• Why Imran Khan avoids being on social media January 3, 2014

    Mumbai: The level of information that Facebook has on people is remarkable-and we volunteer it. If the government asked these questions, I would say, "Why would you care who I'm married to or who I'm dating? It's none of your business! Why do you need to know what music I...
  • Rendezvous with Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram July 25, 2013

    Rahul Ram is super-busy. The fatigue is audible, and you can believe he's on the other side of 50, though the livewire red-bandanaed stage persona wouldn't give you that impression. The Delhi upbringing is evident in the hard Rs and the seamless and frequent switches between English and Hindi. We...
  • Penguin's quick lit for eBook enthusiasts July 9, 2013

    In 2011, Amazon launched kindle singles, novella-length, non-fiction and long-form journalism mainly. At a dollar a pop, these singles (a riff on the music industry's term for single tracks released for sale on their own, as opposed to albums) quickly earned praise and a following. Now, India's publishing biggie, Penguin,...
  • Rahul Pandita On Kashmir and its Stories March 5, 2013

    Rahul Pandita talks about why he wrote Our Moon Has Blood Clots, and why more such books should come out of Kashmir. ...
  • Footnotes from Jaipur Literature Fest February 14, 2013

    In 2012, going by the press coverage, the Jaipur Literature Festival had one guest who couldn't show up thanks to threats from fundamentalist Muslim groups, Salman Rushdie, and another guest, Oprah Winfrey, who did get there. This despite the very tangible presence of luminaries such as Michael Ondaatje, Richard Dawkins,...
  • 13 books to add to your reading list January 17, 2013

    Dharavi, HarperCollins: Dharavi is arguably Mumbai's largest problem and its greatest opportunity. This collection demands attention as much for its topic as its contributors, who include Jerry Pinto, Sonia Faleiro, Hussain Zaidi and Anne Zaidi. ...
  • David Davidar: Aleph books will be competitively priced April 30, 2012

    David Davidar Age: 53 Profile: Co-Founder and MD, Aleph Book Company Career: Over 25 years as a publishing professional. Founder-publisher of Penguin India at age 26; was then variously CEO & Publisher, Penguin India; MD, Dorling Kindersley India; CEO, Pearson India; Publisher, Penguin Canada; President & Publisher, Penguin Canada; CEO,...
  • Sanjna Kapoor: Sheer madness kept Prithvi going March 21, 2012

    Sanjna Kapoor Age: 44 Education: Very little (O-levels) Designation: Co-founder and director of Junoon, ex-director, Prithvi Theatre Career: Worked 21 years at Prithvi, energising the venue with various initiatives, programmes and festivals Interests: The world of theatre, scuba diving and walking in the wild Tell us a little about the...
  • The giant chronicles: Two books worth reading January 16, 2012

    Im Feeling Lucky is a memoir by one of Googles early employees. Edwards was one of the few non-geeks in Googles early years. He worked in marketing, and was, in fact, the one responsible for much of the search engines tone in its interface with users. Its hard to remember...
  • 'Js & The Times of My Life' has a witty raconteur September 19, 2011

    There are two terrible things about Jug Suraiyas cleverly-named memoir. One is the - sigh - clever name, with the words js and The Times set in the typefaces of the logos of the long-departed and still lamented JS (alias, The Junior Statesman), and the still-thriving Times of India, just...
  • Coke Studio comes to India June 18, 2011

    Almost the first thing we asked Wasim Basir, Coke's director of marketing, was: What took you so long? He laughed. "There are a lot of reasons why now is the right time to bring it here, but I guess the best way to apologise for the delay is by giving...
  • Forbes India: Most expensive homes in India November 3, 2010

    Mukesh Ambani's vaastu-compliant building is 550 feet tall and has about 400,000 square feet of floor space, with residential and guest accommodation, maintenance levels, a ballroom (wall-to-wall crystal chandeliers), entertainment stages and theatres, gyms, six parking levels, a garden level, a swimming pool, and that Mumbai necessity, an ice room...
  • Forbes India: 7 new words we learnt this year December 29, 2009

    Some neologisms, and some old ones dusted off and made new. ...
  • Forbes India: Chetan Bhagat, from writing ledgers to books December 24, 2009

    He is an author with an ever-growing legion of fans and critics. ...
  • Forbes India: Chetan Bhagat, from writing ledgers to books December 24, 2009

    He is an author with an ever-growing legion of fans and critics. ...