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The story of a loner

KP: The Autobiography, Hachette India pp. 336 Rs 799

Kevin Pietersen’s KP is a continuous rant against Moores and Flower, which in effect just shows that the quality player who is above the normal rungs of a team considers himself such a rare talent that he does not have bow to the team ethic. KP’s distracted ways at team meetings were also to be held against him. But then he was such a rare talent that he needed a special place that Team England just would not give him.

Boys teetering on the brink of manhood

Shreya Prabhu Jindal

Shreya Prabhu Jindal’s second book, Simply Complicated, is a coming-of-age story of five friends in their early-20’s, who are fresh out of college and have just started working.

Destiny’s blueprint

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Soorina Desai explores the unpredictability of life, and how human actions shape one’s future

The ‘comic’ way of storytelling

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With Comic Con 2014, that is all set to take place next month creating a lot of buzz among city’s youth, comic lovers in Mumbai recently got got a chance to interact with renowned comic creator, Abhi

‘It’s a self-help manual for all’

Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of Smita Jaykar’s book, Before Tomorrow —Solaris Images

...Says veteran actor Smita Jaykar about her recent book and who it is meant for. A manual for anyone and everyone who wants to take the plunge into a spiritual way of living, the book will have even more relevance to those in the cine industry, feels the author.

Revisiting the myths

Still from Nita Paley’s film Sita Sings the Blues which was a  reinterpretation of Ramayana, Rashna Imhalsy-Gandhy (inset)

Psychologist Rashna Imhalsy-Gandhy talks about her new book and why Sita is only character who finally achieves self-actualisation in Ramayana

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


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.

  • 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.

Viswanathan Anand has for the second year running been outclassed in the World Chess Championship by a player nearly 20 years his younger.

Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, and has clearly won the sprint when his government completes six months in office on November 26.