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  Cheers people, I am still looked after, well-fed and pampered enough to answer queries from book lovers for the second week running. Now if that is not an achievement, what is? Winter is slowly but steadily setting in here at BookChums HQ, Pune, thus doing wonders to my appetite.  We have chosen a few questions among many entries for the lack of space, more than anything. Here they are:   I have read Kiran Desai’s work and have liked them imme...
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  The winner of 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, 419 by Will Ferguson is a thrilling novel that is based on an Internet scam that most computer users must have across with. Only the story doesn’t just depend on the single strand of fake Internet emails. A daughter sets out from America to Lagos to find her father’s killer. At the other end, a criminal tricks people through the Internet. A young boy learns to survive amidst ruins and oil spills. How these...
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  Before breast cancer cut short the life of gifted British writer Siobhan Dowd at 47, she had already completed what was to be her last book. Bog Child posthumously won for her the 2009 Carnegie Medal in Literature. The book was also recognised as the best book for young adults and children in Britain.   Dowd was born in 1960 in London.Her parents were Irish.In 1984, she joined PEN (Postsecondary Education Network International) as the international write...
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     I first heard of Anagha Ghosh some eighteen months ago, just after the launch of my debut book, Leading Ladies. A close friend called to say a friend of his wanted to write a book and could I please talk to her to build up her morale.I took Anagha’s call while trapped in one of Mumbai’s crazy traffic snarls and even in the midst of all the din of traffic, I remember being instantly struck by the energy in her voice, her friendliness and ...
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  It is yet to sink in that Jaspal Bhatti is no more. After all the evergreen man of everyday laughs was only 57, and who knew, this could have been another prank. It was not to be so, and even as Bhatti is sure to make his way to laughing heaven, we can’t help thanking him for the joy that he gave us. Yes, we are a book lover’s site, but the humour Bhatti scattered was as good as literature.   Bhatti came to our TV screens with Ulta Pulta, but...
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  There is never a dull moment in a P.G.Wodehouse book. As the author had himself said, “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going deep down into life and not caring a damn...” Clearly, Wodehouse wrote with a clear emphasis on the former: A sort of a musical comedy with its dream bubblegum world of dukes, bachelors, romantic women, aunts, b...
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    For several centuries now, as is real life, children, adolescents and teenagers have provided verve and charm to many works of literature.   Be it the adventurous, aimless frolic, mischief and even a bit of danger, two Mark Twain books readily come to the mind. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was first published in 1876 and chronicles with humour and playful storytelling, the fun and frolic life of Tom, his friends, romance and escapades. Another Tw...
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  "I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could do. In doing so I have sometimes erred and learnt by my errors. Life and its problems have thus become to me so many experiments in the practice of truth and non-violence." – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)   In his little sessions of writing, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ...
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After 10 days of committed worship, countless poojas, deafening sounds of the cymbals and the dhols, and the delightful decorations it’s time to say a sweet goodbye to our dear lord. This is perhaps a time when visarjan becomes the most-used word around you. In a day from now devotees will be seen taking their lord Ganesha to the nearby pond to immerse the idol whom they worshipped with much devotion and faith for the past few days.   Preparations are elabor...
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  A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. - Aldous Huxley   Many writers will tell you that the culmination of a novel or a short story is the most difficult to write. Or should we say that to say goodbye takes some doing in literature? Then you might wonder what goes on the minds of writers who go about writing trilogies.   In another context, as a team of book readers and reviewers, we...
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