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Berlin celebrates cultural diversity with carnival (07:40)
Berlin, May 21 (IANS) Over 4,000 carnival actors in 68 groups have showcased the rich cultural diversity in Berlin with a street parade, drawing tens of thousands of spectators.

A Scottish adventurer and his colourful World War II career (Column: Bookends) (11:40)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Across the Second World War's hundreds of thousands of armed clashes, big and small, across multiple theatres, there are few soldiers, below general rank, who may have influenced its strategic course, and in a way, shaped the future, despite their personal bravery. This distinction goes to a Scottish diplomat-turned-politician-turned-soldier, who was one of the many real-life inspirations for James Bond.

Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again. (Book Extract - Exclusive to IANS) (May 19 is Ruskin Bond's 84th Birthday) (11:16)
By Ruskin BondIANS Photo Service
Try once more! That just about sums up my life. A series of failures leading up to a modicum of success.

Nostalgic exhibition marks International Museum Day (00:24)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) It was sheer nostalgia as inventions like typewriters, gramophones and musical box were showcased at an exhibition here on Friday to celebrate the International Museum Day.

Portrait of Francis Bacon's lover fetches $50 million (14:58)
New York, May 18 (IANS) Christie's auction house has sold "Study for Portrait" by Irish painter Francis Bacon, one of his many portraits depicting his lover and muse George Dyer, for $49.8 million in New York.

Hindu mythology, entrepreneurship, and a dancers' love story (IANS Books This Weekend) (12:50)
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Read how after the 13th day of the Kurukshetra War, the Pandavas and Kauravas look to avenge their losses; understand the need for balancing conflicting goals as well as the importance of promoting entrepreneurship from within; flick through the love story of two dancers on many facets of love and trust; and enjoy a collection of diverse stories set in Kolkata and Delhi.

'Happy Dreams': In the murky shadows of China's glittering skylines (Book Review) (12:36)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Book: Happy Dreams; Author Jia Pingwa (Translated by Nicky Harman); Publisher: Amazon Crossing; Pages: 481; Price Rs 499

Farmers' widows inspire Kota Neelima's art (12:16)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) For about two years, when author Kota Neelima was researching on farmers' widows in Maharashtra, she also made art works inspired by the philosophy that they learned from their practical experiences with nature.

My stories belong as much to my readers as they belong to me: Ruskin Bond (May 19 is Bond's 84 birthday) (12:12)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Landour (Uttarakhand, May 18 (IANS) Up above the hills, where a forest of nodding flowers and an endless valley of Himalayan mountains paint the sky, lives one of India's most-loved writers -- Ruskin Bond.

Need awareness on minimizing waste production: Venkaiah (21:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said there was a need to build awareness about the importance of a self-sustaining system of waste disposal and minimizing waste production.

Values essential for happiness: Yusuf Merchant (20:10)
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Suggesting three ways to be happy, author and doctor Yusuf Merchant said holding on to a good set of values and having gratitude along with living in the now can make one happy.

British-era castle to be renovated for tourism: Himachal CM (17:54)IANS Photo Service
Shimla, May 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday said that British-era Bantony Estate, a private castle in disuse for many decades, would be renovated at a cost of Rs 25 crore to be developed as a major tourist attraction.

Jindal varsity launches school of art and architecture (17:10)IANS Photo Service
Sonipat (Haryana), May 17 (IANS) The O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) here on Thursday announced the launch of its Jindal School of Arts and Architecture (JSAA) which aims to become one of the foremost schools of learning of the visual, material and built environments.

'Many miles to go before the tiger is safe in India' (13:40)
By Vishnu MakhijaniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Latika Nath was just seven when she decided she would dedicate her life to the conservation of wildlife. Along the way, she became India's first woman wildlife biologist and spent a quarter of a century working at the grassroots level for tiger conservation but laments that though much work has been done, "there are many miles to go before the tiger is safe".

Hachette India to release Hawking's final book 'Brief Answers to the Big Questions' (13:14)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Known for his work on Black Holes, the late Stephen Hawking's final book "Brief Answers to the Big Questions" will be released by Hachette India in October, the publishing house said on Thursday.

Had a very unique relationship with Reema Lagoo: Rakesh Bedi (May 18 is Reema Lagoo's first death anniversary) (12:38)
By Kishori SudIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Remembering late actress Reema Lagoo, who was his co-star in the cult TV show "Shrimaan Shrimati" that aired on Doordarshan from 1994-1999, veteran actor Rakesh Bedi says he had a very "peculiar and unique" relationship with her.

Gulzar gets attached to another film on 'Kabuliwala' (17:14)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Veteran lyricist Gulzar, who had worked on the classic film "Kabuliwala", has now penned lyrics for Danny Denzongpa-starrer "Bioscopewala", which is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's short story "Kabuliwala".

Stan Lee files suit against Pow! Entertainment (13:12)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee has filed a billion dollar lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment, alleging that the business partners took advantage of his declining eyesight.

AI, analytics not the fiefdom of a few businesses (Book Review) (12:28)
By Gokul BhagabatiIANS Photo Service
Title: AI and Analytics: Accelerating Business Decisions; Author: Sameer Dhanrajani; Publisher: Wiley; Pages: 372; Price: 599

Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88 (08:44)
New York, May 16 (IANS) Award winning writer and journalist Tom Wolfe, who is noted for works like "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" has passed away in the US. He was 88.

Kalinga Literary Festival to ponder on contemporary forms of literature (19:14)
Bhubaneswar, May 15 (IANS) The Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF), designed to promote the participation of young minds in art, culture and creative dialogue, is back with its 5th edition to educate, provoke and entertain as well.

Noted novelist Balakumaran dead (18:46)
Chennai, May 15 (IANS) Noted Tamil novelist and script writer V. Balakumaran died on Tuesday at a private hospital here, hospital sources said. He was 71.

Acclaimed Warli artist Jivya Soma Mashe dead (16:04)
Palghar (Maharashtra), May 15 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed artist Jivya Soma Mashe -- who catapulted Warli tribal art form to the global stage -- passed away here after a prolonged illness, an official said on Tuesday.

Weaving the mystery of Kuldhara legend with threads of fiction (11:36)
By Ananya DasIANS Photo Service
Book: The Legend of Kuldhara; Author: Malathi Ramachandran; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages 280; Price: Rs 395

Theatre pays if you do right kind of roles: Rakesh Bedi (10:54)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Often theatre artistes rue the medium is not well-paying, but veteran actor Rakesh Bedi says the story would be different if you do the right kind of roles.

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