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  • Bolly Book: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia: From flunked heroes, to older couples, Diptakirti Chaudhuri predicts 'filmi' trends set to become cliches October 27, 2014

    "I am only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then, finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of Bollywood lay all undiscovered before me." - With apologies to Isaac Newton A self-confessed "salesman by day and 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...
  • Book excerpt: 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase' March 14, 2014

    Parul Sharma, the author of 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase', grew up in the small towns of Uttar Pradesh. This was fortunate because it ensured that she ran into some rather quirky characters pretty early on in life. Once done with schooling, she made the rather dubious choice of studying Economics,...
  • Book Extract: Virgin Gingelly by V Sanjay Kumar March 3, 2014

    V Sanjay Kumar is the author of Virgin Gingelly. He owes this book to his baniya lineage that three generations before him have tried to obliterate by staying in Tamil Nadu. In language both gritty and humorous, and often surprisingly poetic, V Sanjay Kumar's narrative, set in modern middle-class, housing...
  • Valentine's Day: Will this affair with a married man end well? An excerpt from 'An Atlas of Love' February 14, 2014

    Anuja Chauhan is the bestselling author of The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora and Those Pricey Thakur Girls. Popularly known as the romcom specialist, she is the undisputed expert in writing contemporary Indian romance novels that pack in oodles of wit, punch and humourour very own Jane Austen who understands...
  • Valentine's Day: Would you choose your career over love? An excerpt from Madhuri Banerjee's 'Advantage Love' February 14, 2014

    'Advantage Love' is a romance novel about a girl Trisha who's trying to make something of herself when love gets in the way. It's about what to choose when you're confused. About exes and career choices. New relationships and old friends. And how life is moving so fast that we...
  • 'Windhorse' a stirring tale of a people's love for lost homeland January 13, 2014

    A group of Tibetan rebels set up an armed resistance movement against Chinese occupation, defying the instructions of their spiritual head, the Dalai Lama. Lhasang grows up in eastern Tibet but is forced to flee after the Chinese occupation, making the deathdefying trek across the Himalayas with his family. Fighting...
  • AK47: The Story of the People's Gun December 24, 2013

    Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK47 assault rifle, the world's most popular firearm, died Monday at age 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic.The distinctive shape of the gun, often called "a Kalashnikov," appeared on revolutionary flags and adorns memorabilia. Kaslashnikov often said...
  • Book extract: The Edge of Power December 13, 2013

    In these chaotic times when the issues surrounding sexual harassment seem to have become increasingly obfuscating, it is heartening to come across a young male author who has been championing feminist causes through his novels. Tuhin A. Sinha, screenwriter and the bestselling author of "The Edge Of Desire" is all...
  • Every civil right movement takes steps backwards: Author of Gaysia December 11, 2013

    Journalist and Australiabased writer Benjamin Law weighs in on the Supreme Court judgement on Sec 377. The author of 'Gaysia' had travelled through India and Asia and written about the gay community's journey and travails across the region. Here is an email Q&A with IBNLive: IBNLive: From your perspective having travelled...
  • Extract: Mahi, The Story of India's Most Successful Captain December 11, 2013

    One of India's most charismatic player, a recordbreaking captain and the best wicketkeeperbatsman India has produced, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the most soughtafter subject for sports writers, and seasoned journalist Shantanu Guha Ray has produced a biography that invites readers' fancy. 'MAHI, The Story of India's Most Successful Captain', published...
  • Book extract: 'Tiger Fire' by Valmik Thapar December 2, 2013

    The tiger has captured the imagination of human beings from the beginning of recorded history. It has been feared, worshipped, admired, hunted, studied, photographed, written about, immortalised in art and poetry, and has enthralled king and commoner alike. 'Tiger Fire' celebrates this magnificent predator by bringing together nonfiction writing, photography...
  • 26/11: The Inside Story How Ajmal Kasab was recruited November 12, 2013

    An excerpt from The Siege: The Attack on the Taj by Adrian Levy and Cathy ScottClark, offering an inside view of what really happened on the night of 26/11, and what went into the conspiracy. May 2008 Pakistan A party of Lashkar trainee fighters bumped along in a hand painted...
  • Book extract: Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant September 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday! is a celebration of the complex, mysterious inner lives of our fellow human beings, by the award-winning novelist Meghna Pant. The book is about a dedicated friend who undertakes one last labour of love for a childless woman. Nadia - married into money - finds herself facing uncomfortable truths...
  • Extract: The Professional by Ashok Ferrey August 20, 2013

    The Professional by Ashok Ferrey is an exploration of the nature and meaning of love; of time, its circularity and its irreversibility; and the plain damned unreliability of what we call memory. Here's an extract from the book: The old man woke up in the middle of the night to the...
  • Extract: A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid August 19, 2013

    A mother daughter bond formed in the afterlife, memories stored in Ziploc bags and the horrific struggle to piece together a past that's been through the shredder A Cool, Dark Place is all of these plus the unsettling realization that ones life was ghostwritten by two drunks. Here's an extract from...
  • Extract: A Matter of Rats by Amitava Kumar July 19, 2013

    I would not have turned to writing if I was able to draw. When I was thirteen or fourteen, and attending school in Patna, I had not yet given up my ambition to become an artist. My earliest models were rulers and saints from our past. The teacher would be...
  • Extract: Compass Box Killer by Piyush Jha July 4, 2013

    Compass Box Killer book is a crime thriller, set in the bylanes of Mumbai. One muggy afternoon, a senior police officer is found murdered at his desk. When Inspector Virkar from the Crime Branch arrives at the scene, he finds a cryptic note that spills out of a student's compass...
  • Story behind how Gujaratis do business May 30, 2013

    Dhandha, meaning business, is a term often used in common trade parlance in India. But there is no other community that fully embodies what the term stands for than the Gujaratis. Innately businessminded and highly persevering, their entrepreneurial spirit has led them to taste enviable success in their chosen fields. Shobha...
  • Excerpt: What goes on behind the gentleman's game May 20, 2013

    Powerplay: the game is on is a book that revolves around protagonist Keya Singhal, who is an introverted, idealistic employee with a nononsense attitude who finds herself in troubled waters. Her desire is to fight for what is rightfully hers. And she has an aggressor Vivek Grewal. Adding to the...
  • 15 keys to happiness from the world's happiest nation May 18, 2013

    Here are 15 keys to happiness from Bhutan, a country where Gross National Happiness is considered more important than Gross Domestic Product. 1) If you search for happiness, you will not find it. If happiness searches for you, it will always find you. 2) A flea springs up from a cozy blanket,...
  • Extract: Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times April 5, 2013

    Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times is a definitive biography of a man who may have challenged the basic principles of a sovereign secular nation but emerged as an undisputed and largerthanlife leader. Written by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, who is the author of The Demolition: India at the Crossroads, and has written...
  • Bihar Breakthrough: The turnaround of a beleaguered state March 26, 2013

    Bihar Breakthrough: The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State by Rajesh Chakrabarti is published by Rupa Publications, the book captures the drama of a unique turnaround journey and it comes at a time when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is pitching Bihar as a model state for development. He said at...
  • Excerpt: 'Cell Phone Nation' February 15, 2013

    Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron's book Cell Phone Nation (Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 293) analyses how mobile phones have revolutionised business, politics and ordinary life in India. An excerpt from the book: Romance, marriage and the mobile Arranged marriage, sanctioned by both sets of parents, remained a deepseated institution in...
  • Excerpt: The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva January 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has come up with a book on contemporary styles and her take on them. Rochelle Pinto has helped her in writing the book. Here are excerpts from the book: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham: Red bustier top, shiny red pants and You are my Soniya. !at...
  • Rajinikanth: The humble coolie who went on to become the God of the silver screen December 14, 2012

    Chennai, capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 1 October 2010, 4 a.m. We are in the Royapettah area of the city. Chennai is a metropolis that rises much earlier than other Indian cities, but today, there is something in the air, and it is not just the strains...
  • Extract: Love Story # 1 to 14 by Annie Zaidi December 13, 2012

    Annie Zaidi's stories are at once warm and distant, violent and gentle and, above all, untroubled by cynicism. This is a look at love, straight in the eye, to understand the alluring nature of the beast. Here's an excerpt from her latest book: Love Story # 10 (aka The one that was...
  • Excerpt: 'In Good Faith' by Saba Naqvi December 6, 2012

    In an age when the idea of religious community is determined by stereotypes and old fault lines, Saba Naqvi takes a journey across the country in search of her own identity among people, communities and shrines that challenge our predetermined notions of what makes a Muslim or a Hindu. Along...
  • Excerpt: The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic November 22, 2012

    The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic is journalist Anna MM Vetticad's account of a year in which she resolved to blog reviews of every single Hindi film released in the NCR (National Capital Region)...not just the highprofile, wellpromoted films, or bigbanner productions with major stars, but literally every single...
  • Excerpt: A Song for I by Chandrima Pal November 19, 2012

    A Song for I is about Ira, born to an ambitious and successful musician and a mother who would prefer for her to be dead rather than live under her fathers shadow. Ira grows up in an emotional hothouse, meant to make her feel loved and cherished in the absence...

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