Yatin Gupta

  • And Then One Day: A powerful memoir by Naseeruddin Shah 28-09-2014 03:40 PM

    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 23-09-2014 10:22 PM

    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' 23-09-2014 09:36 PM

    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...
  • Bubble Wrap – A fantastic debut by Kalyani Rao 23-09-2014 04:36 PM

    Picking up a book by a debut author always comes with some kind of skepticism to me. What if I don't like the book and end up wasting my precious reading time - this question keeps haunting me but somehow I believe one must venture into unknown territories at times...
  • Anti-Social Network - Another potboiler by Piyush Jha in Mumbaistan series 23-09-2014 04:28 PM

    Most of us have become social-networking junkies. I myself spend a better part of my day on Twitter like many others. Now, what Piyush Jha has done here in Anti-Social Network is something commendable. He took something, twisted it on its head and presented it in the form of a...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read 13-09-2014 06:53 PM

    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 wellwritten thriller 13-09-2014 06:19 PM

    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 13-09-2014 05:58 PM

    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...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read 03-08-2014 03:23 PM

    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' 03-08-2014 03:01 PM

    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 had...
  • Lucie Whitehouse's 'Before We Met' is a racy psychological thriller 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

    It is always a pleasure to explore new authors, more so, when you end up loving their books. I'd never heard about Lucie Whitehouse's name before. I was just browsing through the catalogue that I'd received from Bloomsbury and the cover of the book caught my attention. After reading the...
  • Paul Danahar's 'The New Middle East' is an outcome of Aclass research 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

    Many countries of the Middle East have been on world radar since 2011. Dictators like Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussain, Gaddafi and Bashar-al-assad have been dethroned by their people and what they've left behind are countries in chaos, having millions of people who are constantly looking for their lost identities and...
  • 'Love among the bookshelves' is about Ruskin Bond's tryst with books 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

    How can someone not love something that Ruskin Bond has written? I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. Though, this was a genre that I had never tried before - a book about books and reading. 'Love among the bookshelves' is part memoir and part anthology by our very own...
  • 'How To Become A Billionaire By Selling Nothing' is a promising debut 03-05-2014 12:08 AM

    To begin with, I don't remember when was the last time I laughed my guts out so much while reading a book. Also, at the same time, I'd like to say, if you are active on twitter and don't know who @jhujhunwala is, you've been doing twitter W.R.O.N.G all this...
  • Robin Cook's latest book 'Cell' works in parts 03-05-2014 12:08 AM

    New Delhi: I wanted to read Robin Cook's last book 'Nano' but somehow I couldn't. I have heard great things about the medical thrillers that he has written over the years but somehow I couldn't really lay my hands on his books. When Pan Macmillan who happens to be the...
  • 'Bucketlist Of A Traveloholic' will make you envy its author 03-05-2014 12:03 AM

    New Delhi: I envy Sarika Pandit. I absolutely do. What she did to follow her passion was just so commendable. Well, what exactly she did, for that you will have to read her debut book 'Bucketlist of a traveloholic' that I have just finished reading from cover to cover. Sharing...
  • 'The Manager' is more about management than anything else 07-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Football is the most loved sport across the world. The fans go absolutely crazy when their favourite teams or players are playing but there is much more to this sport than what it looks like. Football is an industry in itself and a unique one at that because it is...
  • 'Take Me Home' focuses on small town entrepreneurs who made it big 07-04-2014 11:48 PM

    With all the big business houses shifting their focus on tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India these days, no one would have thought of the entrepreneurial revolution brewing in these small cities. And when you will read Rashmi Bansal's latest book 'Take Me Home', you would come to...
  • Lucid writing makes Jaspreet Singh's 'Helium' a riveting read 07-04-2014 11:48 PM

    The year 1984 brings back a lot of memories to those who have survived through those tumultuous times. Pain, anguish, loss and many unfathomable instances that were the result of human behaviour at its extreme has been written in various forms. Jaspreet Singh's Helium is set up in 1984 and...
  • V Sanjay Kumar's 'Virgin Gingelly' is a well-crafted piece of work 30-03-2014 11:29 PM

    A lot of books categorized under the literary fiction genre are not easy reads. In my opinion, they are not meant to be easy reads. A reader has got to be patient and must try and soak in what the author is trying to say through his words. Virgin Gingelly,...
  • Neamat Imam's 'The Black Coat' is an impressive debut 30-03-2014 11:23 PM

    Bangladesh has an interesting history and we all know it. Their struggle for freedom is something that that the world had witnessed far and wide. Post independence, Bangladesh had to deal with what every country has to go through. Government is shaping itself up, people are migrating across the border...
  • Tisca Chopra's 'Acting Smart' is a guidebook for aspiring actors 30-03-2014 10:59 PM

    I decided to read this book after attending Tisca Chopra's talk session at the World Book Fair - 2014. Tisca who has proved her mettle with her acting and unconventional roles that she has played in various movies and TV serials has now penned down a book, Acting Smart. In...
  • 'The Treasure Of Kafur' becomes unputdownable towards the end 19-03-2014 12:40 AM

    Last year, I'd read Aroon Raman's The Shadow Throne. I remember finishing it in a single sitting. It was an impressive debut and the book was an instant bestseller, which I feel it truly deserved. I had added his name in my list of to-be-watched-out-for authors and I was very...
  • 'The Diary Of A Reluctant Feminist' is all about crisp writing 19-03-2014 12:25 AM

    The review request came in for this book and the title looked intriguing. I mostly read this book while I was commuting to work. Though I didn't like it much with the way it began and the dislike stayed intact till I was halfway through this book. I thought it...
  • 'Be Careful What You Wish For' leaves you craving for Archer's next book 18-03-2014 11:58 PM

    After a year long wait and pondering on various permutations and combinations about what will happen to the characters after finishing the third book (Best Kept Secret) in The Clifton Chronicles series, I laid my hands on 'Be Careful What You Wish For' as soon as it got released worldwide....
  • Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' will stay with you for a long time 07-03-2014 12:31 PM

    Some books take their own good time to get into your headspace and once it happens, you just cannot stop yourself from turning their pages and finish reading them. Same thing happened with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt that has earned rave reviews worldwide and had me curious about this...
  • Rana Dasgupta's 'Capital' a brilliant take on 21st Century Delhi 07-03-2014 12:20 PM

    Rana Dasgupta's Capital was making waves at the Jaipur Literary Festival this year. I couldn't attend any of his sessions there but the book caught my fantasy. It looked beautiful in a black & golden jacket, shining all the way. Then it was at a famous bookstore in Delhi, where...
  • 'Rearview, My Roadies Journey' is all things about Raghu and Roadies 22-02-2014 10:18 AM

    Love him or hate him but if you are a TV addict, you certainly can't ignore him. Well, as cliched as it may sound but that's the truth. This man redefined the Indian television for youth by making a cult show that almost everyone knows about. Yes, I am talking...
  • Ramayana reloaded: 'The Exiled Prince', an intelligently written work 22-02-2014 10:08 AM

    Mythology is something that I believe that we all are aware of. The knowledge with respect to a particular religion is sound or not varies from individual to individual depending on their interest in it. Ramayana is something that we all have grown up with. On TV or in our...
  • Farhad Dadyburjor's 'How I got lucky' is a fun and light read 22-02-2014 09:55 AM

    Media and Journalism is a riotous industry, more so because of the stiff and exponentially increasing competition for the breaking news. Everyday there are tons of stories to be covered, some make headlines and others just go down in the archives but if you are reporting for the Bollywood, then...