Penguin releases e-book on coronavirus' evolution and myths
  • Penguin releases e-book on coronavirus' evolution and myths(17:53)
    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Penguin Random House India on Sunday released an e-book, published under its Ebury Press imprint, on the history, evolution, facts and myths around coronavirus, before the subsequent release of its physical form in the market. "The Coronavirus: What you Need to Know about the Global Pandemic' has been written by Dr Swapneil Parikh, Maherra Desai and Dr. Rajesh M. Parikh, is available on e-commerce websites.
Jubin Nautiyal on importance of virtual concerts
OUP India supports learners, teachers with free online access
  • OUP India supports learners, teachers with free online access(18:04)
    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Students and teachers in both the school and higher education streams have been provided free access to the Continue Learning @home initiative of Oxford University Press (OUP), the world's largest university press, is aimed at creating a home learning environment and ensuring that the delivery of education is not disrupted during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced on Thursday.
I examine the Mahabharata from scientific perspective: Author Christopher Doyle (IANS Interview)
  • I examine the Mahabharata from scientific perspective: Author Christopher Doyle (IANS Interview)(10:30)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) In 2006, Christopher C. Doyle, a growth catalyst and CEO coach, set out to write a book for his seven-year-old daughter who was deeply interested in mythology and history. Today, he is the hugely successful author of the "The Mahabharata Quest" series with two books released, a third due later this year and one or two more in the pipeline. He has also hit pay dirt with his "The Pataala Prophecy Series" with two books out and three more envisaged.
Get close again in the time of COVID-19
  • Get close again in the time of COVID-19(08:58)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Finally got over the excitement of working from home, binge watching even mediocre series on OTT platforms? Is playing chef and cleaning the house getting on the nerves now? Well, its time to reconnect with things that make you feel alive -- again.
Penguin releases 'Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution'
  • Penguin releases 'Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution'(02:19)
    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Why is Royal Challengers Bangalore one of the worst-performing teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), despite having batsman like A.B. de Villiers and Chris Gayle, and being captained by Virat Kohli?
Penguin releases 'Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution'
COVID-19 effect: Bolshoi Theatre goes online for connoisseurs
  • COVID-19 effect: Bolshoi Theatre goes online for connoisseurs(21:19)
    Moscow, March 28 (IANS) Western classical music and ballet connoisseurs have a reason to cheer for in these times of coronavirus lockdown. The prestigious Bolshoi Theatre is currently streaming a few of its classic performances of the past following its closure owing to restrictions in Russia to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Corona fear robs Raj's Gangaur Festival of all fervour
  • Corona fear robs Raj's Gangaur Festival of all fervour(00:42)
    By Archana Sharma
    Jaipur, March 28 (IANS) The renowned festival of Gangaur passed off silently as women kept themselves indoors within their houses and celebrated the festival via video conferencing due to nationwide lockdown because of coronavirus outbreak.
Suggested reading to while away coronavirus blues
  • Suggested reading to while away coronavirus blues(17:06)
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Borders have been sealed, people are masked, supermarkets are plucked clean, lives quarantined: In trying times like ours, reading is a great way to fill up the hours.
Humanity needs to come together, says Ustad Zakir Hussain
  • Humanity needs to come together, says Ustad Zakir Hussain(11:51)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANSlife) As the global Coronavirus outbreak spelt a series of museum closures and postponed performances and concerts, India's most-celebrated tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain says that the humanity will need to come together to fight the pandemic.
Veteran artist Satish Gujral passes away at 94
Ray's visual artist Nemai Ghosh dead
  • Ray's visual artist Nemai Ghosh dead(23:53)
    Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Famed photographer Nemai Ghosh, known for his very fruitful two-decade long association with auteur Satyajit Ray, died at his residence here on Wednesday following cardio-respiratory failure, a family member said.
Activate state film boards, revive Films Division to support documentaries: Shilpi Gulati
  • Activate state film boards, revive Films Division to support documentaries: Shilpi Gulati(19:32)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Two-time National award winning documentary filmmmaker Shilpi Gulati feels that in order to make things easier for documentary filmmakers in India, the government must activate the various State Film Boards to support production and distribution, besides reviving the Films Division and its various initiatives by consulting and engaging with filmmakers working in this format.
Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)
  • Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)(17:54)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Somewhere close to the year 2000, as an informal consultant, renowned art historian B.N. Goswami was going over the San Diego Museum of Arts' holdings of Indian paintings, nearly all of which came from the collection of American billionaire Edwin Binney III. Among the things he saw was the manuscript of the Mysore Bhagvata, the 10th book of the Bhagavata Purana and was "charmed".
Indian novel's story parallels deadly coronavirus outbreak
  • Indian novel's story parallels deadly coronavirus outbreak(17:43)
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) An Indian novel published in 2018 and set in various parts of Asia and Europe was uncannily prescient about the possibilities of accidental or otherwise release of biotechnology products and how it can trigger an epidemic comparable to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Tamil actor-director Visu dead
  • Tamil actor-director Visu dead(20:38)
    Chennai, March 22 (IANS) Tamil movie director, producer, actor, play writer Visu, 74, on Sunday died here due to old age ailments.
Arts are feared by the powers that be: Sanjna Kapoor
  • Arts are feared by the powers that be: Sanjna Kapoor(14:27)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) "The arts are wonderfully challenging and difficult to engage with or tackle, depending on your point of view. They are by nature, reflections of a nations identity -- at times displaying the glaring darkness in a society or celebrating the unique beauty and genius of a land and its people. They forever pose questions and provoke answers. So, the challenge is how do the arts stay independent of the powers that be, of politicians, bureaucrats, corporates and their agendas?" Asks theatre person Sanjna Kapoor, who was recently conferred with the prestigeous 'The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre.
  • Teaching principles of happiness from a holistic perspective (IANS Interview)(09:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The philosopher Aristotle's homily, "happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence", might seem a tall order given the complexities of everyday life but a new book aims to "teach the principles of happiness from a holistic perspective", says its author, who draws much inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita and Buddhism.
Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)
  • Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)(09:06)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) When eminent Canadian author M.G. Vassanji does the final edit of a book you can be sure it goes beyond the ordinary. And that's exactly what "Paper Lions" delivers as Sohan S. Koonar work and its planned sequels in no mean way match the sweep of "Gone With The Wind" with Punjab as its canvas -- a timely work on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with Sikhs as its protagonists.
I was concerned with preserving India's strategic autonomy: Anil Kakodkar (Book Review)
  • I was concerned with preserving India's strategic autonomy: Anil Kakodkar (Book Review)(07:12)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The landmark India-US nuclear deal of 2008 marked a tectonic shift in international politics but it took a lot of hard bargaining to ensure the country's strategic autonomy was not compromised, says a top scientist who was at the centre of the negotiations -- and received the full backing of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Haunted Qutub, Lotus Temple with near-zero footfalls
  • Haunted Qutub, Lotus Temple with near-zero footfalls(13:40)
    By Anindya Banerjee & Rohan Agarwal
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Government's aggressive social distancing pitch coupled with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shutting all its protected sites from Tuesday has left Delhi's two iconic structures -- the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple desolate, giving an eerie feeling.
Dry Fasting can empower the body, nourish the soul
  • Dry Fasting can empower the body, nourish the soul(15:05)
    New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) In the olden days, people ate early because there was hardly any light after sunset. Their next meal would only be after sunrise. This practice spread to all religions as a discipline due to its health and spiritual benefits. Today, it is called the Dry Fasting Diet -- the most superior form of fasting and cleansing. Replicating it requires abstinence from all food and water for 12 or more hours.