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Having attended the book launch of Salil Desai's debut novel, The Body in the Back Seat in Pune recently, we were intrigued by his work and impressed with his background of film-making and having contirbuted to many anthologies. We got talking to the author and here's the unabridged version.  You have been a filmmaker for a long time now. Why did you move to writing a mystery novel? Wouldn't a film have been a more effective medium of bringing your...
Post by: Manasi Kakatkar-Kulkarni
  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
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 ...
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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
  “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -    Jawaharlal Nehru   Children’s Day in India, annually celebrated on November 14 is a day dedicated to children. This day is also the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and thus, it is also commemorated as Children&r...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
          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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        On April 16, 2013, India celebrates its 160th year of its first passenger train journey. To mark the occasion, team BookChums features some of the best train story collections from India. The first stories that come to mind are the ones written by Ruskin Bond. Stories such as The Eyes have it, The Tunnel, The Night Train at Deoli, The Woman on Platform 8 and Time Stops at Shamli are some unforgettable stories on which  a few of us g...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Who are the best writers? We could argue endlessly about that, but what about writers whose stories mirror what they have imbibed from life in its simplest, charming form? Of such rare dissection is Ruskin Bond. At the time of writing, he is hale and hearty at 79 and still resides at Landour, Mussoorie with his adopted family. It took Bond several years to gain popularity; he is now seen as a pioneer in paving a path for children’s writing in Indian English...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
   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


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