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Woes of the Queens

Sunday, 22 Apr 2018 | Shweta Duseja | in Agenda

The Queens of Hastinapur Author - Sharath Komarraju Publisher - Harper Collins, Rs 350 This retelling of Mahabharata paints comprehensive pictures of the mythological queens who are believed to have ‘sealed’ the fate of many, says Shweta Duseja In the last few years, we have seen several retellings on the Mahabharata. They are a...

Love in the time of Partition

Sunday, 22 Apr 2018 | Excerpt | in Agenda

The Tale of Two Countries Author - BK Karkra Publisher - Rupa, Rs 281 The Tale of Two Countries has a couple of lovers struggle through the Indian Partition and eventually move to England to build a happy life. But then, they have to make a trip back to India. An...

Groovy, funky, and dark

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 | ANUBHAV PRADHAN | in Agenda

Mad Country Author - Samrat Upadhyay Publisher - Soho Press, Rs 1,059 In the backdrop of political turmoil in Nepal, Samrat Upadhyay gives intriguing portrayals of characters who battle with their personal issues, creating a sense of madness in which the public and private entwine, writes Anubhav Pradhan In as much as art is...

Inside the Millennium City

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 | Sanya Dang | in Agenda

Gurgaon Diaries Author - Debeshi Gooptu Publisher - Rupa, Rs 295 A combination of the author's sociological observations and satirical perspective unveils the flimsy curtain of modernity and shows the reality of life in Gurugram, writes SANYA DANG Gurugram, as we know it today, owes its boom to globalisation, influx of overseas companies and...

Slices of women’s lives

Sunday, 08 Apr 2018 | ANUBHAV PRADHAN | in Agenda

Woman to Woman: Stories Author : Madhulika Liddle Publisher : Speaking Tiger, Rs 240 Madhulika Liddle deals with the everyday struggles of women from different parts of society without ever allowing the characters to seem powerless, writes ANUBHAV PRADHAN Reading short stories is often like having a breakfast of idlis. Idlis are a simple,...

A closetful of mystery

Sunday, 08 Apr 2018 | AMRITA VARMA | in Agenda

A Closetful of Skeletons Author : Tanushree Podder Publisher : Harper Black, Rs 250 This balanced murder mystery keeps the rational wheels in the reader’s head churning without overly violent or graphic description, says AMRITA VARMA A good murder mystery, on a cold winter night, with a cup of warm coffee and your...

Of enemies twice removed

Sunday, 01 Apr 2018 | Kumar Chellappan | in Agenda

My enemy’s enemy Author - Avinash Paliwal Publisher - HarperCollins, Rs 699 KUMAR CHELLAPPAN examines India-Afghanistan relationship in light of Avinash Paliwal’s new book, My Enemy's Enemy Ancient India sans modern gadgets like the Internet, satellite phones or I-pads had the best diplomats. Arthasasthra, the teachings of Kautilya (who was known more...

Cleaning up governance

Sunday, 01 Apr 2018 | Gautam Mukherjee | in Agenda

ON THE TRAIL OF THE BLACK Author : Bibek Debroy and Kishore Arun Desai Publisher : Rupa Publications, Rs 595 This book offers interesting insights into corruption in India and the Government’s treatment of the same, writes GAUTAM MUKHERJEE This is an energetic collection of 16 essays, written by the staffers of Niti...

Mumbai at its quotidian best

Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 | ANUBHAV PRADHAN | in Agenda

No Presents Please Author- Jayant Kaikini Publisher- Harper, Rs 350 For anybody interested in the transition of the city from Bombay to Mumbai, in the making of urban space, or in the craft of skilled story-writing and translation, Jayant Kaikini’s book is an interesting read, believes ANUBHAV PRADHAN Not for nothing was Bombay urbs...

Buried under sands of time

Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 | Sanya Dang | in Agenda

The Legend of Kuldhara Author- Malathi Ramachandran Publisher- Niyogi, Rs 395 This is a novel that is so seeped in mystique and intrigue that it renders you speechless and motionless, writes SANYA DANG I’ll go ahead and say it at the very start — this is one of the most beautiful novels...


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State police athletics meet kicks off

27 Apr 2018 | PNS | Haridwar

Uttarakhand State police district/ BN athletics meet 2018 kicked off on Thursday following its inauguration by the State Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik. Speaking to The Pioneer, the commandant of 40 battalion of the PAC Haridwar RL Sharma said that the main events which were held on Thursday included 200, 800 and 1500 metres race, long jump, discus throw, hurdle race and pole vault...

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