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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...
Post by: Sanjana Kapoor
  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
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 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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  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
  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
  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...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
“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...
Post by: Kabita
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...
Post by: Kabita
 Masterpieces breaching the barriers of time and culture, novelists and story writers have fascinated the readers with their haunting as well as lovable description of animal behavior and personifying the idea with human attitude. From every corner of the world, writers like  Mei Yu Ch'en who has described on the humming  swarms of mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant's solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke's enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats a...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 The Kite Runner is one of the top ranked publishing sensations that dominated the New York Times list for straight years. Having impressed over three million readers worldwide, the graphic novel originally narrated by Khaled Hosseini pictures the amazingly vibrant life of an Afghan boy who swings with the fate of circumstances. Though it is set in the era when Afghan royal anarchism was in its dimming end yet it manages to beautifully portray the rugged scenes with...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger spent his childhood in dairy and meat factory that his father ran. With a relatively adventur ous life, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is rated as one of the most influential American book of the 20th Century. One of the most private authors of the last century, “Sonny” as he was popularly called managed to give a clear picture of what adolescent is all about.   The Catcher in the Rye figures in the Top...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
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...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
   Ruskin Bond is one name that is a common thread linking the childhood of all emphatic English book readers. One snap at his name and the dazzling memories of the childhood come gushing down like a snow laden river.   Ruskin Bond is one name that is a common thread linking the childhood of all emphatic English book readers. One snap at his name and the dazzling memories of the childhood come gushing down like a snow laden river. Almost every one of...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
The book is an orgasm for the ‘Trekker’ spots in your mind. A perfect way to unravel the places that you long wanted to visit and make a memory out of them. Touring and love go hand in hand, but only when you are either romantically inclined to or married. I Loved a Street Woman moves beyond the usual storyline with a touch of innocent nostalgia and the matured will to pursue things in life that leave a trail behind and then suddenly vanish.   You rea...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 Today is the birth anniversary of one of the most elusive writers in the history of English literature.   Today is the birth anniversary of one of the most elusive writers in the history of English literature. Born in the year 1861, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge belonged to the family tree of elite novelist, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Just like her personal life, her books too carried a sensual charm of the old Victorian era and the fragrance of innocent flattery. ...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
 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...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
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 ‘ ...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
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 ...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
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...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh
Only a person who is in love with the nature and the rhythm of life can understand the importance of October 30th. Today is the birthday of one of the best modern day poets who revolutionized the entire scene of the Anglo-American poetry. Ezra Pound continues to be an icon, largely due to his involvement in the Modernist movement. His best known works include the likes of Ripostes, Hugh Selwyn Maulberley and Umbra. His tryst with the Imagism Revolution blended with an ac...
Post by: Sudipto Ghosh


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