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Sunday, 18 May 2014





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Government Gazette

Ishani Malhotra’s tryst with romance fiction

As the demand for romance fiction in English rises in the subcontinent where a robust English fiction readership keeps growing, new debutantes to the sphere of fiction writing are emerging with their debut novels being picked up by publishing houses as Harlequin India. Ishani Malhotra is an upcoming author from India who has worked as a correspondent with The Hindustan Times newspaper, Kolkata Edition for two years. Her tastes when it comes to reading include works of Jhumpa Lahiri, Dan Brown and Shobha De.

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Buddhist literature :

Vessantara Jataka leads the way

In the large collection of Jataka stories – stories of the Bodhisattva, some have been more popular than the rest. They are mainly the longer stories such as Vessantara, Kusa, Vidura and Ummagga, which devotees have loved listening to and artists have delighted in painting.

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The amazing Strauss family

One of the earliest of Early Romantics, Johann Strauss, the youngest of the Strauss family made the foursome. Father, Johann I and two brothers Eduard and Josef were also composers along with him, Johann Strauss II. Strauss snr. Was known mostly for his brilliant score, Rodetsky March while Johann composed 400 waltzes by himself. Eduard some 318 and Josef 300 polkas, galops and other dance pieces.

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