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          On March 1, team BookChums attended the book launch of The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish. It was held at Landmark in SGS Mall in Pune. Amish read from the first chapter of his latest book before he began the interaction with his readers. He said that this book took much longer than  he expected to complete it. It was published by Westland Press in 2013. The other two books from this trilogy include The Immortals of Meluha ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
      On February 25, team BookChums attended the book launch of Legacy by Sudha Menon, writer and journalist, at Crossword on Senapati Bapat Road in Pune. Legacy is Menon’s latest book; it is a collection of letters from distinguished individuals to their daughters. Published by Random House, India, these letters are warm and inspiring and are an illustration on parenting and conscience. The guests of honor were Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Director a...
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  Another  venue. Another book launch. Team BookChums was as usual, ubiquitous in the front row at Landmark, SGS Mall, Pune as writer Annie Zaidi’s new collection of short stories - Love Stories # 1 to 14 was unwrapped from its pink gift wrapped cover by poet, writer and translator Priya Sarukkai Chabria. Zaidi and Chabria shared the stage, as the former extolled the book for its, “Sheer range of stories, characters that are explored.” Zaid...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  The cosy first floor corner of Crossword, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune was an apt venue for the official launch of Ashwin Sanghi’s third book The Krishna Key. As enthusiasts took their seats, Sanghi spoke with an easy informality. To laughter, he mentioned the ‘world record’ he holds in rejections (47) for his first book – The Rozabal Line. The Rozabal Line finally went into self-publication, and on good reviews found a publisher. Taking ab...
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  We were at Landmark, Moledina Road, Pune on the 24th of August 2012 for the book launch of Toke, the debut work of fiction by Jugal Mody. For starters, ‘Toke’ implies a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette.   The author read chunks from the book, which concerns how Lord Vishnu shows up before the protagonist – Nikhil, who is really stoned, courtesy drug intake. The unpredictable plot then veers to Nikhil’s similarly stoned fri...
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Friday evening, the 20th of July 2012, saw the launch of the Marathi edition of The Immortals of Meluha at Crossword, S.B.Road, Pune. The writer of the English original - Amish Tripathi; noted journalist and chief guest Anil Dharker; translator Dr. Neena Shetty; and Westland Chief Executive Gautam Padmanabhan were present at the release of Mehulache Mrutyunjay.   After the mandatory launch of the book by Dharker, an engaging banter ensued between him and Amish...
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  “What makes the Pune event very special for me are the people out here.” - Lata Gwalani   The book launch function of Lata Gwalani’s debut novel Incognito was a cheerful, friendly session held at Crossword, S.B.Road on 14th July, 2012. The bonhomie at the event was very evident with friends from Gwalani’s Pune college days making an appearance. Gwalani was flanked by Harry David, Principal Correspondent, The Times of India a...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  It was on an overcast evening that the Pune launch of Newsroom Mafia by Oswald Pereira was held on June 8, 2012 at Crossword, Senapati Bapat Road. Sprinkled with humour and a lively discussion on newspapers, the nexus of paid news, and why what we read every day in the papers may not be true. Apart from Pereira, who is a veteran-journalist-turned-novelist, writers Sonja Chandrachud, Ismita Tandon Dharker and Kailash Srinivasan were part of the panel who discuss...
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Celebrated journalist and author S Hussain Zaidi was in town to launch his third book, Dongri to Dubai. After the success and applause for lucid storytelling in Black Friday and Mafia Queens of Mumbai, this was certainly one awaited book. The launch was held at Landmark Store. Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta was at the event to promote Zaidi’s release. At the event, Zaidi the great storyteller, told us all a story; a story of how journalism happened to him, how he look...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
    It was a meaningful, cheerful evening on 4th May, 2012, at Reliance TimeOut, Pulse Mall, Pune Nagar Road, Pune; the occasion being the book launch of Shweta Ganesh Kumar’s second novel – Between the Headlines. Joseph Pinto, Former Editor, Maharashtra Herald, Pune and a visiting faculty at several journalism institutes, launched the book. Kumar was a student from Pinto’s 2006 Symbiosis batch, thus the connection.   As we mentione...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
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