Fiction

  • 'Ten Kings' review: Must read, an interesting adaptation of Rig Veda Yesterday

    It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists. Based...
  • Saltwater explores the lives of privileged young adults living in India August 12, 2014

    A Novel Published in India by Penguin India. To be published in the German language by Ullstein Verlag. About the Book Saltwater is a story about a world without anchor, where rich young boys and girls drift and collide, smashing each other to smithereens. There are no inhibitions here, everything is allowed. This is the...
  • Inspector Ghote: A legendary fictional Indian detective awaits his movie moment April 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Byomkesh Bakshi, the well-known Satyanweshi, will shortly be seen on the big screen in two new movies. It was about time Bakshi, who featured in the popular TV series of the 90s, was made into movies, and we hope a series is in the offing. Meanwhile, another iconic...
  • 'Pulp Fiction' star John Travolta slated to make an appearance at IIFA Awards this year April 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian film industry's who's who are getting ready to roll out the green carpet for the annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Tampa Bay, Florida. But this year, there is to be an added sparkle of glamour as two-time Golden Globe-winning actor John Tavolta is set to...
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a household name in Kerala April 18, 2014

    Thiruvanantapuram: Though living far away from Latin America, for Malayalis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a favourite a novelst as any great writer ever written in their own language. Almost every work of Marquez, who died in Mexico City today, has been translated into Malayalam and sold like hot cakes since late...
  • 25 of the greatest science fiction books ever written April 8, 2014

    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 March 11, 2014

    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 March 10, 2014

    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 March 10, 2014

    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 with...
  • TV serials are as exacting as any other entertainment profession: Amitabh Bachchan December 27, 2013

    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 other...
  • Some stories in Savage Harvest are deeply disturbing December 23, 2013

    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 December 23, 2013

    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 December 23, 2013

    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 Rishi...
  • Author Manil Suri wins Britain's 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award December 4, 2013

    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 since...
  • Taut, fast-paced, violent - Uninvited is not just an airport thriller November 21, 2013

    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 November 20, 2013

    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 November 12, 2013

    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 November 12, 2013

    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 November 12, 2013

    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 October 29, 2013

    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 October 14, 2013

    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' September 27, 2013

    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. ...
  • All entrepreneurs must read The Elephant Catchers September 23, 2013

    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 September 23, 2013

    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. When...
  • Bankerupt has all elements to be a bestseller September 16, 2013

    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 September 6, 2013

    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,...
  • The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj is a brilliant debut September 6, 2013

    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 September 6, 2013

    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 September 6, 2013

    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' September 4, 2013

    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. ...