NOVEL

  • Choosing who you can sit beside on a plane and mute button on a microwave: 12 crazy and futuristic ideas that will change the way we do things August 11, 2014

    Imagine if you were on a plane and did not want to be disturbed by the chatty person who's sitting next to you. If you could set a 'chat' or 'silence' preference right at the time of buying the tickets, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing? Here are 12 wacky...
  • Decoding the number game: Six reasons why Chetan Bhagat uses a number in the title of his novels August 8, 2014

    There are a lot of conspiracy theories making rounds about it. There are guesses being made, theories being propounded, and eyebrows being raised. The nation wants to know: Why does Chetan Bhagat have a number in his book titles? Be it 'Five Point Someone', or 'One Night @ the Call Center';...
  • Quick Quiz: Can you guess the literary works these Bollywood films are based on? July 7, 2014

    This is a good time to test your literary accomplishments. While these works of literature are popular and timeless, the characters in the films are familiar and vibrant. ...
  • 'The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing' is a story of a dysfunctional family that cannot be forgotten July 3, 2014

    The past is beautiful and also has the power to be vicious. For it to rear its ugly head and not let go, till the demons have been put to rest. As a reader, I see this theme occurring again and again in books. I think that one cannot ignore...
  • Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor's '2 States' collects Rs 38.06 crore in opening weekend April 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Abhishek Varman's debut directorial '2 States' managed to collect Rs.38.06 crore in its opening weekend. The audience is loving it for its slice-of-life portrayal of two lovers from different states of the country. While it made Rs.12.42 crore on its opening day April 18, '2 States' managed a business of...
  • 'Gone With The Vindaloo' makes for a mouth-watering read April 17, 2014

    Vikram Nair's debut novel, "Gone With The Vindaloo", is a decadent experience, to say the least. A restaurateur by profession, Nair has brought his flair for food to his literary venture, thereby fusing the two with incredible easy and fluidity. As the book takes us through a gastronomical journey of...
  • John Coates's 'Patience' makes you think, smile and cheer all the way April 17, 2014

    Another book on adultery. This time yet again from, "The Novel Cure" Reading Project. This time a book which probably very few people would have heard of, called, "Patience" by John Coates. I could not wait to get my hands on it and when I did, I waited. I tend...
  • 'All the Rage' compiles stories from all walks of life April 17, 2014

    I have just started reading AL Kennedy's books and I can say with guarantee that I will not stop at two. The first one I read was, "The Blue Book" which left me speechless and breathless. The second one which I have just finished reading is, "All the Rage" -...
  • Meet Vidya, Neha, Ananya, Priyanka: A complete guide to the absolutely terrific women in all of Chetan Bhagat's books April 15, 2014

    Delhi: Pretty, long hair, jhumkas, or sexy toes. The women character in author Chetan Bhagat's novels have always been feisty, interesting and independent. Most of his damsels have been vocal about their sexuality and have had a modern outlook towards life. Be it the the fashion designing student, the call centre...
  • 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...
  • Valentine's Day: Will this affair with a married man end well? An excerpt from 'An Atlas of Love' February 14, 2014

    Anuja Chauhan is the bestselling author of The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora and Those Pricey Thakur Girls. Popularly known as the romcom specialist, she is the undisputed expert in writing contemporary Indian romance novels that pack in oodles of wit, punch and humourour very own Jane Austen who understands...
  • Oral stories, comics develop interest in literature: Shashi Tharoor February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The strong tradition of oral stories in India can be used to develop interest in reading in the country, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said on Friday. On the second day of the ongoing threeday international conference "Literacy through Literature", Tharoor touched upon multiple topics like the relevance of comic...
  • 'Tales Of Fosterganj' yet again proves why we love Ruskin Bond January 29, 2014

    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...
  • Love and remembrance in Suniti Namjoshis Suki January 21, 2014

    Suniti Namjoshi is an acclaimed writer with over 30 titles to her credit, and she weaves the magic yet again with her new novel, Suki. Published by Zubaan, in collaboration with Viking, an initiative of the Penguin Group, the novel explores the beautiful relationship between the narrator, and her cat,...
  • 16 books to preorder in 2014 January 7, 2014

    Headsup for autumn/winter 2016, when Aleph will publish the muchanticipated novel A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth. Less than 24 months to give A Suitable Boy another go, people! 1. The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Hachette A new David Mitchell book is an event, at par with a Christopher Nolan release. Not much...
  • Scandal Point: It's all about the dirty secrets of Bollywood November 6, 2013

    There is a big advantage of an insider writing a book on an industry. The readers get to know the subtleties of a world they have never been a part of. Fahad Samar is a Mumbai based writerdirector whose work on the contemporary popular culture has been seen and analysed...
  • 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' review: An 80 kmph ride through Shillong October 21, 2013

    The barrel of a pistol stares at you and a girl with unkempt hair and piercing eyes has her fingers on the trigger. The cover of Ankush Saikia's 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' sets the mood for what is to follow. A novel set in Shillong. And comparisons with Anjum...
  • Fatima Bhutto turns novelist, pens debut fiction work October 20, 2013

    Writeractivist Fatima Bhutto has penned her debut novel which encounters the life of three brothers and two women in a small town in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan near the Afghanistan border. "The Shadow of the Crescent Moon", published by Penguin, chronicles the lives of people trying to live and...
  • Rajkumar Yadav's 'Shahid' to be converted into novel October 12, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Hansal Mehta's 'Shahid', which has got a thumbs up from the critics and has been appreciated at film festivals, will now be converted into a novel. 'Shahid', starring Rajkumar Yadav in the lead role, is coming out Oct 18. It tells the story of lawyer and activist Shahid Azmi...
  • Carey Mulligan to star in the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel September 17, 2013

    London: British actress Carey Mulligan will play a key role in a new movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel 'Far From The Madding Crowd', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She will play Bathsheba Everdone. The other cast members include Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen. The film will be shot in locations across...
  • Bangalore: Author arrested for derogatory references to Lord Ganesh August 29, 2013

    The author of a controversial Kannada novel which reportedly made derogatory references to Lord Ganesha was arrested on Thursday on charge of hurting the sentiments of a community. "Yes, the Kalasipalya police have arrested Yogesh Master who has authored the controversial novel," DCP (West) Dr D C Rajappa told PTI in...
  • Rowling accepts compensation for identity revelation July 31, 2013

    Author JK Rowling has accepted a charitable donation from a law firm which revealed she wrote a crime novel under a pseudonym. The Harry Potter author says her crimewriting alter ego, Robert Galbraith, had respectable sales before being exposed in the Sunday Times as a pseudonym. Though there had been...
  • Sneak Peek: First look of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' July 25, 2013

    The trailer of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out. The movie is an upcoming American sciencefiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' novel, Catching Fire, and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. ...
  • JK Rowling 'very angry' at legal firm over pseudonym leak July 19, 2013

    London: JK Rowling, celebrated British author of the popular Harry Potter series, has said she is "very angry" after finding out her pseudonym for writing a critically acclaimed crime novel was leaked by a legal firm. The Harry Potter author was revealed as writing under the false identity of male...
  • JK Rowling revealed as author of crime novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling' July 15, 2013

    London: An exmilitary man tries his hand at writing, publishes a debut detective novel, and wins critical acclaim. But here's the twist in the tale: The true identity of the author is none other than "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling. It's impressive literary wizardry by Rowling, who said she relished the...
  • My book is about real women doing real things: Sangeeta Mall June 24, 2013

    Author Sangeeta Mall's 'Flight of the Flamingo', the first title in the Beyond Pink series, takes a look at the real dilemmas of urban women who choose to follow their gut, using their talents and career options to design a life they can be proud of. Author Sangeeta Mall joined...
  • My book has humour, love and some violence: Rajesh Parameswaran June 10, 2013

    A Bengal tiger wakes up one morning realising he is ravenously in love. A pompous railway supervisor in a small Indian village bites off more than he can chew when a peculiar new clerk arrives on his doorstep. In another place and in another time, a secret agent who spends...
  • Author Jeffrey Archer launches his latest 'Best Kept Secret' in Mumbai March 12, 2013

    A regular feature in the bestseller lists, and now a regular feature in India, Jeffrey Archer was in Mumbai to launch his latest 'Best Kept Secret'. ...
  • Next James Bond novel out on September 26 February 20, 2013

    London: A new James Bond novel, written by Booker Prize nominee William Boyd, will be released on September 26 this year. The title is being kept under wraps, but publishers Jonathan Cape says the book will feature a slightly older 007, in keeping with the latest film, reported BBC online. Boyd...
  • Watch: '50 Shades of Grey' now in a musical January 13, 2013

    The bestselling book "50 Shades of Grey" by EL James is now heading to the stage with a sketch comedy group writing a musical parodying based on the popular novel. ...