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Time is best inheritance for children: Soha (17:30)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Soha Ali Khan, also a mother, says the best inheritance people can give to children is time.

When Raghu Rai was 'captured' by his daughter (15:18)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) As Raghu Rai turns 75, the ace photographer was presented to the audience by his daughter Avani Rai, both as a father and a photographer through a 55 minute documentary titled "Raghu Rai, An Unframed Portrait", produced by Iikka vehkalahti and Anurag Kashyap and co-produced by ARTE FRANCE and the IDFA BERTHA FUND.

Author Batliwala irked over denial of entry to city swimming club (22:18)
Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Writer and Art of Living teacher Khurshed Batliwala was allegedly stopped while entering a reputed city swimming club for not following the dress code in place since British times.

Cave paintings treasure trove found on Indonesian island (17:10)
Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is very rich in ancient cave paintings dating from at least 2,500 years ago.

Total paucity of plays for kids, say theatre veterans (15:22)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Bubbles Sabharwal and Lushin Dubey, who have been pushing a culture of youth theatre for years through their Kids World initiative, rue the "paucity of plays" for children across India.

The year when Indian fiction reflected the burden of society (2017 In Retrospect) (12:04)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A novel that takes its readers into the abyss of poverty and patriarchy, thereby narrating the sordid uses of power and the agony it unleashes; a dystopian satire that draws a telling portrait of our times; and finally an international bestseller from India weaves together a writer's experiences as a social and environmental activist -- all of this in fiction.

Stalinist stories: The Soviet Man of Steel's fictional forays (Column: Bookends) (11:20)
By Vikas Datta
There are just a handful of statesmen who have greatly influenced the course of the 20th century -- for good or bad. But can we categorise leaders on this moral standard -- for the most evil may have done some good, or vice versa. We could try the more tangible measure of success and failure, but how much importance should be given to the means they used? How about their literary presence?

These books could become 'bombs' in 2018 (11:58)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as "book bombs", critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election. Four years later, it seems that the opposition has learnt its lesson as an array of books by opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as also Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Salman Khurshid, are slated to release in 2018, ahead of the next general election.

World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy (Book Review) (11:02)
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699

World Telugu Conference begins on colourful note (00:00)
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) The World Telugu Conference (WTC) began on a colourful note here on Friday as Telugus from across the world gathered to discuss preservation and promotion of the language.

A soulful evening of Sufism and Kathak (18:30)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The residents of the national capital will be witnessing a soulful evening which marks a beautiful amalgamation of classical dance Kathak and soft heart touching Sufi music.

Framing the unseen elements of life (17:26)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) There lies an essence in every elements of our everyday life which is often found as mundane and goes unseen. And artist Rashmi Rai brings alive those moments through her lens.

Celebrating the six yard elegance of Jamdani (17:26)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) There is a sheer elegance in the six yard piece of cloth. And an exhibition brings up a wide range of Jamdani sarees woven in Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, South India and Bangladesh.

Leading Indian, South Asian galleries to woo visitors at India Art Fair 2018 (17:26)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A strong representation of leading Indian galleries, enabling deeper engagement with artists from the local art scene alongside artists from South Asia will be one of the major focuses of the upcoming edition of India Art Fair in February 2018.

New fellowship to promote research in Hindi (17:26)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish.

Oxford Dictionaries declare 'Youthquake' Word of the Year (12:20)
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Oxford Dictionaries has declared "Youthquake" as 2017's Word of the Year, reflecting what it calls a "political awakening" among millennial voters, the media reports on Friday.

A dose of mythology, dark secrets and suspense (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:02)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) What happens when reality mingles with mythology? Well, here is a young protagonist who discovers himself trapped in the days of Mahabharata. Then a story of dark secrets, shocking revelations and a special bond between two women. Next come two thrillers that will take you inside the deep, dark and secretive lives of people and their quest for truth.

Rishi Kapoor objects to journalists at launch of book on Raj Kapoor (22:16)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Rishi Kapoor objected to the presence of journalists at the launch on Thursday evening of a book on his late father, the legendary Raj Kapoor, in spite of an invitation from the publisher.

Exhibitions, conversations and more at the ongoing Khirkee Festival (21:06)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Starting Thursday, multiple venues of Khirkee Extension have come alive with a four-day festival of the arts to celebrate the cultural multiplicity of Khirkee, bringing to the foreground a variety of narratives about and from the neighbourhood through exhibitions, interventions, music, theatre, sports, bazaars and food.

Convert iconic Town Hall into library or museum: Himachal HC (18:52)
Shimla, Dec 14 (IANS) After the facelift of Town Hall, an iconic British-era structure in Shimla, it can be used either as a museum or a library rather than leaving it at the mercy of the "babus" by allowing a public office to run from there, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has observed.

Chinese woman with cerebral palsy pens 130,000-word novel (17:28)
Chengdu (China), Dec 14 (IANS) A 34-year-old woman with cerebral palsy in Chengdu, southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, has penned a 130,000-word novel with a single finger.

Priyanka Chopra to deliver inspirational lecture in Delhi (16:50)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood star and Unicef goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra will deliver an inspirational talk on 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Chasing a Dream' as part of The Penguin Annual Lecture 2017 here on December 26.

Lata Mangeshkar on her association with Raj Kapoor (Book Extract, Exclusive to IANS) (13:20)
By Lata Mangeshkar
(Editors note: To mark the 93rd birth anniversary of late actor Raj Kapoor, a special book -- an experiment between a biography and an autobiography -- will be launched by his children Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, Rishi Kapoor, Rima Jain and Rajiv Kapoor on Thursday evening. Presented here is an exclusive extract from "Raj Kapoor: The One And Only Showman" where noted singer Lata Mangeshkar writes on her association with the late actor)

Who is common to writing rooms of well-known authors? Lord Ganesh (Literary Feature - Part II) (12:38)
By Saket Suman
Just a few steps away from the busy Lodhi Road and its loud cacophony of car horns is a beautiful room that transports one to an overwhelming old-world-era amid the concrete jungle of the national capital. This is the room where Shashi Tharoor sits down to write.

A call for jihad in an earthly paradise -- and its consequences (Book Review) (11:00)
By Vikas Datta
Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

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