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Nobel prize-winning author V S Naipaul dead

V S Naipaul, Trinidad-born Indian-origin author, known for his critical commentary on colonialism, religion and politics, has died at the age of 85, his family said early on Sunday. IMAGE:......

8th Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off to a grand start

The eighth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off on Wednesday to a grand start with a bevy of authors, poets, Nobel Laureates along with some Bollywood celebrities, trooping in to......

I'Writing is like the draw of the ocean'

Her mother Anita Desai, who has been writing for three decades, has been nominated for the Booker Prize thrice. Now, daughter Kiran Desai's second book, The Inheritance of Loss published about......

'I am honoured to be called a friend of India'

Robert D Blackwill was the US ambassador to India from July 27, 2001 to July 30, 2003 when he cut short his tenure, to resume his career in teaching. On his return to Washington, DC from India, he......

'Few men did not like me because I was dark'

Kavita Daswanilived in Hong Kong for over three decades, beforemoving to Los Angeles in 2000. Shesays Mumbai is an emotional home for her as well as her Hong Kong-based parents. Daswani, 36, who......

Mystery of the missing train

When trains and stations become desirable again, we might have a murder mystery with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train as a setting, says Bibek Debroy. Image: The origin of railways in India is......

Big question from the Greece crisis: Do history and geography trump economics?

How did Greece, the country of Archimedes and Socrates and Plato and Pythagoras, come to such dire straits, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Like any Indian schoolboy, or should I say any schoolboy......

200 amazing years of rail transport

First electric locomotive. Photograph: Siemens Two hundred years after George Stephenson built the steam-powered Blucher, Open Knowledge pays tribute to 200 years of rail transport. ......

Why we must 'speed up' India

The environment minister doesn't focus on India needing more roads to ensure the Nano brings mobility to millions, writes Barun Roy. It's an irony. As India produces more cars of more varieties for......

A dash of Bollywood at Jaipur Lit Fest

Bollywood remains a top draw at the Jaipur Literature Fest with a string of film celebrities like Waheeda Rahman, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad among others set to explore the......

Friends, family bid a teary farewell to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Friends, family and fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman came together to give the late actor a teary farewell on February 6 in New York.Philip Seymour Hoffman's private wake, arranged by his girlfriend......

U2: Rockers-cum-diplomats

The famed social activism of Irish band U2 has taken on a new face: that of legendary 13th century Persian poet Rumi, who's oft-known as the smiling face of Islam. According to a recent Guardian......

Manoj Bajpai is a maharajah again

Nanda Anand grew up in Kolkata, reading Russian literature Alexander Pushkin was her favourite, as were the romance novels of Barbara Cartland. And Hollywood films filled up her imagination. She......
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