'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.

Delving into the sub-conscious to heal physical manifestations of disease (IANS Interview)
  • Delving into the sub-conscious to heal physical manifestations of disease (IANS Interview)(11:16)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The physical manifestations of diseases in our present life can be linked to cellular memories from the past, including even childhood or early stages of our present life � especially when the stored memories area negative or traumatic, says Natwar Sharma, a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health who has trained at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, in his new book, "Metaphors of Memory" (Westland).

Looking after young cricketers will be important, says new BCCI ACU chief (IANS Interview)
Not being a regular in playing XI doesn't bother me: Kuldeep (IANS Interview)
To win WC again, India need to get occasion out of system: Gambhir (IANS Interview)
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).

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.

Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: 'Still speechless when I think of love we got from India' (IANS Interview)
  • Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: 'Still speechless when I think of love we got from India' (IANS Interview)(11:04)
    By Samarth Goyal

    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Faisal Kapadia is "celebrating right now". The singer of the iconic rock band Strings, which last week announced its break-up after going strong for 33 years, reveals a bittersweet tone of voice as he speaks. It wasn't an "easy decision" for him, or Bilal Siddiqui -- the other half of the original band -- to "end the journey". But, as Faisal puts it, the timing couldn't have been better.

Congress' resurgence will begin with Kerala, TN victories: Antony (IANS Interview)
  • Congress' resurgence will begin with Kerala, TN victories: Antony (IANS Interview)(22:04)

    Thiruvananthapuram, March 29 (IANS) Congress Working Committee Member, former Kerala Chief Minister and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony says that the resurgence of Congress at the national level is on the cards and the results of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Assembly elections where the Congress will win will spur this process.

'The Sickle' a poignant tale of farmers, migrant labourers (IANS Interview)
  • 'The Sickle' a poignant tale of farmers, migrant labourers (IANS Interview)(13:24)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) On March 19, 1986, Sahebrao Karpe, a graduate, killed his wife and four minor children -- the youngest 8-months-old -- before ending his own life at their home in the Chilgavhan village of Wardha district in eastern Maharashtra. It was the first officially-recorded suicide by a farmer in India.

Priyanka Chopra: Oscars, Baftas are amazing but not why I pick projects (IANS INTERVIEW)
Vijayan symbol of high-handedness, rules like Hitler-Mussolini: K.K.Rema (IANS Interview)
'Sometimes, stories lie dormant in mind for years' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Sometimes, stories lie dormant in mind for years' (IANS Interview)(12:39)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) An idea, an experience or even a fleeting moment can become a story. But the story does not get written immediately after you think of it. Sometimes the story ideas live dormant in the mind for years and then one day become stories, says the multifaceted Dr C.S. Lakshmi.

7 mantras to cope with volatile-complex digital world (IANS Interview)
Giving Sita a #MeToo-inspired voice (IANS Interview)
  • Giving Sita a #MeToo-inspired voice (IANS Interview)(11:37)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) When Indian American writer Sini Panicker, a trained chemist who is a heroin profiler for the US government, began her research into the Ramayana in early 2018, the #MeToo Movement was extremely popular and highly successful in the United States. And, in her debut novel, "Sita: Now You Know Me", Panicker was inspired by these MeToo voices to give her protagonist a spirited and resilient voice befitting the present-day affairs that occupy the news cycles and social media.

1975 World Cup hockey title was best thing of my life: Captain Ajit Pal (IANS Interview)
  • 1975 World Cup hockey title was best thing of my life: Captain Ajit Pal (IANS Interview)(19:44)
    By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

    New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Sixteen days before Ajit Pal Singh turned 28 in 1975, he captained India to their maiden - and so far the only -- World Cup hockey triumph. On the 46th anniversary of that momentous title win, achieved after beating Pakistan 2-1 in a fast-paced final at Siaran Langsung Dari Stadium, Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur), 73-year-old Singh on Monday recalled the final and the celebrations that ensued.

Of decline, a gentrification, and a young girl's coming of age (IANS Interview)
  • Of decline, a gentrification, and a young girl's coming of age (IANS Interview)(11:48)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) It was once home to some 130 textile mills employing 300,000 workers but then came the Great Bombay Textile Strike of 1982 over salary increases and wages that prolonged for 18 months and triggered the end of the once thriving industry. In the 1990s came the revival some say it was the hidden agenda behind the shutdown.

My main strength is power packed punches: Boxer Vijender (IANS Interview)
  • My main strength is power packed punches: Boxer Vijender (IANS Interview)(18:12)
    By Navneet Singh

    New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Seven years after winning the historic middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, ace boxer Vijender Singh turned professional in 2015. Since then the poster boy of Indian boxing has fought -- and won -- 12 professional bouts. His next bout is against Russian Artysh Lopsan on March 19 in Goa.

'Palestine situation more difficult after Israel-Arab rapprochement' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Palestine situation more difficult after Israel-Arab rapprochement' (IANS Interview)(11:17)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The already "difficult" Palestinian movement has been made "more difficult" with four Arab states normalising relations with Israel and India can play an important role "to right the imbalanced situation between Israel and the Palestinians", says Palestinian American historian Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Adarsh Gourav: 'Feels strange to be nominated next to Anthony Hopkins' (IANS Interview)
'Social media platforms, tech have led to rise of disruptive leaders' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Social media platforms, tech have led to rise of disruptive leaders' (IANS Interview)(12:00)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) Ubiquitous technology and social media platforms have led to the rise of "disruptive" leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron as they have been able to "speak directly to their citizens", who get the "illusion that they are being listened to", but whether they deliver is a different question, says a new book that examines the new levers of state power in the modern context.

Once an ace IAF navigator, he now focuses on short stories (IANS Interview)
  • Once an ace IAF navigator, he now focuses on short stories (IANS Interview)(10:56)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Subroto Bandopadhyay was all of 10 when the 1971 India-Pakistan war inspired him to join the Indian Air Force (IAF). Commissioned in 1982, he served for 26 years, rising to the rank of Group Captain, and in 2003 played a key role in circumnavigating a huge Il-76 aircraft around the globe to a multinational exercise in Alaska. Thereafter, he navigated the Il-76 from the Eielson Air Force base in Alaska to the True North Pole and back, a flight that finds a mention in the Limca Book of Records.

'Presenting the true history of India a torturous process' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Presenting the true history of India a torturous process' (IANS Interview)(11:20)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Ever since I began taking a serious interest in history from the time I was in the eighth grade and had yet to turn a teenager, I wondered why the focus was only on two 'eras' - the Mughal and the British. There were references to Ashoka, Chandragupta Maurya and Hyder Ali/Tipu Sultan et al, but these were more in the nature of add-ons rather than to provide a perspective. The Chola dynasty and the Vijaynagar and Bahamani kingdoms got hardly a passing mention. I learnt more about the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort (at both Delhi and Agra) than about Angkor Wat.

Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad (IANS Interview)
  • Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad (IANS Interview)(22:48)
    By Khurram Habib

    Ahmedabad, March 2 (IANS) Former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a 'wall' during his playing days for his ability to bat with patience and determination, be at Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious West Indies pace attack, or against Pakistan on a Jallandhar pitch where batting was difficult.

'Bhagat Singh's is a story that needs to be told & retold' (IANS Interview)
  • 'Bhagat Singh's is a story that needs to be told & retold' (IANS Interview)(12:24)
    By Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Punjabi folklore is full of the brave deeds of the two 'Shaheeds' of Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh, who have legendary status, and as a young child, Satvinder Singh Juss grew up listening to stories about them from his grandfather. Upon arrival in the UK at the age of nine, he recalls the annual commemoration of them held by the Indian Workers Association in town halls across the country for the future of a free India and the unfulfilled promise that they came to represent.