NON FICTION

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 constitutionbut in overall estimation, the expectations of common citizens are far to be fulfilled. There is a gap, there is sense of urgency...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Fiction writing is more demanding: Amitava Kumar July 22, 2013

    It is not only the past that lies in ruins in Patna, it is also the present. But that is not the only truth about the city that the author explores in this vivid, entertaining account of his hometown. We accompany him on journeys and memories through many Patnas, the...
  • Every entrepreneur should read Dhandha July 1, 2013

    I like reading about entrepreneurs. There is so much to learn from their experiences. I have read all the books by Rashmi Bansal because they were about entrepreneurs and their first hand experience about setting up their businesses and I think I will end up reading all the books by...
  • Any story should come from your heart: author Shuchi Naum June 14, 2013

    Bugsie, a 10yearold bunny rabbit, packs his backpack and runs away from home, scared and unsure of his destination. He has inadvertently created a big trouble for his country Macadamia, a country specially created for small animals and has put a question mark on his father's reputation. While on the...
  • Classical arts are in danger due to lack of patronage: Tulsi Badrinath June 13, 2013

    After acquiring a BA in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Madras, Tulsi Badrinath graduated with an MBA from Ohio University, USA. Returning to India, she worked for four dreary years at Standard Chartered Bank before quitting her job to pursue her twin passions writing and dance. Her...
  • Vikramajit Ram paints a beautiful sight through his words June 11, 2013

    I am a sucker for travelogues. Though, I haven't read many books based on travel but I have read a lot of travelogues in the form of blogs, notes, tweets and teambhp is one website where you find ample stories about people's travel experiences, their learning and you see different...
  • Smart Phones Dumb People? is a nice, breezy read June 11, 2013

    Parthajeet Sarma's debut book, Smart Phones, Dumb People? has an interesting title for sure and I somehow agree with it. Phones are getting smarter by the day and people; well I would like to reserve my comments on that. The book's blurb was interesting and I thought I should give...
  • If you are paranoid about English, English Bites is the book for you May 30, 2013

    English used to give me nightmares at some point of time in my life. So much that I couldn't interact with my classmates and teachers when I was admitted to a new school because of the rule that if you speak in Hindi, you will have to pay a fine...
  • Legacy is a book that forces you to introspect May 1, 2013

    The relationship between a parent and a child cannot be explained in words. It is much more than that. A parent is a child's first friend, teacher, guide and motivator. At times, we think that the upbringing of children of rich and successful people is far different from that of...
  • Digital store Flipkart offers ebooks online December 5, 2012

    Bangalore: India's leading ecommerce brand Flipkart.com's digital store Flyte has forayed into selling ebooks online to change reading habits of book lovers. "Readers can buy and read their favourite books on their computing and mobile devices through Flyte ebooks application, which is available for Android operating system," Flipkart's vicepresident Sameer Nigam...
  • Longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Lit announced October 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The 2013 edition of DSC Prize for South Asian Literature looks set to be closely contested, with several acclaimed novels on the 16 book Longlist. The DSC Prize 2013 Longlist was announced today by Jury chair K Satchidanandan and comprises four debut novels, two works in translation...
  • Book Extract: Chittagong Summer of 1930, Part 1 October 12, 2012

    Chittagong: Summer of 1930, Part 1 brings to life the famous Chittagong Armoury Raid, led by Bengali revolutionary Surya Sen, through the memories of his young disciples and the British officers who were his contemporaries. Manoshi Bhattacharya draws upon historical records, government documents and personal reminiscences, tracing the life of...
  • Extract: Jihad or Ijtihad by Irfan Habib October 1, 2012

    In this book, renowned historian and scholar S. Irfan Habib takes it upon himself to trace the trajectory of 'mainstream' Islam's questioning of modern science. Starting with the reformers of the nineteenth century and ending with presentday ideologues, Habib questions the controversial idea of 'Islamic science' as a category distinct...
  • 'Nehru believed that a better world was possible' July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Author Manu Bhagavan's latest book 'The Peacemakers' is a story of India's quest for human rights in the years leading up to its independence from Great Britain, and more than a decade after. Gandhi, Nehru, his visionary sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Hansa Mehta all strove to bridge...
  • Excerpt: Shashi Tharoor on India and the world July 12, 2012

    'Indian diplomacy,' a veteran told Shashi Tharoor many years ago, "is like the lovemaking of an elephant: it is conducted at a very high level, accompanied by much bellowing, and the results are not known for two years." The awardwinning author and parliamentarian demonstrates how Indian diplomacy has become sprightlier...
  • 'Pundits from Pakistan,' of cricket and its greats June 27, 2012

    'Pundits from Pakistan' by Rahul Bhattacharya, an alltime cricket classic is available with a new preface by the author, and new interesting photographs. the book also won the Crossword Award for Popular Books in 2005. Here's one part of the new preface: It was an innocence hard won. We are accustomed to...
  • 'Mother Maiden Mistress,' a book on women in hindi cinema June 26, 2012

    Mother Maiden Mistress documents the journey from a time in which cinema was considered a profession beneath the dignity of 'respectable' women to an era when women actors are icons and idols. Authors Bhawana Somaaya, Jigna Kothari and Supriya Madangarli sift through six decades of history, bringing to life the women...
  • The Economist Crossword Award's longlist June 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Economist and Crossword in association with Principal Retirement Advisors & Standard Chartered Bank released the list of entries for the 'The Economist Crossword Book Award 2011' across all the four categories of Indian Fiction, NonFiction, Translation and Children's writing. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs...
  • The Crossword Book Award's longlist announced June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The Economist and Crossword in association with Principal Retirement Advisors & Standard Chartered Bank released the list of entries for the 'The Economist Crossword Book Award 2011' across all the four categories of Indian Fiction, NonFiction, Translation and Children's writing. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs...
  • 'Evolution of Gods' raises a valid question May 11, 2012

    'Man could perceive some unseen, unheard, untouchable, nonaromatic divine power only after the evolution of his imagination.' Ajay Kansal in his latest book 'The Evolution of Gods' attempts to explain religious scriptures from the world over. He talks about how most religions claim that God has made man, although no supernatural...
  • 'Moslems are Coming' a smart, sassy, funny read May 9, 2012

    Smart, sassy and funny, 'The Moslems are Coming', is a well written book which emerged from Essa's awardwinning blog on Thought Leader. An insightful take on global politics, he tackles race and religion, bigotry from antiSemitism to opposition to blacks, gives a fresh perspective on the IsraelPalestine conflict and casts...
  • 'Escape from Camp 14' unbelievable yet compelling May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Twentysixyearold Shin DongHyuk may not be as famous as Dith Pran, the Cambodian labour camp survivor in the 1984 screen drama, 'The Killing Fields', but his true survival story as a condemned political prisoner in North Korea who escaped is as powerful as it is unbelievable. Shin, who was...
  • 'My Days in Prison' a powerful yet disturbing read May 8, 2012

    In the year 1930 during in the Civil Disobedience Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi millions of Indians bought and publically set British goods on fire. Among them was the author of the book 'My Days in Prison', Urmila Shastri, who joined the movement as a volunteer for the Congress. She...
  • Noted poet, Booker judge on DSC literature prize panel April 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Friday announced the induction of five new members to its advisory committee for the 2013 and 2014 editions of the $50,000 prize. In a statement, the DSC Group said noted Indian poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Booker Prize jury member Alastair Niven, author...