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Jun 30, 2011

Chicken pox and wax dilemma inspires novel on Indian TV

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI, June xx (Reuters Life!) – Expletive-mouthing executives obsessed with PowerPoint presentations, an incoherent female talk show host with “thunder thighs” and a prime-time news anchor desperate for a knockout story that will hold India’s attention.

All are part of Naomi Datta’s debut novel “The 6 pm slot,” which takes an irreverent look at India’s ratings-hungry television industry and gives insight into its inner workings, with character traits drawn from the author’s real-life observations. The book, which launched in India this month, started out as a short story based on an absurd work dilemma faced by the former broadcast journalist while working for a music channel. “One of our anchors contracted chicken pox and we had an emergency meeting on what we could do if the girl was not able to wax in time for the shoot,” Datta told Reuters in an email interview. “It was a very genuine problem at that time and had all of us very worried. But even at that point, I found it very amusing.” Datta added more characters and situations and the short story turned into a novel about an entertainment channel launching a ‘Love Calls’ talk show with a scantily clad host in a bid to boost ratings.

Feb 24, 2011

Book Talk: Jimmy the Terrorist in small-town India

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – It took nearly a decade for Omair Ahmad’s depiction of life in small-town India to take shape as a novel after starting life as a short story.

“Jimmy the Terrorist” was first written as a short story in 2002 in an attempt to understand how riots could affect a young man growing up in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Dec 17, 2010

From finance to fiction in India and Pakistan

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Reuters Life!) – Finance and fiction
seem like an unlikely mix, but a number of Indian and Pakistani
novelists are finding their stints as finance professionals may
have helped ward off writer’s block.

While there is no direct link between mastering the markets
and writing novels, a career in finance does seem to have had
its merits for former Wall Street banker Anish Trivedi.

Dec 10, 2010

Kashmir makes its presence felt with “Curfewed Night”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Two decades after a separatist rebellion broke out, a journalist’s account of growing up in Kashmir is offering readers worldwide a rare glimpse into a region beset by months of recent street demonstrations.

This week, Basharat Peer’s “Curfewed Night” made it to The New Yorker’s list of reviewers’ favourite books from 2010, an honour it also received from The Economist.

Nov 23, 2010
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RIL falls, weak day for oil & gas stocks

Shares in Reliance Industries, which have the heaviest weight in the benchmark index, closed 1.7 percent lower on Tuesday. The BSE Oil & Gas Index closed 1.69 percent lower.

Indian markets struggled as as military tensions in Korea, a local corruption scandal and Ireland’s financials troubles spooked investors.

Nov 17, 2010

Book Talk: The secret of Pakistan’s swish set

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – When Maha Khan Phillips set out to write a novel as part of a creative writing program, she didn’t have to look much further than her native Pakistan for ideas.

Partly inspired by her desire to change global perceptions about Pakistan, “Beautiful from This Angle” is a satire on Karachi’s party circuit and the television media set against the backdrop of honor killings and a feudal society.

Nov 4, 2010
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Banking index gains

The BSE Banking index rose 2.12 percent on Thursday as investors were optimistic about longer-term loan demand outlook in the economy.

Leading the index was IDBI Bank, which gained 5.2 percent, closely followed by SBI which ended 4.98 percent higher. Private sector lender ICICI gained 2 percent.

Oct 8, 2010
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SKS Microfinance shares fall

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Shares in SKS Microfinance fell 5.6 percent in trade today to close at 1228.25 rupees.

The microlender fired its chief executive Suresh Gurumani 18 months into the job and replaced him with his deputy on Monday. The shares had closed down nearly 6 percent on Monday.

Oct 8, 2010

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New Delhi

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New Delhi

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – Got 48 hours to explore New Delhi? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the Indian capital.

The best weather is between October and March — the rest of the year can be very hot and humid.

Oct 5, 2010
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Banking index slips marginally

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Banking index dropped marginally on Tuesday as traders booked profits after hawkish comments on inflation by a Reserve Bank deputy governor.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is considering measures to deal with an influx of foreign fund flows, Subir Gokarn said, adding that inflation persists well above the Reserve Bank’s comfort zone.

    • About Tony

      "Tony Tharakan is Editor, India Online and looks after the Reuters India website, managing the desk's 24/7 operations in New Delhi. He has been with Reuters since September 2006 and has previously worked with The Times of India and Press Trust of India. He holds post-graduate degrees in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and in English from Hindu College, Delhi University."
      Joined Reuters:
      September 2006
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