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The Macmillan Dictionary describes the word “controversy” as: a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about. Now to think that a book can cause a disagreement about social or moral issues is not all that astounding. Don’t get me wrong, but the multitude of such books has only risen with time. I know we say we don’t need reassurance from anyone regarding our selection of reading...
Post by: Sonia Safri
  Right from childhood days, most of us have grown up with stories of prince and princess’, of kings and queens, of fairies and witches and of God and his magical ways - of casting spells, swishing wand, riding dragons and brooms, and zipping-n-zapping people in to animals and vice versa. Most of us grew up reading (or listening to) stories from the desk of Enid Blyton, L. Frank Baum, Terry Pratchett, Rick Riordan and the like. The mystical land was le...
Post by: Sonia Safri
Books have known to entertain, express and educate. Once bitten by the reading bug, there are very few people who can be tempted to not take refuge in books. Be it science fiction, self-help, romance, fantasy, short stories or chick-lit there are just countless books written in each genre. When you soak yourself in this treasure (world of books), it is up to you to fish out pearls, corals or just pebbles. Would you like to become an avid reader? If yes, here’s a...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
In the concluding part of the series on setting up a library at home, we shall now look at a comprehensive list of 10 must haves in your personal library. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The novel describes the wartime experiences of an Army Air Corps Captain John Yossarian. Captain John Yossarian, a bomber pilot is trying hard to make it through WWII alive. But the only excuse the Army accepts for refusing to fly a mission is insanity. So Yossarian constantly devises...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
He enters and he is welcomed with a thundering round of applause and a standing ovation. All of a sudden you overhear people say, “He’s here… Wilbur Smith’s here” and he walks in and flashes a warm smile. As soon as he sits and gets comfortable, this writing phenomenon, Wilbur Smith, takes the mike and clarifies, “I am NOT here to sell my books but to gain sympathy as a writer!” And this is how begins this hour-long warm, candid...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Dr. Vivek Banerjee, the author of ‘The Long Road’ is a self-confessed “full time pediatrician (by choice) and part time author (by chance)”. Also known by his pen name Ben, for his blogs earlier, Vivek shares snippets of his writing career with us. Read on.   Could you share with us your earliest memories of writing? What got you blogging and finally writing a fictional tale? The earliest memories in writing are contributing to my sch...
Post by: Sonia Safri
          “May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness.” Epitaph on Howard Carter’s tomb   Howard Carter was the man who lived it up and he emerged as someone larger than life itself. Egyptologist and archaeologist, he discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb from the 14th century BC. He was characterized in literatur...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though — and loathed him. Within two minutes, or even less, he had forgotten all his troubles. Not because his troubles were one whit less heavy and bitter to him than a man’s are to a man, but because a new and powerful interest bore them down and drove them out of his mind for the time - just as men’s misfortunes are forgotten in the excitement of new enterprises.- The ...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
              While I bask in the reads of the new season, I’m chilling out reading many books ranging from classics to psycho-thrillers. Folks, send your queries and as always I look forward to answering them.   I’m a mother of a five year-old boy. While I’ve been reading stories to him every day, I feel that my reservoir of stories has run out. Could you tell me of a few reads that I can read to my so...
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          Pervin Saket is an Indian poet, novelist, short-story writer and a children’s author. Two of her short stories, Of Girls and Goddesses & The Turban and the Shawl were featured in Ripples: Short Stories by Indian Women Writers. In this exclusive interview with BookChums, she discusses her inspiration behind her short stories in the Ripples collection, journey as a writer, other interests, recommended reads and writ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
            Jules Gabriel Verne, popularly known as Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828. Also referred to as the ‘Father of Science Fiction’, he would have been 186 years old today! Writing in the science-fiction and adventure genres, his writings continue to thrill and captivate the minds of millions with his heightened and fresh imagination. He enhanced the minds of several writers from different genres later. &n...
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          Hope you folks have been enjoying yourselves. Do share your reads with us. Here are the questions and answers for this week. Keep writing and enjoy your summer reads.   I have read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Is there any other book by him that you would recommend? Thanks – Ashish Goyal, Bangalore You can read Glory by Nabokov. It is a great read that encapsulates brilliant narration, language and storytelling. ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
          It’s been great hearing from you during this while. Do let us know what you’ve been reading and share your summer reads with us. Today is the birthday of cricket stalwart, Sachin Tendulkar. Some of our readers wanted to know of some recommended books on him. These are as follows along with the other questions and answers for this week.     On Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar - A Definitive Biography by Vaibhav...
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    The sea has always been a favourite with poets and writers alike. Sea waves have been represented in several stories - sometimes as a tide of change, a background for quietly walking lovers and also for long lone walks of reflection. Ever since the first daring men discovered that the earth was not flat, sea expeditions and battles have made it to the realms of literature. One of the classic examples is Herman Melville's 1851 'Man Vs Whale' novel Moby Dic...
Post by: Imtiaz Ahmed
                        I hope you guys are having a good time as much as I have. With the New Year, there is a lot of fun in the air. Here are the questions and answers of this week. This week, I have focussed on some short-story collections and contemporary poetry.   Q 1: Tell me of some good short-story collections please. Thanks. - Runa, Bangalore Ans: You can try The Complete Adventure...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal


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