Wendy Doniger, Hilary Mantel week’s top authors

By IANS, New Delhi : Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus: An Alternative History" topped the non-fiction section of the bestseller list this week while "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel topped the fiction group. The top 10 in each section are as follows: Non-fiction 1. "The Hindus: An Alternative History" Author: Wendy Doniger Publisher: Penguin Viking Price: Rs.999.00 2. "The Difficulty of Being Good: On The Subtle art of Dharma" Author: Gurcharan Das Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane Price: Rs.699.00 3. "The Idea of Justice" Author: Amartya Sen

रोटी-दाल… या फिर अबीर गुलाल?

भारत… यहां तो हर दिन होली है! आतंकी खेलते हैं बेगुनाहों के खून से और ‘देशभक्त’ व ‘दंगाई’ अपनों का ही लाल रंग बेरंग पानी में बहा देते...

Chronicling iron women at helm of India’s business empires

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Book: "Corporate Divas"; Author: Sonia Golani; Publisher: Penguin India; Pages: 227; Price: Rs 250

Shiva Naipaul in longlist for Lost Booker Prize

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS, London : The late Indian-origin writer Shiva Naipaul is among 22 authors who were named Monday in the longlist for a one-off Lost Man Booker Prize for books published in 1970. Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, brother of writer Sir V.S. Naipaul, was named for his acclaimed first novel "Fireflies". Shiva Naipaul, as he was known, created a literary storm with "Fireflies" and went on to make a name for himself in travel writing, before dying of heart attack in 1985 at the age of 40.

Islam: Perceptions and Reality

Ram Puniyani Book Review Book Under review Islam-Misgivings and History, Asghar Ali Engineer, Vitasta, New Delhi 2008, Pages, 228, Rs 295

A great read on a great saint

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, Book: "Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography"; Author: Swami Kriyananda; Ananda Sangha Publications, pp 275, Rs.195

A peep into Pakistan, specially for Indians

By Rahul Dass, IANS, Book: "Pakistan - Identity and Destiny"; Author: Javed Jabbar; Publisher: Har-Anand; Price: Rs.495; Pages: 191

Book on Prof. Rehana Sultana released on Human Rights Day

By TCN News, Hyderabad: International Human Rights Day was observed throughout the world on December 10th. Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee observed the day in Hyderabad...

Nehru’s ‘Mann ki Baat’

By M.R. Narayan Swamy , Title: Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (1947-1963); Author: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Publisher: Allen...

Harper Collins promotes Hindi reading among kids

By IANS, New Delhi : At a time when books have taken a backseat to television, internet and videogames, Harper Collins Publishers India Wednesday tried its bit to promote reading Hindi books among children in the capital. It held a storytelling session of the Hindi translation of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" - "Rajkumar Caspian" - at the Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place.

Stories of Akbar, marriage and space: A hearty bouquet

By IANS, New Delhi : Here are five new books to add to your reading list this week: 1. "Akbar: The Mighty Emperor": Written by Kavitha Mandana, published by Penguin-Puffin, priced at Rs.150. For Mughal emperor Humayun, the news of the birth of Akbar allowed him a moment of quiet joy in the wilderness of a camp he was confined to. He broke a musk pod and the fragrance wafted across the camp. The father hoped his son's fame would spread through like the scent of musk.

Bejan Daruwalla foresees prosperity in 2009

By IANS, New Delhi : Take heart, recession hit Indians. Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla sees a year of plenty ahead. The Sensex might stop tumbling and the days of austerity may end to make room for fatter pay cheques and corporate wisdom.

Life and longing of a Mappila poet: On Ajmal Khan’s The Mappila Verses

Zeeshan Husain, TwoCircles.net The story of India for the past three decades has been stuck somewhere between poverty and religious fanaticism. There is, on a...

Terror, suffering, cricket on bookshelf

By IANS, New Delhi : The book pile this week is serious, sombre and reminiscent of the good times that the country had - at a time when the country fends off fresh wave of terror.

After Holocaust, next book on US election: Sam Bourne

By Azera Rahman, IANS, New Delhi : Renowned author and British journalist Jonathan Freedland - whose pen name is Sam Bourne - plans to weave his next book around the US election campaign. Having covered the polls this time when Barack Obama had his historic victory, he has enough matter in his hands to pad up his next bestseller. "I am writing this in Chicago, after seeing Obama celebrate his election as president of the United States. My next novel will be set during a US election campaign," Freedland, 41, told IANS in an e-mail interview.

दिल्ली में पहला लिटरेचर फेस्टिवल,अपने अधिकारों के लिए दलित लेखकों ने बुलन्द की आवाज़

आसमोहम्मद कैफ  TwoCircles.net दिल्ली- 3-4 फरवरी को राजधानी के विश्वविद्यालय परिसर में किरोड़ीमल कॉलेज में दलित लिटरेचर फेस्टिवल का आयोजन किया गया.देश मे ऐसा पहली बार...

I have revisited my school days, Ruskin Bond says about new book

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Grandfather is a man of many gifts. Granny makes gooseberry jam and looks after everyone, Uncle Ken gets into strange situations and Aunt Ruby is afraid of flowers. Mr Oliver, the scoutmaster, eagerly looks forward to his retirement. Meet the cast of "The Parrot Who Wouldn't Talk and Other sides", the new volume from Ruskin Bond, one of India's best known authors. This slim anthology of memories from the author's school days is to be released in the capital later Friday.

Jaswant joins Dan Brown in bestseller list – again

By IANS, New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh's controversial "Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence" continues as No.1 for the fifth consecutive week in the non-fiction section while Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" is the predictable topper in the fiction list this week. The top 10 in each section are: Non-fiction 1. "Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence" Author: Jaswant Singh Publisher: Rupa Price: Rs.695.00 2. "The Difficulty of Being Good: On The Subtle art of Dharma" Author: Gurcharan Das

Akademi’s silence on writer’s killing condemnable: Sarah Joseph

New Delhi : Joining the league of writers returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in the last few days, popular Malayalam writer Sarah Joseph...

Pakistani feminist Urdu poet and writer Fahmida Riaz passes away

By Nikhat Fatima, TwoCircles.net Noted Pakistani feminist writer and poet Fahmida Riaz died in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday night at the age of 72. The...

An unbelievable account of Rajiv Gandhi’s killing

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: An Inside Job? Author: Faraz Ahmad; Publisher: Vitasta; Pages: 312; Price: Rs.495 This is as incredulous an...

Kashmir, Mao, free spirit, join forces on book shelf

By IANS, New Delhi : The books on the shelf this week are mercurial: serious and thought-provoking, yet fun.

Of Tata, Bhabha and good old dramatic tales

By IANS, [IANS book this week] New Delhi : Some home truths about towering edifices and small pleasures of stories smartly told. The cache this week is a mix of serious non-fiction and fiction: 1. Book: "Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand"; Written by Morgen Witzel; Published by Penguin Books India; Priced Rs.599

Money, art, music…take your pick and read

By IANS, (IANS Books This Week) New Delhi : From the irrepressible Shobhaa De to a passionate defence of art by Milan Kundera, here's a stimulating pile of books to spend the weekend with.

After Adiga win, Nambisan in race for Asian Booker

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Bangalore : One of the five authors shortlisted for the 2008 Man Asian Literary prize that will be announced Thursday, Kaveri Nambisan says she gives precedence to her medical career over her literary pursuits. "The doctor comes before the writer. I've been at it longer and it is full of challenges," Nambisan told IANS in an e-mail interview ahead of the announcement of the winner of the prestigious award, also known as Asian Booker, in Hong Kong Thursday.

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Marathi writer Kavita Mahajan passes away at the age of 51

By Daisy Katta, TwoCircles.net Marathi writer, poet and translator Kavita Mahajan passed away in Pune at the age of 51. The cause of her death...

A valuable insight into Sri Lanka’s peace process

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, The book, "A Powderkeg in Paradise", is not a historical account of the Tamil separatist campaign that bled Sri Lanka for a quarter century before the military finally decimated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. In nearly 250 crisp and easy to read pages, Jon Oskar Solnes delves into his rich and intimate knowledge of the conflict, gained as an official of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), to tell the world why and how the once seemingly indestructible Tamil Tigers lost it so badly.

Iraq, the current oil crisis and American mismanagement

By Shubha Singh, IANS, "The Ultimate Prize - Oil and Saddam's Iraq"; Author: Ranjit Singh Kalha; Publisher: Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd; Price: Rs 695: Pages: 429

Book on Bhopal’s noted Urdu journalist ‘Arif Aziz – Ek Tajzia’ released

By Pervez Bari, Twocircles.net, Bhopal: When a journalist is eulogized in a function by speakers after speakers wherein a book critically analysing his works...

In a first, farm widow inaugurates top Marathi literary meet

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), Jan 11 (IANS) In a first, farm widow Vaishali S. Yede on Friday evening inaugurated the controversy-ridden 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya...

Now read Taslima Nasreen, other authors in Sanskrit

By IANS, Lucknow : Literary works of well-known Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen and several others will soon be available in Sanskrit, an official said here Saturday. "The move will help the revival of Sanskrit language and will also make it popular amongst masses," said C.K. Shastri, general secretary of Samskrita Bharati that has undertaken the project to translate nearly 10,000 books in various languages into Sanskrit. "We have entrusted Sanskrit scholars from all over India for the translation work," he added.

Strictly for children, please!

Two translations, a graphic novel and a fantasy tale – the IANS bookshelf this week is stacked with gems written in simple language and commanding imagination – allowing children to create a world of their own. Take a look.

A country without words

By Parayi for Twocircles.net Friends who had tongues Are dragged down the road To adorn the emperor’s brave new prison Guard dogs bark with blood red eyes Across roads,...

A serious look at communal intolerance in India

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, Book: "Decoding Intolerance"; Author: Prateep K. Lahiri; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 276, Price: Rs.395

Take your pick from diverse book case this weekend (IANS Books This Week)

By IANS, New Delhi : Dogs, widows, Kolkata, thrill and domestic drama - the weekend book cart is diverse, cute and emotional... Read on 1. "As Cute as a Pug": Written by Dhruv Lamba; Published by Netizens First; Priced at Rs.200.

Just released: first Korean-Hindi dictionary

By IANS, New Delhi : Indians and South Koreans can now learn each other's languages more easily with Indian Tourism Minister Ambika Soni releasing the first Korean-Hindi dictionary - a collaborative effort between the two countries. "The work on this dictionary started in 1994 and contains more than 50,000 main entries including 20,000 sub-entries with over 700 pages," an official statement said here Tuesday. Funded by the South Korean government and India's Ministry of External Affairs, the dictionary was released by Soni during her recent visit to Seoul.

UP Government confers Yash Bharti award to 46 people, list includes nine Muslims

By TCN Staff Reporter Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh's highest honour Yash Bharti award was given to 46 personalities on Monday. Among them, nine Muslims were conferred...

A horror story on Sri Lanka’s war (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, Book: "Still Counting the Dead"; Author: Frances Harrison; Publishers: Portobello Books; Pages: 259; Price: Rs.399

A famed policeman gives in to his literary heart

By Darshan Desai, IANS, Lucknow : He has been a police officer for over 30 years, but Vibhuti Narain Rai, well known in Uttar Pradesh for his literary works and social activism, says he has finally got the job he yearned for. In a week's time, 51-year-old Rai will take over as vice-chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University in Wardha, Maharashtra, leaving behind all the frills of being a senior Indian Police Service officer.

Pakistan releases book on ‘humour’ in Sindhi

By IANS, Karachi: Pakistani author Imtiaz Abro's book 'In a lighter vein' - the first book on humour in Sindhi language after a gap of 15 years - has been released by the Matiari provincial government. The societal characters such as grooms, brides, poets, writers, married men, artists and politicians drawn in the form of caricatures are reflective of Abro's live diction. His father, Shaukat Abro, was also a renowned literary icon.

Akbar Jehan: An Intimate History of Kashmir

By Masood Raja Khan, Nyla Ali. The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation. New York: Palgrave Pivot. Many of us in the...

A story of Manipur when it started to simmer (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: On A Clear Day You Can See India; Author: C. Balagopal, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India; Pages: 203; Prices: Rs.299

Indian publishers find space for Chinese writers

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : In the 1980s when China had just opened its doors to reforms, a mother in Nanjing asked her 16-year-old daughter, "Would you like to be a worker, if you have a chance". A reluctant Lijia Zhang did work at a factory for a decade, but has now gone on to write a book in the alien English language that was released in India.

Creativity at its best – made in prison

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, Book: "Captive Imagination"; Author: Varavara Rao; Publisher: Penguin/Viking: Pp 193; Price: Rs.350

History, crime & edgy drama on bookshelf

By IANS, The bookshelf this weekend is a colourful and racy pile of books that tickles readers' imagination and sensitivities... Browse with IANS

Kerala leaders break silence over book on Amritanandamayi

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala politicians Saturday broke their silence over a controversial book on hugging saint Mata Amritanandamayi. CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the government...

Spotlight on Chinese PLA (Book Review)

Title: China's Military Power: A Net Assessment; Author: Maj Gen G.D. Bakshi (Retd); Publisher: Knowledge World, New Delhi; Pages: 380; Price: Rs.900 China is increasingly...

All India seminar on Islamic literature in Bhopal on Feb. 1

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net, Bhopal: The Council for Islamic Literature (Majlise-e-Adab-e-Islami) is organizing 8th All India seminar on "Literary pursuits & samples of Islamic literature of Madhya Pradesh's Ulema, Litterateurs & Sufis" here on February 1 (Sunday).

Mohammed Ali Shihab: An inspiring journey from orphanage to UPSC

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net, “What is your strength, Ali?” asked the discerning panel during the interview round of the UPSC exams in 2011. The answer...

Dhondy book lands as ‘evidence’ in Charles Sobhraj case

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS, Kathmandu : While Nepal's book stores are yet to start stocking Farrukh Dhondy's recently published potboiler about a serial killer, "The Bikini Murders" is already on its way to one of the most important places in the Himalayan republic - the Supreme Court. Dhondy's book has been submitted to the office of Nepal Attorney General Raghav Lal Vaidya by the lawyers hired by the family of an American tourist who was killed in 1975.

A mother’s dilemma, a virtual world, Nepal

The nightmare of being the mother of a 27-year-old, looking at a relationship through the lens of virtual reality and a journey through Nepal are some of the hand-picked gems IANS is treating its readers to this weekend. Take a look. 1. Book: Simi's Mum's Diary: The Daughter of All Battles; Author: Rupa Gulab; Publisher: Amaryllis; Pages: 201; Price: Rs. 175

Hemingway’s works to be available in digital form

By IANS, Havana : Some 3,000 documents belonging to Nobel laureate US author Ernest Hemingway, one of the 20th century's most influential writers, will be available in digital form, starting Jan 5 - thanks to a project by Cuba's Hemingway Museum here. The collection under the project contains, apart from his literary works, unedited texts and even insurance policies taken out by the author, EFE news agency reported Wednesday.

Nobel laureates of Indian origin mostly from Tamil Nadu, Bengal

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS, Is it more than just a coincidence that the the Nobel laureates of Indian origin belong to Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Like Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the latest winner, C.V. Raman and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, who won the prize in 1930 and 1983 respectively, were also Tamils. They were also members of the Tamil diaspora in the US who had emigrated following the rise of the backward caste movement in Tamil Nadu that put the upper castes under social and political pressure.

Modi’s book on RSS now in Marathi

By IANS, Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's book "Jyotipunj", a collection of articles on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders, is now available in Marathi. The edition, translated from Gujarati by Ravindra Dani, was released in Pune Monday, a release here said. "When we define or discuss secularism, it is only with the feeling that India as a nation comes first and foremost that could truly define the principles of secularism," Modi said at the book release ceremony. "Jyotipunj" narrates the story of lives of 16 RSS leaders and what Modi learnt from them.

भारत रत्न उस्ताद बिस्मिल्लाह खां की बरसी पर उनकी एक याद

व्योमेश शुक्ल [आज की बहस का सबसे बड़ा सच यही है कि मुसलमान को बारम्बार यह साबित करना होता है कि वह इस वतनपरस्त है. आज भारत रत्न उस्ताद बिस्मिल्लाह खां की बरसी है. उन्हें और लता मंगेशकर को एक साथ भारत रत्न दिया गया था. आज से तकरीबन दस साल पहले. अब यह बदहाली का ही आलम है कि मदन मोहन मालवीय को पिछले साल भारत रत्न दिए जाने के बाद उस्ताद के शहर बनारस में ही यह हल्ला होने लगा कि बनारस को मिला यह पहला भारत रत्न है.

Odd-even formula: Delhi may shut schools

New Delhi : The Delhi government may declare holidays for schools from the January 1 when the 15-day traffic regulation to curb rising air...

AMU announces results of All India Essay Writing Competition on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

By TwoCircles.net news desk, Patna: On the eve of 190th birth anniversary of its founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Aligarh Muslim University organized All India Essay Writing Competition on his life. According to the results announced by AMU administration, Mr. Tahir Ashraf Siddiqui of National Law Institute, Jodhpur in Rajasthan has won first prize while Jyotsana Gautam of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and Bharat Bhatti of Delhi University got the second and third prizes respectively.

Book review: Islam in Post-Modern World

By Yoginder Sikand,

The title of this book is, admittedly, somewhat misleading. What exactly is 'post-modern', a term that the book purports to address, but nowhere does it define what the author means by it? Can one talk of a 'post-modern' world when for vast numbers of people 'modernity' (whatever that may mean) itself seems far out of reach? That said, this immensely absorbing set of essays, the latest of Asghar Ali Engineer's writings on socially engaged understandings of Islam, is a must for scholars of Islam as well as for the general reader.

A story of deprivation and torture in custody (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: Colours of the Cage: A Prison Memoir; Author: Arun Ferreira; Publisher: Aleph (Rupa Publications); Pages: 164; Price: Rs.295 Human rights activist Arun Ferreira was waiting to meet some fellow activists at the Nagpur railway station when around 15 people pounced on him and whisked him away in a car. It was the afternoon of May 8, 2007, marking the beginning of a long and painful stay in police and judicial custody for four years and eight months. This is a chilling - and moving -- account of what the young man faced and what life in Indian prison is all about.

Book release: “How to Become A Good Journalist” hits market

By TwoCircles.net news desk, New Delhi: Becoming a good journalist is the dream of a large number of students, who want to make a mark in this field. Catering the requirements of budding journalists a quality book How to Become A Good Journalist has recently hit the market across the country.

Jaswant Singh is again top author of the week

By IANS, New Delhi : Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh's controversial book "Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence" continued to retain the No.1 position in the non-fiction section of the bestseller list this week while "The Wish Maker: A Novel" by Ali Sethi topped the fiction category for the fourth week in a row. The top 10 in each section are: Non-fiction 1. "Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence" Author: Jaswant Singh Publisher: Rupa Price: Rs.695.00 2. "The Idea of Justice" Author: Amartya Sen Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane

Muslim population myth

By Dr kouser Fathima, The release of data about Indian population based on religion has shattered many preconceived notions. The fear among the majority...

Heal yourself in 20 weeks – here’s how

By M.R. Narayanswamy, IANS, Book: "Perfect Health In 20 Weeks"; Author: Amar Chandel; Publisher: Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Pages: 146; Price: Rs.195 Considering the proliferation of health guide books in the market, one may well ask what this slim volume has to offer. In what has been described as a step-by-step guide to 100 percent natural healing, the author comes up with a simple, easy-to-practise regimen that he promises will rejuvenate you in just 20 weeks.

Nariman’s ‘Before Memory Fades’ is bestseller again

By IANS, New Delhi : "Before Memory Fades" by Fali S. Nariman again topped the non-fiction section of the bestseller list this week while Amish Tripathi's "The Immortals of Meluha" was number one in the fiction category. The top 10 bestsellers in each category are: Non-fiction 1. "Before Memory Fades" Author: Fali S. Nariman Publisher: Hay House Price: Rs.599.00 2. "Leela: A Patchwork Life" Author: Leela Naidu & Jerry Pinto Publisher: Penguin Viking Price : Rs.450.00 3. "Birds & Butterflies of Delhi" Author: Mehran Zaidi

A unique, entertaining graphic novel about self discovery

By Samini Philip, IANS, Book: "Indian by Choice"; Author: Amit Dasgupta; Publisher: Wisdom Tree; Price: Rs.395 "Indian by Choice" is a unique graphic novel about Mandeep - a young Indian born in the US who has a penchant for all things American, including baseball, hot-dogs and blondes. Mandy, as he would rather be called, reluctantly visits India to attend a family wedding despite being horrified at the prospect of spending a month in his native country. Upon his arrival in India, Mandy's worst fears - over-population, poverty, squalor, lack of privacy and chaos - are confirmed.

Carnival of beauty, nostalgia and history

By IANS, New Delhi : The weekend book shelf is a mix of nostalgia, history, drama and good health.

Book on Rajnikant to be released as audio cassette, CD

By IANS, Bangalore : Capturing the struggling days and the "mysteries behind the persona" of Tamil superstar Rajnikant, a Kannada book about the actor will soon be released in audio cassette and CD format, officials of an audio company said. The book, titled "Vikshiptha Vichithra", was brought out three years ago on the eve of the release of Rajnikant's blockbuster film "Sivaji" directed by Shankar. The contents of the book were also serialised in Kannada's leading daily Vijaya Karnataka, in which the author, Mahesh Devashetty, works as a senior sub-editor.

Urdu signboards now at Delhi Railway Station

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has asked Delhi Railway Station officers to prepare all official signboards at the station in Urdu language also. He made an unannounced visit to the station yesterday.

He met passengers of Samjhauta Express standing at the platform and checked the facilities provided to them. On the request of the passengers of that train, he ordered officials to put name plates in Urdu also. He also wished them for their happy journey.

Saudi woman receives award for promotion of Urdu

By Mohammed Shafeeq Hyderabad: Sameera Aziz, a media personality and writer, has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to be recognised for her work...

Love laced stories and emotional sagas

A woman hopelessly falls in love with a suave hotelier; her good-looking best friend enters and she realises how fickle the heart can be. Another woman finds unexpected friendship and experiences love in strange situations and a couple go through a turbulent phase of their life. All these stories reflect contemporary tales of love. Take a look at the IANS bookshelf.

Scholarly work of Dr. Abunnasr Khalidi published in Arabic

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter, New Delhi: Writers like Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and Abul Ala Maudidi have been published in Arabic but scholarly work by Indian Muslims in Arabic to be published in Arab countries is rare. Dr. Abunnasr Muhammad Khalidi's 1949 doctoral dissertation on al-Mukhtar Abi Ubayd al-Thafaqi (622-87 CE), the leading figure of early Islamic era who avenged the death of Imam Husayn in Karbala was recently published in Egypt.

A terrorist’s tale, some spirituality, some branding tips

By IANS, New Delhi : Here are five new books to sit back and enjoy this week: 1. "Traitor" - written by Shobasakti; published by Penguin-Viking: Set in the turbulent milieu of bullets and blood at the peak of the LTTE struggle in Sri Lanka, "Traitor" is a rhetoric of torture, pain and black humour that gives voice to the testimonies of millions of refugees of the torn land.

‘West didn’t know what to do in Afghanistan’

By Vikas Datta Jaipur: The western intervention in Afghanistan was flawed from the very start in its rationale, goals and implementation, which accounts for why...

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Arvind Kejriwal: A politics of articulated angst (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi; Author: Gautam Chikermane with Soma Banerjee; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 225; Price: Rs.295

India’s liberalisation through middle class eyes (Book Review)

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Book: "The Liberals", Author: Hindol Sengupta; Publisher: Harper Collins India; Pages: 309; Price: Rs.350

Amartya Sen welcomes government’s Right to Food Act

By IANS, New Delhi : Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Saturday praised the government's draft for a Right to Food (Guarantee of Safety and Security) Act saying it was a "step in the right direction".

Arundhati Roy’s new book tops bestseller list

By IANS, New Delhi : Arundhati Roy's new book "Listening To Grass Hoppers: Field Notes on Democracy" topped the non-fiction category of the bestseller list this week while "The Wish Maker: A Novel" by Ali Sethi dominated the fiction list. The top 10 in each section are: Non-fiction 1. "Listening To Grass Hoppers: Field Notes on Democracy" Author: Arundhati Roy Publisher: Penguin Books Price: Rs.499.00 2. "Branding India: An Incredible Story" Author: Amitabh Kant Publisher: Collins Business Price: Rs.499.00 3. "The Caged Phoenix: Can India Fly?"

Book Review: Shades of Muslim marginalization

By Ram Puniyani, Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation - Edited by Laurent Gayer and Chritophe Jaffrelot, Harper Collins, Delhi 2012, Pages: 403, Price Rs 499

Adab Kids – Books narrating stories of Islamic Luminaries to young learners

By Najiya O, TwoCircles.net They were a group of Keralites working in the IT field in the land of the Nizam.  All had school-going children,...

AMU Emirates Chapter celebrates Sir Syed Day in Sharjah

By TCN News The Emirates Chapter of the Aligarh Muslim University celebrated Sir Syed Day in Sharjah on November 20 to remember and learn from...

The legacy of the Shankar-Shad Mushaira

By Bushra Alvi Razzack for Twocircles.net Delhi: Dilliwalas can never get enough of Urdu poetry. In spite of inclement weather, Urdu lovers converged in...

Santhali literature is booming, but needs government help

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Jamshedpur : Contemporary Santhali literature has taken off in a big way since it became an official language of Jharkhand in 2003, but it has not come of age because the government has not added it to the list of official Indian languages, says a pioneer of the Santhali book trade. "Contemporary tribal literature does not get government grants - and flourishes on personal and individual enterprise," Mangal Manjhi told IANS in an interview.

More women are becoming primary migrants: book

By NNN-PTI, New Delhi : Asian women are joining men in migrating to other countries, in many cases as principal bread winners, says a new book. In recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of female migrants, who sometimes come as primary breadwinners. The male-female ratio of international level on the whole is 52.5 per cent to 47.5 per cent, though its proportion in the developed countries is almost 50:50, says the book 'Striped Zebra, The Immigrant Psyche' by US-based Uday C. Naval and Soofia K.Hussain, published by Rupa.

Translation boom helps India and West exchange new literature

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Millions of vernacular and English language readers across India are cashing in on the boom in translations to access foreign literature. The spotlight this year is on all genres of European literature, especially from France and Britain. The French embassy and the British Council have taken the lead in bringing literary works from the West to India and promote translations of Indian works abroad in collaboration with the exploding tribe of indigenous publishers.

New publishing venture Gyaana Books launches first titles

By IANS, New Delhi : Gyaana Books, a new publishing venture based in the Indian capital, has unveiled its first books in association with Writer's Side and bookmeabook.com Founded by Divya Dubey, a former publishing editor, Gyaana was formally launched by noted poet and writer Keki Daruwalla at the India International Centre.

Indo-Canadian to head chair at top university

By IANS, Toronto : Indian-origin Sonia Anand has been appointed as head of a new research chair on heart diseases at Canada's top McMaster University at Hamilton near here. Anand, who is a professor of medicine at the university, will head the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario-Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research. The university Thursday said the new chair "will revolutionise the way we look at heart disease".

History, angling and drama on book-shelf

By IANS, New Delhi : The book cart this weekend is a load of gripping titles. Flip through with IANS...

Glimpses of 18th century Delhi through a ‘Storyteller’s Tale’

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : A storyteller and a begum swap tales and match their narrative wits in writer-journalist Omair Ahmad's new book "The Storyteller's Tale" - giving a glimpse of 18th century Delhi after Afghan warlord Ahmad Shah Abdali's army plundered it.

My writings are experiences of liberation: French author

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : For French novelist Arno Bertina, writing is not about expressing a state of mind but about plotting stories on the freedom crusades of those in chains. Bertina, a poet and an author of repute, engages with the displaced and the homeless in his native country and worldwide. "I write for the sake of writing and all my writings are somehow experiences of liberation and I try to make up stories with freedom as the main theme," the 35-year novelist told IANS in the capital over coffee.

Fostering upliftment of Indian Muslims is the essence of Thanghal’s new book: A review

By Udinoor Mohammed Kunhi Title - Minority Politics, Ideology and Mission Author - M.I.Thanghal Published by - Grace Books, Malappuram “A race of people is like an...

Inspiring journeys, countless stories

By IANS, Insatiable ambition, indomitable courage, political frankness and an adman's curiosity - the IANS bookshelf this weekend has an envious collection for its readers....

People’s views will be articulated in new education policy: Irani

New Delhi : Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said the new education policy would have views from the people and their...

A conversation with GN Saibaba’s wife AS Vasantha Kumari

In a conversation with TwoCircles.net, the wife of jailed scholar-activist GN Saibaba AS Vasantha Kumari talks about his new book, the situation of prisoners...

Racy eye-opener of a book on the Maoist movement

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS, Book: "Jangalnama: Travels in a Maoist Guerrilla Zone"; Author: Satnam; Penguin Books, pp 206; Price: Rs.250 Why Bastar's tribals harbour Maoists? This is undoubtedly India's answer to "Red Star Over China", the epoch-making story of what the then obscure Mao was up to in China's rural areas at the head of a nascent Communist party that eventually took power in 1949. When American Edgar Snow came out with the classic of a book, the world sat up and took notice.

Patna University awards Gold Medal to Arshad Madni

By Najam Gilani, TwoCircles.net, Patna: At the convocation programme of Patna University yesterday Rajasthan Governor S. K. Singh presented Gold Medal to Maulana Arshad Madni for his distinguished performance in Arabic Literature. Maulana Arshad Madni, vice president, Jamia Ibn Taimiya (Bihar), made distinguished performance in MA course (2003-05) in Arabic Literature.

All my works are personal alchemy: Booker prize winner

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Hilary Mantel, the author of "Wolf Hall" which won the Man Booker prize for 2009, feels "there is always a danger with historical fiction that it may fall short as both literature and history". "So, when I took on this project I knew that it was going to be a very difficult thing to do. But ha! who is interested in what's easy? But I was exhilarated by the way 'Wolf Hall' was received. I believe all my books are a kind of alchemy at a personal level," Mantel told IANS in an e-mail interview.

Crime novelist La Plante accused of being copycat

By DPA, Sydney : Best-selling crime writer Lynda La Plante's 1993 novel "Entwined" contains passages lifted from Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel's 1947 memoir "Five Chimneys", news reports said Saturday. The multimillionaire British author denied plagiarism but admitted to The Sydney Morning Herald that a research assistant may have been the culprit.

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Jinnah book sales soar after author Jaswant’s expulsion

By Vishal Gulati, IANS, Shimla : Curiosity equals book sales. That equation seems to be at work here with copies of Jaswant Singh's "Jinnah: India - Partition - Independence" flying off shelves as people dig into their pockets to find out why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader expelled its veteran leader. The queues started soon after the party president Rajnath Singh, who is here with top leaders of the party for a three-day introspection session, announced the expulsion Wednesday morning.

Transform your life with 12 holistic principles (Book Review)

By Kul Bhushan, Title: Feeling at Ease with Yourself; Author: Rajiv Parti; Publisher: Konark Publishers Always running to catch up! Huffing non-stop to climb up! Over stretched at work. Overloaded with information. Overweight with little or no exercise. Living today takes a heavy toll.

UAE children read over million books in charity campaign

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS, Dubai : The count is out. And a total of 1,323,218 books were read by children between the ages of three and 14 in the course of a two-week campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) aimed at helping the education of children in developing nations. What is that again, you would say. Well, the idea is simple, novel, challenging, innovative and exemplary.

Confronting life’s unknown insecurities and taming demons (Book Review)

By Shilpa Raina, Title: Passion Flower: Seven Stories of Derangement; Author: Cyrus Mistry; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 199; Price: Rs. 495 There is a wicked demon in all of us. Lying dormant somewhere, partially active, at times justifying our actions or lamenting and bemoaning about cruel life and not ready to be easily confronted. Traces of these dark shades are part of the human psyche and unapologetically exposing these crude realities is Cyrus Mistry's collection of short stories.

How to make money and become an entrepreneur

Not every business idea flourishes and not all business ideas are dated. Following this mantra, IANS picks up interesting reads from the book pile to help you decide. Take a look.

Car pool your way through Europe, suggests travel writer

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Europe, for the first-time traveller, can be a teaser: the distances are vast, the stops too tempting and the costs mind-blowing. So how does one save a few extra euros on a summer junket? Through a car pool, says travel writer and columnist Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu. "Try the Mitfahzentrale in Germany and then car pool your way across Europe as an alternative option. It saves cost," suggests Sidhu, whose travelogue "Adrift: A Junket Junkie in Europe" will hit the stands in April.

Fractured Malaysian mosaic captured in fiction

By Rajat Chaudhuri, IANS, Book: "Thunder Demons"; Author: Dipika Mukherjee: Publisher: Gyaana Books; Price: Rs.280; Pages: 272

Of economic inequality and homelessness

Many fault lines criss-cross Indian society today because of economic inequality, short-stories of the scattered Kashmiri Pandit community who are tourists in their own homeland and a few light-hearted love stories: take a look at what the IANS bookshelf has to offer this week. 1. Book: Looking Away; Author: Harsh Mander; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 418; Price: Rs.495

Magris, Mahasweta, Murakami… the Nobel guessing game is on

By Ashish Mehta, IANS, New Delhi : When a small group of scholars in Sweden announce the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday, what are the chances of the winner being Mahasweta Devi or Sir Salman Rushdie? Any takers for Haruki Murakami or Bob Dylan? The guessing game is on and British betting agency Ladbrokes is offering odds on who will win the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

A tale of survival in a North Korean jail

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS,

Acclaimed American author sinks teeth into vampire trilogy

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : American writer of suspense Chuck Hogan says he is "drawn to stories of man at his extremes". He is now busy spooking readers with "The Strain", a book on vampires that he has co-authored with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. For Hogan "crime and horror are both genres of existentialism". "I am drawn to stories of man at his extremes, of people who find themselves tested, haunted and threatened," Hogan, who penned "Standoff", told IANS over e-mail from Boston.

Arun Shourie: Threshold of pain

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS,

The Bridge on the River Kwai: Fact and fiction

By Vikas Datta Some of the Second World War's fiercest battles involved bridges and inspired some riveting accounts - capture of key bridges (Cornelius...

Reconnect to cynicism, mystery and miracles (IANS Books This Week)

By IANS, New Delhi : Here are five new books to add to your reading list this week: 1. "Serious Men": Written by Manu Joseph; Published by HarperCollins-India; Priced at Rs.499. Ayyan Mani is just another man in Mumbai, stranded in the "rot" of a good marriage, an unremarkable life and a deadend job as personal assistant to an insufferable astronomer called Arvind Acharya at the Institute of Theory and Research. To breathe some life into the drudgery that has set in, Ayyan weaves an outrageous fiction around his 10-year-old son.

President to honour scholars with ‘Hindi Sevi Samman’

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will present the 'Hindi Sevi Samman' for 2012, 2013 and 2014 on Thursday at a function to be...

Bikaner princess documents history of her royal home

By IANS, New Delhi : An inner courtyard with a stunning, multi-layered red sandstone facade, verandahs lined with beautiful marble tables and imposing bronze sculptures on each one of them - the family home of Rajyashree Kumari Bikaner, an erstwhile Rajasthani princess, is a palace that has hosted the then maharajas of Travancore, Palanpur, Patiala and Gwalior.

Book Review: Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, TwoCircles.net, There is a customary semblance in all dictators: they are authoritarian, they command total submission, their rule is tyrannical and they have little, or worse, no concern for the miserable conditions of their people. The population is starving, there is rampant unemployment, corruption at all levels of government. There is drudgery, there is pain, there is humiliation, there is everything in society, that makes a man lose his sanity.

How independent publishers ensure Ambedkarite literature continues to reach the masses

By Daisy K, TwoCircles.net Every year on December 6, millions of people from all over India gather at Chaityabhoomi in Shivaji Park, Mumbai to pay...

Tips to ease you into the corporate world

By Samini Philip, IANS, Book: "Making Your First Job Your Dream Job"; Author: Clare Maxfield; Price: Rs.145; Publisher: Wisdom Tree We have all experienced the fear of the unknown. Entering the corporate world or making a transition to a new job can make even the most confident person feel apprehensive. "Making your first job your dream job" is a valuable book that will guide you step by step about what to expect in a new working environment.

Two Muslims writers selected for Sahitya Akademi Award 2015

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi : Two Muslim writers have been selected among others representing 23 Indian languages for this...

Market meltdown gives fillip to Marxists’ economic ideology

By IANS, New Delhi : Karl Marx is again much-sought after in bookstores, courtesy the global economic meltdown, and the Indian Marxists are eagerly circulating handbooks with their economic ideology, including one titled 'The Politics of Privatisation and Its Impact'. Enthused by reports of a hike in the sale of books by Karl Marx following the economic recession in the West, the Indian Marxist leaders said they are chalking out strategies to propagate their ideology, based on economics.

Is insurgency in India an excuse for misgovernance?

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Pamuk, Desai top bestselling authors again

By IANS, New Delhi : Meghnad Desai's "The Rediscovery of India" continued to dominate the non-fiction section of the bestseller list this week while "The Museum of Innocence" by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk retained the No.1 position in the fiction category. The top 10 in each category are: Non-fiction 1. "The Rediscovery of India" Author: Meghnad Desai Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane Price: Rs.699.00 2. "Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India" Author: William Dalrymple Publisher: Bloomsbury Price: Rs.499.00

Slumdog is a success for the India story: Vikas Swarup

By Manish Chand, IANS, New Delhi : Diplomat-author Vikas Swarup is more than a millionaire now. But all the global adulation and limelight that has stalked "Slumdog Millionaire", the movie version of his acclaimed novel "Q and A", hasn't touched him. "It's a success for India and the story of India," says the unassuming diplomat. "It's a success for India and the story of India," Swarup told IANS in an exclusive telephone interview from London.

President Pranab Mukharjee applauds Jamia’s translation project

By TCN News, New Delhi: Professor Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) presented 14 publications of Tagore Research and Translation Scheme (TRTS), Department...

AMU organises seminar on life and works of Ismat Chugtai

By TCN News, Aligarh: The Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University, is organising a two-day seminar to celebrate the works and life of Urdu literary giant...

Have not left India, will be back when feel safe: Taslima

Kolkata : Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who has relocated to the US, on Wednesday said she hasn't left India permanently and would...

Recent Sikh history: An inside story – IANS Book Review

By Arun Anand, IANS, Book: "1984: Lessons From History", Author: Harminder Kaur; Publisher: Corporate Vision, Price: Rs.595; Pages: 245 India witnessed a spate of inter-linked tragic events in the year 1984 - Operation Bluestar and the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards, followed by anti-Sikh riots in capital Delhi and several other parts of the country that shook the conscience and secular fabric of the country.

Extension lecture on Sir Syed held at AMU Malappuram Centre

By TCN News, Malappuram: The Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University Malappuram Centre organized an extension lecture on “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Aligarh Movement...

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Now, 53 historians protest against ‘highly vitiated’ atmosphere in India

New Delhi : After writers and artistes, 53 historians on Thursday protested against the 'rising intolerance' and "highly vitiated atmosphere in the country,...

यह ‘एक्शन’ मुज़फ्फ़रनगर में होता, तो मुरथल न होता!

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Did the CIA mastermind Purulia arms drop? (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, Title: The Night it Rained Guns: Unravelling the Purulia Arms Drop Conspiracy; Author: Chandan Nandy; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 272; Price: Rs.295 On December 17, 1995, an ageing Russian AN 26 transport plane took off from Karachi ostensibly for Dhaka. After refuelling at Varanasi, it made a course diversion over Gaya, Bihar. When it was over Purulia in West Bengal, the plane flew dangerously low and dropped, amid darkness, four tonnes of deadly arms and ammunition, for the Ananda Marg, a semi-secret cult. It was, as author Chandan Nandy rightly points out, "one of the most bizarre and, admittedly, a spectacular operation to breach India's security".

From Akbar to Salim, an epic adventure

By Shubha Singh, IANS, Book: "Empire of the Moghul: Ruler of the World"; Author: Alex Rutherford, Publisher: Headline Review; Price: Rs.495; Pages: 416

‘Conversations With Waheeda Rehman’ : The endearing story of a remarkable actress (Book Review)

By Vikas Datta, Book: Conversations With Waheeda Rehman; Author: Nasreen Munni Kabir; Publisher: Penguin-Viking; Pages: 227; Price: Rs 499.

Poignant tales from an innocent past

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS,

Book Review: Chasing A Mirage

It is a tragedy of the post-911 world that the field of Islamic concepts and terminologies have also fallen a victim to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and plain hysteria. Fuelling these fears among the masses are not only rabid Islamophobes but also those who claim to be nothing of that sort but whose actions speak otherwise. Canadian TV host and commentator Tarek Fatah belongs to the latter category. He has a history of mindless criticism of things as mundane as the aversion to music to more significant ones as the introduction of Sharia-based laws in Ontario.

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