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  • 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...
  • Usain Bolt wants to be professional footballer October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: He may have won six Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships becoming the fastest man on earth but legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as a child dreamt of becoming a Test cricket sensation. And once he hangs up his running shoes, Bolt wants to become a professional footballer...
  • HarperCollins India launches ebooks with 21 esingles to mark 21 years October 9, 2013

    HarperCollins Publishers India has launched its ebook imprint whereby it is offering 21 esingles by 21 writers at a cost of Rs 21 each. The 21 ebooks have been chosen to mark 21 years of Harper Collins in India. One of the top books is a take on Bollywood film...
  • Mridula Koshy's latest book is a poignant tale of a mother and son August 27, 2013

    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...
  • If you like suspense, then Jacob Hills is worth a shot June 11, 2013

    Jacob Hills Ismita Tandon Dhankher Ismita contacted me over email some time back and asked me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her upcoming book, Jacob Hills. After reading the blurb, I thought it is going to be one bizarre story and it actually turned out to...
  • Extract: Just Married, Please Excuse October 5, 2012

    Just Married, Please Excuse by Yashodhara Lal is a fresh and honest take on marriage and parenthood, this is a story of selfdiscovery that will have you laughing out loud and sympathizing wholeheartedly with its quirky and likeable cast of characters. Here's an extract from the book: Marrying a Sharma The...
  • Book extract: Toke by Jugal Mody September 7, 2012

    Jugal Mody believes in fiction. Before handling web and social media for Filmfare and Tehelka, he worked in gaming. As a rule, he only writes to feel like a dog sticking its head out the window of a moving car. 'Toke' is his first book. Here's an excerpt: We're on a mission...
  • Excerpt: Bombay Girl by Kavita Daswani July 19, 2012

    Written by Kavita Daswani, 'Bombay Girl' is a story of Sohana Badshah, who has led a charmed existence carefree, wealthy and from a closeknit family (at least as far she knows). And then she moves to London on a whim to pursue an interior design course, where she meets...
  • Would an Amul boy be cuter than the Amul girl? July 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Would an Amul boy have outwitted the cute girl in polka dotted dress and with a blue hair bun? Never, say her creators. "The Amul girl is far cuter than an Amul boy. She has far greater appeal," says Rahul DaCunha, Managing Director and Creative Head, DaCunha ...
  • 'Highway 39' about complexities in North East India May 24, 2012

    Sudeep Chakravarti is the author of 'Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country' and the novels 'Tin Fish', 'The Avenue of Kings' and 'Once Upon a Time in Aparanta'. His latest book gives a detail account of the sociopolitical complexities and ethnic divisions prevalent in the North East region as one travels...
  • Taking poetry to India's young readers April 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Prose has for long edged poetry to the margins of contemporary Indian literature. It is only natural that the new reader is not familiar with the late Kamala Das or her bold feminist oeuvre of poetry and short story that gave her cult status in India like Sylvia...
  • 'Opening Night,' chasing the big Bollywood dream February 24, 2012

    'Opening Night' by Diksha Basu is the story of Naiya Kapur, a Princeton University graduate who comes to Mumbai to chase the big Indian dream Bollywood. Naiya isnt searching for her soulmate, or hoping to find her roots in the India her parents once knew; she is searching for...
  • Don't expect 'Bali and the Ocean of Milk' to be too smart February 15, 2012

    'She mooned at him...' any novel that has this on line 12 has my undivided attention! It peters into: '...with her large blue eyes, fluttered her eyelashes, pouted, preened and sighed elementary techniques that every apsara is taught during induction training.' Attention retracts. As the celestial nymph Urvashi reduces...
  • Book extract: Curse of the Godman February 14, 2012

    The author of 'Curse of the Godman,' Biddu was born in India and started his career playing in a pop band influenced by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following early success, he headed West and moved into the international music arena where he quickly struck gold, signing the unknown...
  • Book extract: Bali and the Ocean of Milk February 15, 2012

    'The story of 'Bali and the Ocean of Milk' written by Nilanjan P Choudhury, has been derived from an old myth of the now lost Hurrian civilization, which traces its origins to the banks of the Euphrates in northern Mesopotamia. The novel reimagines the eternal conflict between the Hurrian gods...
  • Book excerpt: Delirious Delhi by Dave Prager January 5, 2012

    'Delirious Delhi' examines life in a city that's ecstatic, hallucinatory, mindboggling, feverish, and vastly energizing all at the same time. It's a fulllength portrait from an outsider's perspective that helps expats demystify Delhi and helps Delhiites demystify expats. Published by Harper Collins India. The first morning & other mysteries We...
  • Book excerpt: Rakhshanda Jalil's 'A Mighty Heart' October 27, 2011

    Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, translator and editor. Her debut collection of short stories 'Release and Other Stories' was published by HarperCollins in August 2011. Here's an excerpt from her book 'A Mighty Heart'. Chapter 1 This is a true story. If you don't believe me, ask Zohra. Zohra may occasionally embellish...
  • 'King's Speech' to be now published as a book October 25, 2011

    New York: Rights to the published scripts and tiein books for 'The King's Speech,' 'The Matrix,' 'Saving Private Ryan' and many other films have been acquired by HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins announced on Monday that it obtained the 'majority' of books released by Newmarket Press, a top publisher of filmrelated works. Newmarket's...
  • Book Excerpt: Tarun Tejpal's 'The Valley of Masks' August 4, 2011

    Tarun J Tejpal's 'The Valley of Masks' , published by Fourth Estate / HarperCollins, examines the pathologies of power, purity and dogma to give us a frightening yet ultimately redemptive vision of the future. In the words of Ashis Nandy, critic and social commentator, 'This brilliant, superbly imaginative but terribly...
  • High school girl accurately predicts exam papers: Book July 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Writing a story to soothe her nerves while preparing for her class X board exams, little did she anticipate that she would be ready to publish her first book at the young age of 15. For Mumbaibased little girl Shreya Mathur, it was more than what she could believe...
  • PostNano world: The last pedestrian of Delhi May 19, 2011

    After writing Corridor and The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, Sarnath Banerjee went through a period of silence, wondering about the point of it all. Having promised his editor never to write another graphic novel, he returned to her office three years later with a manuscript of 'loosely bound graphic commentaries.'...
  • ebooks' sales up as hardcovers gather dust September 24, 2010

    Hardcover books are gathering dust thanks to the ebook boom. Publishers say by 2015 ebooks could represent 50 per cent of their revenue. And as novelist Stephen King says he's been ahead of the pack publishing a book online years before the Kindle took off. 'The Shining, Carrie and...
  • HarperCollins reveals cover for Palin's book July 30, 2010

    New York: The cover photo for Sarah Palin's new book is a portrait in red, white, blue and gray. The Alaska exgovernor and former Republican vice presidential candidate is photographed in closeup, wearing a gray sweater and American flag pin, which matches her flag bracelet. Her book, "America by Heart: Reflections...
  • Demi Moore set to reveal all in memoir June 8, 2010

    New York: Hollywood actress Demi Moore is all set to go public in a memoir with details of her three marriages and showbusiness career spanning three decades. HarperCollins said on Monday that it had bought world rights to a memoir by the actress that will cover her life and career....
  • Sarah's memoir replaces Dan Brown's book as bestseller October 2, 2009

    New York: Sarah Palin's upcoming memoir is already the top bestselling book on the shopping sites of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, a month and a half before the book goes on sale. The memoir from last year's (2008) Republican vicepresidential candidate, titled Going Rogue: An American Life, is scheduled for...
  • Indian's debut novel set to become Hollywood film July 24, 2009

    New Delhi:Twentynine yearold Indian Institute of Management (IIM) graduate, Karan Bajaj's debut novel Keep Off The Grass has done incredibly well, selling 25,000 copies. Taking the story one step further, the book is now being made into a film which, the author promises, will be a 'desi' version of the...
  • The longlist for Golden Quill 2009 announced July 21, 2009

    The longlist for the Golden Quill 2009 awards have been announced and HarperCollins Publishers India represented five titles in the longlist. Twentyeight books that have made it to the longlist from over 1,000 books which have been written (and rewritten) and published in India in 2008. Take a look at...
  • Vikram Seth strikes 1.7 mn pound publishing deal July 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Writer Vikram Seth, who is working on a sequel to his blockbuster novel A Suitable Boy, has finalised a deal worth around 1.7 million pounds to move his entire back list to Penguin UK, sources close to the deal said. This will be the biggest such deal struck by...
  • Ramachandra Guha signs 7book deal for Rs 97 lakh March 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Author Ramachandra Guha, who has clinched a Rs 97 lakh deal with Penguin India for seven books, feels it would encourage young authors to take to writing nonfiction. "It (the deal) is a welcome acknowledgment of the imbalance between fiction and nonfiction. Fictional genres like poetry, prose and novels...
  • Sobhraj to sue 'old friend' Dhondy over book November 18, 2008

    Kathmandu: Within 48 hours of launching his new book The Bikini Murders in New Delhi, author and screenplay writer Farrukh Dhondy is all set to get the kind of controversy needed to make the book a bestseller. His "old friend" Charles Sobhraj, who according to media reports is the prototype...