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Brown biopic revels in drama, dance

 James Brown (extreme left) on stage during the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland

At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in

The derring-do that created the magic of Flashman

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I met George Macdonald Fraser when he was the features editor of the Glasgow Herald. He was a very good newspaperman on what was a fine daily paper.

Virgin voices

Author V. Sanjay Kumar  Photo: A R Anser

V. Sanjay Kumar’s Virgin Gingelly walks down the lanes of Madras, peeking into Brahmin households and tackling the notions of ‘identity’ in the ever-evolving city

The act of writing is a joy in itself: Pankaj Sekhsaria

Author Pankaj Sekhsaria

In his words, Pankaj Sekhsaria’s The Last Wave is a book about the islands and takes place in the islands.

Too hot for desi fans

A still from Fifty Shades of Grey

While fans are lapping up the official trailer of Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s also making many uncomfortable. A book translated into a film may not be what you truly expect.

Gentlemen killers of Kilvenmani

On December 25, 1968, 42 people — men, women and children — were burnt alive in the village of Kilvenmani in the east Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. Meena Kandasamy’s debut novel, The Gypsy Goddess, is a fictionalised account of this tragedy that unfolded when a village refused to buckle down to a set of oppressive Naidu Mirasdars and stood firmly by the Marxist beliefs that were by then rooted in the village and the hearts of the dalit villagers.

Inheriting unhappiness

The Blind Lady’s Descendants
Rs 599

As suicide notes go, the 297-page long novel by Anees Salim is generously sized. The Blind Lady’s Descendants explores the unfortunate life and self-inflicted demise of its young protagonist Amar.

The Caribbean is a paradise, but only for the tourists


A couple of years ago in Jamaica, I met Errol Flynn’s former wife, the screen actress Patrice Wymore.

Saas and sensibility: Veena Venugopal’s new book

Veena Venugopal

Veena Venugopal explores the urban woman's dynamics with her mother-in-law — from funny aspects to the dark tones

Media reports indicate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all ministries to hand him, by August 10, “implementation reports” of the various projects announced by the government in the Budget, so that he can announce these in his August 15, Independence Day speech to the nation.

The technology landscape is undergoing significant changes in the current world, and it is redefining ways in which technology interacts with humans.