Yatin Gupta

  • 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 A-class 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...
  • 'The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey' is a stunning debut 16-02-2014 08:37 AM

    There were two reasons behind picking this book. First is the cover of the book that looked appealing and radiated freshness and second is the publishing house that it came from. It is always good to read debut authors, more so when their writing throws a challenge towards you. Similar...
  • 'No man's land' is all about strong characters 16-02-2014 08:26 AM

    Let me start this post by quoting Mark Twain "Buy land, they're not making it anymore." and this is what explains the basis of Nilesh Shrivastava's debut book No Man's Land. The cover of the book is intriguing and its blurb will definitely push you to pick the book up....
  • Anand Neelkantan's 'Ajaya' is an interesting take on Mahabharata 16-02-2014 08:03 AM

    Anand Neelkantan's 'Asura' is one of my favourite books of mythological fiction genre. It was the first book of this genre that I'd read and I was mighty impressed with it. It deserved all the accolades that it has received over the time and ever since then I was looking...
  • 'The Making of Don' is a book to be savored 03-02-2014 09:59 AM

    How many times it has ever happened with you that you've loved a movie watched it over and over again and have tried to know how and under what circumstances it was made? Even at times you may have wanted to know more about your favorite film, finding consolidated information...
  • Elizabeth Gilbert's latest book is rich in every aspect 03-02-2014 09:55 AM

    To begin with, I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love by Gilbert and haven't watched the movie as well. I know I am one of the very few people who haven't done it but that is how it is. The sole reason behind picking this book up was its blurb as...
  • There is a lot to learn from Hadfield's journey to become an astronaut 03-02-2014 09:47 AM

    If you are on twitter and don't know who Chris Hadfield is, then you are doing twitter wrong. He took the social networking site by storm when he started tweeting breath-taking pictures from the space through his personal account @Cmdr_Hadfield . He is one of the most seasoned and accomplished...
  • 'Tales Of Fosterganj' yet again proves why we love Ruskin Bond 29-01-2014 11:45 PM

    The reading stint for the year 2014 began with this book by one of the India's most loved authors. He is the most effortless storyteller I have ever come across. You have an instant connect with whatever he writes and I personally believe that he is one of the very...
  • Pink Sari Revolution: The story of Sampat Pal, Gulaabi Gang 29-01-2014 11:44 PM

    This book caught my attention when the publishers (Picador India) first revealed its cover on their Facebook page. I had heard about Gulaabi Gang through some newspapers while I was studying and also Anubhav Sinha (Bollywood director) is also working on a movie based on this gang. I thought of...
  • 'Sorting Out Sid' is an easy and breezy read 29-01-2014 11:30 PM

    I had once heard an author saying this, "these days, books are more about preview culture than review culture" and HarperCollins India did exactly that with Yashodhara Lal's second book Sorting Out Sid after a massive success of her first book Just Married, Please Excuse with them. Me along with...
  • Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries is 800+ pages of literary brilliance 13-01-2014 10:55 PM

    I am still not sure about writing a review for this book. Why? As we all know so much has been already said about this book and winning the Man Booker Prize for the year 2013 sums it all up beautifully but still I would like to share my experience...