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Writer, editor, voracious reader, techie, Paritosh Uttam wears many hats. His first novel, Dreams in Prussian Blue was published by Penguin India under its Metro Reads banner in January 2010.     He has also edited Urban Shots, an anthology of 29 short stories.  While his latest offering, Urban Shots hits the shelves this week, we get talking about his first novel, Dreams in Prussian Blue, writing and much more. Read on...      &n...
Post by: Alpana Mallick
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...
Post by: Alpana Mallick
We’d been planning the interview for over a month, but time and other constraints kept coming up. It has been my experience that most authors prefer to do a “quick one” over email and sometimes take an awful long time to revert. It was thus a pleasant surprise when Faraaz expressed his wish to do a proper interview instead of answering an email questionnaire and what’s more, was easily accessible and quite accommodating. We finally met up on ...
Post by: Alpana Mallick
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 ...
Post by: guddu
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
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...
Post by: Sanjana Kapoor
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 ...
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....
Post by: Soina Safri
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
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
  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...
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...
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
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
In today’s day and age we are all bombarded with information. Be it the Internet, emails, morning newspapers, novels and reference books there is a lot of reading we are expected to do on a daily basis. Due to this surge of information, we just cannot afford to read slowly because loss of time means loss of information. Loss of information further translates to ranking below your peers. In order to help you win this crucial race we shall share with you a few...
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
Being a young mother I am continuously on the lookout of good parenting ideas and techniques to help raise my little one. While reading one of my favourite blogs I chanced upon a line that said the Montessori school of thought is against reading fairy tales to children. While I was shocked at this revelation I decided to dig deep into this theory. Here are the arguments: Stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel  are not read out b...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
“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
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
The first time I met author Manasi Vaidya was at a book launch event in Pune. She happened to tell me that Penguin was releasing her romantic comedy No Deadline For Love under the Metro Reads section. As soon as I got back to office, I read her blog, I fell in love with her writing style. Her topical subjects, situations and reactions were incredibly funny. From how she ran to the loo to key in her novel or how she came across a group of daughter-in-laws who faked linger...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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
"The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure" – Sigmund Freud   Gallows humor could be incomprehensible to most people and I’m not being a snooty one at that if I say so. And gallows humor is not about being indifferent...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
In this blog, we make an attempt to highlight some of the best short-story writers. Moving into the abyss of psychoanalysis, Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) wrote some of the best short stories. The Imp and the Peasant’s Bread is an example of Tolstoy’s concept of good and evil. He highlighted the naivety and goodness of human nature juxtaposing evil. His thoughts and characterization bordered on the ascetic and the real and his writ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Most creative writing experts argue that writing is all about evolving and improving continuously. It is also about beginning from a certain end and imagining the unimaginable. It is also about describing what it feels like or something that a person should never feel. This is the first of  a three part creative writing programme for all you budding creative writers to follow and hone your writing skills. And remember this is just the beginning… Exerci...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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.   ...
Post by: Bookchums
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
Magazines for Entrepreneurs Niche business magazines offer great advice, business tips and throw light on all that is happening in the industry. People in the fraternity should ideally subscribe to all these magazines and go through the publications to keep tabs on what’s buzzing in the world of business.    Forbes Forbes magazine is certainly the big daddy in the magazines being brought out for entrepreneurs. The first issue of Forbes was brou...
Post by: BookChums
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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Where I grew up, cool kids played sports and losers read books. Can you guess which side I belonged to? When my mother came to find me for swimming lessons, I would hide in a bank of violets with The Dark is Rising. I’d nestle in the same spot with The Railway Children while the other kids in the neighborhood enjoyed softball games. I declared my “time of the month” lasted two weeks, with dreadful cramps, to excuse my absence from gym class. Naturally...
Post by: Sujata Massey
  The Jatakas are a huge body of Sanskrit literature, and their uniqueness still rings true. All the stories concern Buddha and his previous lives and have Buddha appear in various forms, ranging from human to animal-form and others. Each story is embellished with a moral; virtuousness is well displayed here, to be imbibed for living a kind, wise and happy life.   Wisdom never dies; it is only reinterpreted in a new age. It is thus no surprise that 26th Ja...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla


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