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  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read Yesterday

    I have said this earlier and I have no qualms in saying this again that Shobhan Bantwal is a reader's delight. You expect certain things from every Shobhan Bantwal book after reading its blurb and she delivers exactly the same. Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute page-turners...
  • 'Love Kills' review: A well-written thriller Yesterday

    I had read Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon and had quite liked the book though it had left me disgusted. It was a well-written book with some shocking facts as it was based on a true story. Ismita's latest offering is Love Kills and I must say her writing style...
  • 'God Is A Gamer' review: A thriller that will keep you on your toes Yesterday

    Before I begin with my review of God Is A Gamer, I would like to confess something here. I am a very impatient man when it comes to books that I look forward to read once they're announced and there are a couple of authors who make the cut for...
  • 'Harry Potter' tops list of books that stayed with people in viral status update meme, no Chetan Bhagat or 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in top 100: Facebook data 3 days ago

    The popular Harry Potter series by author JK Rowling remains most people's favourite choice even years after it first came out in 1998 and has topped the lists of books that people around the world have shared in a viral take-it-forward meme on Facebook. Facebook employees Lada Adamic and and...
  • Neel Mukherjee's novel in Booker Prize shortlist 5 days ago

    London: Kolkata-born British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centres around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award. Mukherjee, who studied at Oxford and Cambridge, was also...
  • Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Google doodles the great Russian author's epic novels 5 days ago

    New Delhi: A collection of images set within an interactive doodle attempts to capture the grandeur of the works one of the world's greatest novelists - Leo Tolstoy. The white-bearded, prolific writer was a master of realistic fiction and is revered the world over for addressing war, love, God and...
  • George W Bush's book about father titled '41' September 3, 2014

    New York: The title of former US President George W Bush's book about his father will feature a number, not a name. Crown Publishers announced Wednesday that the book about former President George HW Bush will be called "41: A Portrait of My Father." The elder Bush was the country's 41st...
  • 'The Mockingbird Next Door' speaks of an era gone by and of the times we live in September 3, 2014

    When "To Kill a Mockingbird" released in 1960, it created a sensation. The theme was bold, ahead of its time and reflective of the society and its prejudices. The book was a hit like no other. It won the Pulitzer and many other awards. There was a movie made, which...
  • 99: The book is thought provoking and entertaining September 3, 2014

    Writers live on forever. There is this immortality which is attained when you write a book. The concept of death is then cheated on and rightly so. When Khushwant Singh passed away, there was this surge of emotions in the country and outside of the country as well. India had...
  • India grants one-year visa to Taslima Nasreen September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given one-year visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015. The 51-year-old writer was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her...
  • Action against Tripura government officials for ordering books August 31, 2014

    Agartala: A government official was suspended and another official warned in Tripura for issuing an order to purchase books written by the Chief Minister and the former chief secretary without taking proper sanction and permission from the government, officials said on Sunday. Deputy Director of School Education, holding the charge...
  • Noted Historian Bipan Chandra dies at the age of 86 August 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Well known Indian author and historian Bipan Chandra died on Saturday morning at the age of 86. He was considered to be an expert in political history and economics. He has authored a number of books including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, Communalism: A Primer, The...
  • 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 August 28, 2014

    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 August 26, 2014

    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 August 26, 2014

    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 August 23, 2014

    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 August 22, 2014

    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...

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.

Authors

Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Google doodles the great Russian author's epic novels

The white-bearded, prolific Leo Tolstoy is revered the world over for addressing war, love, God and family in epic novels such as 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'.

Book Reviews

'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read

Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute page-turners and as a reader, it makes me very happy. Her latest offering, The Full Moon Bride made for a pleasant read and anyone and everyone can read this book.

Books News

Neel Mukherjee's novel in Booker Prize shortlist

Kolkata-born British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centres around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award.

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