Celebrated author Munshi Premchand changed the course of literature in Hindi and Urdu with his "modern perspective" and simple expressions, according to his grandson Alok Rai. Rai, who was speaking in a session titled, "Hindustani Zindagi Ka Naqsh-Nigaar: ... Business Standard, 2 months ago
THE WRITER AT his most ambitious is God—he does not just create life but also the laws that govern life. An apple dropped can float up by just a scribble of his pen, and if he is clever he knows that. The only check to this absolute power is getting the ...Open Magazine, 2 weeks ago
HOW IS A novelist to write about the 2008 terrorist attacks in Bombay? Does he go all fire and brimstone, make it the pivot of the story, and assert that the city can never be the same again? Or does he stitch it into the fabric of his tale, like a tailor ...Open Magazine, 2 weeks ago
Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present. IMAGE: Modern folks would not even think of the ballpoint pen as an innovation. It seems to be an inexpensive writing instrument, not worth too much thought. Yet it had to fight for a life. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters. Pen maker John Loud got a ballpoint pen patent in 1888. Anton Shaeffer in 1901. Michael Brown in 1911. While Lorenz presented a prototype ball pen in 1924. IMAGE: László Bíró, ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
IT WAS A sunny morning in the month of May in Peredelkino, a sleepy Stalin era writer’s colony in the suburbs of Moscow. The year was 1956. Boris Pasternak walked out of his dacha clutching a thick packet. “This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way ...Open Magazine, 1 month ago
Her eyes crinkle as she speaks; a smile is never far away.Though she speaks in a rush -- words tumbling over each other in a race to save time or keep up with her thoughts -- she is unfailingly polite.A simple sari, a string of flowers in her hair, basic jewellery and a wrist watch... that's all one of India's richest women wears.Sudha Murty has various roles -- philanthropist, author, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt -- and she revels in each one of them, discovers Rediff.com's ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Sudha Murty worries that India has still not learnt its lessons from history, she tells Rediff.com's Savera R Someshwar.Videos: Afsar Datayar/Rediff.com Part 1: Sudha Murty: We are not an equal society IMAGE: "Successful people are those who face a lot of difficulties but convert every failure into a step to go up," say Sudha Murty. Photograph: Afsar Dayatar/Rediff.com "I don't do any housework," Sudha Murty confesses to gales of laughter. "I want to admit that right now." And cooking makes ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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