When government rules hinder RTE

When children in the dusty Santosh Nagar neighbourhood in Mumbai are studying in school, five-year-old Kannan Swami is playing at home. The boy who was allotted a seat in a private school under the Right to Education (RTE) Act in 2015, waits impatiently for his admission while his mother runs from pillar to post to beat a patriarchal government rule.
Kannan, who is being brought up by his 32-year-old mother Gauri, was denied admission because his mother could not produce her estranged husband’s income certificate. Having separated nearly five years ago but not legally divorced, Gauri’s dilemma, like that of many other single mothers,is that the government does not accept the caste/income certificate of the mother unless she is legally divorced. Bringing the case to the Read More..

New book gets Trump bumps

for Ivanka Trump’s latest book, Women Who Work: Redefining the Rules for Success, are in. She is the US President’s daughter.
The reviews are not great. In fact, some are downright brutal. A sampling:
‘Witlessly derivative’, said The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior.
‘A grab-bag of generic work-life advice’, wrote Emily Peck of HuffPost.
‘It is really vapid’, is the opinion of Slate’s Michelle Goldberg.
‘Trump’s lack of awareness, plus a habit of skimming from her sources, often results in spectacularly misapplied quotations’ said NPR’s Annalisa Quinn.
For her part, Trump is playing up the positive, posting on her Instagram page a video of herself dancing at home with her two youngest children, with a caption touting ‘little moments’ and a link to an article about her book in Working Mother magazine. Read More..

Chetan Bhagat gets court notice again

While the dust around Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone being included in Delhi University’s Credit Based Choice System (CBCS) is yet to settle, the author has now been slapped with a plagiarism lawsuit by a Bengaluru-based author. Anvita Bajpai, in heRead More..

A scintilating book launch

The book, Habib - the man who built an empire by Hritu Pawar and brought out by Vitasta was launched at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Delhi on 19 May by Film-maker Muzzafar Ali. The event was followed by a scintilating performance of Kawali by the Nizami Brothers and good food.Read More..

Now from author Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur has a story to tell. But this time, she has written a book about it.
19-year-old Gurmehar was in the news earlier this year because she joined a peaceful campaign after violent clashes at Delhi University’s Ramjas College. She was made a target of an onslaught of social media vitriol, including death threats, rape threats and furious commentary from people ranging from politicians to cricketers, actors to media influencers.
Her memoir Small Acts of Freedom is a deeply personal work of nonfiction by Gurmehar Kaur that tells the story of three generations of strong single women in her own family. ‘When people ask me where I gather strength from, I cannot just point at one incident. My story does not start with me’, says Kaur. Read More..

Amish’s Sita embodies the fearless woman

Sita: Warrior of Mithila, the second in the author’s Ramachandra series, promises to etch an unconventional image of Sita where she is no more the coy and obedient wife of Lord Rama. Instead, she will be seen combating several challenges to rise from being an adopted daughter to a warrior princess and ultimately a goddess. ‘The cover captures Lady
Sita as a true warrior and an alpha-female, who is fiercely fighting hundreds of men, with only her lathi. And while she is easily outnumbered, she continues to charge on and doesn’t accept defeat easily.She completely emulates the modern, contemporary woman,’ Tripathi said. Muscles taut, armed with weapons and all geared up to single-handedly take on the enemy: Amish Tripathi’s latest protagonist— the warrior princess Sita Read More..

Nyogi books on Chikankari

Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition, authored by Paola Manfredi and published by Niyogi Books was launched at India International Centre, on 4 May. The book was launched in the presence of activist, author and Indian handicrafts curator Jaya Jaitly, along with fashion designer and film producer Meera Ali and renowned filmmaker, designer, poet and artist Muzaffar Ali. ..Read More..

Nyogi books on Maps

Maps of Delhi, authored by Pilar Maria Guerrieri and published by Niyogi Books was launched at INTACH, New Delhi on 13 May in the presence of academic, author & Heritage activist Narayani Gupta, Cartographer & Founder & CEO of ML Infomap Manoshi Lahiri, author, art historian & curator William Dalrymple & architect, urban planner & conservation consultant of INTACH AG Krishna Menon. This groundbreaking publication ..Read More..

Army Man pens gripping Indo-Pak tale

Baqir Shameem, a retired Brigadier from the Indian Army, released his book The Chenab Connection, a fascinating love story that traverses between India and Pakistan, in presence of a packed audience at an event held at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Brigadier Shameem has served in the Indian Army for over three decades and witnessed the growing Indo-Pak conflict from close quarters. Speaking at the book release, Shameem said, ..Read More..

Nawaz Sharif

Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is planning to sue PM Nawaz Sharif after a book revealed that Nawaz took money from Osama bin Laden for jihad in Kashmir and Afghanistan and for destabilising Benazir Bhutto government in 1989.
The basis of PTI’s allegations against Nawaz Sharif is a book written by Shamama Khalid, wife of a former Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) spy Khalid Khawaja, who was killed by the Pakistani Taliban in 2010.The book is Khalid Khawaja: Shaheed-i-Aman. ..Read More..

Literary Non-event of May

It was a little strange that an invitation by publisher Penguin to a book event turned out to be a kitty party, where the media was NOT allowed to attend by YFLO, the FICCI arm hosting the event. It defied logic as to what secret tête-à-tête the Minister of Civil Aviation could engage in with writer Sonia Golani. The invite clearly says that CNBC’s Shereen Bhan was on stage. Jayant Sinha is also on Youtube after the event. Perhaps, a publishing industry newspaper is NOT among those with Money & Fame and the Minister and his wife only hobnob with the elite. YFLO guests at the event were.. ..Read More..

Literary Non-event of May

A work on English artists from 1879, a copy of the Holy Bible printed in 1560 and Royal Tour in India by Stanley Reed, which saw the light in 1906, issues of Needlecraft, a home and family magazine from 1930, a book from 1922 which deals with Moghul paintings and Photographic Views in Madurai (1858) by Captain L Tripe—these were some of the antiquarian books on display at the Connemara Public Library in Egmore, Chennai as part of an exhibition of rare books. ..Read More..

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