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Author-cum-journalist Rashmi Kumar’s first book “Stilettos in the Newsroom” was recently launched at the hands of Padmashree Lila Poonawalla at Landmark bookstore, Pune. Madhur Bhandarkar, acclaimed director launched her book in Mumbai on April 21st.    Rashmi Kumar was born in Pune, and  graduated from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi, with a degree in English Literature. She later pursued a degree in journalism. Her first book Stilettos ...
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An engaging evening with renowned actress Suchitra Pillai at Crossword (Kemps Corner, Mumbai) saw Grey Oak Publishers launch their first book – URBAN SHOTS. The book comprises 29 short stories (urban tales, as they call it) by 13 different writers. The fast, breezy and relatively fresh stories revolve around present day relationships (friendship, love, family, longing, etc) in the urban cities. The writers, (from different age groups) contributing to this coll...
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Book Launch of Urban Shots at Landmark, Pune. Friday, 26th November 2010.   I don’t know what I was expecting from the launch of Urban Shots in Pune, but whatever it was, the event turned out to be a whole of lot of fun, much more than what I was prepared for. Present at the event were contributors Sahil Khan, Naman Saraiya, Paritosh Uttam and moderating the talk was Aditya Bidikar. As far as timing goes, the event started only half an hour late, which me...
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Book launch of Another Chance at Crossword, Pune.  Friday, 3rd December 2010 With the “winter-monsoons” still working their way out of the country, dropping the temperature way low than usual, we warmed our hearts by attending the book launch of Ahmed Faiyaz’s second novel – Another Chance – at Crossword recently in Pune.   Renowned authors – Deepak Dalal, Sonja Chandrachud and Paristosh Uttam too graced the e...
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Book launch of Another Chance at Crossword, Mumbai. A starry evening at Crossword (Juhu) saw Bruna Abdalah, Nauheed Cyrusi, Anupama Varma, Ash Chandler, Maria Goretti, Director Punit Malhotra and Tullika Wangdi, grace the book launch event of author Ahmed Faiyaz’s second novel – Another Chance. Everyone unanimously voted the novel to be “An engaging read- highly interesting and relatable with a deep emotional connect.”   Bruna Ab...
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Knocked Up – Mumbai Launch Saturday, 11th December, 2010. Magic Moments and Reliance TimeOut launched Shaiju Mathew’s debut work – Knocked Up on Saturday (11th Dec.) at Reliance Time Out, Bandra, Mumbai. Though a late start to the event got almost everyone waiting a bit “knocked out” but the overall event presentation more than made up for the agitation. The book was unwrapped by Mr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, an expert on Chanakya&rsq...
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The Lost Flamingos of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi - Book Reading and Paperback Edition Launch Crossword, SB Road, Pune , 17th December   Any event which has Sonja Chandrachud, a children’s author popularly known as the Desi Rowling, Anjali Joseph, author and journalist who’s featured by The Daily Telegraph (UK) as one of 2010’s Top 20 Novelists under 40 and the man of the moment Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi, hailed as India’s nex...
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It all began with author of the famed The Rozabal Line reminiscing Pune as this hill station where tourists could relish the very famous Shrewsbury biscuits at Kayani Bakery. We know Pune has metamorphosed into a hep, busy city just like author Ashwin Sanghi, who after The Rozabal Line (a mythological fiction) has now picked up Chanakya's character from Indian history and intertwined another story of politics, revenge and manipulation to put together Chanakya's Chant, a ...
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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...
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5th July, Mumbai. Landmark at Inifinity Mall was crowded as ever. But this time it was Landmark garnering most of the attention. And why not!?! Anurag Anand’s fifth novel, a fictional one, Reality Bites was launched at Landmark by eminent personalities of tinsel town – Sudhir Mishra (Director), Randeep Hooda (Actor) and reigning Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2011, Kanishtha Dhankhar.     (L to R: Randeep Hooda, Anurag Anand, Sudhir Mish...
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24th July, Mumbai: So I had quite an eventful Sunday. While all of you were busy sleeping and lazying around, I was on my way to attend the book launch of Growing up In Pandupur, by authors Adithi and Chatura Rao. A bit cranky and a bit annoyed with the early morning travel, I reached Landmark at Kemp’s Corner at 11am sharp…only to find it shut! My first thought: Was I mistaken about the launch date??? But thankfully a kind lady (with a really cute k...
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With the number of fiction books being released in the market, it is no surprise that people from all walks of life are trying their hand at writing stories. The purpose behind writing could be to educate, entertain, or simply narrate a tale that they feel deserves to be spoken about. But before any more writers decide to take the plunge we would like to tell you the qualities you need to make it big as a well-read writer.    Discipline: For every writer 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...
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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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After we have discussed how to accommodate a personal library at home and what are the advantages of a personal library, we shall take the series forward by discussing how you could go about enriching your collection of books. Checking up what parents have A wholesome library is put together after years of reading and appreciating books. And when you are just starting out, along with buying collectables, you could also check what you or your family already have. ...
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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...
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  21st December 2011, Pune.     As I walked in to Landmark for the book launch and reading session of Judy Balan’s debut novel - Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce, I looked around to see if I could spot her. Amidst the crowd she easily passed off as a kid...alright a teenager! Yes, you read me right. A teenager. A young, chirpy one (and I’m tempted to add bubbly too) at that. Her smile, definitely infectious…and her book – o...
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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...
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Now we all want to access Facebook, Twitter and our personal email accounts from office. But in most organizations our kind bosses and even kinder management, put these websites in shackles. But Ankit Fadia’s new book, How to Unblock Everything on the Internet, which was recently launched in Crossword store, SB Road, explains how one could break open these virtual chains and access all the information you want.   Ankit Fadia, is a cyber security expert a...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
  A bunch of writers and a book-loving audience made for an entertaining exchange of words, ideas and humour. For this was a book launch of the now popular Urban Shots short story collection series held on February 22, 2012 at the Landmark Store, Pune. The latest collection is titled Urban Shots: The Love Collection. The book features 31 stories by 27 authors; eight of these writers were present at the event along with well-known writer Ahmed Faiyaz and actress...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
    It was a meaningful, cheerful evening on 4th May, 2012, at Reliance TimeOut, Pulse Mall, Pune Nagar Road, Pune; the occasion being the book launch of Shweta Ganesh Kumar’s second novel – Between the Headlines. Joseph Pinto, Former Editor, Maharashtra Herald, Pune and a visiting faculty at several journalism institutes, launched the book. Kumar was a student from Pinto’s 2006 Symbiosis batch, thus the connection.   As we mentione...
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  It was on an overcast evening that the Pune launch of Newsroom Mafia by Oswald Pereira was held on June 8, 2012 at Crossword, Senapati Bapat Road. Sprinkled with humour and a lively discussion on newspapers, the nexus of paid news, and why what we read every day in the papers may not be true. Apart from Pereira, who is a veteran-journalist-turned-novelist, writers Sonja Chandrachud, Ismita Tandon Dharker and Kailash Srinivasan were part of the panel who discuss...
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  “What makes the Pune event very special for me are the people out here.” - Lata Gwalani   The book launch function of Lata Gwalani’s debut novel Incognito was a cheerful, friendly session held at Crossword, S.B.Road on 14th July, 2012. The bonhomie at the event was very evident with friends from Gwalani’s Pune college days making an appearance. Gwalani was flanked by Harry David, Principal Correspondent, The Times of India a...
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  We were at Landmark, Moledina Road, Pune on the 24th of August 2012 for the book launch of Toke, the debut work of fiction by Jugal Mody. For starters, ‘Toke’ implies a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette.   The author read chunks from the book, which concerns how Lord Vishnu shows up before the protagonist – Nikhil, who is really stoned, courtesy drug intake. The unpredictable plot then veers to Nikhil’s similarly stoned fri...
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  The cosy first floor corner of Crossword, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune was an apt venue for the official launch of Ashwin Sanghi’s third book The Krishna Key. As enthusiasts took their seats, Sanghi spoke with an easy informality. To laughter, he mentioned the ‘world record’ he holds in rejections (47) for his first book – The Rozabal Line. The Rozabal Line finally went into self-publication, and on good reviews found a publisher. Taking ab...
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  Another  venue. Another book launch. Team BookChums was as usual, ubiquitous in the front row at Landmark, SGS Mall, Pune as writer Annie Zaidi’s new collection of short stories - Love Stories # 1 to 14 was unwrapped from its pink gift wrapped cover by poet, writer and translator Priya Sarukkai Chabria. Zaidi and Chabria shared the stage, as the former extolled the book for its, “Sheer range of stories, characters that are explored.” Zaid...
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  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 ...
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BookChums was witness to the launch of yet another book by an Indian author. Meghna Pant's brand new short story collection- Happy Birthday! was formally launched in Pune at Crossword SB Road on Saturday August 24th 2013. Sharing the limelight along with Pant were Sonia Chandrachud author and RJ Sangram (Radio One).  Happy Birthday! is collection of 13 short stories exploring the dark side of human emotions with a tinge of humor. The title story is about...
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