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  • Have you got 'booked' yet? Indians are challenging their friends to name 10 books they have loved growing up in viral, chain dare on Facebook Yesterday

    If you are a regular on Facebook and have friends who read, it's highly likely you have been tagged by one or multiple of them in status updates asking you to name 10 books that have had a deep impact on your life. The newest trend to take over Facebook...
  • Rare copy of 1st Superman comic book fetches USD 3.2 million 3 days ago

    New York: A rare copy of Action Comics #1 that introduced Earth to Superman has become the world's most expensive comic book, selling for a whopping US $3.2 million. The 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared initially cost 10 cents. When Darren Adams decided to put his incredibly rare,...
  • Rare copy of Superman comic book fetches US dollar 3.2 million 3 days ago

    New York: A nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price US dollar 3.2 million. New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said today they submitted Sunday's record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No 1. That's the 1938 book in which...
  • Acclaimed Kannada writer UR Anathamurthy passes away 6 days ago

    Bangalore: Renowned Kannda writer UR Anathamurthy passed away on Friday night. Ananthamurthy was hospitalised after suffering from kidney problems and had stopped responding to dialysis. The 81-year-old writer was on life support. One of India's best known writers and thinkers, Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy was considered an ambassador of literature...
  • UR Ananthamurthy: Eternally vigilant writer, thinker and teacher 1 week ago

    Bangalore: Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, known as UR Ananthamurthy, died on Friday. He was 82. Ananthamurthy was one of India's best known writers and thinkers both within India and abroad. He wore many hats. He was a celebrated English professor, acclaimed writer, admired activist and a loved mentor to many. Born at...
  • Unexploded: Wars Within and Without August 20, 2014

    There is a poignant scene midway through Alison Macleod's novel about wartime England. The setting is Brighton, it's October 1940, when `bombs dropped like the leaves of autumn'. In the midst of death and despair a concert has been organised at the local internment camp by Superintendent Geoffrey Beaumont. A...
  • Excerpt from Batik Rain by Ashwini Devare August 19, 2014

    Batik Rain explores the theme of rootlessness and displacement. It's about people who are drifting. But just as you are about to give up, the mist clears a little, bit by bit, till sunlight penetrates through and you feel the warmth. The stories revolve around individuals who yearn for a...
  • Marissa Meyer's 'Cinder' a retelling of 'Cinderella' August 19, 2014

    I have never been a fan of fairy tales retellings. Something just does not seem right in them. Something always seems amiss. More so, because of the different perspectives that are always trying to battle it out in the novel. It just does not seem right. However, when I heard...
  • Will write another book after Sonia Gandhi publishes hers: Natwar Singh August 19, 2014

    In an interview with Vivek Tejuja, former Union minister Natwar Singh talks about his life as author. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Vivek Tejuja: You are already a prolific writer and have written many books including 'Walking with Lions', 'My China Diary' and many others recounting your vast...
  • Author of 'Play With Me' Ananth, on his transition from selling books to writing one August 17, 2014

    In an interview with Vivek Tuteja, author Ananth talks about his new book 'Play With Me'. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Vivek Tuteja: Why did you take to writing? What prompted this? From selling books to writing one, how was the transition at some point? Ananth: I...
  • Saltwater explores the lives of privileged young adults living in India August 12, 2014

    A Novel Published in India by Penguin India. To be published in the German language by Ullstein Verlag. About the Book Saltwater is a story about a world without anchor, where rich young boys and girls drift and collide, smashing each other to smithereens. There are no inhibitions here, everything is allowed. This is the...
  • Ananth's 'Play with Me' seeps you in and doesn't let go August 7, 2014

    The Indian literary scene is bursting at the seams with new authors, new plots (almost, and sometimes contrived), new ambitions and new hopes (for some of us at least). There is this surge of authors - this tide of 'I-can-also-write' men and women. And amidst all of this, as a...
  • Pran Kumar Sharma (1938-2014): The unofficial Google doodle August 6, 2014

    Chacha Chaudhury, the man with a mind faster than a computer. I sometimes wondered which computer? One from 1971 when Pran Kumar Sharma's most famous creation was first published (the $750 8-bit Kenbak-1 from 1971 had a mere 256 bytes of memory)? Or did Chacha Chaudhary's brain continuously upgrade in...
  • English is the new caste system, my book 'Half Girlfriend' explores this aspect of our society: Chetan Bhagat August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Author Chetan Bhagat's new novel, a rural-urban love story about a boy from Bihar falling for an English-educated Delhi girl, is set for release this October. Bhagat, who is considered a bestseller, took to Twitter and Facebook to announce details of the upcoming book and accompanied it with...
  • Cartoonist Pran, the man behind Chacha Chaudhury and other characters, dies August 6, 2014

    One of India's most successful Indian cartoonists Pran Kumar Sharma died on Wednesday. Pran was the man behind the famous comic series Chacha Chaudhury. His others famous characters included cartoons like Sabu, Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channie Chachi and many more. Pran succumbed to cancer early on Wednesday morning at a...
  • Movies and Candy Crush are my rivals not other books: Chetan Bhagat August 5, 2014

    India's bestselling author Chetan Bhagat says, as an author he is not competing with other books but is making a humble book rise amid things like Candy Crush and movies. The author talks about his new book, The Half Girlfriend. ...
  • Ex-PM Manmohan Singh's daughter defends father in a book, says he faced resistance within Congress August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has come to his defence in a new book. In an interview to a national daily, Daman Singh has said that her father was not a misfit in politics but that manipulative politics and wheeling dealing didn't come easily to him. She...
  • 'Half Girlfriend': Author Chetan Bhagat's new book is a love story between a Bihari boy and a reluctant girl August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: His last book 'Revolution 20: 20' came out in 2011 and since then Chetan Bhagat has been busy writing scripts for films. The author is back after a long hiatus with his latest book 'Half Girlfriend'. The book's first look was released by e-commerce store Flipkart on Tuesday morning...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read August 5, 2014

    There're books that you pick because their blurb looked interesting to you. The reason why I picked up Junglezen Sheru was the same but when I saw the genre of the book which is Fiction/Spirituality, it intrigued me and that's when I thought, I am sure there book has something...
  • Upendra Namburi does it again with well-crafted '60 minutes' August 5, 2014

    There are very few books that can make me sit straight and finish them in a single go. Two Indian authors who manage to do so time and again when it comes to corporate thrillers/drama are Ravi Subramanian and Upendra Namburi. I remember reading Upendra Namburi's 31 when it...
  • The 5 most explosive memoirs by Indian politicians and bureaucrats to help Sonia Gandhi write her own August 1, 2014

    Former foreign affairs minister Natwar Singh has raised quite a storm with revelations about the Nehru-Gandhi family in his book 'One Life Is Not Enough', enough to rile Congress President Sonia Gandhi into saying that she will write her own book to counter Singh's claims. Singh had said Sonia was...
  • 'Can't and Won't', a collection that wrenches your heart with facts about life July 31, 2014

    When Lydia Davis writes short stories, you take notice. You observe them and linger in their bitter or sweet after-thought. You also get confused. You wonder what her stories are about. As a reader, you also want to give up some times. You do not want to turn the next...
  • Radical Bengali writer Nabarun Bhattacharya dies at 66 July 31, 2014

    Kolkata: Famed Bengali writer Nabarun Bhattacharya, a Sahitya Akademi awardee known for his radical left and anti-establishment views and championing of the marginalised urban milieu, died at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his associates said. He was 66. Bhattacharya, who left behind his...
  • Michael Morpurgo's 'Meeting Cezanne' is a perfect monsoon read July 31, 2014

    I had heard a lot about Michael Morpurgo and his books before I started reading 'Meeting Cezanne'. I now know why both kids and adults love him and his works the way they do. There is something about the way he unfolds a story. It transcends age. Both adults and...
  • 'Shikhandi and Other Tales they don't tell you' is all about liberation July 24, 2014

    There is so much to Indian Mythology that remains hidden. There is so much which no one speaks of. Of hidden desires (maybe), of stories that somehow do not surface, because we are too civilized for our own good. We are full of shackles and intimidation and fear and to...
  • 'Mumbai Confidential' depicts the city's dark side with brilliance July 24, 2014

    What better way to depict the dark and gory underworld and cop politics of Mumbai, than through a graphic novel? The underbelly is fantastically done with shades of brown, black and grey. Sometimes it also may happen that some graphic novels fail to convey what they want to, but that...
  • KR Meera's 'Hang Woman' is a complex read July 23, 2014

    Some books are just not an easy read. No matter how hard you try, you cannot skim through them. Neither can you dismiss them. They demand complete and total attention. They will not rest till you give it to them and neither will you. 'Hang Woman' by KR Meera is...
  • Rainbow Rowell's 'Landline' is about adult relationships July 16, 2014

    Rainbow Rowell is the new favourite amongst both, teens and adults. I had heard a lot about Fangirl and Eleanor and Park from a lot of friends and other people. I even bought Eleanor and Park and never got around to reading it. Till 'Landline' reached me and I thought...
  • South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies July 14, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement...
  • In JK Rowling's second story, Harry Potter's wife Ginny, a sports reporter with the Daily Prophet, live blogs from the Quidditch World Cup July 14, 2014

    On Tuesday when JK Rowling gave fans a glimpse of how Harry Potter and his gang are doing 7 years post the battle at Hogwarts, there were speculations on whether these posts would become a regular feature on the Pottermore site. Good news is that on Saturday, Rowling posted a live...

Book Extracts

Excerpt from Batik Rain by Ashwini Devare

The stories revolve around individuals who yearn for a sense of belonging and how they go about trying to find that.

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