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Quite contrary to common practice, I, for one, find it extremely difficult to pen down a travelogue immediately after concluding an adventure. It is perhaps the level of unadulterated wonderment (something that I am very prone to) that almost automatically and unscientifically converts every rational description into an incomprehensible babble in excitement.   The year 2012 concluded with a trip to north China, where my first stop was Beijing. The temperature up...
Post by: Madhurima Duttgupta
  It was in the midst of a pleasant gathering of well-wishers, book lovers, and office colleagues that Amrita Nayak’s debut novel Polka Dots, Pony Tails & Purple Pouts was released by Tarun Sharma, Head of India Operations, BMC Sofware. Incidentally Amrita Nayak is an IT professional who works at BMC. Nayak always had the urge to write since childhood, but as she revealed at the event, “It was during my maternity leave, I finally got some time to ...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
                On January 5, 2013, noted journalist and author of Leading Ladies: Women who Inspire India, Sudha Menon conducted the first day-long workshop from her Writing in the Park Series. This workshop was held at Nana Nani Park at Empress Garden in Pune. The audience included nineteen participants who were children excluding the two adults from team BookChums.   Sudha Menon introduced her aim behind the ini...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  The days are unusually warm, the evenings pleasant and while winter plays hide and seek, here is this week’s edition of questions that we have specially selected for this post. Happy reading!   Q. Hello, I am looking for something that has stories of travel and adventure for my 12 year-old son. Tell me of a few. – Rahul Bhargav, Mumbai   Well, this is exciting. I remember this compilation that I can readily recommend. The book is title...
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                                “For what is a person without memories? A ghost, trapped between worlds, without an identity, with no future, no past.” ― Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists     The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng juxtaposes both the past and the present. Steeped in history, it is an eloquent tale of love, culture, my...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
    In continuation from last week's blog - Guest Blog: Is Your Story Worth Telling - Part I, getting a fiction novel published in this day is a piece of cake provided you have a good manuscript. No more sending query letters and manuscripts to heavy-weight publishers and wait for their response that may or may not come. The Publishing industry is in the throes of witnessing the rise of the new age running ‘Literary Agencies’, which help pitch y...
Post by: BookChums
    In continuation from last week's blog - Guest Blog: Is Your Story Worth Telling - Part I, getting a fiction novel published in this day is a piece of cake provided you have a good manuscript. No more sending query letters and manuscripts to heavy-weight publishers and wait for their response that may or may not come. The Publishing industry is in the throes of witnessing the rise of the new age running ‘Literary Agencies’, which help pitch...
Post by: BookChums
Most creative writing experts argue that writing is all about evolving and improving continuously. It is also about beginning from a certain end and imagining the unimaginable. It is also about describing what it feels like or something that a person should never feel. This is the first of  a three part creative writing programme for all you budding creative writers to follow and hone your writing skills. And remember this is just the beginning… Exerci...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  Love is an emotion of exultation, of extreme happiness, bordering on delirium and superficial onlookers may term it as insane, as many things of the heart are so readily termed. As far as books are concerned, the most popular of the love stories are the oft-repeated boy-girl romance sagas. Look at the most downloaded book of love st...
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In a repressive country like ours, where even the mention of sex education is considered as some sort of crime, the overwhelming interest in erotic fiction is understandable. After all, the more you block the expression of what is natural in you, the more it will reveal itself in awkward ways. Anyway, we talk here of erotic fiction and its unrivalled popularity when it comes to eBook downloads on the BookChums site. ...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
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