Books and Authors

Wednesday, January 19, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Sun-Eyed Children” by Joel Koechlin

(Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 248 INR)

BLURB: December 1970, midnight. In a deserted Munich suburb, at a dismal bus stop, a young rebel shivers under a driving sleet. His long hair gathers icicles while he ponders: should he burn his bridges and flee impending prison time? As the bus appears out of the swirling mist and stops, he shak

 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022HOW THIS AUTHOR IS REDEFINING MYSTERY THRILLERS BY ADDING A SPICE OF INCREDIBLE MEDICAL FACTS

Author Interview: Dr. Sohil Makwana

A doctor, fashion photographer, assistant director, philanthropist, and now a bestselling author, Dr. Sohil Makwana has donned many caps with panache. He thinks that the measure of life is not its duration but its donation. He debuted with “Murdrum: The Probe Begins”, the first book in the Murdrum duo-logy, a riveting mash-up of true-events and fiction. The novel was an instant hit and soon becam

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022ON WRITING ENDEARING SHORT STORIES THAT ENCOMPASS HUMAN EMOTIONS

Author Interview: Prachand Praveer

Prachand Praveer was born and raised in Munger, Bihar. His first Hindi novella, “Alpahari Ghatyagi: IIT se Pahle”, published in the year 2010, influenced many young aspiring writers. His first non-fiction Hindi book, “Abhinava Cinema”, an introduction to world cinema published in the year 2016, has been lauded as innovative and progressive for cinema studies by leading critics. Its English transl

 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022ON WRITING A HUMOUR FICTION CENTERED ON A BIG FAT LUDHIANA WEDDING

Author Interview: Dr. Jas Kohli

Dr Jas Kohli is a cosmetic surgeon. Apart from reshaping faces and bodies, he is often found aiming his camera at birds and butterflies. His emotions can run riot while he sings old Hindi songs and he often gazes at the night sky with a child-like sense of wonder. Through his writings, Dr Jas tries to provide food for thought to the reader in the guise of humour. He has recently come out with the

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021The Lit Talks in Conversation with Entrepreneur Sougat Dasgupta

A platform that celebrates personage in every guest and invites experts from varied domains to share their journey and experience, ‘The Lit Talks’, a unique Talk Show and a venture of Literia Insight, invited an acclaimed entrepreneur and the owner of Astroanswer, Mr. Sougat Dasgupta as an esteemed guest.

The session that marked its ceremonial shoot at The Westin, Kolkata, Rajarhat, had an int

 

Thursday, December 16, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Digital Silk Road: China's Quest to Wire the World and Win the Future” by Jonathan E. Hillman

(Non-Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 559 INR)

BLURB: Its vast infrastructure projects now extend from the ocean floor to outer space, and from Africa's megacities into rural America. China is wiring the world, and, in doing so, rewriting the global order. As things stand, the rest

 

Thursday, December 16, 2021ON WRITING A BOOK WITH THE CORE THEME OF SACRED FEMINISM

Author Interview: Sapan Saxena

Sapan Saxena is a contemporary fiction writer and a Software Engineer who is currently based out of New Hampshire, US. He did his graduation from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad in the year 2004 and he was involved in literary activities and picked up courses which would help him continue his tryst with creative writing and reading. He has given motivation talks at vario

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Wielder of the Trishul: Deva-Asura Katha – Book I” by Satyam

(Mythological Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 215 INR)

BLURB: A tale of Devas and Asuras, where in the mythical planet of Dhruva-Lok, rests Lord Shiva's Trishul which no one has been able to wield in centuries. With prophecy, oath, boon and curse, the stage is set for a heroic clash between justice, duty and love

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021ON WRITING THE CORPORATE BIOGRAPHY OF BHARAT FRITZ WERNER

Author Interview: Shailesh Sheth

Shailesh Sheth is an eminent independent corporate advisor and a Board Member at Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd. In a career spanning over four decades, Sheth has earned the reputation of being the Guru of the machine tools industry. Sheth’s long association with BFW and his ringside perspective of the machine tools industry place him at a unique vantage point to tell the story of BFW. He has recently c

 

Thursday, December 2, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Tenth Riddle” by Sapan Saxena

(Fiction | Format: Paperback | MRP: 299 INR)

BLURB: The Princess of Goner dies in mysterious circumstances while her killer is absconding. Why was she killed the very night she became the queen? What was the secret her family was hiding? A local politician, a bestselling author and an investigating officer join hands and set on a course to solve one of

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Ramrao: The Story of India's Farm Crisis” by Jaideep Hardikar

(Non-Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 319 INR)

BLURB: One morning in 2014, Ramrao Panchleniwar, an ordinary cotton grower in Maharashtra's infamous Vidarbha region, consumed two bottles of pesticide in a bid to commit suicide. But he miraculously survived.
In “Ramrao”, rural journalist Jaideep Hardikar attempts to p

 

Saturday, November 20, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: TNN Bureau

1) “Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor” by Shashi Tharoor

(Non-Fiction | Format: Hardcover/Kindle | MRP: 722 INR)

BLURB: Shashi Tharoor is one of India’s greatest living writers. In the course of a career that has lasted more than half a century (his first short story made it into print when he was ten), he has published over five million words—in books, newspapers,

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: TNN Bureau

1) “Tales of Hazaribagh: An Intimate Exploration of Chhotanagpur Plateau” by Mihir Vatsa

(Non-Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 334 INR)

Blurb: In January 2017, Mihir Vatsa, a young poet, gives up his life in the big city and moves back home to Hazaribagh, a small town on Jharkhand’s Chhotanagpur Plateau. Battling depression and uncertainty, he is seeking a ‘sanatorium’ amidst the s

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021Award-winning author Rashi Roop Laxami shares her insights for future leaders

In the high-voltage event “9th National Leadership Conclave”, organized in the capital city New Delhi on 17th October 2021 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Dwarka, Rashi Roop Laxami shared insights on “Leadership”.

Leaders, pioneers and stalwarts from different arenas had gathered there, and this platform has witnessed speakers from national and international fame.

Addressing the elite gathering, Ras

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021IIT Mandi launches Shefali Arora's latest release 'Dare. Dream. Travel.'

One of the newest and prominent campuses of IIT established by the Government of India, IIT Mandi launched engineer-cum-critically acclaimed author Shefali Arora's book “Dare. Dream. Travel.”

The virtual event was hosted by The Lit Council, the literary club of IIT Mandi, in association with Literia Insight in an Instagram Live Session on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi. The event was

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021‘The Lit Talks’, a venture of Literia Insight invites author Jyoti Jha as an esteemed guest

Whether one is a budding bibliophile or one is neck-deep in the literary world, Lit Talks are definitely for literature lovers. Keeping this aim and enthusiasm in mind, ‘The Lit Talks’, a venture of Literia Insight gets up close with various experts from different domains to share their experience and expertise. The Talk Show is all about the spirit of celebrating literature, discussions and dial

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021Oxford Bookstore launches Jyoti Jha’s book ‘The Realms of Human Emotions’

One of the pioneers who paved way for engaging intellectual activity and providing a state-of-the-art ‘base-camp for journeys of the mind’ to the book lovers, Oxford Bookstore has been serving millions of happy customers for nearly 100 years. The only bookstore in the country to curate multiple literary festivals, Oxford Bookstore offers both writers and readers an enhanced experience in the worl

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021ON INTERTWINING HISTORICAL FICTION WITH A THRILLER NARRATIVE

Author Interview: S. Venkatesh

S.Venkatesh is an author, speaker, business leader and investor. As a private equity investor, business leader and Board member, he has helped businesses grow, innovate, scale up and create value. He has been keenly interested in Eastern philosophy and mysticism right from his college days at IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta. He is passionate about self-discovery and the power of stories to inspire and

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS AUTUMN

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Blackboard and Beyond”, edited by Dr. Sanam Vaseem Shaikh

(Format: Paperback | Publisher: The Impish Lass Publishing House)

This inspiriting book consists of a collection of writings which describe the experiences of various authors of being students as well as teachers. The anthology contains myriad insights on learning, and how we can make our schools more equitable and inclusive. Thr

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021ON WRITING POEMS ON THE THEMES OF LOVE AND NATURE

Author Interview: Piyali Mitra

Piyali Mitra is a doctoral researcher in Philosophy and Bioethics and an alumnus of Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. Poetry writing recharges her mind and engages her imagination, and she has been thoroughly inspired by Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver. Her works have been published in literary journals and magazines. She has recently come out with the poetry book “Of The Heart and So

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Night Won’t Wait” by Kaustabh Kashyap

(Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 120 INR)

This book is a collection of contemporary poems that deliberate on various issues that have ensued due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both in India and globally. The themes of the poems are universal in the sense that they raise fundamental questions about our entire species, taking the pandemic as a

 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021ON WRITING SHORT STORIES ANALYZING DIFFERENT SOCIAL MILIEUS

Author Interview: Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta has worked as a senior teacher of English in reputed schools, and as an editor and Instructional Designer for leading tech companies. She is a keen observer of life and loves to voice her experiences in writing. She has written a novel, “Skeins”, about a group of women on a trip to Spain and Portugal, and a collection of short stories, “Slices of Life”, which captures human emotions i

 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021THIS BREEZY READ IS A HILARIOUS TAKE ON THE PANDEMIC LIFE

Book Review: "What The Pandemic Learned From Me" by Anindita Das

What did most of the people do to beat the pandemic blues? Cooped up in their homes, they took part in pandemic trends, watched shows on Netflix, all the while motivating themselves to come out of the coronavirus-induced slump. Anindita Das, who is an advertising creative director, did all these things too. But she also decided to write about this, adding a dash of humour to it. She wrote the boo

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021ON WRITING A FICTION ABOUT CAREGIVERS AND ELDERLY PARENTS

Author Interview: Poonam A. Chawla

Poonam A. Chawla was born and raised in Mumbai where she worked for five years as a copywriter before she moved to the United States. After pen pushing in the corporate arena for two decades, she quit her day job to focus on her writing. Deeply interested in women’s issues, she draws inspiration for her fiction from her extensive life experience, and a sound education in Psychology and Family Cul

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021ON WRITING POEMS ON LOVE, ART AND THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Author Interview: Sanah Singh

Sanah Singh is a marketing manager in a leading FMCG organisation. She has pursued an MBA in marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai. She writes and performs poetry, and has done Open Mic poetry at Prithvi Theatre and The Hive, Mumbai. She is certified in Arhatic Yoga and defines herself as curiously spiritual, which is reflected in her poetry as well. She has recently come out with her poetry book, “A Vibr

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021MELLIFLUOUS POETRY ON THE THEMES OF NATURE AND LOVE

Book Review: "Of The Heart and Soul: A Mellifluous Whisper" by Piyali Mitra

Many poetry books have poems dealing with descriptions of the natural world and love, in which the authors use imagery, memoir and lyrical expressions to paint vivid pictures on their poetic canvas. The author Piyali Mitra has come out with such a poetry book “Of The Heart and Soul: A Mellifluous Whisper”, which forays into themes of love, nature and emotional meditations.

Some rhymed poems ar

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021ON WRITING A CONTEMPORARY FICTION SET WITHIN THE MERFOLK COMMUNITY

Author Interview: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan. He has written novels, children’s books, plays, self-help books, and non-fiction books covering issues in social justice, culture and law. He has recently come out with the book “Star-Crossed Lovers in the Blue”. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks about his latest book, his writing journey, hi

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “The ‘One’ Invisible Code” by Sharat Sharma

(Personal Transformation | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 400 INR)

Blurb: Every inspiring story has three things in common: A dreamer, his struggles, and his victory. This book is dedicated to the dreamer in you. It is a story of one such dreamer who is struggling, and how his mentor helps him to finally achieve victory. The book instils in th

 

Thursday, August 12, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book offering a glimpse into the lesser-known side of West Indian identity, to a comprehensive history of Trans-Eurasian caravan trade and India’s role in it, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORICAL FICTION/ TRANSLATION

“The Cane-Cutter’s Song” by Raphaël Confiant, translated from the French by Vidya Vencatesan

In this novel, award-winning Martinican author Raphaël Confiant illuminates the lesserknown side of the West Indian identity, and captures the lives of the thousands of indentured labourers that crossed the ‘kaala paani’ at the height of British rule in India. When Ad

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021THIS NOVEL FORAYS INTO THE THEME OF PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY

Author Interview: Priya Sidharth Sethi

Priya Sidharth Sethi is a lawyer based out of New Delhi. She is a self-taught artist and a student of Hindustani Classical Music, and believes that creativity is not a quality, but a way of life. A mother of two boys and married to a lawyer, Priya is often seen juggling her roles as a lawyer, a mother and a writer. She has recently come out with her debut novel “Summons from the Creator”. In a ca