Fiction

  • '2 States' - A movie every budding author connects to

    Under the radar |  Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap
    Writers are all same, says a newspaper correspondent who covers books section of a daily in New Delhi. I had my own reservations on this...

  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written 08-04-2014 11:47 AM

    Dune by Frank Herbert is often quoted as 'Science Fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings'. The cast is huge and varied, a tapestry of flesh that includes the likes of noble desert fighters, messiahs, conniving 'witches', and greedy emperors. 'Ender's Game' is the story of a young boy placed...
  • Indian author Pankaj Mishra wins $ 150,000 Yale literary prize 11-03-2014 07:24 AM

    Washington: Award-winning Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers from seven countries who have won a $ 1,50,000 Yale University prize each in recognition of their literary achievements. Essayist and novelist Mishra has been selected for the prestigious Windham Campbell Literature prize in the non-fiction category, Yale University said...
  • Twitter Fiction Festival to be held on March 12; you also can join 10-03-2014 05:32 PM

    New Delhi: Twitteraties now have a unique opportunity to showcase their storytelling skills. From March 12 a five-day virtual writing celebration called the Twitter Fiction Festival will be held entirely on the social networking site in which anyone can join and tell stories. Organised by the Association of American Publishers...
  • Twitter Fiction Festival: Author Meghna Pant will be retelling the Mahabharata in 100 tweets on March 13 10-03-2014 01:27 PM

    The Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House are partnering from March 12-16, 2014, to put on this year's Twitter Fiction Festival which will see a showcase of authors from across the industry crafting fiction on Twitter. During the festival, anyone is invited to jump in and tell stories...
  • TV serials are as exacting as any other entertainment profession: Amitabh Bachchan 27-12-2013 06:21 PM

    Mumbai: The year 2013 has been as eventful as any previous year for Amitabh Bachchan. This year he took the plunge into fiction on television and says that it is as demanding as any other form of entertainment. Describing the experience, he said: "TV serials are as exacting as any...
  • Some stories in Savage Harvest are deeply disturbing 23-12-2013 07:01 PM

    The tumultuous partition of India and its after-effects are still fresh in people's memories. Those who suffered because of it have got myriads of stories to tell and they have been telling them in some form or the other since 1947. I myself have read some heart wrenching first hand...
  • The One You Cannot Have ends abruptly 23-12-2013 06:50 PM

    Preeti Shenoy is one of my favourite Indian authors. I look forward to her books because they are easy reads, her style of storytelling is gripping and you feel good when you finish reading her book. I swear by her first novel, Life is what you make it and recommend...
  • Aisle Be Damned will make you laugh out loud 23-12-2013 06:37 PM

    I have always believed that a person who travels a lot has always got tons of stories to tell and a person who has got strong observation skills and travels a lot can be good storyteller and Rishi Piparaiya proved me right there. I came across Aisle Be Damned by...
  • Author Manil Suri wins Britain's 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award 04-12-2013 12:02 PM

    Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel 'The City of Devi' describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding supernovas and streaking superheroes, Britain's Literary Review said on Tuesday. The prize, which has been bestowed by the magazine every year...
  • Taut, fast-paced, violent - Uninvited is not just an airport thriller 21-11-2013 01:13 PM

    The setup could be the premise for a modern sitcom: Our protagonist is Hesketh, a tall, dark, handsome social scientist with Asperger's Syndrome, who's recently parted ways with his "bi-curious" girlfriend Kaitlin after her affair with his female colleague Stephanie. The two remain closely connected by their mutual love for...
  • Crossword Book Award 2013 - Shortlist Announced 20-11-2013 05:46 PM

    Crossword Bookstore in Association with Principal Retirement Advisors announced the shortlist for the prestigious The Crossword Book Award 2013. This shortlist was announced across four categories which include Indian Fiction, Indian Non-Fiction, Indian Translation & Children's Writing. The Crossword Book Award had also earlier released the ten shortlisted books for...
  • Betsy Woodman's simple writing makes the reader love the book 12-11-2013 05:44 PM

    I had read Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes, the first book by the author of the Jana Bibi's Adventure series and it was an impressing piece of work. I have been telling this to a lot of people lately that Betsy Woodman's writing has a certain sense of calmness which leaves...
  • Delhi By Heart is an eye opener in many ways 12-11-2013 05:35 PM

    Having spent a good part of my life in Delhi/NCR, I still somehow feel that I do not know the city quite well. Every time someone asks me something about Delhi, Google comes to my rescue at times and I end up loathing myself for not knowing most of the...
  • A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid is a brilliant debut 12-11-2013 05:27 PM

    September was a very good month in terms of reading. More because I read some of the finest books that I have read so far and A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid is definitely one of them. With a very intriguing and heart-warming cover, this book again came with...
  • Omair Ahmad's book about Bhutan is a valuable addition 29-10-2013 03:38 PM

    Bhutan, for me was just a neighboring country before I finished reading this book. I never really knew that there could be so much about a country that the world deserves to know. Bhutan as said in the blurb of the book as well is the most isolated country of...
  • 'India since 1947' meant for those who have genuine concern for India 14-10-2013 04:20 PM

    India as a young and modern nation sets exemplary juxtaposition within its own existence. In certain areas, it appears living the systemic roles forthrightly mandated by its constitution-but in overall estimation, the expectations of common citizens are far to be fulfilled. There is a gap, there is sense of urgency...
  • Watch: Matt Damon talks about his sci-fi film 'Elysium' 27-09-2013 11:37 AM

    CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand spoke to Hollywood actor Matt Damon about his science-fictim film with a social conscience 'Elysium'. The movie will release today. ...
  • Moving with The Shadow Lines

    Finding the Centre |  Anu Kumar
    You get to the library by left-turning one too many times. I learnt that the hard way for the car's unpredictable GPS always led me...

  • All entrepreneurs must read The Elephant Catchers 23-09-2013 06:01 PM

    To begin with, I am highly thankful to Subroto Bagchi for writing a book like this. I have already read this book thrice within a span of 2 weeks and planning to read it again and again. Simple language, effective & sensible solutions to problems and more importantly telling what...
  • 'My Beloved's MBA Plans' grips you from the word go 23-09-2013 05:57 PM

    If I have to sum up this book in one line, I would say it's a perfect concoction of love and ambitions. Disha's debut book is a well thought idea and definitely put in an extremely gripping way. I finished reading this 110-page book within two hours of receiving it....
  • Bankerupt has all elements to be a bestseller 16-09-2013 04:22 PM

    It was around the same time last year when I had first met Ravi Subramanian. His latest book Bankster had got released and he was in Delhi for some event related to it. This was the first time he was meeting a blogger and for me, this was the first...
  • The Unexpected Son has a tight, a smooth flowing narration 06-09-2013 06:46 PM

    As I have mentioned in my previous reviews of books by Shobhan Bantwal, I like what she writes. Her stories are simple and gripping in nature. You will be able to guess what is going to happen next but still you will turn the pages to finish the book, that's...
  • The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj is a brilliant debut 06-09-2013 06:40 PM

    When I first saw this book, I fell in love with its cover. I would have brought this book just because of its cover, if I had not received its review copy from Aleph Book Company, the publisher. The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj Shrestha offers two extremely well written...
  • Mom In The City is an intimate and poignant read 06-09-2013 06:32 PM

    I was in two minds when the author first wrote to me about reading and reviewing this book. I wasn't really sure if I would like to read something of this genre. Also the increasing workload and increasing pile of review copies on my shelf were another reasons that were...
  • A Matter of Rats offers you a fresh perspective 06-09-2013 06:05 PM

    When I started reading this book, I wasn't really sure about reaching its last page. I found it tad too slow and something, which was going over my head. Hence, I kept the book down, not once but twice. But something about this book was intriguing and one fine day,...
  • Olivia Munn talks about television political drama series 'The Newsroom' 04-09-2013 11:35 AM

    The Newsroom is an American television drama series created by Aaron Sorkin. The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel. ...
  • Mridula Koshy's latest book is a poignant tale of a mother and son 27-08-2013 03:41 PM

    Whenever I used to go to the bookstores, I used to have encounters with this book. I find its cover extremely intriguing. A couple of times I read one or two paragraphs of this book and made a mental note of buying it the next time but it never really...
  • Extract: A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid 19-08-2013 06:59 PM

    A mother daughter bond formed in the afterlife, memories stored in Ziploc bags and the horrific struggle to piece together a past that's been through the shredder A Cool, Dark Place is all of these plus the unsettling realization that ones life was ghost-written by two drunks. Here's an extract...
  • Piyush Jha's Compass Box Killer is a cracker of a thriller 31-07-2013 01:01 PM

    There are times when you just want to read a cracker of a thriller. With work taking its toll on me, I wanted to read something that really makes me sit straight and finish the book in a single go. Thanks to Piyush Jha's Compass Box Killer, I got what...