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Girls around town


Books for the modern Indian woman are walking the talk. Games Girls Play is the latest addition to the sexy chick lit trend

Gatekeeping a world of magic

Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing edited by Annie Zaidi Aleph, Rs 595

An extract from Vaidehi’s 2006 short story, Gulabi Talkies.
It was translated from
Kannada by Tejaswini Niranjana and adapted into
a film of same name.

Wonder women


Naina Lal Kidwai, chairperson, HSBC, traces the success stories of 30 women that speak of passion, ambition, and hardwork in her second book

A self-effacing scrapbook of Buddhist ruins

I grew up with very little religion around the house. Instead, I had kiddie science books. I was taught early that the universe is incredibly big and old, and that humans are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of space and time. I can’t say whether it’s a result of my upbringing, or whether I would have ended up with a similar worldview in any case, but I’ve never been very interested in the teachings of human spiritual leaders.

An Armyman’s assessment and a wake-up call for India

China’s Military Power: A Net Assessment By Maj. Gen. (Dr) G.D. Bakshi, SM, VSM Knowledge World and CLAWS, pp. 376, Rs 980

Following the massive earthquake in China’s Sichuan region in 2008, thousands of radiation technicians were reportedly sent there.

Portrait of resilience and feistiness of women in India


Spanning just five days and set in the fictional temple town of Jharmuli near the sea, Anuradha Roy’s new book Sleeping on Jupiter, is a heart wrenching, yet beautiful portrait of resilience and feist

‘Running fills my mind with new ideas’

Tanmay Dubey

An IT professional based in Gurgaon, Tanmay Dubey’s debut novel Just Six Evenings is a tale of love, lust and ambition in a corporate India that shines at the expense of the dreams it tramples under i

Chartering a novel course

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After two books dedicated to superstar Rajinikanth and his punchlines, author ‘PC’ has come up with his first fiction novel

Werewolves & shape shifters

The Devourers
Rs 499

There aren’t too many titles that come to mind when one thinks of Indian speculative fiction, but Indra Das gives the genre a leg-up to a whole new level with his provocative debut novel, The Devourers.

The dust is beginning to settle on an extraordinary election result in the UK.

Pakistan’s ludicrous charge that India’s spy agency RAW is behind the Karachi attack on the Ismaili community maybe laughed out of court here, given that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed re