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Memories of turbulent times, difficult loyalties: Tan Twan Eng's Malaysia in war novels

New Delhi Among historical events that have left an enduring influence, the Second World War is certainly one that lives up to its name. Its European, African and American components are adequately depicted, but the Asian experience, while not entirely absent, is quite under-represented. And this is despite the early 20th century being quite a tumultuous era for the region - older conflicts (the China-Japan War) segueing into the World War, which in its wake, sparked a spate of decolonisation and freedom struggles, some of them violent.

Bangladesh book fair kicks-off in Kolkata

Kolkata , Oct 25

Bibliophiles with an interest in neighbouring Bangladesh's art, culture and history have a reason to cheer now. A six-day Bangladesh Book Fair was inaugurated here Saturday.

Mali: Country with 300 Indians records first Ebola death

Accra (Ghana) , Oct 25 The authorities in the West African nation of Mali, where the Indian embassy says there are between 200 and 300 of its nationals, have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl.

Exercise the right way!

London , Oct 25

It's important to take precautions while exercising as it can lead to significant damage to the muscles and the joints. Let's find out what moves exactly are doing this.

Get your date right, check out how

London , Oct 25

Going on a date? Don't let the nervousness or excitement take over your style judgement.

India-born Sundar Pichai is Google's new product chief

Washington , Oct 25

In a major restructuring of Google management, India-born Sundar Pichai, who is already in-charge of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, has been made the chief of core Google products, according to a technology magazine.

Book offers balanced view of Lord Ram and Sita's life

New Delhi , Oct 25

Why is Lord Ram often shown in a bad light for asking his wife Sita to go through the ordeal of fire? Was Sita's greatest quality her ability to suffer in silence? A book attempts to find a "balanced perspective" from the epic Ramayana.

Mahasweta Devi accuses personal assistant of defrauding her

Kolkata , Oct 25

Writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi Saturday accused her personal assistant Joy Bhadra of fraudulently acquiring her properties.

Street children to narrate stories at Kolkata fest

Kolkata , Oct 25

Street children of the city will perform and narrate a diverse array of stories in a unique festival here Nov 15, aimed at encouraging love for reading, story-telling and listening among them.

Story of memories, nostalgia, metaphors

New Delhi , Oct 25

In her debut novel, Ira Singh has deliberately picked up metaphors as motifs to narrate a coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of partition and independence, and refrained from getting into details that led to these developments to narrate a story of a family.