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Anybody even passingly familiar with the Indian blogging scene knows Jai Arjun Singh. A freelance columnist, reviewer and prolific blogger, he has recently written a monograph on the classic Indian cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, and has also edited an anthology of film writing called The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies Do to Writers.   In this Q&A, I talked to him about blogging, freelancing, and cross-country interviewing.     Tell us a bit about...
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Nikhil Rajagopalan’s interests are very different from the degree (Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from VIT University and a Master’s degree in Bioscience - Infection and Immunity - from the University of Leeds, UK) he holds. A complete anthisesis to his academic interests, Nikhil in his spare time simply loves writing flash fiction on his blog and has been regularly posting blogs since 2008. In his posts he explores the kind of love, relationships a...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
An avid blogger, a stickler when it comes to editing copies, a dreamer who writes on love, life and everything in between and an experimental photographer. That’s Naman Saraiya for you. He loves each of these roles and hopes to reach a stage where he can say it's a perfect balance between all these. Ambitious and a multi-tasker is what we shall like to add to this long list of epithets that best describe him. The stories he contributed for Urban Shots ...
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So, who all have faced the proverbial random blankness of the mind that blocks all thoughts and imagination even though the hand itches and the pen (or the keyboard in today’s context) twitches to let words flow on the white background?      Ok hands down. I see you all have faced that dead-end at some point.  That my friend is the dreaded “Writer’s Block”.    Imagine reaching a dead-end, after especially a ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
This week we chat up with Preeti Shenoy, an avid blogger, author of two bestsellers, an artist, a poet, a writer and a mother of two – or should I say just a mother of two (that’s what she calls her blog). Her two books, 34 Bubblegums and Candies and Life Is What You Make It, though poles apart, met with the same end: they were instant hits and went on to be declared national bestsellers.    Know about why this Bangalore-based author moved on...
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From Muscat to Pune, via South India...Aseem Rastogi, a consultant with Infosys, is a writer, a proficient blogger, a content creator, and a talented young man with an undying love for music.   BookChums caught up with him to know more about his versatility. Read on...     How different was life in Muscat compared to life in India, esp. Pune? If you see at the outset, life in Muscat and India is much the same. With Indians all around, going to...
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The Landmark store in Andheri was in limelight once again, this time for the launch of Faraaz Kazi’s debut novel- Truly Madly Deeply, which was published last year.   Present for the event were: renowned Indian Ad-film maker Prahlad Kakkar, Supermodel Aditya Singh Rajput, along with fashion designer and socialite Pria Kataria Puri. Writer, blogger, and now an author, Faraaz spoke about his debut novel, the ideation, the process, and the rave reviews i...
Post by: Sonia Safri
There are a lot many distractions nowadays for everyone. Work, Internet, Playstation, Xbox, or simply the idiot box. Who has the time or patience to read? Right?? But if you put your mind to it, you’d see it’s not that difficult. Here are some pointers to help you: Gather good reading material: There is no dearth if you just look around. With so many books stores, book stalls (those small road-side vendors have to make a living too and more often than ...
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Many bloggers today have moved on to writing short stories and novels. Writers like Preeti Shenoy, Aseem Rastogi, Sneh Thakur, Naman Saraiya, Nikhil Rajagopalan, Rohini Kejriwal, Kunal Dhabalia, Rikin Khamar and many more have all been avid bloggers first and then moved on to writing novels and short stories. This week we should try to examine what is it that prompts bloggers to try their hand at publishing and do such authors have an upper hand over other first time wri...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Writing is an enjoyable exercise, for most. It is a great way to express your thoughts and feeling with words.   And to garner appreciation for it just adds to the charm, doesn’t it? Further, the thought of “earning” a bit through your work sounds intriguing enough…true? The number of bloggers turning into writers speaks for itself. But not many writers/bloggers find it easy to promote their work. The key word here is “driving traf...
Post by: Sonia Safri
Every day is a battle. Managing a home, a busy work schedule, unannounced meetings, attending book launches and a trillion other things, is challenging, if not a struggle. And despite all the challenges that spring up, I managed to get at the venue (Landmark Store, SGS Mall, Pune) on time to enjoy the book launch last evening. It seemed nothing short of an achievement and in that sense I had won! Winning is a habit and gives you a high that only people who have won ...
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  Technology has always given us proud moments that have turned our lives around many pivot points. And the advent of ebooks has been one such turning point in the lives of avid readers/writers.     Storage Duplication and storing data is a lot easier than ever. The ability to hoard gigabytes of information (books) has brought around the ability to store and reflect upon every book you’d have ever read – as a child, as a teenager, as a c...
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The first time I met author Manasi Vaidya was at a book launch event in Pune. She happened to tell me that Penguin was releasing her romantic comedy No Deadline For Love under the Metro Reads section. As soon as I got back to office, I read her blog, I fell in love with her writing style. Her topical subjects, situations and reactions were incredibly funny. From how she ran to the loo to key in her novel or how she came across a group of daughter-in-laws who faked linger...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Even if you are an avid reader, you are sure to come across some books that are extremely difficult to complete. The reasons can be many. You may find the books too descriptive or the subject may not interest you much. Also, at times the language or the word usage by the author can be very difficult to comprehend, or in some cases the plot could be too convoluted with too many elements introduced every now and then. But since you have begun, you should do all that you ca...
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  Friday, 20th January, 2012 Landmark, Pune:  I was recently invited to the book launch of two of the most awaited anthologies -  Urban Shots Crossroads and Urban Shots Brightlights.   I walked in to the store, towards the book launch area, recognizing a few familiar faces, and smiling at the new ones. I could sense the excitement. It reminded me of the launch of the first Urban Shots anthology by Grey Oaks and the launch of Down the Road th...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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...
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From discussion on varied writing styles, hike in divorce rates and writing about sex, the Pune book launch of Preeti Shenoy’s third book Tea For Two and A Piece of Cake had it all. The blogger and writer, a Bangalore-based writer was in town to promote her third release, Tea For Two and A Piece of Cake. Preeti Shenoy was in conversation with Sonja Chandrachud. The event began with Chandrachud complimenting Shenoy on her writing style. Chandrachud commented th...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  What makes a man turn to crime? I’ve often asked myself this question. Why is it that I commit murders and revel in dead bodies?   Well you could blame it on my upbringing – I was brought up in circumstances where crime was a way of life. My mother devoured Agatha Christie, my father adored Alfred Hitchcock. As a school boy I was introduced to Sherlock Holmes and the Hardy boys and in college I fell into the violent company of James Hadley ...
Post by: Salil Desai
This week we speak with author Astha Suneja who has authored two fictions: Owe You My Fate and Yes... I Flaunt My Diamond. This young author talks about blogging and what inspires and compels her to put pen to paper. You work with TCS and writing is not what is demanded of you professionally. So how did you go about releasing two novels in quick succession? I have always had my interests in the field of communication. In spite of having a technical academic degr...
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In today's world of an increasing obsession with technology, the literary world has not been spared. Be it Kindle or audiobooks or ebooks, the format of reading and writing has definitely undergone a change. Even for someone who enjoys writing, I consciously decided to stick to Blogger rather than writing down all my thoughts in a diary. Why, you ask? Permanence.     It's sad that there is a loss of wanting to feel what you read - the old book smell, the ch...
Post by: Rohini Kejriwal
 The twist of the tale, the mix up of words, the literature imagination. and finally whatever! have ur own style of selectino and reading!
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This week we interviewed Annie Zaidi who has consciously experimented with various forms of writing. From short stories to non-fiction to scripts to poetry to blogs, she has pretty much done it all. Annie Zaidi takes a break from her constant bouts of writing, improvisation and experimentation to answer questions about her books Crush, Known Turf Bantering with Bandits & Other True Tales and The Bad Boys’ Guide To The Good Indian Girl along with her views on bl...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Anita Nair is one of the most popular contemporary writers in Indian Writing in English. Her novels, The Better Man and Ladies Coupe have been hugely applauded and translated into 21 languages. Nair reveals how good stories and character driven narratives compel her to put pen to paper. Critics have appreciated your works for delving into the “deepest recesses of man's psyche”. Where do you look for inspiration and how do write about feelings so deep?...
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  Many of us would remember Premchand's priceless stories that we were introduced to us way back in school.   His works, sometimes humourous, used literature for arousing public awareness about grave national and social issues. He wrote about topics like corruption, widowhood, prostitution, feudal system, poverty, colonialism and India's freedom movement.   Premchand wrote over 300 short stories, 14 novels along with a number of essays, letters, p...
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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...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
When I first met Lila Poonawalla, I was a young mother of a 4-year-old struggling to balance my roles as mother and career journalist, while she was managing director of a multi-national company. I watched in fascination as she went from strength to strength, setting up joint ventures, new companies, taking on additional responsibilities till she retired, around 2 decades later.     And then the corporate diva returned to the limelight in a new avtaar that...
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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 ...
Post by: Sudha Menon
  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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  We invited Author Rishabh as our Guest Columnist to blog on our theme of Doomsday. This is what Indian writer, Rishabh Chaturvedi has to say about it.   Here I scribble. Now, I’ll tell you what will come of it in a few centuries. The Internet will be dead; technology will leapfrog the world into a new orbit. Yet, there will be historians; explorers, whose prime job will be sifting through excavated material and creating hypothesis that primarily pr...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  Even as I sit awake through nights penning down about the pain, anger and angst each Indian is going through today – my heart and soul weeps at the heinous brutality of what happened to a 23-year old  student who was gang raped in Delhi on 16th December 2012.   Thank you BookChums, it is an honour to be invited again by Kabita Sonowal to write on this burning topic.  I just wish to share ‘a few sparks’ that might ignite a ligh...
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Celebrating the Monsoon “There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won't remember and that she can't even let herself think about because that's when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere in her mind it's always raining a slow and endless drizzle. You will hear that she has left the country, that there was a gift she wanted you to have, but it is lost before it reaches you. Late one night the telephone will sign, and a voic...
Post by: Kabita
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”   Last week, the world reminisced and celebrated the birthday of South-African writer, anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, philanthropist and former President of South Africa, Dr. Nelson Mandela. He was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo in Umtata in Cape Province...
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Celebrated American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator, Jon J Ruth was born on July 28, 1960. His works include Dracula: A Mystery in Moonlight and Nightmares; The Mystery Play (with Grant Morrison); The Mythology of an Abandoned City; The Sandman: The Wake (with Neil Gaiman); The Complete Moonshadow (with J. M. DeMatteis); Swamp Thing; Havok and Wolverine; Global Frequency: Planet Ablaze; New Mutants (with Louise Simonson); and Silver Surfer (with w...
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 Masterpieces breaching the barriers of time and culture, novelists and story writers have fascinated the readers with their haunting as well as lovable description of animal behavior and personifying the idea with human attitude. From every corner of the world, writers like  Mei Yu Ch'en who has described on the humming  swarms of mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant's solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke's enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats a...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 The Kite Runner is one of the top ranked publishing sensations that dominated the New York Times list for straight years. Having impressed over three million readers worldwide, the graphic novel originally narrated by Khaled Hosseini pictures the amazingly vibrant life of an Afghan boy who swings with the fate of circumstances. Though it is set in the era when Afghan royal anarchism was in its dimming end yet it manages to beautifully portray the rugged scenes with...
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 Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger spent his childhood in dairy and meat factory that his father ran. With a relatively adventur ous life, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is rated as one of the most influential American book of the 20th Century. One of the most private authors of the last century, “Sonny” as he was popularly called managed to give a clear picture of what adolescent is all about.   The Catcher in the Rye figures in the Top...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
   Ruskin Bond is one name that is a common thread linking the childhood of all emphatic English book readers. One snap at his name and the dazzling memories of the childhood come gushing down like a snow laden river.   Ruskin Bond is one name that is a common thread linking the childhood of all emphatic English book readers. One snap at his name and the dazzling memories of the childhood come gushing down like a snow laden river. Almost every one of...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
The book is an orgasm for the ‘Trekker’ spots in your mind. A perfect way to unravel the places that you long wanted to visit and make a memory out of them. Touring and love go hand in hand, but only when you are either romantically inclined to or married. I Loved a Street Woman moves beyond the usual storyline with a touch of innocent nostalgia and the matured will to pursue things in life that leave a trail behind and then suddenly vanish.   You rea...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 Today is the birth anniversary of one of the most elusive writers in the history of English literature.   Today is the birth anniversary of one of the most elusive writers in the history of English literature. Born in the year 1861, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge belonged to the family tree of elite novelist, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Just like her personal life, her books too carried a sensual charm of the old Victorian era and the fragrance of innocent flattery. ...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
Only a person who is in love with the nature and the rhythm of life can understand the importance of October 30th. Today is the birthday of one of the best modern day poets who revolutionized the entire scene of the Anglo-American poetry. Ezra Pound continues to be an icon, largely due to his involvement in the Modernist movement. His best known works include the likes of Ripostes, Hugh Selwyn Maulberley and Umbra. His tryst with the Imagism Revolution blended with an ac...
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