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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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It’s been some months since we re-re-launched BookChums, and what a ride has it been! For those of you who’ve stayed away for a while, here’s what we’ve been up to. Revamped Site Features : Add books to shelf- We’ve turned around our search-and-add book process. Now you can add any book to your personal bookshelf within few clicks. While adding, you can also add a review, your rating or participate in ...
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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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I never thought I’d be writing book reviews, more so a guide to book reviewing. But thanks to a good man I know through Twitter and who shares the same liking for blogging and books that I do, I am now going to lay down a ten seven step guide to the art of review writing.   Disclaimer: This is meant for the simpler folks who don’t  review books professionally and who have just started or want to start book reviewing.   1) It is not roc...
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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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We hope you all had a very good Christmas. For us, Santa (you know, the guy who dresses extravagantly and gives gifts to people who have been nice throughout the year) gave us a present in the form of a feature done by Indian Express' Pune Newsline.   You can read the piece online here. http://epaper.indianexpress.com/IE/IEH/2010/12/23/ArticleHtmls/23_12_2010_582_006.shtml?Mode=1   Here's a peek:     We hope you enjoy the piece and learn more...
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Everyone has had their share of news to report, their accounts, and their observations and quickly arrived upon conclusions about the Jaipur Literature Festival 2011, so far called the biggest literary extravaganza happening this side of the hemisphere, and being compared to cult festivals like Woodstock. Given it’s been a good 5 days since the fest ended; I thought it’s time I put down my two cents worth of experience.   Once the festival kicked off...
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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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Hi Which is the best Business related book/books you have read? Share with the club members.   Regards Pulak
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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 my child was born I promised myself that I would consider myself a good parent only if I am able to gift my child a love for books. At a time when console video games, television and school homework claim all of a child’s time, making sure the child makes time for a good read can be challenging. Considering the kind of advantages reading has on kids, this is definitely not an activity that kids do away with.   Here are a few fun (read workable) tips on ...
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The market’s flooded with books on parenting – Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children, What To Expect The First Year, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Spiritual Parenting, The Rules Of Parenting, Progressive Parenting, Smart Parenting … the list is endless. Just Google – parenting books – and your web page will be flooded with so many options, with the results running into several pages. But are mo...
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Starting this week we would be posting a series of blogs on how readers could appreciate a book better. Every week we shall pick out two of these parameters and talk to you a little about them. These pointers are sure to tell you that along with the story there is a lot you can read and enjoy in a book. For instance, the character sketches, sub plots, writing style, tempo, vocabulary / choice of words, background, autobiographical references etc. too speaks volumes about...
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Last week we spoke about how the author's writing style and character sketches within any given novel enrich the book reading experience. This week we shall touch upon autobiographical traces and visuals, something that again adds greatly to the entire reading experience.     Autobiographical traces Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence is a good example of semi autobiographical work. The setting, premise and characters of such novels borrow heavily from ...
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A man is known by the company he keeps. And a book is any day good company. It reveals more about your character. It reflects your tastes, your desires, your perspectives, and a bit of the real you. Books have a deeper impact on your mind and heart. They become a characteristic trait. Research shows that most of the successful people, read. And read books that broaden their perspective and their knowledge and their thought process. They have more information; learn ...
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Not many know about the man whose first book has garnered rave book reviews and is topping the bestseller charts steadily. We are talking about a bright new author Rikin Khamar and his first book The Lotus Queen. There’s more about this bright author who grew up in London; enjoyed his vacations in India; professionally is a business strategy advisor; a passionate photographer and artist; and a poet by choice.   BookChums brings to you an exclusive inte...
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In the past few weeks we spoke about how autobiographical traces, visuals,  writing style and character sketches can enrich a book reading experience. In the final part of the series we shall tell you a little about how sub plots and choice of words bring a sea change in the book reading experience   Sub plots Subplots are important to any novel since they weave dimension and complexity into stories. For instance in the novel There’s No Love On Wal...
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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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The challenge of raising a child can be reduced a great deal if you have a good parenting book handy.  Previously we had shared with you how you could distinguish a good parenting book from the average ones. Now we shall share with you the benefits of laying your hands on them     Preparing well in advance One of the advantages of reading good parenting books is that it prepares you for the upcoming challenges and also tells how you could avoid the dif...
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Not many budding authors end up harnessing the power and potential of social media platforms. And we were pleasantly surprised when Harsh Snehanshu smartly “crowdsourced” the title of his new book. Wait…we shouldn’t be doing all the talking. Here’s Harsh talking about his inspirations, ideas, wit, social media and more!   What inspired/provoked you to write “Oops! I Fell In Love…just by chance”? How did you stu...
Post by: Sonia Safri
The health books being released today target people, who are health conscious, who are trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight. And if not for all this, readers today want to feel fit, active, look and feel good. Every woman wants to look like she is out of a glossy magazine and can carry every outfit she watches on TV. As for the men, they dream of being active and having a well-toned body.   So in a series of blog posts we shall examine the kind...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
A large segment of our generation today dreams of being a published author. Well, that’s what it seems. And surprisingly it is not really difficult to get self-published, provided you follow systematic (and logical steps) towards getting known. And yes, let’s not forget the (small) amount of money involved. Not many budding authors, today, follow the path of traditional publishing. Given the delays and the snail’s pace of work being delivered, self-pub...
Post by: Sanjana Kapoor
Reading and writing, the two things we had almost lost to Xbox and Playstations and Wii and other gaming gadgets, are seeing the light of day once again. The rising number of readers and new-age writers is amazing. It not only instills faith in the fact that the younger generation is not all that spoilt, but also brings forth new contemporary literature. But my point today is not about honing such talents or praising them. Not today. I recently had a lengthy conversa...
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Last week we spoke to you about how health recipe books are the talk of the town and have become a part of everyone’s book shelf. Be it recipes to deal with acidity or healthy juices to help you lose weight or food that goes with your body type, these books have all the knowledge you would require. This week we shall take a closer look at the fitness-related health books being released these days Figure It Out: The Ultimate Guide To Teen Fitness by Na...
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We hope you are enjoying the series of health books we are doing. In the last two weeks we spoke about the books that concentrate on healthy food and a healthy fitness regime. This week we shall chat up about the books that concentrate on mental health and well being.   Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M Pirsig One of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M Pirsig's &q...
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I like the fact that some young authors are exploring the lost art of humor writing and coming up with funny books. Here are some of the recent few helpings (of books) that I relished. Horn OK Please - HOPping to Conclusions by Kartik Iyengar, is a fun-tastic read. It chronicles Kartik's journey across the country with his friends. The book is hilarious. It has anecdotes from the journey and snippets of randomness that end up instigating brain waves to ponder on...
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   A renowned blogger and a lover of…words, Kunal Dhabalia is a software  professional who enjoys traveling and capturing images for life.     BookChums gets talking to this young man. Here’s all that he told us.      Where do you draw inspiration from? Any author/book that has had the most  impact on your or your writing?  My inspiration for writing can be anybody. Most of my sto...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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...
Post by: Sonia Safri
In the last few weeks we spoke to you about how books on healthy eating, fitness regimes and mental wellbeing are the talk of the town and have become a part of everyone’s book shelf. Be it recipes to deal with acidity or fitness programmes to suit a particular body type, or books that teach you how to feel good, there are quite a few lessons you can learn from them. This week we shall take a closer look at the pregnancy-related health books that were released rece...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  Social Media Revolution is taking the globe under its stride. A lot has been explored and a lot still needs to be uncovered. In this scenario, “Social Media Simplified” is a great attempt by Vijayendra Haryal and Anandan Pillai that points out key aspects of social media strategies, along with case studies based on Indian brands highlighting their success. BookChums got talking with the two authors to unearth the story behind the book.   ...
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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 ...
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We all have felt stressed out and emotionally exhausted at one time or the other. In fact, with stress becoming such an integral part of our lives, how can the health books being written these days shy away from speaking about this subject? So in the concluding week of our five-part blog series on health books, we would be talking about the several books that speak about managing, balancing, beating and surviving stress…   Stress: From Burnout To Ba...
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Of late, I’ve noticed quite a few online and offline book clubs spring up. But not many takers. So I got thinking as to why someone should (or not) join a book club. Come to think of it, there are quite a lot of advantages of being an active book lover.   1.    Freedom Of Expression Oh, this sure ranks #1 for me. The freedom to express your opinions about the book, the characters, the plot, the author –to a larger audience is quit...
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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...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
There was a blog by Rosemarie Urquico on “Date a girl who reads” that created ripples. That was a response to Charles Warnke’s “You should date an illiterate girl”.   Since I was almost facing a “writer’s block” and couldn’t think of a blog idea, I thought, why not jot points for people who wish to date. So we can take a look at pros and cons of dating people who are well read, vs. others who disregard books....
Post by: Soina Safri
  Shabia Ravi Walia, like every woman, dreamed of being a mother. However, it was not easy for her. She waited for 3 years to conceive after she decided to make an addition to her family. And her first book - Mamma Mania - is an account of all that happened from the time she decided to go for it till it really happened. The book is part funny, part emotional and completely informative. From the funny incident of acting pregnant when she was not, to moments of ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
  For years together man has found great company in books. Books are known to narrate a story, surprise readers and also make them laugh. But a good book can do a lot more than this. There is a thin line of difference between a good and a great book.   Here’s how you can differentiate between them.       You know you have found a great book when… Every time somebody turns on the TV set, you go in the other r...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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 ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
The launch of Growing Up In Pandupur in Mumbai gave us a chance to interact with two very versatile and creative authors - Adithi and Chatura Rao.   Growing Up In Pandupur is a marvelous collection of 13 short stories for children. And parents alike.   The writing is mature and stable, but at no place does it feel commanding or overbearing. So kids will have no difficulty breezing through the stories.   Talking to the author-sisters would really ma...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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
Audio books have been used extensively in schools and public libraries to help children read. Though audio books were invented around 1930s it was only in the 80s that people began using it as a substitute and/or a supplement to reading books. It is no surprise that the concept of audio books was brought about to get more and more people into reading or listening – literary materials. The plus point here was that such books cater to more than one person at a...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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...
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A "lesser known poet", a brilliant author, and an extremely charming young girl - Ismita Tandon Dhankher made waves with her debut novel- Love On The Rocks earlier this year. BookChums got talking with Ismita and here's all that we found out. We saw your blog and it has some real good poetry. So let’s begin with the clichéd one first – when and how did you start writing poetry? Poetry happened to me at the age of twenty-six when I went...
Post by: Sonia Safri
While some authors are synonymous with comic-fantasy fiction, it is worthwhile to spend some time looking for books by lesser-known comic-fantasy authors too. One could stumble into a book that is equivalent to a Thursday Next or a Nursery Crime . Such a book could be a pleasure to begin with and open a reader’s mind to a new frontier of imagination. It thrills the senses and leaves the reader yearning for more of such literature. Comic fantasies bring humor i...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Amongst the very many habits, the one that I would certainly like my daughter to inherit is the habit of reading. Seeing her seated in her own private corner devouring good books, being able to use the most fitting words, discovering the importance of pronouncing words rightly and making use of the right punctuations and pauses as and when necessary, would make me a happy mother . But for kids to inculcate such a skill set, it is important for parents to step in and br...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Some authors write after calculating how commercially successful a subject would be, while some write for the pleasure of expressing and sharing their feelings/observations. For some, writing is as natural an activity as eating or sleeping. And one such contemporary writer is Sweta Srivastava Vikram. Sweta began writing chapbooks titled  Because All Is Not Lost, Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors, and Beyond the Scent of Sorrow and has now released her...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
The prime objective behind writing a comic-fantasy piece of work is to amuse oneself and the world at large. If a writer has succeeded in amusing themselves with their work, it goes without saying that they would succeed in amusing others too. Parodied and comic pieces of literary work bring humor into people’s lives. A lot of people also thrive on flights of fantasy and this is where creativity seeps in as illustrated in the book ‘Love Songs for the Shy and ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Having a family of voracious readers is an absolute blessing. And setting up a library at home not only makes better readers, but it can help develop interest of family members in a completely different genre of books. So here are a series of blog posts that will help you build a personal library that you would be proud to own. To begin with you just need not fret about developing a library. A home library is simple to develop, does not involve too much expenditur...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Last week we told you how you could go ahead and build your own enviable personal library. This week we shall take the series on personal libraries ahead and share the positives of having a personal library in your home. Kids more likely to pick up ‘other’ books If you have a reasonably large collection of books at home, kids and other members of your family will be exposed to newer authors, genres and styles of writing. And if there is a reading cult...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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. ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Reviewers claim that Chitralekha Paul’s writings are similar to Jhumpa Lahiri and Anita Desai’s treatment and writing style. The dilemmas, issues and small pleasures of the protagonist of Delayed Monsoon, Abhilasha, has given critics and reviewers enough reason to applaud this lawyer-cum-writer’s debut venture. The way in which Abhilasha and Arvind fall in love, the anticipation of meeting her beloved for the first time (she fell in love with Arvind onl...
Post by: Sonia Safri
For Prakash Iyer, the CEO of Kimberley Clark Lever, there is a winner inside every one of us. It is just a matter of realizing and acting upon. And to help Iyer share his experiences, he first began blogging and then contributing motivational and inspirational columns in Careers 360. Eventually, when Iyer realized that he was doing a good job at improving people’s success rates, he came out with a book titled The Habit of Winning that has some great stories on visi...
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
A reading log (or a book journal) is a great way of keeping a track of what you have read, or are and will be reading. And truth be told, not many of us make or maintain a reading log. It is in fact good practice that helps you record your reactions to a book, and its characters. You can note your thoughts and gain further insight about the theme, the plot, the appeal and even its relevance. This will help you expand your overall enjoyment of reading and going ba...
Post by: Sonia Safri
You know a book has lived up to its promise when it engulfs you in a world of its own and keeps you there till the very last page. This is especially true for Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Crime novels. If they keep you captivated for hours together and give you goose bumps, rest assured that your time was absolutely worth it. The mesmerizing “who-dunnit” reads, or the old fashioned mysteries complete with red herrings, or the more contemporary puzzle ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
Continuing the list of top mystery / suspense novels, here are the remaining ones that make up for a thrilling read.       A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes makes his debut in the mystery of a corpse found in a run-down, abandoned house. He encounters a strange clue, the word RACHE written in blood on the wall near the body. Only the astute mind of Mr. Holmes can make sense of such a cryptic clue.      ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
Romance, Love, Passion. What more do you need on cold winter days as you snuggle up in bed, enjoying your vacation with a warm mug of hot chocolate and a lovely romantic book?! Sometimes I feel the characters have come alive with each line of intimacy and desire, making each romantic read an unforgettable one.  The sometimes unconventional settings, the moods and the description of the scene evoke the senses. The hero, I believe, is all out to get her lady love. ...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
  Not many authors choose to write for a cause. While most fiction writers are happy talking about relationships and other humdrum stuff, Saptarshi Basu, is a new author who is writing to make a difference. Through his writings Basu is determined to make things better for people around. His latest book titled Autumn In My Heart, touches upon the sensitive issue of student suicide.     Bookchums chats up with the author of Love, Logic And The God's A...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Continuing the list of romance novel, here are a few more to keep you engrossed this weekend!   A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux Vacationing in England with her lover, Robert, and his spoiled teenage daughter, heroine Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by them in a remote country churchyard near the tomb of Nicholas Stafford, an earl who died in 1564. Almost immediately, an armor-clad swashbuckler materializes--Nicholas himself, reincarnated in the ...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
Good children’s books have wooed many adults. The story, well-etched characters, marvelous imagination have compelled many individuals to stack their classics and chick-lit right at the bottom and pick up the rich collection by revered authors like Anant Pai, RK Narayan, JK Rowling, Christopher Paolini and Ruskin Bond. Interestingly Dr Louise Joy, a Cambridge University academic, had reasoned that traditional children's tales are popular among older readers ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  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...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
Rightly said, “never judge a book by its movie” stands tall and true with so many books and their weird movie versions. Here’s a list of some books that ruined the reading experience of the books.     The Time Traveler's Wife   The Time Traveler's Wife was the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, ...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
An MBA by profession, Nishant Kaushik, an author with three books to his fame certainly has come a long way. BookChums managed to rope in this entertaining author for a few questions.   How and when did you begin blogging/writing? I began writing well before blogging existed as a concept – only that my writing was awry and all over the place. I wrote mostly on a notepad during a boring lecture, and those ‘blogs’ often did the rounds in ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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
Reading is an expensive pass time. Considering we read books (talking about fictions here) once, we really need to pick them carefully. For instance, I remember buying Mistress Of Spices and was stuck with the book. I had paid a reasonably large sum for it and it was such a drag. It was then that I made a promise to myself to buy books only after reading book reviews. In other words I pledged to begin judging a book by its review (and not movie) before I bought it. ...
Post by: Lakshita Grover
All it really takes to hook a person to a good book, is the opening line. Though they are stand alone sentences, they lure and entice (sometimes quite literally) the readers to discover more.      I recently happened to glance at the opening passage of Gary Shteyngart’s forthcoming novel, Super Sad True Love Story and it read,  “Today I’ve made a major decision: I am never going to die. Others will die around me. They will be ...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
“Books make great gifts because… [they don’t] come in any particular size, so you don’t have to be embarrassed if you bought somebody the wrong size.” –Valerie Bertinelli, actor With Christmas and New Years being just a few days away, it’s time to show your loved ones how much you care. Be it a parent, spouse, child, friend, in-laws (yes you should gift them too!!! LOL) a thoughtful and useful gift is sure to touch everyo...
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Here are some more opening lines of certain books that i've liked in the recent past.     "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty n...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
  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...
Post by: Sonia Safri
When I had just started off as a writer I would hear these admired editors say: “Your writings style is different… Your style is now like that of a professional writer… “ Okay, now I knew this was something positive and something I could be proud of, but what does ‘writing style’ mean is something I could never exactly gather. Maybe it is the words you choose, maybe it is your unique style similar to your fashion sense or maybe it is...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  As I walked in to the bookstore for the launch of Judy Balan’s debut novel, Two Fates: The Story of my Divorce, I was greeted with a sweet smile and a hint of a rollicking time! I managed to get Judy’s time and attention before the launch and indulged in a candid interview. On enquiring about the ideation of the story, she was quick to respond, “I happened to be in a store and noticed Drink, Play, F@ck, the parody of Elizabeth Gilbert&rsqu...
Post by: Sonia Safri
No. I am not an aging granny who cringes and lectures students to stop creating a nuisance. Nor am I that lady who sits in the reading hall and continuously does a tch tch when I hear people discussing recipes or boyfriends or the TV soap… But not adhering to norms of social decorum definitely irks me beyond measure. I am not against enjoying or having fun, but doing so in a library in a way other that devouring books is a heinous crime. Here’s a checkl...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Some books leave an everlasting impression. And they are enjoyed more every time you read them. I always find something new to admire in the books I read after a span of time. Sometimes I notice a different aspect of a character or sometimes I think about the story development from an entirely new perspective. Whatever the case, I enjoy the company of books the most. Here are some books I find most intriguing. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Pride and Prejud...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
    Here are some more books that you shouldn’t miss. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Secret History – Donna Tartt Possession – A. S. Byatt Perfume – Patrick Suskind The House...
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People know him as "a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant by accident, a civil servant by day and a writer by night. A voracious reader and a lover of cinema. And of course the Managing Director, Grey Oak Publishers." But this barely sums up the personality of author Ahmed Faiyaz. Those familiar with his previous work will vouch for his insight to observe and meticulously jot human emotions and relationships. And with his latest offering Scammed: ...
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  Most How To books have writers telling us how to go through life in a more efficient manner, with the aid of the tips and guidelines on a specific topic or subject. So what have been the bestselling how to books lately? The American list, for instance, includes The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno, which is a book on diet and burning fat on a daily basis. Every Day a Friday is another self-help book by Joel Osteen, the book is presented as a daily happiness guide, wi...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
Through our lives we all attempt selling in some form or the other – selling your tale to your mother after robbing your neighbour’s guava, or selling a proposal of a coffee date to that interesting girl, or selling your product to your client, or selling yourself to get that attractive salary package. There are a lot of marketing skills each one requires to use to get the very best in life. BookChums looks at the top options you have with respect to boo...
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Love’s Journey is the debut novel of Rashmi Singh, a freelance Personality Development and Soft Skills Trainer at Faridabad. From talking about her personal and professional life to her take on love, Rashmi gives us an insight on present day society woes and much more. Read on. Tell us a bit about your professional background. How did you steer towards becoming a Personality Development and Soft Skills Trainer? I had been quite active during my school/colle...
Post by: Sonia Safri
  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
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
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
Arnab Ray aka Greatbong, was in town to launch his new release The Mine at Crossword, SB Road. This book is a deviation from his previous collection of essays on Bollywood and politics May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss. The Mine is a horror-ridden, psychological thriller which was a reaction to the fact that Indians are not interested in good and genuine horror. Ray made it clear that horror here did not mean the horror pertaining to vampires, haunted homes and...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
The BookChums eBooks section is very popular among the visitors of the site. Several free ebooks have been downloaded or read by countless readers. We chronicle here the most popular and the most downloaded among these books. The section that we are looking at here is Body and Mind.   The most d...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
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
  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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  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
Love stories continue to stimulate us, and if we go by the number of times Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s Rivermouth Romance has been downloaded, you would get an idea of the hold love has over us. The book has been downloaded 394 times within a month of its availability on the BookChums eBook section.  Aldrich (1836-1907) was an American poet, novelist, traveler, and editor.   ...
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With Women’s Day fast approaching, there is a bunch of books that stand out as an inspiration for people. Generations come, and generations will pass, but certain human qualities shall always be appreciated, like courage, freedom, self-expression, calmness, and other positive aspects of the human nature. Let us look at some books that make our list of inspiring books for women. ...
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Writer, trekker, mountaineer, motivational speaker and philanthropist, Bear Grylls is an individual who dons several hats and he inspires today’s teenagers. Synonymous with the popular television series, Man Vs. Wild, he was the youngest Briton to climb the Everest and he has narrated his dare-devil climb and experiences in The Kid Who Climbed Everest . His believes, “The difference between ordinary and extra-o...
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Now what does it take to inspire man? Tales of heroes, men who stood their ground in the face of death for freedom, singers, directors, leaders who broke convention to make the world a better place. So are men inspired, and these traits are universal. The unconventional owner of the Virgin Group Richard Branson shares his life story and how he took the risks to become what he is today. The book ...
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There is nothing like a business venture to change your life drastically. You could either end up down at the dumps or be soaring high with amazing profit margins. Or, you could be doing just about okay. Anyway, there is a hoard of business books out there that is sure to inspire you. When you get an idea that how people found their way out, they are are sure to be inspired.   ...
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In a world of finances, savings, salaries, recession, bulls and bears, economics plays a huge part in our daily lives. Over the last century many important books on Economics have been published and here we try to zero in on the best of this lot.     ...
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Investment has been a reluctant favourite with several of the general public; it has been looked at as a risk, but no longer. People are now investing more than ever, be it in shares, property, mutual funds, or just at the pretext of saving taxes, but they are certainly doing so. So here is a list of books that are to do with investment.   ...
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BookChums Investing money is a very crucial decision that each earning member should take. It is indeed very important to have retirement plans, save for unforeseen, unforgiving circumstances and also invest rightly to generate more wealth. Here are a few books that will guide beginners to invest smartly. The Intelligent Investor This is one of the most influential books ever written on the subject of investing. First published in 1934 by Ben Graham, this work h...
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In a corporate set up leaders are always rewarded. Being a good leader calls for visualizing your goal before time and sharing your vision effectively. It also calls for getting people together and motivating them to share your dream. Here are a few books that will tell you in great detail what it takes to be a good leader. Leadership Is An Art was first published in 1989, and it sold more than 800,000 copies. This revised edition looks at leadership as a kind...
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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” By Confucius   Among all the jargons and gimmicks in today’s highly competitive world, we thrive on management skills. And management  is not just about mere conquering of the rat race and receiving the standing ovation in an industry. It is about su...
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The book summary on the back cover of the book can deceive. It has deceived people, many-a-times. Books can appear fun, educative, appealing, coherent and grammatically correct in that one page or online book summary (if users prefer to buy online). But when the reader finally opens the book, he/she can often be flabbergasted by incoherent, innovation-free, boring, substandard content and experiences. Now given that books are expensive and demand an investment of t...
Post by: Deepti
Nayana Currimbhoy’s first work of fiction, Miss Timmins School for Girls, elevated this non-fiction writer and journalist’s repertoire of work. In fact, her boarding school descriptions were compared to Enid Blyton’s writing style! Currimbhoy’s account of this all-girls British boarding school in Panchgani where rich Indian girls studied in the 1970s was applauded for the wonderful world that it created. Nayana Currimbhoy talks to BookChums ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Economics as a social science benefits academic and learning enthusiasts with a vista of knowledge. It is one of those streams that should be inculcated early in schools. It is not just mere rhetoric but takes a student or a reader across the dynamics and equilibrium of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services; it is pragmatic knowledge. Previously coined, Political Economics, economists in the 19th century decided that the subje...
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Business books add a flavor to a reader’s thought. These books stir imagination, entrepreneurial insights, and leadership skills and inspire to take a first step towards self-realization in terms of business aspirations. The market has showcased some of the best business books that drive individuals towards innovation; after all it is business and innovation that drive the world today.   In this blog, we make an attempt to highlight some of the best ...
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April 13, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums is proud to announce its adoption of the Pinterest model and has become the first-of-its-kind web portal in India by doing so. It has adopted the Pinterest concept of ‘organize and share things you love’ to a great effect; fellow bookworms can now share all the varied literary content at the click of a button!   Be it fiction, comics, non-fiction, current affairs or academic books, Pinterest allows BookChums ...
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    Primarily associated with theatre, teaching and writing, Hina Siddiqui's story 'Making Out' made it to the recently released story story collection: Urban Shots: The Love Collection. Here is the interview of the writer who is currently based out of Pune.   How did writing come to you? I don't know... it's like an instinct really... when in doubt reach for the pen... or keyboard nowadays. Stories are important to me and they are always buzzing ar...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  As most people would say that the art of management is an intrinsic quality that is inborn and some individuals are born managers. However this is open to debate; leadership & management qualities can be inculcated too. Adequate training programs, the right set of books on management and the knowledge provided by a really good management and leadership course can set the dice rolling for a steadfast career in leadership and management. Several theorie...
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  Noted Israeli author, Sam Vaknin is synonymous with varied portfolios of work from being the editor-in-chief for the online magazine, Global Politician to writing the widely-acclaimed book, Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited, a treatise and discussion on narcissism. He has also worked as an economic advisor for governments in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern and Central Europe and he served in the Israel Defense Forces.  And the list goes on; he...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
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
  Steven Lyle Jordan focuses on sci-fi literature. He has worked as an illustrator, writer, graphic artist, and a web designer. He publishes his own books. Some of his most-prominent writings include Evoguia, Verdant Skies,  Verdant Pioneers — Sequel to Verdant Skies, The Kestral Voyages: My Life,  After Berserker,  The Kestral Voyages: The Lens,  The Kestral Voyages: The House of Jacquarelle,  Chasing the Light,  As The Mirror C...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
    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...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
Kapil Sibal’s decision to direct NCERT and wholesalers to hold back textbooks featuring cartoons is a move that has stirred attention. The committee set up by the government is to submit its report on June 15, 2012. The discussion in Lok Sabha has touched the topic that impressionable minds of students may not be the best to interpret and understand political humor like cartoons. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal found many of the cartoons in the textbooks offensive an...
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                          Thrilling conspiracies, espionage cover, and speedy literature: Robert Ludlum lived and wrote some of the most exciting and enthralling piece of action literature in which a reader could immerse. And a lot of his literature translated into films. Today, he would’ve lived to see decades of his popularity arising from literature. He certainly lived to tell severa...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  In 1913, Satyajit Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore Raychowdhury started a Bengali children’s magazine called Sandesh. Roychowdhury passed away in 1915 and it was his son Sukumar Ray who took over the editorial mantle. Stories interspersed with fun, jokes and information made Sandesh a delightful read in a TV absent generation of readers. Subinoy Ray, Sukumar's younger brother took charge in 1923 when the latter passed away. The magazine travele...
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                                                  June 7, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Upendra Sahani, author of Love Cocktail. In this interview, he discussed his first book, future writings, and his interests and aspirations straight- from-the-heart.   Sahani’s first book, Love Cocktail is set i...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  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...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
                                        BookChums is a portal for buying books at competitive prices. Though there are many websites selling fiction at a discount, BookChums is probably the only one place where you could buy a good range of academic books at slashed prices.       The objective behind BookChums starting this servic...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  BookChums.com, apart from being a favourite among book lovers is also ushering in the next generation of readers. The website is doing so by propagating the popular trend of reading books – eBooks. The BookChums free eBooks section is a witness to this trend, with hundreds of users downloading or reading eBooks from the voluminous list of 50,000 books every day. The variety that is available here is a voracious readers’ dream. Right from children&...
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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?...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
July 5, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums, a privately-run website for book lovers to connect and buy books, now has more than 1,00,000 registered users. The love for books, well-researched, high quality content, unique concepts, like eBook swapping and the chance to win freebies keeps bringing back users to the website.  A very unique feature offered by BookChums is that of Ebook Swapping. Users on the website can upload eBooks that they have read and enjoy...
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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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July 18, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums, a privately-run website for book lovers to connect, had organized a users’ meet where city-based booklovers assembled and threw light on their reading patterns and choices. It was heartening to see so many youngsters (18-35 age group) prefer a physical book in a world where several readers were opting for ebooks and audio books.      Most users were delighted by the features BookChums offered. One of o...
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It was Day 1 at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. The chill and heaviness in the air could not be ignored but failed in dampening the mood of the attendees at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. With discussions by such lovely authors, and book readings simultaneously happening at five different venues, book lovers like me were enthusiastic, immersed in soaking themselves in the sea of words and the beautiful worlds they created. I was attending Exile on Main Street: Chang...
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It has been quite a journey for Nicola Barker. The 46 year-old writer has been nominated in the Man Booker 2012 longlist for her 9th novel The Yips. Having already established her reputation as a cult novelist, Barker has been previously nominated for the Man Booker. The complex 2007 novel Darkmans was the book in the spotlight then. One look at the story, and we know why 'The Yips' can't  just be ignored.   The reference in the title 'The Yips' is to a dis...
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  A journalist, former drug-addict, TV regular and primarily an author, the 1961-born British writer Will Self has nine novels, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction and short stories to his credit. Self's writing style borders on the cynical, he has his satire; can be exaggerated and distorted at times. Self is back in the limelight with his 2012 novel Umbrella, long listed for the 2012 Booker.   The story goes like this. Somewhere at a menta...
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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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  “Be sure to enjoy language, experiment with ways of talking, be exuberant when you don’t feel like it – language can make your world a better place to live.” - Deborah Levy Deborah Levy has experimented with fiction, plays and poetry. Her plays have been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her novels - Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl and Swimming Home have received astounding response. She has also...
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  The last day of August 2012 saw the hosting of a little special event on the BookChums Twitter page. Our followers were given the first line of a poem and asked to come up with their own lines. The results were interesting, as is displayed below in summation:   Where there is love, there is a song, Guiding us on the path along!                     &...
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Sam Thompson’s fiction Communion Town that has been long listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2012 is an interesting story. It is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice!   Thompson’s book is about a place that becomes as imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the streets. The story has a surreal quality with the city’s “voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half acknowledged”. Thomp...
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  We participated in a live chat with Ashwin Sanghi of The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. Here are the excerpts from the chat with the author of two bestsellers… Any genre that you think you will never write? Why? (Asked by: BookChums) I can't see myself writing romance, horror, or sci-fi. I think that my sensibilities as a writer have been shaped by the sort of books that I was interested in reading. These genres were ...
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                                            Mainak Dhar is a novelist and short-story writer who has written stories across versatile genres from sci-fi and apocalyptic to world peace. He has written The Martyr (short story from Labyrinth Short Stories) which was inspired by  the child soldiers of the Iran-Iraq war. Set against the ba...
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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...
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  Jeevan Verma is a freelance writer whose hilarious story 'Mortified' features in the recently released litizen.com short story collection Labyrinth. Jeevan has been writing since his childhood and is inspired by anything unusual, including people, hobbies and places.Here is our interview with him.   Thank you for the interview. How long did you take to write ‘Mortified’? How did the theme for this story emerge? Actually two days. I am quite ...
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  "I could not be more surprised, " said Hillary Mantel of winning the Man Booker Prize for an unprecedented second time in four years. Mantel won the award for Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to her 2009 Man Booker winning novel Wolf Hall. Mantel is the first author to win the award twice in such a brief interlude. Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee are the other authors who have won the award twice.   The award winning book is the second in a propose...
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    Pune-based writer Sushant Dharwadkar, landed in Mumbai five years back to earn his bread and butter from advertising. He started writing stories when his office had less work and lot of free time. His story Farming on Facebook features in the short story collection Labyrinth. Here is our interview with him.     Thank you for the interview with BookChums, Sushant. How did the theme for Farming on Facebook emerge? Two things that an author wan...
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  This young woman with a haversack - she doesn’t say where she is from or why she is in our city, except that she is a traveler. I first chanced upon her alighting at Pune Railway Station from the Goa Express last weekend. Since then I have seen her at the city’s leisurely cafeterias - lost in a book or writing intensely in her little brown diary. Her name is Kabita and last evening, along with large servings of sponge cake, bun maska and tea at the ...
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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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            Kabita is here, well-fed on bun maska, bun omelette and thus well in the mood to answer a few questions posed by our readers. Over to Kabita!   Hello folks, I say, it is always good to down heavy solid food with a warm liquid beverage, and what better than tea? Anyway, while I take some sips and blow air into the cup, here is the first question:    Please write to inform me if you have the anthol...
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  Cheers people, I am still looked after, well-fed and pampered enough to answer queries from book lovers for the second week running. Now if that is not an achievement, what is? Winter is slowly but steadily setting in here at BookChums HQ, Pune, thus doing wonders to my appetite.  We have chosen a few questions among many entries for the lack of space, more than anything. Here they are:   I have read Kiran Desai’s work and have liked them imme...
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  Good god, how silently the winter has set in! I mean, it is as if - yesterday the sun was shining and by night, a new season had sneaked in. It is certainly good though to walk in the sunlight with the cold all around, and of course, it has done wonders to my appetite. Anyway, a new bunch of questions have arrived, and I am here to answer them between sips of tea:   Hi, read the last edition of this column and found it really interesting. I am a backpack...
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  Oh dear, just when I thought winter had set in, it has unexpectedly left the city like a mysterious guest, coming and going on whim. Anyway, reading your letters has kept me busy and here is this week’s edition of questions that we have specially selected for this post. Happy reading!   I want to gift a book to my hyperactive nephew who is 12 years old. Could you suggest some books for his age that would retain his enthusiasm? - Yashwant Singh, B...
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  The winter is mercifully mild in the city, so I am not exactly wrapped like a cocoon in shawls. A very pleasant season, I say! I might get used to your city, you know…Anyway, here is this week’s edition of questions that we have specially selected for this post. Happy reading!   Q. Help me please! I have a girlfriend of the intelligent, romantic type and would like to gift her some books on passion, love and friendship on her birthday. A...
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  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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  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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  Really folks, I am talking no chances. Doomsday is near and I am replying to your questions with only the light of the rechargeable torchlight for company. I am eight feet underground, you see. So while I feed on energy bars and glucose biscuits until they last, here is this week’s edition of questions that we have specially selected for this post. Happy reading!   Q. Kindly recommend a book on husband-wife relationship especially helping to unders...
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            Doomsday came and left us untouched. While the New Year festivities have begun, there is a lot to look forward to and some really fun reads, parties, oodles of binging and good cheer. Happy reading, guys!   Q. I’m a student of English Literature. I’m about to start writing a paper on English literature based on and influenced by former Rhodesia (current Zimbabwe). Could you help me with my query please?...
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                “What happens when a group of young international students in the U.S. face a life altering situation? What is it that weighs heavily on a young married woman’s mind while living in the U.S.? What hurdles does a young graduate student face while adjusting to his new life in America?”   - Desis, Dilemmas & More! by Ruchika Mathur   Ruchika Mathur’s quote above is ...
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  It is the dawn of yet another New Year. We have lived to tell the tale having outlived all the catastrophes from the past year. Rejuvenated, yet a little dazed, I’m all set to read and answer your queries. To start this New Year with a book on travel (although I’ve barely read any), which one would you suggest to me? Thanks! - Manish Ranjan, Bangalore Thank you for writing. You can start from The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Riveting i...
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  The much-sold Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James has been awarded the 2012 Specsavers National Book of the Year. James won more than a majority of the popular vote, in fact over 75% of the popular vote went to the book. Over 6 million copies of the book have sold so far in the UK. The writer thanked the public for the award and said that she was truly honoured. She went on to thank retailers and readers for the book's success, which she found to be overwhelming. ...
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              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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  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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Set during World War II, The English Patient is one of the six novels that Michael Ondaatje has published in his 36-year writing career, until the time of writing. The book won him the 1992 Booker Prize (Now called the Man Booker Prize for Fiction). A novelist of Sri Lankan-Canadian origins, The English Patient displays the writer at the height of his powers. The non-linear narrative showcases the lives of the main protagonists in great detail. The multi-layered textur...
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It was in 1972, 41 years ago, that the World Book Fair was first held in Delhi at the Windsor Place, New Delhi. That year, the event saw 200 participants. Cut now to the World Book Fair 2013, inaugurated as it was by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP, the Minister for State, HRD on February 4th. As it has been for several years now, Pragati Maidan again serves as the venue for the fair.   Over 1,100 stalls shall be at display at the fair. This is inclusive of over 2000 sta...
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Vampires have invaded the human mind for centuries in various forms, but one thing has been consistent: They haven’t stopped sucking. Fictional history has been witness that vampires crave for blood, preferably human and fresh. In the last decade, this particular disgusting habit has been deemed to be attractive and romantic, such that we now have a barrage of vampire stories, starting from the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series to the True Blood TV series. ...
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  This post was always in the making, after all even book reviewers have their moment of catharsis. So here goes.   Once upon a time there was an exclusive band of people called writers, people who really had stories to tell, and had the required skill and heart to inject life into words. Then with sly, stealthy steps came the pretender. In one snarl of a tale of college romance, friendship and nothing else, his creation topped the bestseller list, and thu...
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                  “I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”   ― Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook   The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick belongs to the humorous-fiction genre.  It was made into a romantic-comedy film which was directed by David O. Russell and produced by Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti....
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  Few writers write with such an easy assurance as Anita Desai. Her prose exudes eloquence and charm, both rare qualities. Desai won the 1978 Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel Fire in the Mountain and the British Guardian Prize for The Village by the Sea. She has received three Booker Prize nominations so far, but it yet to win one. Ironically, her daughter Kiran Desai’s 2006 Man Booker Prize winning novel – The Inheritance of Loss had characters an...
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  BookChums is celebrating mythology this week and incidentally we have been doing a series on mythical creatures on our Facebook page. The creature beside the BookChums logo is the hippogriff, a creature with the body of a lion, head and wings of an eagle, forelegs of an eagle's and the hind legs of a horse.   One thing in common with many such imagined creatures has been unanimous – they have been beings blessed with the gift of flight. That is als...
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  The death of Roger Joseph Ebert has brought an abrupt end to an era of brilliance in objective film criticism. Ebert lost his battle to cancer on April 4, 2013, he was 70. The first man ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism, Ebert also gained fame as a TV celebrity with co-host Gene Siskel, as they gave their trademark thumbs up and down to a movie.   It was Ebert's written reviews that brought his much acclaim, clear and precise as they were a...
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Have you ever caught yourself wondering where did all the spice from your relationship with your better half go? If yes, then here’s something which might help you. Over the course of a relationship, it is only normal that one experiences crests and troughs. Though not entirely unexpected, it is up to the couple to think of interesting new activities that would bring back the old excitement. One of the books we are going to discuss about here is “Se...
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  Hello bookworms, thankfully the fierce Pune summer of last week has waned a bit and it is not unpleasant to step out in the evenings. It also implies that the weather during the day is most suitable for delving deep into books. Here is a pick of queries from the many we received over the week.   Looking for some poetry on women; can you recommend please? Thank you for writing. You can refer to Maya Angelou's poetry; she has written on the emancipation o...
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Triveni Goswami Mathur has had a sterling career as a journalist and is a freelance writer and teacher. She is presently a Visiting Faculty at the Alliance for Global Education, India, Pune and Contemporary India and Media Studies, Pune.   This interview is in light of the recent release in English and Marathi of the Assamese book ‘Mon Gongaar Teerot’, a powerful memoir written by Triveni's mother Sabita Goswami. The translated books are titled 'Alon...
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  Hello bookworms, thankfully the fierce Pune summer of last week has waned a bit and it is not unpleasant to step out in the evenings. It also implies that the weather during the day is most suitable for reading books. Here is a pick of questions for the week.   Which is the appropriate book on travel that you would suggest as a gift to a friend? -  Mihika Singh, Noida The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux is one book that you can gift. It has the excer...
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Suseela Ravi is an Indian writer whose works have appeared in various anthologies. She has also written a non-fiction book called Writing Short Stories - Mastering The Craft. In this interaction, Suseela talks about her first foray in to writing, on her upcoming novel, her writing process and much more....   Thank you for this interview with BookChums, Suseela. What triggered you to write Fading Lights? In India, the bond between parents and children is un...
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Harold Robbins was never a great writer, but he had the knack of attracting the audience through sexually graphic content that was embedded in the main storyline like a gift offering. Ironically, he was one of the largest selling writers of his generation – 750 million copies of his books have been sold in 32 languages.   Robbins invited both controversy and fame through his debut 1948 novel – Never Love a Stranger. Though there is a blend of crime...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. Even as summer promises to recede and monsoon looks all set to take over, here are the answers to your queries.   Which books are the best introductions to existentialist literature to begin? Thanks. - Renuka, Pune. Thank you for writing. You can begin with Albert Camus’ The Stranger, The Fall and The Plague. Or you could try Nausea by Jean- Paul Sartre.   Please recommend some boo...
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Vasundhara Ratakonda is 'primarily' a writer in the Telugu language.Her stories have been translated to English and made it to several anthologies. Vasundhara taks about writing in two languages, love for children, prefering short-fiction, upcoming works and much more...   Thank you for the interview, Vasundhara. How long have you been writing for? I am primarily a writer in Telugu language.After I was awarded Andhra Pradesh State Sahitya Academi award for my s...
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  Sarnath Banerjee belongs to a growing motley group of artists, popularly known as the Indian graphic novelist. The Kolkata-born artist (presently based in Berlin, Germany) has a bunch of graphic novels to his name, starting from Corridor (2004), The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (2007) and The Harappa Files (2011). In this interaction, Banerjee talks about his first tryst with drawing, about storyboarding, his inspirations, upcoming work and much more&hellip...
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  LET us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreat Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question…. Oh, do not ask, “What is it?” Let us go and make our vi...
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  Vibha Batra is primarily a writer. She is, among other things - an advertising consultant, author, poet, lyricist, and columnist. Her published books include: Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (You Bet!) - both teenage-centered books published by Penguin. It all started for Vibha when she translated Ishaavaasya Upanishad, written by her grandfather, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri, published by Rupa Publications. There is more to Vibha as you shall see ...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. Even as the monsoon has taken over, here are the answers to your queries.   Which book would you recommend as an ideal monsoon read. Thanks. - Tonmali Phukan, Assam. Try Alexander Frater's engaging non-fiction account of the Indian monsoon in Chasing the Monsoon. Let us know how you found it.   Which is the lightest Charles Dickens' work I can read? I am tired of reading his serious books....
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The monsoon is at its zenith, the roads have turned into canals and it wouldn’t be a surprise if boats start plying. Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I am a newly married man looking to impress my wife, an avid reader. Suggest a romantic book that will get the message across. – Abhinoy Dutta, Kolkata You never know what gets ...
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The theme for this week may seem odd and even puzzling for many of our readers. We have thus embarked on an elaboration through this article. We live in an age of short, concise communication. Abbreviations used in cell phone SMS’, online chats, the ROFL’s and LOL’s, the 140-character limit on Twitter – all signs of getting the message across in the least possible time. Rapid urbanization and the resulting homogeneity can be attributed as reason...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The monsoon has settled down to a soothing rhythmic pattern. Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I have just finished reading Vikram Seth’s novel in verse – The Golden Gate. Would there be another book written in the similar manner? I love poetry. - Shabnam Banu, Hyderabad You are just in luck Shabnam, for in 2011 came Cathy Ost...
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Kabita of ‘Ask Kabita’ fame has been writing the book recommendation column exclusively for BookChums for a long time now(be specific). Armed with a Masters in Literature from Delhi University, Kabita landed in Pune two years ago and has, over time, fallen in love with the city. An aspiring travel writer, Kabita is looking to publish her first travelogue in 2014. In this interaction, she talks about her interests, passions, favourite books and much more&hel...
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The rain brings out the best in poets, especially among the poets of the subcontinent. For in countries where the winter means desolation, snow and staying indoors, the rain is often seen as another form of desolation. The monsoon in India, on the other hand, is a much awaited phenomenon. Its arrival after a burning, humid frying of summer is considered as a blessing, a calming coolness over scalding tempers.   Many poets have waxed eloquent over the monsoon; le...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. We are right in the midst of the monsoon, and the city outskirts are all heaven now. Waterfalls are gushing out and the lakes have swelled beyond its banks. Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I am disgusted by the recent match fixing activities during the IPL and how it has been conveniently forgotten. Is there a work of fiction that has ta...
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  Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The monsoon has taken a breather; there are intermittent showers from time to time. The weather is beautiful, overcast days make it ideal for travel. Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   Is there a new collection of short stories that you can recommend? I love reading works of new writers and especially Indian fiction. – Janice ...
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People known, identified, feared, honoured, respected and loathed for the uniform they wear makes for interesting reading.  The great British writer W. Somerset Maugham starts his classic novel The Moon and Sixpence with a discussion on greatness. He speaks about how a policeman post retirement was found to be a boastful, proud man whose aura disappeared with the uniform.  Greatness, he goes on to elucidate, is something else, within a person, real and natura...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The weather is beautiful and sometimes we get a nice sprinkle of rain. What a time is it to travel! Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I love listening to Hindi film songs and especially like the lyrics of Gulzar. There is so much poetry in them. Is there a compilation of Gulzar’s film songs? – Jasmeet Kaur, Mumbai Thanks for a...
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Ismita Tandon Dhankher's new book, Jacob Hills has created quite a stir with its titillating storyline set in an army camp in the 1980s. After having read the book and amazed by it, we sat down with the author for a quick chat. Here is an excerpt.   Congratulations on your new book, Jacob Hills. It would not be a stretch to say that the book is rather scandalous. Could you walk us through the writing process for this book? Perhaps, 1980s was a scandalous period...
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Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle made its appearance in this magazine and gained fame among the reading public. This is where Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes get to know each other. In the year 1878, Dr. Watson, recuperating from the wounds he received from a bullet in Afghanistan is looking for cheap lodgings. It is through an old friend of Dr. Watson that the two people meet: &ld...
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  Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The rain has been incessant for the past couple of days, reason enough to submerge into books. Here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I am very inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln. What is the best book available on him? Did he write an autobiography? – Shubham Kumar, Mumbai Thanks for the question, Shubham. Lincoln did not write an ...
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It was a time for turmoil, a time for new ideas, a time for change. European literature was at the zenith of its popularity between the 14th and 17th century. The impact was distinct, rooted in reality. Of course it all flourished with the coming of the printing press. Gutenberg's historic and momentous printing press brought out the publication of works of literature in the local language and thus lead to the widespread reach of ideas related to renaissance.   ...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. What a wet, wet monsoon are we having here! It’s been days since I last saw the sun.  Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I am a fan of English poetry. What would be a good collection of classic English poetry – Sharayu Jayekar, Pune Cool. Now, there are several books out there, but the one that stands out in its quality ...
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  Apart from our family and relatives, friendship is the bond that enlivens our lives. The years may fade away, but our best memories will always concern the ones that involve our friends. The best books that we have ever read in our lives feature characters who share this unique, jovial bond. Take for instance the famous friendship between Sherlock and Watson, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, or Robin Hood and Little John.   The book After Twenty Years by O...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. It was a beautiful two months of rain we had here in Pune! Anyway, here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week: My teenaged girlfriend keeps reading these Mills & Boons romances. I want to gift her something about true love and friendship. What book should I choose? Ashwin Kumar, Lucknow  There is one book that most girls who read romance novels like. P....
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    Even before the wails and bloodshed of partition had subsided, India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru stood in front of a newborn nation with the memorable words,  "Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom."  He went on t...
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    Science Fiction as a genre has much to do with the future. The question- 'What will happen next?' often gets our attention. How would the world be a hundred years from now? How would life change, what would the world look like then? As sci-fi (as the genre is popularly called) takes imagination to new heights, there is no dearth to what could occur in this world. Time-travel, aliens, parallel universes, robots, rocket packs, telepathy - there is no end to...
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      Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The monsoon has disappeared and the sun is shining and we are ready with a new bunch of books! Here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   I love reading romantic novels, but something more meaningful than mills and boons. What would you recommend? - Shweta Dixit, Pune    Atonement by Ian McEwan would certainly appeal to you. ...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. We have had a couple of welcome showers in the past few days and the weather is just splendid! Here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   I have been asked to write a thesis on any Oscar Wilde book for the college project. What is your take on it? - Ankita Banerjee, Kolkata   Oscar Wilde was a genius of sorts and the one beautiful bo...
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      Indian mythology is a treasure chest of stories. Even as Lord Ganesha blesses us with his presence all this week and the next, we at BookChums delve into many of the great mythological tales from around the world. To begin with, there is the story of the birth of Lord Ganesha himself. How many gods have had the fortune to be molded into life by their mother and then the misfortune of dying at the hands of their father?   As the legend goes,...
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    Kashmir has always been the eye of the storm as far as political and military matters are concerned. A beautiful, natural destination that is said to have the best colours that nature has to display; Kashmir has been embroiled in an extended, bloody turmoil for over six decades. There have been several works of literature that have celebrated this disputed piece of land in all its tragedy and beauty. One of the most notable of the works of fiction is Salm...
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    Bookchums recently got together with the author of India's first techno mythology thriller, Clark Prasad. After enjoying his first book, Baramulla Bomber, we had a lot of questions to ask him and Clark Prasad was also very forthcoming in helping us understand how one goes about writing a techno mythology thriller and being a Tintinologist.   1. We just put down your book and must say you have one of the most impressive storylines that we hav...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. We had a resounding end to the Ganesh festival this week, with the monsoon raining down their goodbyes along with numerous devotees. Anyway, here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:  Frankly, is there a good Khushwant Singh novel? Which according to you is his best work? - Nidhi Sharma, Ahmedabad There is the novel by the name of Train to P...
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    We do not know when the idea of a country first came into origin. We do know that in the history of human evolution, tribe and territory have always received paramount importance. Regions have been outlined, barb wired fences have come up, millions have fought and died, and along with them advanced weapons of slaughter have been obtained to be lined up along the borders. With countries threatening to bomb each other during peace time, we can certainly not...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. Monsoon has all but retreated, we still expect a few more showers, considering the overcast skies. Anyway, here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   Is there an English literary magazine based in India (preferably) that features new writers? – Amit Kumar, Pune  Unfortunately there is no significant Indian magazine that can claim a...
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Meghna Pant is the award-winning author of Happy Birthday! (July 2013 Random House) and One & A Half Wife (May 2012 Westland). After attending the book launch session of Happy Birthday! recently we interviewed the author about her latest novel and her experiences as a short story writer. Here is an excerpt.   1.       As an author what was it like writing the stories of Happy Birthday!? What were your inspiration points? ...
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Hello bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The weather is pleasantly cool here in Pune and we expect it to remain so for the rest of this year. Anyway here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week: I love reading Japanese manga comics and graphic novels? I have been looking for Indian graphic novels would you recommend a real good one? - Neha Kapoor New Delhi  There are certainly a bunch of Indian...
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The Mumbai rape case has again turned our attention to the disturbing number of atrocities that are being committed against women. What is it that prompts such events of unimaginable horror? What does it tell of a society?  There are several works of literature that have featured women at the receiving end of crime and their fight for justice. John Grisham's first book A Time to Kill was a heart-wrenching account of how a white lawyer defends the case of a...
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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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Sidney Coe Howard (June 26 1891 – August 23 1939) was an American playwright and screenwriter who were largely responsible for bringing theatrical realism to the American stage. Howard graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1915 and later served in the American ambulance corps and was a captain in the U.S. Air Corps during World War I.   Howard’s most famous plays include They Knew What They Wanted (1924) a pleasantly smooth ...
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Hello bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The monsoon has all but given way to bright sunshine and we could expect an early winter here in Pune. Anyway here is a pick from the umpteen queries we received during the course of the week:   I am a student of history and would like to know what is the best book on India's history (post independence) that I can read. All I get to read in the college syllabus is pre-independence history. - ...
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Even as Raksha Bandhan was celebrated all over the country on August 20 2013 we at BookChums were wondering about the roles siblings have played in the greatest works in literature. Siblings have often been represented in literature either with their endearing intimacy towards each other or extreme hate. Then there are siblings who do not talk to each other those who always disagree and those who love being with each other.   As for stories featuring sibli...
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  Any mention of the word 'spy' brings to our imagination thrilling, tense moments of suspense, action and intrigue. The most famous of all is of course Ian Fleming's James Bond. It is not so much that we love James Bond; it is more about our envy of him, that we want to be like him. A man with a license to kill and a natural ability to hook in the girls, while decimating the enemy in an action-filled chase. Who wouldn't want to be like him?  It is not ...
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    "A traveler is not intent on arriving," goes an often repeated quote. So is true for those who travel for no purpose at all but in curiosity and excitement for the world beyond. There are several writers who have dwelled on the joy of traveling, its perils, uncertainty and unexpected lessons. The early writers were the more daring ones, for they journeyed through new lands, not knowing of what may come their way. Writers in fiction and non-ficti...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. We are almost in the midst of winter here, even as the sun shines bright all day, evening brings in a little pleasant chill in the air. Anyway, here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   I had been to Phuket last year and was just wondering if there is any work of fiction that is set on the place? - Sameeskha Kumari, Jaipur  This part...
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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...
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    Animals have always tickled popular imagination in literature. If we were to waylay books for a while, Disney Films were blamed for creating the impression in the US that wild animals loved the company of humans. Several animal attacks on humans in the US in the last decade were due to humans trying to 'befriend' them. This is just one of the illustrations on how cinema and literature can influence their respective audiences.  Talking animals ha...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. The weather is playing hide and seek, sometimes the sun peeks out warm, and otherwise clouds cover the sky all day. Anyway, here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   I have read William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Is there any other work of his worth reading? - Elton Fernandes, Goa There are many others, but for variety we would recommen...
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By the end of this week, another festival shall be knocking at our doorstep. Diwali is the brightest and most gaudy of all the Indian festivals. A time for new beginnings, new clothes and family reunions, Diwali is the age-old festival of lights, and with the bursting of crackers it is also one of the loudest. Indians have a thing about festivals and it is ensured that ever year brings to us the feisty Holi, uproarious Janamasthmi, Ganesh Chaturthi drumbeats, the cresc...
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    Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. We are in for sunny days here, and in the evening there are hints to the approaching winter. Anyway, here is a pick from the many queries we received during the course of the week:   I have seen the first Hobbit movie and didn't think much of it. Is the book- The Hobbit any good? - Priya Srivastav, Ranchi  Well, you have come to the right place Priya, for The Hobbit...
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    Our theme for this week is religion. The festival of lights or Diwali is just over and so is Kali Puja that was celebrated with great pomp and show. Religion has largely influenced literature. In this blog post, the first book that comes to my mind is From the Holy Mountain by historian and travel writer, William Dalrymple. Written in 1997, this travelogue focuses on the Middle East that is the cradle of some of the world's greatest religions. In this boo...
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    Children's literature has been popular since times immemorial. It has always encapsulated folklore, poems, lullabies and stories. With its humble yet captivating origin from the oral tradition of narrating stories, it has moved on to a grand genre of children's literature all across the globe. In the 1400s, it had a didactic theme. In the 1800s and the 1900s, a lot of children's classics were published and it is no wonder why this period is referred to as...
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    Thank you for writing, folks. As we head towards winter, do write to me with your queries about fun, eccentric and groovy reads for the season.   Q 1: What plays would you suggest from twentieth-century literature for serious reading? Thanks - Antara, Gauhati   Antara, there is a whole list from where you could choose. You could try JB Priestly's An Inspector Calls, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, GB Shaw's Pygmalion, and Tennessee Willi...
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    The Indian cricket stalwart, Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket this weekend after India beat West Indies at Mumbai. He was conferred with the Bharat Ratna this year. Playing cricket from the age of 11, he went on to play both domestic and international cricket and dominate the cricket world for nearly 24 years. The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked him as the second best batsmen of all time after Auzzie player, Sir Don Bradman. We raise  a toast...
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  The first story that comes to my mind when I remember Doris Lessing is the short story titled Through the Tunnel. Highly imaginative, vivid and eloquent are how I would describe her use of language in this story. The reader feels a sense of having been there where the protagonist is and makes the former see the world through the writer’s mind and heart. Very few writers have achieved this literary feat and Doris Lessing certainly had an uncanny knack t...
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    I suppose you guys must be enjoying the onset of winter. Do send me your queries on what you intend to read. Thank you for writing.   Q 1: I want to introduce my twelve year old daughter to some books that are read by girls in her age group. Could you suggest some of such reads/author please? - Anjana Shiv, Gurgaon    Ans: Thank you for writing, Anjana. I would suggest you try Eva Ibbotson's books because there is quite a variety in t...
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   The BookChums theme of this week is Gothic Horror. The Gothic Horror or Gothic Fiction genre conjures images of melodrama, the supernatural, phantasmagorical, bloodied canine teeth, blood-dripping knives, dungeons, monsters, romance and damsels in distress – encapsulating all the necessary ingredients for spicy theatrical entertainment. While many readers would cynically label this genre as somewhat kitsch, it is not the real scenario; the reason is t...
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  Winter means different things to different people. It could be very sleep-inducing to some; while to others, it means curling up in a sofa to read. To others, it might just mean that moment when they need not pay any heed to alarm rings in the wee hours of the morning and get ready to work. It is the time of the year to just hibernate, read and relax. Here are the queries of the week:   Q 1: I want to read some winter poetry. What will you suggest? Akh...
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  This week on BookChums, we feature Literature from the Subcontinent as its theme. Literature from this part of the world is expansive and rich; most of us are barely aware of the great works that have been produced from various regions of the subcontinent. What is very special about such literature is that its works are very different from each other and they also highlight the ethos of various periods of history: both past and present. There is a strong presen...
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  In this post, I will try to highlight some of the latest and fun reads for the season in two different genres of literature: thrillers and autobiography. Revel in both the warmth and the cold of this season and enjoy yourselves folks. The questions and answers of this week are as follows:   Q 1: Please recommend some thrillers to me to read as I am back home for holidays and I have no friends to hang out with except my dog. – Raghav, Assam Ans: Th...
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  It has indeed been a long run. When I look back, I can sum up my entire year and it will be of two words and two words only, BOOKS and MOVIES. Reading has always been a passion of mine. Some books were a surprise package for me, while others were a bitter disappointment, whereas others were downright irrelevant. I wondered why did I even pick that one up, and some made me miss those good old days I used to curl up on my bed with the ‘Gold is Gold’ c...
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2013 has taught us lot of lessons, and I see no other better way to put it except for the fact that it prepared us for 2014. We did lose a lot of gems pertaining to the literary world this year. With these losses we also had a few addition to our bookshelves. Here is my tribute to 2013 by stating some of the best reads this year.   Battles Half Won - India's Improbable Democracy by Ashutosh Varshney Ashutosh Vashney gave a quite impressive take on why Democracy s...
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Angels & Demons     Written by Dan Brown, directed by the Ron Haward, this book as well as film talks about a terrifying discovery which can turn the Vatican upside down, leading to its destruction. The Vatican turns to Professor Langdon for his expertise. He discovers an ancient brotherhood, a secret, yet powerful organization, known as the Illuminati. The Catholic Church is now threatened by the most vicious organization in history. You can download ...
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  BookChums features American contemporary romance writer Debbie Macomber on Award Thursdays this week. Some of her most famous books include Starlight, A Season of Angels, Girl like Janet, Evergreen Place, Undercover Dreamer, Heart Song, That Wintry Feeling, Gift of Christmas, Love Thy Neighbor, Adam’s Image, Laughter in the Rain, Yesterday’s Hero, The Trouble with Caasi, Shadow Chasing, Yesterday once More, Sugar and Spice, Mail-order Bride, Friends...
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  Here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Makar Sankranti. Hope you guys are enjoying yourselves as much as I am. Here are the answers to readers’ questions this week.   Q 1: Suggest some graphic novels that I can quickly read during a break. Thanks. Anindita, Pune Ans: Thank you for writing, Anindita. You can check Family Values by Frank Miller, and Chicken with Plums and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Hope you enjoy these.   Q2: I want s...
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    Hope all of you are enjoying the flavors of the season. As always, I have been having fun reading and I hope you guys are enjoying too. The following are the questions and answers of the week.   Q 1: Please recommend some fun poetry to read during a holiday. Thank you. Anwesha Dutta, Pune   Ans: Anwesha, thank you for writing. You can try Ogden Nash's collections including Candy is Dandy and Zoo. They are fun reads. Have a great holiday. ...
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    Hope all of you have had a great weekend. Here are the questions and answers for this week:   Q 1: Any novels that you would like to suggest please? Thanks. Meera Bora, Guwahati   Answer: Thank you for writing, Meera. You can try I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe, This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham and Delhi: A Novel by Khushwant Singh. Enjoy!   Q 2: Can you tell me of some good b...
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    Hope you guys have been enjoying yourselves. Here are the questions and answers for this week.   Q 1: Please suggest some very good historical-fiction books.  I am new to this genre. Thanks. Neetu Jain, Varanasi Answer: Thank you, Neetu for writing. To begin with, you can try Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca, Jackdaws, The Pillars of the Earth, Lie Down with Lions and A Place called Freedom. You can also read Revenge...
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  So guys,Valentine's Day is just here. How many of you are planning an outing, fancy dinner and all that jazz? Are you guys excited or is it just another day of the year? Here are the questions and answers for this week.   Q 1: Need to buy some mushy reads. Please recommend. Ananya Chaudhary, Guwahati   Answer: Thank you for writing, Ananya. Please try A Lot like Love by Julie James, Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts, Scoundrel by Zoe Archer and Int...
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Yet another week to chat up with you guys. Here are the questions and answers for this week: Q 1: Please suggest some good poetry books for my five year old. Thank you. Reema Bora, Gurgaon Answer: Thank you for writing, Reema. Please check Where the Sidewalk Ends and Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, When We Were Very Young by A A Milne and A Children's Garden of Verses by RL Stevenson. Enjoy!   Q 2: Hello, I need some book titles for my twelve year...
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  Megan Jo McDonald is an American children's author famous for her Judy Moody series. Her books include Judy Moody Gets Famous; Judy Moody saves the World; Judy Moody Predicts the Future; Judy Moody Declares independence, Judy Moody: Around the World in 81/2 days; Judy Moody goes to college; Judy Moody's Double Rare Way Not Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do; Judy Moody's Double Rare Way Not Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do; Judy Moody: Girl Detective; Judy Moody and ...
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Hope you guys have been enjoying the weather and having a great time. Here are the questions and answers of this week: Q 1: Please suggest some nice books on quotes, thoughts and philosophy. Thank you. Neetu Chaudhuri, Pune Answer: Thank you for writing, Neetu. You can try The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time by John Shanahan (editor); I can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Rachel Fershleiser (editor); and Book of Put Dow...
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  It is yet another week and it gives me great pleasure to interact once again. Here are the questions and answers for this week. Q 1: Please tell me of some really good autobiographies that I can read. Thank you. Ashima Dutta, Pune Answer: Thank you for writing, Ashima. You can try  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry. Enjoy! Q 2: Please suggest some books on comi...
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  Summer is here and it feels like as if it were already at its peak. While it gets unbearable to venture out in the afternoons, one cannot afford to be very outdoorsy. Apart from burning the midnight oil, have you guys been reading? Here are the two questions and answers of the week: Q 1: I need some love poetry to read during my break. Please tell me what to read. Amrita Naik, Pune Ans: Amrita, Thank you for writing. Please check Edwin Morgan's poems like Str...
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  Hope you guys are chilling out and had a brilliant weekend. So what are your plans in this blistering heat during the day? We in Pune have been experiencing severe summer at this time of the year.  Here are the questions and answers for the week: Q 1: Could you suggest some good works on satire please? Thank you, Nidhi Ashwin, Bangalore Ans: Hey Nidhi, thank you for writing. Please check The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories by Khushwant Singh, Gulliver&r...
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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...
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“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...
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 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...
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Halcyon Wings: 'These Passions Feathers Are Gathering on a Winged Vision' is a sea change from what the current trend in English writing is all about. Nithin Purple throws in a new cultural ideal with a dreamy passion that related the non-fiction character with a more sincere narration. It dwells in mystery of freedom and the expectations that come with a newly found ability. Halcyon Wings: 'These Passions Feathers Are Gathering on a Winged Vision' surfs on visionary th...
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   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...
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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...
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 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. ...
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 Free ebooks are the new best friends of the contemporary readers. Updated information, impeccable quality and reliable accuracy. All these make free ebooks an amazing option to choose, if you are looking forward to build a strong online business. The sites offering free ebooks are a source of invaluable knowledge and help in polishing the human craving for reading. Love for book has evolved from flipping the pages made of leaves to a more sophisticated digital fo...
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With the rapid evolution of the digital platform, printed books, novels and magazines seem to be trying their best to keep in line with the growing demand of business and commercial explosion. Fear of annihilation and obsolence is driving book publishers to project their reach with the concept of offering free ebooks for reading and downloading. When people think of free, the first question that comes to their mind is related to the Q-factor. Not Quantity, but ‘ ...
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English literature has come a long way, since William Shakespeare inked his last playwright. The world still remains fascinated with the kind of phrase he implemented in his compositions and the new words he coined to push his screenplay to a duality of ‘thoughts’. Digging into Shakespeare’s magical world of magnificent simplicity, here’s why he still continues to rule the heart of millions of English readers.   Word Bank   Well, no ...
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What begins in the teen years, grows into a fascination of a lifetime. Comic strips continue to be the blessed items of life that flip through the years like Tarzan swinging across the jungle. Illustrations with bubbling comments are probably the first things that teach you to dream big and real. Each set of comics has its own fragrance that blooms with each passing edition. Each time the villain fangs out his ugly deeds, the hero inspires the world to fight when the chi...
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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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