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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...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  Corporate World seems like a parallel Universe. It is intriguing, fascinating and yes, shocking! And capturing a bit of the "shock" is Sumit Aggarwal's debut novel "Office Shocks".  The novel encapsulates the protagonists' first day at work. Filled with humor, the shocking incidents make for a quick read. BookChums got talking to the author for his take on the book and the corporate world.     What got you interes...
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Hussain S Zaidi’s books – Black Friday and Mafia Queens Of Mumbai – are controversial, packed with saucy details from the underworld and are full of drama and action to say the least. The non-fictional accounts of the incidents and lives of the people are so spicy, interesting, well-researched and varied that these books are bound to put any fiction to shame… We chat up with journalist-author Hussain S Zaidi who wrote his books after keepi...
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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...
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Debutant author Parinda Joshi is one talented lady. Armed with a Masters in Computer Science to an MBA in marketing and working in Analytics along with being a blogger for GQ and a professional photographer, she has entered the world of fiction by penning an urban, young romance set in two very vibrant cities. Needless to say that she has been able to play all these roles with élan. BookChums caught up with this young author to know how Live From London ha...
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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
    In continuation from last week's blog - Guest Blog: Is Your Story Worth Telling - Part I, getting a fiction novel published in this day is a piece of cake provided you have a good manuscript. No more sending query letters and manuscripts to heavy-weight publishers and wait for their response that may or may not come. The Publishing industry is in the throes of witnessing the rise of the new age running ‘Literary Agencies’, which help pitch...
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    In continuation from last week's blog - Guest Blog: Is Your Story Worth Telling - Part I, getting a fiction novel published in this day is a piece of cake provided you have a good manuscript. No more sending query letters and manuscripts to heavy-weight publishers and wait for their response that may or may not come. The Publishing industry is in the throes of witnessing the rise of the new age running ‘Literary Agencies’, which help pitch y...
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Celebrated journalist and author S Hussain Zaidi was in town to launch his third book, Dongri to Dubai. After the success and applause for lucid storytelling in Black Friday and Mafia Queens of Mumbai, this was certainly one awaited book. The launch was held at Landmark Store. Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta was at the event to promote Zaidi’s release. At the event, Zaidi the great storyteller, told us all a story; a story of how journalism happened to him, how he look...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
              “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”   -    Jack London   Born as John Griffith Chaney and popularly known as Jack London was born on January 12, 1876. Synonymous with literary works such as The Call of the Wild, White Fang, Burning Daylight, Lost Face, South Sea Tales and The Leopard Man’s Story among others. He was a multi-faceted i...
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    'Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again, Take me to you, imprison me, for I Except you enthral me, never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me'.   John Donne   Bards and poets have composed and sung about the immortality of love down the ages. The list is always endless. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, we decided to list some of our all-time favorites for our readers. The poem above is by John Donne from sixteen...
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          Thank you for writing, folks. This week, we feature some really interesting questions and answers. Do write. Please choose a book for me in the crime genre that is without too much of gore. Thanks. – Vinitha S, Bangalore Hey, you could read Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, The Pale Horse, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Hollow among other books. These are simply marvelous.     I need to g...
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  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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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...
Post by: Manasi Kulkarni
  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 ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Donna Tartt wins Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Goldfinch     Donna Tartt has dabbled in themes of bisexuality, loss, guilt and love. She recently received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her book titled The Goldfinch. She narrates the story of young Theo Decker who survives a bombing in a museum while his mother is killed. Loss and memory grip and thus begins his journey into the world of art. Her other books include The Secret History and The Little Friend...
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 "I think my greatest victory was every time I walked out there, I gave it everything I had. I left everything out there. That's what I'm most proud of. I can't go win Wimbledon anymore, so if what I've done in the past is not good enough, let it go. Because I'm certainly not sitting around thinking about it."  - Jimmy Connors     Wimbledon or The Championships or The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest and the most prestigious tenni...
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