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Questions for the state, the wrongdoer

Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India. by Manisha Sethi The Essays Collective, Rs 260

Let’s start with the obvious. India has had more than its due share of the terrorists’ targeting of civilians in recent decades.

Adventures of Bod in fills, strokes

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Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008) is a masterfully written novel.

Adventures of Bod in fills, strokes

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Part 1 & 2
Rs 399

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008) is a masterfully written novel. It catches you from the first page; the character development is exquisite; the pacing feels effortless; everything happens exactly when it needs to happen.

Questions for the state, the wrongdoer

Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India
Rs 260

Let’s start with the obvious. India has had more than its due share of the terrorists’ targeting of civilians in recent decades. As concerned citizens, we have the right to know what state institutions have or have not been doing to ensure our safety and security.

Iron Fists of love

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With a misunderstood hero with iron fists, and a down and out heroine with a knife in her handbag, Nidhie Sharma prowls arenas not previously explored in women’s romance fiction

Brooke sheds light on ties with mother

There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression.

Why the most important years in history were from 1347 to 1352

Perhaps the most formative years in our history were when ‘every second person suddenly died in agony — and no one knew why.’ Above, plague victims are blessed by a priest in the 14th-century ‘Omne Bo

Kissinger casts a spell with compelling power account

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Henry Kissinger takes a stroll through history to tell us how the power equations & nation states came to acquire their meaning and strength through wars and revolu-tions

Magical moments worth dying for

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How many of us would not only plan to write a book, but also get it published for our partner. Inba Vignesh’s last resort to woo her was to solely dedicate a book for his ladylove.

  • Including Americans pointless, says Peter Carey

    Australian author Peter Carey, who has twice won the Booker Prize for Fiction, slammed the decision to open the Commonwealth award to US writers, as judges prepared to announce the 2014 winner on Tuesday.

    Two US authors are among the six nominees for 2014 Man Booker, one of the highest-profile prizes in English-language literature, with the winner to be announced in a glitzy ceremony at London’s Guildhall late on Tuesday night.

    “There was and there is a real Commonwealth culture. It’s different. America doesn’t really feel to be a part of that,” Carey, 71, told the Guardian newspaper.

    The annual Man Booker Prize was until now awarded for the best original full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe. But, in 2014, the judges widened the field to any author writing originally in English, so long as their novel is published in Britain within the 12-month entry period. Opening the prize, called the Man Booker since 2002, to US novelists was a bid to establish the prize as the English-speaking world’s foremost literary award.

    “I find it unimaginable that the Pulitzer or the National Book Award people in the United States would ever open their prizes to Brits and Australians. They wouldn’t,” said Carey, one of only three novelists to have scooped the prize twice.

    The winner of the prize receives £50,000, but the award which began in 1969 guarantees a huge upsurge in book sales and a worldwide readership.

    Bookmakers have put Britain’s Indian-born Neel Mukherjee as the 5/2 favourite for The Lives of Others, ahead of Richard Flanagan of Australia with The Narrow Road to the Deep North on 3/1 and then Britain’s Ali Smith at 4/1 for How to be Both.

    Britain’s 2010 winner Howard Jacobson is fourth-favourite at 9/2 with J, ahead of US contenders Karen Joy Fowler on 11/2 with We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Joshua Ferris at 8/1 for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

    “Oddly this year, the American writers are the two outsiders,” Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmakers William Hill, told AFP. “Neel Mukherjee has become the clear favourite,” he said.

The spiritual world has known so many wonderful mystics and most of them have been men.

When our public sector is much in news whether it involves privatisation or disinvestment, it is worth recalling whether they are good corporate citizens, especially when they are monopolies.