Literature

R.K. Laxman, considered by many as one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, was an institution unto himself, indisputably the uncrowned conscience keeper of the nation. No politician or minister, however high or mighty, escaped his pointed satire, conveyed through a few deft strokes of his brush, especially if they committed an act...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for sound-bytes is not often accompanied by matching action and his very fine speeches and liberal pronouncements appear completely disconnected from any tangible action plan, adequate funding or execution capacity, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said in his new book....

It is one of the enduring problems of the world and the Palestinian-Israeli imbroglio doesn't seem to offer any hope of a peaceful resolution soon, says experts who were divided on whether to continue to strive for a two-state solution or any other solution. They all acknowledge the Israeli settlements on the West Bank are the stumbling block...

It seems like an Alistair Maclean novel - an enemy general is kidnapped from near his headquarters, spirited through nearly two dozen checkpoints, kept hidden from search for nearly two weeks and is successfully taken out of the territory. But it really happened in World War II, and two junior, amateur British officers - who had conceived the pl...

Monotheism, which rose in the Middle East in the first century after Christ, was a "decisive moral and ethical" revolution that transformed the world and was almost an inevitable stage in human history. But, it did not represent a break with the classical era, say experts....

There are motels in America's south where you are likely to be greeted not with "How are you?" but "Kem Cho" or "Kya Haal hai?" and the owner is likely to be a Mr. Patel, says acclaimed American travel writer Paul Theroux while talking about his new work which takes the inveterate globetrotter to one part of the world he has so far not visit...

Indian authors have failed to create their own set of popular sleuths like Sherlock Holmes despite filmmaker Satyajit Ray giving us the iconic Bengali sleuth Feluda way back in 1965, said the bestselling thriller writer Ashwin Sanghi, who feels crime writing requires discipline and persistence to narrate a gripping tale....

She achieved notoriety as the French queen who suggested her starving subjects should eat cake if they had no bread. While this story is unlikely to be true, Marie Antoinette was dragged in a raging scandal - four years before the French Revolution - that irreparably tarnished the French royalty's image, earned them the label of tyrants and w...