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8 hours ago
Characters from the Past: Historic figures in fiction and those left out

The whole Earth is the sepulchre of famous men.. observed ancient Greek statesman Pericles in a memorial ceremony, noting that their story doesn't only survive on their gravestones, but lives on far away... Nobody knows this better than the writers who focus on or otherwise bring in historical personages into their works, making them feel real than renowned but remote figures from the past. <...

21 days ago
Dumas' epic of swashbuckling chivalry and comradeship

What makes a literary work a classic? The readers' opinion or a prominent literary figure's certification? Or could it be, as many literary critics suggest, the enduring relevance of its motifs and message, beyond the space and time it portrays? By this yardstick, this French work definitely qualifies with its themes of friendship, duty, gallantry, honour, integrity and loyalty amid pressures and...

1 month ago
Prachi Tehlan to star opposite Mammootty

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Actress Prachi Tehlan, who made her acting debut with TV show Diya Aur Baati Hum, is gearing up to star opposite Malayalam superstar Mammootty in Sajeev Pillai directorial Mamankam. Yes, I am doing a film with Mammootty sir. It's the biggest Malayalam film ever being made. The shoot has started. I can't reveal much about the film but it's a wonderful experience to b...

1 month ago
SC slams ASI for not protecting Taj Mahal

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, and asked about the steps being taken to prevent the Mughal structre from being destroyed by insects and algae. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta was concerned after the ASI told it that the Taj Mahal was gett...

1 month ago
Goa Church explains 'u-turn' on 'Monument Mitra' scheme

Panaji, May 9 (IANS) The influential Roman Catholic Church in Goa on Wednesday explained its 'u-turn' on the Monument Mitra scheme in which it eventually agreed to participate after its initial refusal. Faced with criticism, after its overnight u-turn over the issue of proposed adoption of the state's most iconic churches, the 17th century Basilica of Bom Jesus, by a private company unde...

1 month ago
Goa Church's U-turn on 'Monument Mitra' scheme questioned

Panaji, May 8 (IANS) The AAP on Tuesday questioned Goa's influential Roman Catholic Church's U-turn on the proposed adoption of the 17th century Basilica of Bom Jesus by a private company under the central government's 'Monument Mitra' scheme. Goa Archives and Archaeology minister Vijay Sardesai, who had earlier said that the state government was not consulted by the central tourism auth...

1 month ago
ASI's 'beauty parlour' treatment cause of Taj's browning, says historian

Agra, May 3 (IANS) Welcoming the Supreme Court's concern over discolouring of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love in Agra, historian Prof R. Nath, an authority on Mughal architecture, said mud-pack treatment with 'Multani Mitti' was the chief cause (of its browning) and this should be stopped forthwith. Talking to IANS on phone from Ajmer, where he has shifted from Agra, Nat...

1 month ago
After 'Shiraz', keen to compose music for 'modern ' films: Anoushka Shankar

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Anoushka Shankar's maiden project as a film music composer was unique. After scoring for the restored 1928 Indian silent period drama Shiraz: A Romance of India, the British Indian sitar player is enthused about taking up more film projects, albeit with modern narratives and normal conversations. I really loved getting to score my first film, and as everyone in th...

1 month ago
'Treasures' takes you on a wondrous tour of Allahabad Museum

Title: Treasures: Allahabad Museum, Allahabad; Author: Malavika Singh, Rajesh Purohit; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 190; Price: Rs 995 Enjoying rare books in a museum is common, but you can now enjoy the Allahabad Museum through a book - Treasures, which lists its assets and recounts its history. Part of an initiative by the Ministry of Culture's Museum Reforms Programme, the ...

1 month ago
Five books to look forward to in May 2018

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Its the dull season in the literary space and most known writers are currently doing what they are meant to do -- write. Shuffling between literature festivals and promotional events from mid-September to March, the harsh summer months provide the much-needed space for writers to focus on their craft as their minds are not shattered by constant invitations and events. <...

2 months ago
Won't stake claim to Taj Mahal: Wakf Board to SC

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it won't stake claim to the ownership of the Taj Mahal. Asking senior counsel A.D.N. Rao appearing for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to take instructions, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that once the Board pressed...

2 months ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast acquitted, judge quits

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) A decade after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activists accused. Within hours, the judge who ordered the acquittals resigned, citing personal reasons. While Congress and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) criticised the acquittals, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the verdi...

2 months ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast acquitted, judge quits

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) A decade after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activists accused. Within hours, the judge who ordered the acquittals resigned, citing personal reasons. The National Investigation Agency court held that none of the charges framed against the accused, including Swamy Aseemanand...

2 months ago
All 5 accused in Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Nearly 11 years after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca Masjid here, a special NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activist accused, inviting strong criticism from Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The National Investigation Agency court held that none of the charges framed against the accused, including Swamy Aseemanand, had been...

2 months ago
Ajay Devgn celebrates birthday in Paris

Paris, April 3 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn celebrated his birthday here with his family and close friends. Ajay turned 49 on Monday and posted a photograph of himself along with his actress-wife Kajol and children Nysa and Yug, his Taarzan: The Wonder Car co-actor Vatsal Sheth and his wife Ishita Dutta. Fêtes d'anniversaire à Paris. (Birthday parties in Paris), Ajay captioned the i...

2 months ago
Why are Muslim achievements and liberal traditions not celebrated?

It does not surprise me that the continuing debate on the Op-Ed page of the Indian Express on the Muslim predicament skirts fundamental issues. The debate has been triggered by Ramachandra Guha disagreeing with Harsh Mander on the Muslim question. Mander's column, headlined Sonia, Sadly, expresses his hurt at Sonia Gandhi's public expression of fear that the Congress was being perceived ...

2 months ago
Unveiling the multifarious, magical world of 'daal'

Book: Pull of Pulses Full of Beans; Author: Salma Husain and Vijay Thukral; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 204 pages; Price: Rs 750 Looks are deceptive, as the saying goes, and author Salma Husain, armed with her new book, Pull of Pulses Full of Beans, is all set to prove the saying true as she chose lentils as the protagonist. Lentils or pulses, known as daal in Hindi, isn't so...

2 months ago
Taj entry restricted to three hours from Sunday

Agra, March 29 (IANS) Entry to the Taj Mahal will be restricted to only three hours starting from Sunday, according to a notice issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The decision was taken to reduce human load on the fragile, 17th century monument of love which has started showing signs of fatigue and ageing, the notice said. ASI sources said the modalities were bei...

3 months ago
Activists march to protect Taj from pollution

Agra, March 25 (IANS) To highlight the pollution threat to the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love, environmental activists on Sunday marched along the Yamuna river with posters and banners. Activist Devashish Bhattacharya said the Taj was being continuously sand-blasted in this hot weather as the riverbed had gone dry. Though the Yogi government has announced a barrage ...

3 months ago
Do things I like, says Ajay Devgn

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Actor-producer Ajay Devgn says he associates himself with projects he likes. Ajay ventured into Marathi cinema with Aapla Manus, which released in February. Asked if he would like to venture more into Marathi scripts, Ajay told IANS here: When I hear good scripts, I want to make them and when I heard this script ('Aapla Manus') which is a fabulous scri...

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