'The Gopichand Factor' flatters to deceive (IANS Interview)
  • 'The Gopichand Factor' flatters to deceive (IANS Interview)(11:56)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Hero or hurdle? That's the question one is left wondering after reading "The Gopichand Factor" (Westland) given author Abhijeet Kulkarni's praising sky high only the second Indian to win the All-England badminton title but also grudgingly admitting how he has been an impediment to the game while being the Chief National Coach for the past 14 years while simultaneously running his private training academy -- leading to repeated charges of a huge conflict of interest.

Mumbai Sanskriti Festival, rediscovering the cultural heritage of Mumbai
  • Mumbai Sanskriti Festival, rediscovering the cultural heritage of Mumbai(16:16)
    By IANSlife

    New Delhi, April 9 (IANSlife) Imagine the imposing interiors of one of the finest Neo Gothic Victorian heritage structures in Mumbai -- The Convocation Hall at the Fort campus of the University of Mumbai, with soulful Indian classical music transporting you to an ethereal world of bliss.

Saree-inspired paintings on view at a Delhi exhibition
  • Saree-inspired paintings on view at a Delhi exhibition(15:26)
    By Siddhi Jain

    New Delhi, April 9 (IANSlife) Paintings by Dipali Deshpande, an artist seized by her love for the nine-yard wonder and Indian women's clothing and textiles, will be on view at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), Delhi, from April 16-22.

Gained deeper insight into Indian culture: Trishla Patel
  • Gained deeper insight into Indian culture: Trishla Patel(15:04)
    By Siddhi Jain

    New Delhi, April 9 (IANSlife) Thespian Trishla Patel, who plays the character of Beni Bai in the teleplay 'Aaj Rang Hai' -- a musical celebration of India's syncretic cultural and artistic traditions through the poetry of Amir Khusrau -- says that the core message of the play is 'humanity over hate'.

'Once, there was a seed' to germinate at Vadehra
  • 'Once, there was a seed' to germinate at Vadehra(23:26)

    New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The Vadehra Art Gallery in the national capital is organising a solo exhibition by artist Sachin George Sebastian, who brings new drawings and cut-out sculptures cast in metal and paper in his latest body of work titled 'Once, there was a seed'.

'Lok Mein Ram' art exhibition brings to life varied facets of Lord Ram
  • 'Lok Mein Ram' art exhibition brings to life varied facets of Lord Ram(19:52)
    By S. Ravi

    New Delhi, April 7: The ambience at the group art exhibition "Lok Mein Ram" mounted at the newly inaugurated New Delhi-based Sanskar Bharati Kala Sankul is divine and aesthetic. The reason is that the 25 artworks and one installation - all exquisite and engaging -- at Sankuls maiden exhibition are all devoted to Lord Ram and Ramayana, one of Indias holiest scriptures.

Legendary musician Dave Grohl's saga to come alive in 'The Storyteller'
Two trend-setting books set to clear the air on Indian data
  • Two trend-setting books set to clear the air on Indian data(18:14)

    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Two new books by Chennai-based data journalist Rukmini S, "Whole Numbers and Half-Truths: What Data Tells Us About Modern India" and "India in 100 Charts", to be published by Westland, are set to release in quick succession

Devdutt Pattanaik retells iconic stories of Abrahamic lore in new book
  • Devdutt Pattanaik retells iconic stories of Abrahamic lore in new book(15:26)

    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) India's favourite mythologist, Devdutt Pattanaik will introduce readers to the fascinating mythology of angels, demons, prophets and kings of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in his new book, "Eden: An Indian Retelling of Jewish, Christian and Islamic lore" (Viking).

Centre's new initiative to promote tribal craft, culture
  • Centre's new initiative to promote tribal craft, culture(14:06)

    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) As tribes are among the disadvantaged sections of the society, a quiz has been started by the Centre at promoting and preserving their craft, culture and lifestyle to improve their income. Tribes constitute over 8 per cent of our population.

Rediscovering Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu's first great poet (IANS Interview)
  • Rediscovering Mir Taqi Mir, Urdu's first great poet (IANS Interview)(12:00)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) was not only Urdu's first great poet but also the most prolific one with around 13,500 couplets to his name. He is credited with giving shape and structure to the Urdu language itself, is counted among the five major poets of the language along with Mirza Ghalib, Mir Anees Allama Iqbal and Josh Malihabadi and is often mentioned as 'Khuda-e-Sukhan' (God of Posey or poetry).

'Venom' a mythological fantasy-mystery set in current times
  • 'Venom' a mythological fantasy-mystery set in current times(12:30)

    New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Is the Mahabharat an epic or is it history? Is Ashwathama, one of the seven 'Chiranjeevis' or immortals, a figment of past imagination or does he really continue to wander the Earth to this day? Could he really be seeking revenge on Krishna, and be willing to curse all of humanity with a deadly plague?

Taking a photograph is a starting point now, not final product: Rema Chaudhary
  • Taking a photograph is a starting point now, not final product: Rema Chaudhary(08:50)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) She believes that we take more photographs now as we can, and what we believe to be acceptable content is changing -- therefore a need to adapt. Also in our over-communicated world, people are constantly trying to imitate each other. "But it's important to understand that you can never do what someone else does and someone else cannot do what you do as long as you are honest in your work. Coming to this realisation is very liberating," photographer Rema Chaudhary tells IANS.

RSS chief Bhagwat to launch Sanskar Bharti art and culture campus
Assaulted by humans & nature, Taj needs better care
  • Assaulted by humans & nature, Taj needs better care(20:00)
    By Brij Khandelwal

    Agra, March 31 (IANS) The 17th century monument of love, the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, is feeling the heat of abruptly rising temperature, sand blasting by seasonal dust storms and human apathy.

Of the power of books and the bonds of friendship
'Jharokha': India's rich architectural heritage captured on canvas
  • 'Jharokha': India's rich architectural heritage captured on canvas(15:04)
    By S.Ravi

    New Delhi, March 31: Bringing to the fore, that too effectively, the deep connect between art and architecture, is the ongoing solo exhibition of Smita Jain, "Jharokha". Her 21 works -- all acrylic on canvas -- are on view at Uchaan Art Gallery in Gurugrams Souk Mall till April 1.

Biography of last Travancore ruler silent on his Dewan's machinations (IANS Interview)
  • Biography of last Travancore ruler silent on his Dewan's machinations (IANS Interview)(11:45)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A biography of the last Maharaja of Travancore that attempts to provide an "authentic" account of his accession and his legacy is, however, silent on the shenanigans of his Dewan, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, to retain the independence of the province in 1947 and his deal with the British to export the states valuable mineral resources, while the author obfuscated on the two issues in an interview with IANS.

'Parrikar ensured transparent, simpler defence acquisition procedures' (Book Review)
  • 'Parrikar ensured transparent, simpler defence acquisition procedures' (Book Review)(11:34)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Manohar Parrikar transformed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from a "slumberous, mammoth and slow-moving organisation, happy to trudge along, least bothered about time-bound outcomes" and "personally led changes that have resulted in transparent and simpler" acquisition procedures" and implemented "three big decisions", says a new book on his 28-month tenure in the South Block by his "very close" friend Nitin Gokhale and commissioned by the Goa government that he also headed for four terms as Chief Minister over an eight-year period.

KalaGhar empowering Odisha women, reviving handicraft
  • KalaGhar empowering Odisha women, reviving handicraft(09:28)
    By Rajnish Singh

    New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Starting its journey from a small village in Odisha's Balasore district with six artisans five years ago, KalaGhar is not only creating employment opportunities for rural women artisans, but also reviving handicrafts in Odisha.

Anamika, reincarnated
  • Anamika, reincarnated(08:12)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Remember the massively popular 'Kala Sha Kala', 'Kahi Karta Hoga Intezaar', 'Sona Disda' -- the numbers that grooved an entire generation in the 90's? Well, singer Anamika Grover is all set to re-release her old classics to introduce youngsters to her music now. "But I'm not going to disappoint my fans who have loved my music all these years, and will give these new songs my 'old tadka'," she smiles.

Godzilla Vs. Kong: Extravagant monster mayhem (IANS Review; Rating: * * *)
All roads lead north are less travelled (Book Review, Ld)
  • All roads lead north are less travelled (Book Review, Ld)(13:14)
    By Atul K. Thakur

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Amish Raj Mulmi's unbelievable jubilation of 'Nepal's turn to China and his painstaking efforts in proving the flawed argument how all roads lead north-- sweeps over the possibility of a genuine and unbiased account coming from him on China's misadventures in the South Asian region, their historical progression and Nepal's continuing vulnerability. With 66-pages in notes and purposefully featured details without connecting the dots, the book puzzles even a keen watcher of Nepal. The chosen plot is serious and the authors preoccupied romantic notion in dealing it makes the whole narrative reductionist-- and deeply biased in favour of China, an expansionist force in the northern neighbourhood of Nepal.

'Think out of the box, no set formula for success' (Book Review)
  • 'Think out of the box, no set formula for success' (Book Review)(11:40)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) When he was 11, family members and friends thought he would become a monk. When he was 18, people thought he would run away from IIT-Bombay because he didnt know English. At 25, given his lifestyle and habits, most of his friends thought he would not reach 50.

India's Bagai family asks Pak PM to stop dismantling its palace in KP