HARPER COLLINS INDIA

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 7, 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...