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12 Books By Indian Authors You Need To Read Now

  Books by Indian authors are an entirely different ball game, so it wasn’t easy to pick only 12 masterpieces. But here’s a list we think you shouldn’t miss. 1. The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur If you want to laugh out loud then this is the book for you. The cultural reference to an Indian boy’s upbringing is bang on. The letters written by Gopal, the protagonist are hilarious. […]

Salman Rushdie To Return With His First New Novel In 7 Years

British author Salman Rushdie’s first novel in seven years will be released in September, his publishers said. The title, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”, is a reference to the collection of folk tales known as the Arabian Nights. It “blends history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason,” publishers Jonathan Cape said in a statement. […]

Obituary: RK Laxman immortalised passive, hapless common man

Capturing the entire gamut of idiosyncrasies of Indian politicians in an innocuous newspaper box with his cartoons, RK Laxman immortalised the passive, hapless common man with an uncanny perception and sarcasm in a daily commentary on his life that brought smiles to millions. Every morning for over five decades, his fans waited for the Common Man who, with his signature checked jacket, dhoti, Gandhi-glasses and twin tufts of gravity-defying hair, […]

Tamil filmmaker K Balachander: The man who introduced us to Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth

Legendary Tamil movie and theatre director, screen writer and producer K Balachander passed away on Tuesday. He was 84.  Everyone from Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to Mani Ratnam and Khushbu had paid him a visit at the hospital. At 84, “KB sir”, as he is fondly called by one and all in the industry, has seen Tamil cinema evolve and is a guru and mentor to many people across many […]

Walking with the animals: Body artist transforms her models into beasts from zebra to seahorse in mind-bending optical tricks

Emma Fay, 27, from Leicester, began performing her elaborate trick after running a hair and beauty salon She spends up to six hours working up each creation with water-based paint and two very patient contortionists The art painted on the women’s white leotards include a zebra, mandrill, seahorse, giraffe, dragonfly and spider There’s a graceful giraffe, a brightly coloured dragonfly and a spider that’s far from itsy bitsy. At first […]

Thriller: Michael Jackson remains top-earning dead celebrity with $140 mn earnings

New York: Five years after his death, singer Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity, raking in an estimated $140 million in the past year for his estate, Forbes said on Wednesday. He earned more than twice as much as singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 and came in second with $55 million, and three times more than cartoonist and Peanuts comic strip creator […]

Celebrating 50 years in Bollywood: Lyricist Akhtar says his friends made him what he is

Noted lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has completed 50 years in the film industry. Recalling his long association with Bollywood, he said: “It was on October 4, 1964, that I stepped down at the railway station in Mumbai. Over the years I’ve realised that all that has happened to me is not because I’m good, but because people have been good to me. “If I had to describe my journey […]

A PaperSmith and his crazy world of PAPER MODELS

Sitting here and looking back, my entire life has been inspired by things that fly, things that are fast, things that move, things that can be understood and things that can be created. I was a curious kid and always used to wonder how stuff works, how wings generate lift, how steam engine operates etc. This curiousity gifted me with a passion to observe things, a passion to imagine things […]

Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood star's 10 million Twitter followers

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has crossed over 10 million followers on Twitter. The actor is prolific on the microblogging site and is the most followed user on Twitter in India. The 71-year-old star, who has acted in more than 180 films, recently made his Hollywood debut in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He also hosts the hugely popular Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to […]

Tributes paid to film director Richard Attenborough

The Oscar-winning actor and director died on Sunday at the age of 90. Steven Spielberg said he was “in an endless line of those who completely adored him”. David Puttnam called him “completely irreplaceable”. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “one of the greats of cinema”, while Ed Miliband called it “a sad day” for film “and the Labour movement”. Lord Attenborough was a member of the Labour party […]