When Priyanka Chopra was an American teenager

What was life like for the confident Priyanka Chopra of today when she was a gawky teenager?
Aseem Chhabra gives us a glimpse in his new book Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story Of A Global Bollywood Star.

Read an excerpt from Aseem Chhabra's book  Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story Of A Global Bollywood Star.

 

'Historicising everything turns history to nonsense'

Some people believe there was someone called Padmini, some say, no, she was only a poetic creation. We really don't know. But the point is, one must admire Jayasi's Padmavat for the beauty of the literary creation and not focus on the violence.

Purushottam Agrawal speaks to The Telegraph about his new book Padmavat.

 

An Independent History

Senior Congress politician and former Union minister Saifuddin Soz's new book Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle is a coherently crafted chronicle that delves deep into the cultural and historic origins of the Kashmiri people.

A review of Saifuddin Soz's new book 'Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle' by India Today.

 

Voices with nothing to say

People do discuss ideas, in drawing rooms and coffee shops – but they seem far removed from the real world outside. It is only when a character hurls a book out of a Malabar Hill balcony that the two worlds literally collide.

A review of Aditya Sudarshan's new book 'The Outraged' by The Hindu.

 

This new novel is set squarely in the middle of Mumbai’s independent film-making community

Indian liberals of different generations respond to anxieties about the Right Wing in Aditya Sudarshan’s ‘The Outraged’.

Read an excerpt from Aditya Sudarshan's book The Outraged: Times of Ferment.

 

Of rational and objective thinking

Chidambaram is known for his analysis and he expresses his opinion irrespective of whether it is a politically correct or not.

A review of P. Chidambaram's new book 'Speaking Truth to Power' by The Free Press Journal.

 

A Chronicle of a defeat foretold

 

Khurshid says Congress failed to defend Manmohan Singh and conceded defeat before 2014 poll campaign. 

A few glimpses from the book launch of Spectrum Politics by Salman Khurshid , Mail Today

 

We lost the perception battle in 2014: Salman Khurshid

“We went into an election having accepted defeat. We went into the election so demoralised that we knew that this is it. Now it’s a matter of counting the days when we lose it,” said Mr. Khurshid.

Salman Khurshid speaks to The Hindu about her new book Spectrum Politics.

 

Industry Leaders On India's Twin Challenges: Pollution And Sanitation

At top banker Naina Lal Kidwai's book launch in Delhi, leaders from various industries and organisations come together to deliberate on India's pollution and sanitation problem. The country head of the UN's Environment Programme Atul Bagai underscores the need for civic involvement in landmark schemes like Swachh Bharat. Top environmentalist Sunita Narain points out how recent "naming and shaming" tactics by local administrators against those caught defecating in the open is not the correct approach. The book 'Survive or Sink: An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution and Green Finance' discusses critical issues linked to sustainable development and the environment. And just how much responsibility lies with corporate India as India continues to grow? Watch, in this riveting discussion.

 

'Jayasi Makes Alauddin Reflect On The ­Futility Of Desire, That’s Padmavat For Me’

Who was Jayasi? Who was Padmini? And can the modern reader be guided, like Ratansen, across seas of forgetfulness?

In a conversation with Sunil Menon, writer-scholar Purushottam Agrawal explains how his own Padmavat came about. 

The mercurial Mamata Banerjee...

Dola Mitra’s book, Decoding Didi, on the West Bengal Chief Minister deals with various facets of the character of the temperamental mass leader.  

Read an excerpt from Dola Mitra's book Decoding Didi: Making Sense of Mamata Banerjee.

 

MAHABHARATA THE ANTI-WAR NARRATIVE

His characters are real, ordinary, pompous, terrified, vulnerable, and ambitious. They are neither fully good nor absolutely evil. Through this refreshing portrayal of its characters, the epic Mahabharata is demythified in Aditya Iyengar’s A Broken Sun, writes SHWETA DUSEJA.

A review of Aditya Iyengar's new book 'A Broken Sun' by The Pioneer.

 

Born To Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by Syeda Hameed

Born To Be Hanged presents a fascinating portrait of the former president and prime minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was executed on 4 April 1979

Readers interested in the recent history of Pakistan and South Asia will find this book irresistible.

 

Decoding Mithun Chakraborty's spy thriller Surakksha

Writer Amborish Roychoudhury’s book, In a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office, discusses some cult films of Hindi cinema.

Read an excerpt from Amborish Roychoudhury’s new book In A Cult Of Their Own: Beyond Box Office.

 

Love in the time of cloning

Over a generous spread of chicken quesadillas, author-bureaucrat Sadhna Shanker opens up on her literary quest for a world where reproduction is passé.

Ascendance”, a work of literary science fiction, and in its own way, a brave voice of experimentation in the days of Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi.

Sadhna Shanker speaks to The Hindu about her new book Ascendance.

 

This author's book is a retelling of the Kurukshetra war

I felt that they (supernatural weapons) distracted the reader from the epic's true beauty - the characters that inhabit its text. My attempt has been to tell the story of these people as human beings with human problems, and not seemingly invincible demigods blessed with awe-inspiring powers.

Aditya Iyengaspeaks to Mail Today about her new book A Broken Sun.

 

Naina Lal Kidwai's latest book is a wake up call on sanitation

'Survive or Sink' is really the action agenda for sanitation

Naina Lal Kidwai speaks to The Week about her new book Survive or Sink.

 

Much like Amitabh Bachchan, how Sachin Tendulkar reinvented himself and remained relevant

[Book extract] A prominent newspaper came up with a caption that went “ENDULKAR” after India lost a Test to Pakistan at Karachi in early 2006.

This novel about the Hindu god Kartikeya tries bravely to twist old myths into untold new stories

Anuja Chandramouli’s ‘Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son’ presents a figure not written about widely in mythological fiction.

How to take better care of Planet Earth

'The science is clear. We really can’t afford to dismiss climate change as propaganda. There is a lot of politics around it of course. But we are at a time when the adverse impacts are visible, tangible, and it all comes down to how we act from here, as a species.'

Bijal Vachharajani speaks to The Hindu about her new book So You Want to Know About the Environment.

Think and design in India. Why make in India?

'The beauty of Kiran Karnik’s book Crooked Minds lies in its simplicity. If you merely browse over it, you won’t notice any mind bending insights. But that is exactly where Karnik’s genius lies. He has disguised the insights in simplicity.'

In this podcast, Kiran Karnik talks about the kind of innovation India needs to leapfrog. He says Make in India is a dated idea. Instead, the focus ought to be on Think in India.

Book Review: Jaffna Street by Mir Khalid

'Jaffna Street adds to the list of must-read works on the Kashmir valley and it is perhaps with the help of the written word that the Kashmiris must take their struggle forward.'

A glaring review of Mir Khalid's new book 'Jaffna Street: Tales of Life, Death, Betrayal and Survival in Kashmir' by New Asian Writing.

How Onkar Singh Kanwar started building a global Indian company even before liberalisation

'The 1980s was the decade when the tyre industry went global in response to technological advances and market changes. When it came to technological innovation, French tyre maker Michelin, based in Clermont-Ferrand in central France, led the way. To Onkar Singh Kanwar, they were the gold standard, the Rolls-Royce of tyres.'

Read an excerpt from Onkar Singh Kanwar's biography The Man Behind the Wheel.

How the police learnt to think like Veerappan before they could capture him

'A flurry of audio tapes was sent from his hideout. While in one tape he raved and ranted about a possible partnership with the Peoples War Group (PWG) of Andhra Pradesh, in another he talked about his dream of a car ride with his wife and two daughters. In yet another he spoke of his grand escape to Russia.'

Read an excerpt from our new book 'Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand' byK.Vijay Kumar IPS.

How To Talk About Climate Change To Children Without Boring Them To Bits

HuffPost India highly recommends Bijal Vachharajani's new book So You Want to Know About the Environment.

PM Modi Not Unbeatable, Says P Chidambaram

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, former Home and Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks to Nidhi Razdan about his latest book Fearless in Opposition: Power and Accountability.

BJP has violated human rights, lacks sense of history: P Chidambaram

P. Chidambaram speaks to Indo-Asian News Service about the present government and his new book Fearless in Opposition: Power & Accountability.

So you think climate change is not really happening?

So you think climate change is not really happening?
Read an excerpt from Bijal Vachharajani's So You Want to Know About the Environment.

The last stand

The last stand

Read an excerpt our new book Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand by K.Vijay Kumar IPS. (India Today)

How Mumbai's history made sure it became a centre of innovation and entrepreneurship

How Mumbai's history made sure it became a centre of innovation and entrepreneurship

Read an excerpt from Kiran Karnik's new book Crooked Minds: Creating an Innovative Society.

Nothing to fear…Opposition needs to unite, work on its agenda, not just react: Nitish Kumar

"Right now, the need of the nation is Opposition unity. The day this Opposition unity comes, you see what happens…There is nothing to fear. Everything will be all right. We should follow our agenda 90 percent and only 10 percent we should react to the agenda of others. We should move forward after setting our own agenda with maximum opposition unity.”

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, at the launch of P. Chidambaram's new book 'Fearless in Opposition: Power and Accountability'.

You may want to be clever like Birbal, but it's Chanakya who is inspiring many

Radhakrishnan Pillai speaks to Catch News about his new book Chanakya in Daily Life.

Retelling the saga Surpanakha

'Kavita Kane creates an interesting take on the Ramayana in her latest work, Lanka’s Princess by giving the various female characters center stage in the high-tension drama.' —The Pioneer

The limits of power and the power of veto: What Ambedkar thought was crucial to democracy

Read an excerpt from our latest book The Essential Ambedkar, edited by Bhalchandra Mungekar. (The News Minute)

Taking Wings and Winning: KV Subramaniam's memoir of Reliance Life Sciences years is for all leaders

'Taking Wings and Winning serves as a reminder of the journey RLS, and Subramaniam, have undertaken thus far. For a man with no background in life sciences, to have steered the company from its inception to the greatest of heights is indeed commendable.'

Life, when you’re a teen

'I’ve always written about things that have made me wonder.'

Kiran Karnik shares riveting tales of our innate capability to innovate and talks about his new book 'Crooked Minds: Creating an Innovative Society'.

'Every person feels he has to find a way to beat the system. The problem is how to channelise this urge in a positive way.'