Yatin Gupta

  • Dee Walker's 'The Winner's Curse' is a racy potboiler 15-12-2014 03:34 PM

    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...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing 18-11-2014 08:19 AM

    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 18-11-2014 08:09 AM

    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 18-11-2014 08:01 AM

    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 18-11-2014 07:52 AM

    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 07-11-2014 05:01 PM

    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' 07-11-2014 04:53 PM

    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 07-11-2014 04:40 PM

    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...
  • 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...