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  • Sathya Saran's 'Sun Mere Bandhu Re' is not a traditional biography maintaining linearity of the narrative 4 days ago

    Sachin Dev Burman passed away in 1975 nearly four decades back. He was one of the tallest that the Hindi cinema could ever produce. Interestingly there aren't many books on him or his music - whatever are there are mostly in vernacular including Khagesh Dev Burman's Sachin Kartar Ganer Bhuban...
  • Dee Walker's 'The Winner's Curse' is a racy potboiler 1 week ago

    New Delhi: When I first heard about the concept of 'The Winner's Curse', I was pretty excited about it. I wanted to read the finished book but I couldn't hold myself and asked the author for the manuscript which was still being edited. And then on a Sunday night, at...
  • Gayatri Iyer's 'Life's Macchiato' brings forth the taste of young India December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A collection of short stories, 'Life's Macchiato' has all the energy, enthusiasm, and freshness of its twenty-something first-time author. She takes her readers to diverse places and diverse personalities, from a woman struggling with an abusive marriage to young college students and prodigal professionals. My favourite one is the...
  • Book Review: Author Arun Chaudhuri captures the world of advertising with his new book 'Indian Advertising Laughter And Tears' November 26, 2014

    As an Advertising Professional whose seen action in the trenches across close to four decades - frequently in hard close-up - I can assure you that India's Persuasion Industry has been very poorly documented, chronicled or archived. Part of our DNA, I guess, when you look towards a similar lapse...
  • Book Review: Author Gautam Chintamani gives an wonderful insight to what made Rajesh Khanna a 'dark star' November 23, 2014

    Who is a 'Star'? The great Satyajit Ray believed that it was anyone who could firmly establish his/her screen presence without the slightest, distracting fuss or frippery, armpit rhetoric or theatrical posturing. Also someone who - through gestures, speech, mannerisms or any special unique trait - could guarantee...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • James Joseph's 'God’s Own Office' demystifies the concept of working from home November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As far as I knew, companies in India were slowly adapting themselves to the global culture of working from home. In my opinion, working from home comes with its own pros and cons. At one point, you feel this is the best thing that could have ever happened...
  • Nidhie Sharma's 'Dancing With Demons' will keep you entertained throughout November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: A debut author whose book is already being made into a Bollywood film, this feat was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. The author, Nidhie Sharma is a writer-director living in Mumbai and has studied at NYU. 'Dancing With Demons' is a story about two...
  • 'Because Life Is A Gift': A tribute to differently-abled people November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: I had absolutely loved Disha's debut book, 'My Beloved's MBA Plans'. It was a well crafted piece of work that touched the lives of people who took plunge at crucial junctures of their lives to study further and came out victorious. With 'Because Life Is A Gift', Disha...
  • Written with rare honesty, 'Tamanna' deals with a complex subject November 7, 2014

    There are times when you just end up picking a book for no reason or maybe you pick it up because it intrigues you at some level. Well nothing of that sort happened with Tejeshwar Singh's 'Tamanna'. I walked into Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place one day and saw that this...
  • Need some inspiration? Read Sudha Menon's 'Gifted' November 7, 2014

    Reading a Sudha Menon book is always a delight. All her books with their subjects carefully chosen and weaved with extreme intricacy radiate warmth. 'Gifted' is a book that brings in light on some of the most inspiring stories of people with disabilities that I have read in recent times....
  • 'Daughter by Court Order' by Ratna is a promising debut November 7, 2014

    It was a friend's recommendation and the New York Times' review of this book that made me pick up this work of fiction and I am mighty impressed with it. So much so that I could not stop myself from raving about it in the readers community. 'Daughter by Court...
  • 'The Innovators' review: The strong narrative and character portrayal makes it a must read October 16, 2014

    I remember reading, 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson with great trepidation. I thought I would get bored. I thought I would not be interested in it for long. I thought these things and a lot of other things before I invested time in the book. I loved the book at...
  • Susmit Sen's memoir 'Ocean to Ocean' resonates with the most exciting phase of Indian rock October 13, 2014

    Name: 'Ocean to Ocean' Author: Susmit Sen with Sehba Imam Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 149 pages Price: Rs 699 Much before YouTube, Soundcloud and Vevo, Indians who are now in their 20s and thirties, were used to the thrill of buying an audio cassette or an audio CD a little later, to have the pleasure...
  • Interactive, live review of Chetan Bhagat's 'Half Girlfriend' on Facebook and Twitter October 10, 2014

    I have never reviewed a book live - tweeting as I read, answering questions, re-tweeting insights from users on Twitter and Facebook, forming many tiny first impressions before I've even finished reading - and if someone had suggested I do this earlier, I would have been nothing short of scandalized....
  • Review: Naseeruddin Shah's 'And then One Day' is a book which talks about acting, the actor, the man and the human being with no holds barred October 10, 2014

    There are times you take stock of life. You evaluate what is there and what is not there. Perhaps one day we will all go through this. It is but eventual I think. While reading Naseeruddin Shah's memoir, 'And Then One Day', this was my foremost thought. The book of...
  • And Then One Day: A powerful memoir by Naseeruddin Shah September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: "Learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture", said Naseeruddin Shah when someone asked him a question about acting on stage and the entire auditorium roared with claps and laughter. I quickly noted this line down on my copy of And Then One Day and thought I...
  • Prem Chopra’s biography sums up his life beautifully September 23, 2014

    Everyone wants to know more about heroes and their lives but what about a person who has played the role of a villain for years and that too so convincingly. Prem Chopra is a popular name in the B-town and for all the right reasons. I had wanted to read...
  • Rachel Dwyer portrays Bollywood as a guide to modern India in 'Picture Abhi Baaki Hai' September 23, 2014

    It is always good to read books about Bollywood and how people perceive it. I am not a movie-buff but I have grown up watching Hindi movies and I am more inclined towards them any given day. I was pretty intrigued by the title and the cover of the Rachel...
  • 'Ten Kings' review: Must read, an interesting adaptation of Rig Veda September 15, 2014

    It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists. Based...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read September 13, 2014

    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 pageturners...
  • 'Love Kills' review: A wellwritten thriller September 13, 2014

    I had read Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon and had quite liked the book though it had left me disgusted. It was a wellwritten 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 September 13, 2014

    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...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • 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 'Icanalsowrite' men and women. And amidst all of this, as a...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read August 3, 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 wellcrafted '60 minutes' August 3, 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...
  • '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 afterthought. 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...

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