20)
Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Tourists have been thronging India's temples, palaces, forts and mosques, but its ancient stepwells have largely been unknown which is really sad, said Chicago-based author-journalist Victoria Lautman here on Saturday.

7 things which are too successful for their own good (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
Boys and girls, remember that it is extremely stupid and dangerous to pour explosive fuel on to the flames of a backyard bonfire or barbecue. Let DADDY do it.

Aiming to give back, Rajasthan IITians return to launch education start-ups (12:36)
By Archana Sharma
Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) With a view to giving back to their home towns, young ex-IITians are returning to take a shot at creating jobs through their tech ventures in Rajasthan, particularly in the field of education. Many of these tech-savvy youngsters realised that education was in dire need of a major change in the state.

Hyderabad trust shows zakat's potential to bring change through education (IANS Special Series) (12:14)
By Mohammed Shafeeq IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Jan 21 (IANS) One of the five pillars of Islam, "zakat" is mandatory charity for every well-to-do Muslim. And Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust (HZCT) has shown how this obligatory form of charity can be channelised to bring change in society through education.

Jaipur is perfect for the world's most egalitarian book festival: William Dalrymple (Special to IANS) (12:00) IANS Photo Service
ATTN EDITORS: This article, by William Dalrymple, is the second of two exclusively written for IANS ahead of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Editor IANS

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