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Ahmed Faiyaz, Managing Director, Grey Oak Publishers and a prolific writer with a deep insight to relationships, as they exist today in the urban cities, shares his thoughts and views with BookChums.   Beginning with the mundane/clichéd question: When, where and how did the writing bug bite? I’m not sure actually, to be honest. I guess being a voracious reader (as I am) is what pushed me towards writing in the first place. Back when I was 10 years o...
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Having read the impressive Some Of The Whole I couldn’t wait to know more about the author – Abhijit Bhattacharya. Enter Google. The author is a Marketing professional in the field of broadcast media for more than 9 years now and has worked for media conglomerates like NDTV Media, CNBC-TV18, The Times Group and Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. (MTV). He was born in Kolkata; attended St. Augustine’s School; headed to Delhi to graduate in Economics from Hind...
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April 14th, 2011. The road blocks (literally!), due to Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations did not deter book enthusiasts from attending the book launch of Grey Oak Publishers’ new offering – Down The Road. An electic anthology of 28 campus tales by 16 authors brings back unforgettable memories of life in the campus. We all have had our share of school and college incidents that bring out emotions and feelings attached to the carefree life we truly miss now. And...
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From Kuwait to India via refugee camps; from being a Brand Manager and winning awards to now writing short stories by the beach and photographing the mountains, Sneh Thakur has lived quite an exciting life. BookChums gets talking and digging for more about this beautiful, chirpy and multi-talented lady. In a nut shell, tell us about Sneh Thakur. I would best describe myself in 6 words as: Pint Sized Rapunzel. On a Cloud. I'm 29 years old, born to a ...
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After Vibha Batra’s grandfather passed away, she chanced upon his work Ishaavaasya Upanishad, which combined philosophy, mysticism and spirituality. Intrigued and fascinated by what this book had to offer, Vibha began translating it, and despite working as a full time copy writer she stayed at it. Though this task got too time consuming and hectic she feared, feared that she will never be able to complete the task.     So to ensure that this book saw t...
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Walk into a book store and you are sure to find a heap of novels lined up meticulously. But how many are anthologies compared to the full length novels? Hardly a few! I really can’t say what I like reading more – short stories or a full length novel. Though both have equal, if not less, rewards, they suffer their downfalls too.   My love for short stories began (and somewhat ended) during the school days, where in our “Gul Mohar Reader&rdq...
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24th July, Mumbai: So I had quite an eventful Sunday. While all of you were busy sleeping and lazying around, I was on my way to attend the book launch of Growing up In Pandupur, by authors Adithi and Chatura Rao. A bit cranky and a bit annoyed with the early morning travel, I reached Landmark at Kemp’s Corner at 11am sharp…only to find it shut! My first thought: Was I mistaken about the launch date??? But thankfully a kind lady (with a really cute k...
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The launch of Growing Up In Pandupur in Mumbai gave us a chance to interact with two very versatile and creative authors - Adithi and Chatura Rao.   Growing Up In Pandupur is a marvelous collection of 13 short stories for children. And parents alike.   The writing is mature and stable, but at no place does it feel commanding or overbearing. So kids will have no difficulty breezing through the stories.   Talking to the author-sisters would really ma...
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  Not many authors choose to write for a cause. While most fiction writers are happy talking about relationships and other humdrum stuff, Saptarshi Basu, is a new author who is writing to make a difference. Through his writings Basu is determined to make things better for people around. His latest book titled Autumn In My Heart, touches upon the sensitive issue of student suicide.     Bookchums chats up with the author of Love, Logic And The God's A...
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People know him as "a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant by accident, a civil servant by day and a writer by night. A voracious reader and a lover of cinema. And of course the Managing Director, Grey Oak Publishers." But this barely sums up the personality of author Ahmed Faiyaz. Those familiar with his previous work will vouch for his insight to observe and meticulously jot human emotions and relationships. And with his latest offering Scammed: ...
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A graphic designer and copywriter by profession, Vibhuti Bhandarkar began blogging a few years ago and ended up churning a fast-paced and delightful collection of ten short stories, Not Totally Unbelievable. Talking about her life and her passion for writing, Vibhuti told us upcoming work as well. Read on.     Tell us a bit about your professional and personal background I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. I was a student of G.D. Art at The Sophia...
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Dr. Vivek Banerjee, the author of ‘The Long Road’ is a self-confessed “full time pediatrician (by choice) and part time author (by chance)”. Also known by his pen name Ben, for his blogs earlier, Vivek shares snippets of his writing career with us. Read on.   Could you share with us your earliest memories of writing? What got you blogging and finally writing a fictional tale? The earliest memories in writing are contributing to my sch...
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Deepti Naval is a celebrated actor, photographer, poet and painter. She made her cinematic debut with Ek Baar Phir and has done more than 60 films since then. She has starred in Chashmebaddoor, Kamla, Mirch Masala, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, Panchvati, and more recently in TV serial Muktibandhan. She has authored Lamha-Lamha and Black Wind & Other Poems and a short story collection The Mad Tibetan that was released last year. We talked to her about how she gives...
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This week we interviewed Annie Zaidi who has consciously experimented with various forms of writing. From short stories to non-fiction to scripts to poetry to blogs, she has pretty much done it all. Annie Zaidi takes a break from her constant bouts of writing, improvisation and experimentation to answer questions about her books Crush, Known Turf Bantering with Bandits & Other True Tales and The Bad Boys’ Guide To The Good Indian Girl along with her views on bl...
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Short Stories are a beautiful offering. In a few pages these quick reads tell so much about characters, their lives and the relationship between them. When compared to the full-length novel, the short stories too are packed with all the necessary elements. Be it Roald Dahl’s drama, Guy De Maupassant’s social comments, Manto’s strange and shocking turn of elements or Jhumpa Lahiri’s study of relationships, the world of short stories are e...
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Anita Nair is one of the most popular contemporary writers in Indian Writing in English. Her novels, The Better Man and Ladies Coupe have been hugely applauded and translated into 21 languages. Nair reveals how good stories and character driven narratives compel her to put pen to paper. Critics have appreciated your works for delving into the “deepest recesses of man's psyche”. Where do you look for inspiration and how do write about feelings so deep?...
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A fiction writer can write about candy floss romances, innocence associated with childhood, issues plaguing the society or simply be a how-it-is writer. This week we speak with Palash Krishna Mehrotra, the author of Eunuch Park (short story collection) and The Butterfly Generation (novel) who chooses not to “write polite books which can be discussed over tea in drawing rooms”. In the interaction, Mehrotra mentions that he likes exploring gray areas without ju...
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  Ratna Rao Shekar is a writer currently based in Hyderabad. She is also the Editor of Wow! Hyderabad and Housecalls, and has over three decades of experience in Journalism. Ratna had earlier written and edited an illustrated non-fiction book Journey Without a Map (2009). The Purple Lotus and other stories is her first published book of fiction.   When did writing start for you? Now that you have been writing for over three decades, do you recall the first...
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                                    Rishabh Chaturvedi dabbles in versatile interests. A chartered accountant by profession, with several years of work experience with KPMG, he is also a writer and co-founder of midshelf.com and the creator of the Mumbai Writers Group and Litizen.com. In this exclusive interview with BookChums, he discusses his interests, his sto...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
                              September 10, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Rishabh Chaturvedi, writer and co-founder of midshelf.com and the creator of Mumbai Writers Group and Litizen.com. In this interview, he discussed his stories from Labyrinth Short Stories, future writings, his favorite pieces of literature and his advice to aspiring authors straight-from-the-heart...
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  Now, how often do you read authors on the eve of their 150th birth anniversary? Well, we are still reading O.Henry, voraciously.    William Sydney Porter was born on September 11, 1862, a date now synonymous with an overpowering act of violence. It is not known for certain when Porter started using the pen name: O.Henry. It is generally agreed among biographers that the first story under the pseudonym appeared when he was serving a jail term for emb...
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                                            Mainak Dhar is a novelist and short-story writer who has written stories across versatile genres from sci-fi and apocalyptic to world peace. He has written The Martyr (short story from Labyrinth Short Stories) which was inspired by  the child soldiers of the Iran-Iraq war. Set against the ba...
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                                  September 17, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Mainak Dhar, novelist and short-story writer. He has written The Martyr (Labyrinth Short Stories), Alice in Deadland, Zombiestan, Vimana, Heroes are us, and The Cubicle Manifesto. The Martyr from Labyrinth Short Stories was inspired by the child soldiers of the Iran-Iraq war. Set a...
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    Pune-based writer Sushant Dharwadkar, landed in Mumbai five years back to earn his bread and butter from advertising. He started writing stories when his office had less work and lot of free time. His story Farming on Facebook features in the short story collection Labyrinth. Here is our interview with him.     Thank you for the interview with BookChums, Sushant. How did the theme for Farming on Facebook emerge? Two things that an author wan...
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 Richard Fernandes is a mass media graduate, a chef on paper, training in real life and has always had a fondness for stories. His short story titled Crashing Impacts was featured in Labyrinth Short Stories. In this interview with BookChums, he discussed the inspiration behind writing this story, his future writing projects and his advice to aspiring writers.   First of all, thank you for this interview with BookChums. What has been the inspiration behind y...
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                This week, BookChums interviewed Shawn Pereira, writer from the Labyrinth Short Stories collection. His short story titled Russkaya Rulyetka and I’ll Be Back has an element of the eerie and explores the concept of astral projection. In this exclusive interview, he discussed the inspiration behind Russkaya Rulyetka and I’ll Be Back, his favorite authors and books, the challenges that he ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
        Hello folks! Hope all of you’ve been enjoying yourselves. As always, do keep me posted on your reads and recommendations too. Here are the questions and answers for this week.   Please suggest some women-centric reads (short stories will do) by Indian writers. Thank you. - Uma Bora, Gurgaon Thank you for writing, Uma. Please refer to Best Indian Short Stories: Volume I compiled by Khushwant Singh. Read the stories: Desc...
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It was a bright Sunday morning and Niah was up early. She had a lot of plans today. Really big plans for her tiny hands. Only yesterday, Niah and her mother had been out shopping for that perfect gift for Daddy. They had bought him a tool box, because Mommy knew how much Daddy loved to build things. Niah also liked the gift; Daddy had promised her to build a tree house when he had all the tools. Now she would soon get her tree house. Daddy always kept his promises. ...
Post by: Manasi Kulkarni
                        I hope you guys are having a good time as much as I have. With the New Year, there is a lot of fun in the air. Here are the questions and answers of this week. This week, I have focussed on some short-story collections and contemporary poetry.   Q 1: Tell me of some good short-story collections please. Thanks. - Runa, Bangalore Ans: You can try The Complete Adventure...
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