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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...
Post by: Alpana Mallick
Hi Which is the best Business related book/books you have read? Share with the club members.   Regards Pulak
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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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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 ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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 ...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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...
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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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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...
Post by: Sonia Safri
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....
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  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 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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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...
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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
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
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 ...
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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
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
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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
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
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...
Post by: Sonam Kapoor
  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...
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
  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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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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    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
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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  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...
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
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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. - Aldous Huxley   Many writers will tell you that the culmination of a novel or a short story is the most difficult to write. Or should we say that to say goodbye takes some doing in literature? Then you might wonder what goes on the minds of writers who go about writing trilogies.   In another context, as a team of book readers and reviewers, we...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  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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  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...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
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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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. 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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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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   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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  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 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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  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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  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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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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