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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 20, 2014 AT 23:12 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 20, 2014 23:12 IST

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 17, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 17, 2014 05:16 IST

She acted in only a handful of Hindi movies, but what songs! A few favourites.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 28, 2013 AT 08:40 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 28, 2013 08:40 IST

Farooq Sheikh, the well-loved film actor and TV host has died of a massive heart attack, while on holiday in Dubai.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 24, 2013 AT 01:06 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 24, 2013 01:06 IST

Janet Maslin in the NYT: Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words:

Mr. Leonard, who died [last] Tuesday, will forever be admired for the sheer irresistibility of the stories he told. But his legacy is much larger. He was the most influential, widely imitated crime writer of his era, and his career was a long one: more than 60 years.

After he had worked in advertising long enough to learn to appreciate brevity and catchiness, he began writing pulp westerns. They weren’t that different from the crime books that would come later. The talk was tight and crisp, the action even more so, though Mr. Leonard also kept readers slightly off balance.

“You come to see me. How do you know I’m here?” the title character is asked in “Valdez Is Coming” (1970).

“You or somebody else,” Valdez replies. “It doesn’t matter.”

Mr. Leonard’s books did most of their work through dialogue, some of it hard-boiled, some delectably funny. Either way, the syntax was contagious, to the point where Mr. Leonard’s writing voice echoes every time another crime writer drops a subject or pronoun, links unrelated clauses with just a comma.

Martin Amis called attention to Mr. Leonard’s much-copied use of the present participle: “Warren Ganz, living up in Manalapan” was his way of saying “Warren Ganz lived up in Manalapan.” Just as distinctive were his capsule descriptions, like this one from “Djibouti,” about Somali pirates: “They on the sauce gettin millions for their ransom notes.” 

Read on at the NYT: Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words

And, of course, we have his Ten Rules of Writing:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 24, 2013 AT 01:06 IST, Edited At: Aug 24, 2013 01:06 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 13, 2013 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 14, 2013 00:38 IST



"Amar Bose was an exceptional human being and an extraordinarily gifted leader. This proud MIT graduate, professor and innovator was a true giant who over decades enriched the Institute he loved with his energy, dedication, motivation and wisdom. I have never known anyone like him. I will miss him. MIT will miss him. The world will miss him."

-- MIT President L Rafael Reif


PTI reports:

Bose was born on November 2, 1929, in Philadelphia. His father, Noni Gopal Bose, was a Bengali freedom fighter who was studying physics at the Calcutta University when he was arrested and imprisoned for his opposition to British rule. Noni Gopal Bose escaped and fled to the US in 1920, where he married an American schoolteacher. At 13, Amar Bose began repairing radio sets for pocket money for repair shops in Philadelphia.

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