Books and Authors

Tuesday, August 4, 2020ON WRITING A NOVEL ABOUT PURE, INNOCENT LOVE

Author Interview: Nupur Luthra

Nupur Luthra was born in Gwalior, brought up in Pune, and is presently residing in Delhi. By profession she is an editor, but her love for writing knows no bounds. Nupur has several years of experience in writing and has continued to entertain her readers with several books. She has recently come out with her 4th book “Our Love That Fell Apart”, which is an innocent love story. The book is waitin

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020A RIVETING MYSTERY-THRILLER WITH ELEMENTS OF INDIAN MYTHOLOGY AND MYSTICISM

Book Review: "Dharma: A Rekha Rao Mystery" by Vee Kumari

Many Mystery-Thrillers being published nowadays are potboilers, which are liked by readers for their entertainment quotient, and rightly so. However, some readers also want something more from the books that they read – the book’s narrative to have elements of academic craftiness and deft research, with the entertainment quotient not being diluted. The author Vee Kumari has come out with her debu

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020ON WRITING ABOUT LOVE, HOPE AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Anush Ravindranathan

Anush Ravindranathan is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and is presently settled in the small town of Pandalam. He was born in Madhya Pradesh and moved to Kerala after schooling. He is a storyteller who likes to tell stories of human relationships, and has a critical outlook towards the divisiveness in our society. He has recently come out with the book “Samsara: Reflections of a Lif

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020A SCI-FI THRILLER WITH HEURISTIC DIMENSIONS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Book Review: "Lucy meets Artificial Intelligence" by Anandajit Goswami and Debashis Chakraborty

Artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. With increasing mechanisation and technological advancements, this term has become a part of the general parlance nowadays. The term is also used in the context of job losses due to automation. The author Anandajit Goswami’

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020OF MYSTERY THRILLERS AND SETTINGS OF THE INDIAN CULTURAL MILIEU

Author Interview: Vee Kumari

Vee Kumari lives in Burbank, USA. She grew up in the south of India. She has a doctorate in Anatomy and was a faculty member at the UC Davis Medical Center and the Keck School of Medicine. Teaching neuroanatomy to medical students, she also published many scientific papers and continued to read contemporary mystery fiction. She has recently come out with the book “Dharma: A Rekha Rao Mystery”, wh

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020IN THIS BOOK, AN AMALGAMATION OF CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUAL WISDOM

Book Review: "When the Soul Heals: Explorations in Spiritual Psychology" by Pulkit Sharma

A lot of self-help books delve only into the modern, western perspective of psychotherapy and spirituality to guide readers. However, a very few of them include elements of ancient and traditional schools of psychology. The author Pulkit Sharma, who is a clinical psychologist and a spiritual counsellor, and has worked as a mental health consultant and research head with several organizations, has

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020(CAKE)WALKS IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND PUBLISHING

Author Interview: Ruchi Prabhu

Ruchi Prabhu has been born and brought up in Mumbai. She has completed MBA (Finance), and B.com (Banking & Insurance). She has completed her schooling from Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane and is currently working with an MNC based out in Powai, Mumbai. She has also done SPSS course from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has contributed extensively to the world of Banking & Finance with

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020WHEN URBAN FICTION MEETS A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Author Interview: Debarshi Kanjilal

Debarshi Kanjilal is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore, India. He is an accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped adult learning content strategy for some of the most reputable organizations in the world. He has recently come out with his debut novella, “Based on Lies”, a gripping psychological thriller. He is currently in post-production of his second

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020TELECOM FANTASY IN THE AMAZING WORLD OF ELECTON

Book Review: "Rhythm Roger – The Secrets Of Electon" by Himanshu Rai

Sci-fi, Time Travel, Fantasy Fiction! These are words that we mostly associate with foreign authors. However, Indian authors have also been foraying into amazing sci-fi writing recently. The author Himanshu Rai, who has previously delved into the genres of Romance and Fiction, has forayed into the sci-fi genre with the book “Rhythm Roger: The Secrets Of Electon”. The book has been touted as proba

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020BEING ONE’S OWN COACH WITH EMOTIONAL BALANCING DONE RIGHT

Author Interview: Pratibha Tiwari

Pratibha Tiwari lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has done Masters in Computer Application, followed by an M.Phil and has professional industrial and institutional experience. The founder of ‘Design Super Destiny Consultancy’, she is a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Life and Success Coach, Hypnotherapist, Career Counsellor and Healer. She is a ToastMaster and author too. She has r

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION BASED ON THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION

Author Interview: Anuradha Singh

Anuradha Singh is working in the field of academics from past 19 years. She has worked in various schools across India as an English Language facilitator. As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. She loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself the new age gypsy. She is a published author of three b

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN LITERARY PURSUITS AND AN ENGINEERING CAREER

Author Interview: Vishwas Vaidya

Vishwas Vaidya is your friendly neighbourhood poet born and bred in Pune. He did his Master’s Degree in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. Having worked in various corporates including Tata Motors, he has now switched over to freelance engineering consultant focussing on technology and innovation as well as industry guest faculty for post graduate engineering degree courses. His debut novel is “

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020A BOOK BRINGING THEMES OF SCI-FI AND SUSTAINABILITY TOGETHER

Book Review: "Lucy and the Train: Tryst With Sustainability" by Anandajit Goswami

Sustainability and Sustainable development is the need of the hour. With the environment and nature bearing the brunt of man’s greedy outlook and lifestyle based on conspicuous consumption, radical changes are needed to preserve the environment for our future generations. The book “Lucy and the Train: Tryst With Sustainability” by Anandajit Goswami is a sci-fi novel, which incorporates the messag

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020WORLD’S FIRST TELECOM FANTASY BOOK – GET READY TO VENTURE INTO THE WORLD OF ELECTON

Author Interview: Himanshu Rai

Himanshu Rai is a telecom professional with a passion for storytelling. He lives in Noida with his wife and son. He loves writing and tries to bring real locations and themes into his stories, enabling the readers to visualize what he writes. He has recently come out with the book “Rhythm Roger – The Secrets of Electon”, which is probably the world’s first Telecom Fantasy book. The book is gettin

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020OF THE RED FORT AND THE MULTI-FACETED MUGHAL CULTURE

Book Review: "Red Fort – Remembering the Magnificent Mughals" by Debasish Das

The Red Fort has been the glory of the Mughal Empire, and the Britishers knew that to be seen as controlling India, they had to have control of Delhi and the Red Fort. Even now, the Red Fort is an epitome of Indian civilizational ethos and vibrant culture, and the Prime Minister gives the Independence Day speech from the ramparts of this fort. The author Debasish Das has come out with the book “R

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020Know more about the Books shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

The six shortlisted books for International Booker Prize 2020

The judges of the 2020 International Booker Prize announced the six shortlisted books for the prize, digitally on 2 April. The International Booker Prize celebrates the finest translated fiction from around the world. This year’s shortlist features six titles translated from five languages: Spanish, German, Dutch, Farsi and Japanese. The shortlisted authors hail from six countries and their books

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020 LONGLIST

The books longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

This special edition of the Books and Authors section of The News Now is dedicated to the books featured in the Longlist and Shortlist of International Booker Prize 2020. These are the books that have been longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020.



1.) Red Dog by Willem Anker, translated by Michiel Heyns from Afrikaans (Pushkin Press)

2.) The Enlightenment of the Greengage T

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020WRITING LOVE STORIES SURE TO MELT ANYONE’S HEART

Noufer Aboobacker and Ipshita Choudhuri, co-authors of the book "Amour: A Tale Of Two Lost Souls"

Noufer Aboobacker is an engineer by profession. He currently resides in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and is from a village South Punnayoor in Kerala. Since last few years he is into movie making. His debut short film grabbed awards from various International film festivals. When he isn't writing, you might find Noufer wandering the city with a film camera in his hand. He has recently come out with his debu

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020A PARABLE ON THEMES OF EXPLOITATION AND DISCRIMINATION

Book Review: "We Of The Forsaken World" by Kiran Bhat

People living on the fringes, the poor, and the tribals are very much under-represented in the literary scene. Few books cast them as protagonists and fewer movies cast them even in minor roles. However, all this is changing in the present artistic scene. The author Kiran Bhat, who has travelled to over 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages, has come out with his de

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an anthology featuring writings from various islands, to a suspense thriller set in Austria, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

ROMANTIC FICTION

“It Must've Been Something He Wrote” by Nikita Deshpande

This romantic comedy follows Amruta Adarkar (Ruta), who arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing. Navigating the world of publishing, she’s stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, protein-shake lover, serial selfie-taker and bestselling author of seven cheesy romance novels, th

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020CHRONICLING THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE RED FORT

Author Interview: Debasish Das

Debasish Das is a telecom professional who lives in Gurgaon. A history aficionado, he spends weekends in exploring little known monuments in Delhi and its neighbourhood. Few photographs that he has taken have been published in international academic journals. Since the last few years, he has been writing heritage blogs on Delhi’s monuments. Encouraged with the reception to the blog, he has now ve

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS? PICK UP THESE BOOKS.

Two books for your reading on the Coronavirus, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing the world to a halt and forcing us to sit through a lockdown in India, credible information about Coronavirus is what everybody is looking for. With children too staying in their homes and asking questions about it, it becomes imperative that they too get to know more about it. Here we recommend two books for your reading on the Coronavirus – one is a concis

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020THE CONCEPT OF CENTRAL TENDENCY APPLIED TO SOCIETY’S WORKINGS IN THIS BOOK

Book Review: "The Rise Of The Club Of Central Tendency" by Anandajit Goswami

Our society has many ills, which include Caste, gender-based and social discrimination, poverty, hunger, the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and so on. The author Anandajit Goswami, who writes on socially relevant topics, with his oeuvre consisting of books on themes like Gender Equality, environmental sustainability, Sci-fi, Artificial Intelligence , has come out with the book “The Rise

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020WRITING ROMANCE POETRY AS INTENSE AS RED WINE

Author Interview: Nikita Tak

Nikita Tak hails from Rajasthan. She is a prolific Indian author and poet who writes romance, science fiction, and poetry. She is also a passionate blogger. She is the author of the books “The First Sip Of My Morning Coffee”, “The Chocolate Cake”, and “The Masquerade Party Incident”. Her 4th book is “The First Sip Of My Red Wine”, of which she has recently released the book cover. In a candid con

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a story collection on Austen themes that offers a fascinating look into Pakistan’s beau monde and nouveau riche society, to a book of love poetry featuring mesmerising calligraphy, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

“Austenistan”, edited by Laaleen Sukhera

This book is a collection of seven stories, inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan. The stories are romantic, uplifting, witty, and heartbreaking by turn, which pay homage to the world's favourite author in their own uniquely local way. Laaleen Sukhera, the book’s editor is also the founder of the Jane Austen So

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020IN THIS BOOK, ENGAGING PROSE ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND CONTEMPLATIVE POETRY

Book Review: "Frosted Glass" by Sabarna Roy

Though many writers express their musings through both prose and poetry, only few authors are excellently adept in both these forms of literary expression. One such author is Sabarna Roy, whose books like "Pentacles", "Winter Poems", and others have proved his mettle of writing different literary compositions, in varying genres and writing styles. His book “Frosted Glass” also is a mix of both pr

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020WRITING ON THE RISE OF OPEN, HUMANIST THINKING

Author Interview: Anandajit Goswami

Anandajit Goswami is a writer and an economist by training. He works as an Associate Professor (Liberal Arts), Department of Social and Political Studies, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. He previously worked as a Management Development Programme Coordinator at TERI School of Advanced Studies, and also as a faculty and cours

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an essential primer on the historical roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, to a sneak-peek into an earlier Calcutta from a translation of a book published in 1923, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Fern Road” by Angshu Dasgupta

Set in 1980s’ Calcutta, Fern Road portrays with quiet sensitivity a beautiful young boy’s journey through conflict, confusion, and self-acceptance. The narrative explores gender confusion in an orthodox society, and the coming-of-age of the protagonist Orko.
A review of the book reads - “Observed with keen empathy and rich in atmospheric detail, it’s

 

Saturday, April 18, 2020Gear Up for Yayavar Kids Online Lit Fest

Nupur Sandhu discusses about Yayavar Kids Online Lit Fest in a candid chat with Dr. Chirdeep Malhotra

With two successful Lit Fests conducted in Jammu and Jalandhar, the literary organization Yayavar has now come up with a Literary festival exclusively for children. Originally scheduled for 22-23 April in Jammu, due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the Lit Fest has now been taken online, albeit on the same dates. Now, it will have participation of children from many countries. Dr. Chirdeep Malhotra c

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an authoritative history of Modern South India, to a poetry collection featuring poems on love and heartbreak, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Halsey Street” by Naima Coster

This book follows Penelope Grand who has moved back to Brooklyn after her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh. Gentrification has completely reshaped her neighbourhood, old properties have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in th