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Potterheads across the globe went bonkers after author of the widely-loved Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, tweeted this:

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POSTED BY Rama Dwivedi ON May 10, 2015 AT 15:56 IST ,  Edited At: May 10, 2015 15:56 IST

Koi to sood chukaaye, koi to zimma le
Is inqualaab ka, jo aaj tak udhaar saa hai…

(Let someone take responsibility for the revolution
And pay off the interest to this pending loan)

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 07, 2015 AT 20:19 IST ,  Edited At: May 07, 2015 20:19 IST

Rabindranath Tagore would have turned 154 today. 

Much has been said and written about the poet. The Nobel Laureate himself wrote and published three autobiographical works — Jibansmriti (My Reminiscences), Chhelebela (My Boyhood Days) and Atmaparichay (Knowing Oneself). There is also a collection of letters that he wrote to his brother's daughter Indira between September 1887 and December 1895, which were put together in Indira's own hardbound exercise books in which she copied them out. A selection of these letters were revised and edited by Tagore himself before he published them as Chinnapatra in 1912. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 12, 2015 AT 21:55 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 12, 2015 21:55 IST

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld fantasy series of novels died at the age of 66 "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family".

His publisher, Transworld, described him as one of the "brightest, sharpest minds" of the world.

20 quotable quotes from Sir Terry Pratchett on life, the universe and everything:

  1. In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
  2. Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
  3. Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
  4. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
  5. Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
  6. The ideal death, I think, is what was the ideal Victorian death, you know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop.
  7. Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
  8. Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
  9. Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.
  10. If you are going to write, say, fantasy - stop reading fantasy. You've already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you're going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit.
  11. It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's.
  12. It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
  13. Death isn't cruel - merely terribly, terribly good at his job.
  14. Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.
  15. I like the idea of democracy. You have to have someone everyone distrusts. That way everyone's happy.
  16. By the time you've reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom.
  17. I didn't go to university. Didn't even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.
  18. I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod. Oh, and since this is England, I had better add, 'If wet, in the library.' Who could say that this is bad?
  19. I believe in freedom. Not many people do, although they will of course protest otherwise. And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based.
  20. If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember.

Also see: Terry Pratchett on the need to talk about dementia

The last few tweets from Pratchett's Twitter account which he shared with his friend Rob Wilkins:

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 06, 2015 AT 21:56 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 06, 2015 21:56 IST

The Gawker Review of Books put together a list of literature's best opening sentences. 

As Stephen King put it: "An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story...It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this."

Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice come to mind when one thinks of classic opening sentences in fiction. 

We give you 10 best ones from Gawker's list of 50:

"The time has come."
—Dr. Seuss, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

"They shoot the white girl first." 
—Toni Morrison, Paradise

"The man who had had the room before, after having slept the sleep of the just for hours on end, oblivious to the worries and unrest of the recent early morning, awoke when the day was well advanced and the sounds of the city completely invaded the air of the half-opened room." 
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dialogue with the Mirror

"Pale freckled eggs." 
—Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." 
—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

"Don't look for dignity in public bathrooms."
—Victor LaValle, Big Machine

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." 
—Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

"You better not never tell nobody but God." 
—Alice Walker, The Color Purple

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." 
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

"Dear Anyone Who Finds This, Do not blame the drugs." 
—Lynda Barry, Cruddy

Do tell us which opening sentences from literature you absolutely love.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 06, 2015 AT 21:56 IST, Edited At: Feb 06, 2015 21:56 IST
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