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When a former police officer tells you that your book has the perfect blend of lucid writing, well dispersed clues, tension and intrigue you know you are on the right track with your first mystery novel. And I guess Salil Desai, self proclaimed pathologically terrified author, must have heaved a sigh of relief as he listened to Mr. Jayant Umranikar, retired IPS officer, talk about his first crime novel, The Body in the Back Seat at its launch at Landmark (Pune) on Friday...
Post by: Manasi Kakatkar-Kulkarni
Having attended the book launch of Salil Desai's debut novel, The Body in the Back Seat in Pune recently, we were intrigued by his work and impressed with his background of film-making and having contirbuted to many anthologies. We got talking to the author and here's the unabridged version.  You have been a filmmaker for a long time now. Why did you move to writing a mystery novel? Wouldn't a film have been a more effective medium of bringing your...
Post by: Manasi Kakatkar-Kulkarni
To an aficionado of archaeology and for a good archaeology read, the first book that comes to mind is Agatha Christie’s Come, Tell Me How You Live. In her own words, she said that it was not meant to be taken seriously. She said that it was a ‘light-hearted and frivolous’ read and that she meant to relive the ‘poignant remembrance of our days in Arpachiyah and Syria’; however it also set an interest in archaeology among children in several p...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Back in 1989, the streets of Kolkata wore a deserted look after 8 PM. Each and every person rushed back to their homes, scared and terrified. Office work never bothered them and catching up with friends or relatives was a rare thought. For them their lives were more important. Someone or something was out there; something that would mercilessly kill people and in the most brutal manner.   The Stoneman; a name given by popular English language print media of Kolk...
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  It has been great answering your queries and recommendations. Reading is such a fun activity. It is always good to hear from you. Here are the answers to this week’s queries from our readers. Please suggest some good autobiographies by women writers. Thank you. Anita Agarwal, Guwahati Thank you for writing Anita. Please check Wild Swans by Jung Chang, Come Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie, Over my Shoulder by Jessie Matthews and Rosa Parks: M...
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            In the mid seventeen hundreds, there lived in England, a woman called Aphra Behn. Although a large part of her life remains undocumented or unknown, what we do know about her is that she was the first British woman author who earned her living as an author. She traveled across Suriname in South America as a spy. Her book Oroonoko was inspired by her meeting with a slave.  In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
          Thank you for writing, folks. This week, we feature some really interesting questions and answers. Do write. Please choose a book for me in the crime genre that is without too much of gore. Thanks. – Vinitha S, Bangalore Hey, you could read Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, The Pale Horse, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Hollow among other books. These are simply marvelous.     I need to g...
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  Quite simply, there has been no one as ingenious and extraordinary as Agatha Christie when it comes to writing murder mysteries. We discuss some of Christie’s landmark works here. One of the most haunting murder mysteries Christie ever wrote was the eerie And Then There Were None. Ten people are summoned to a lonely island, and at the harrowing end of it no one survives, yet one among them is the killer…   Witness for the Prosecution is a pl...
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