Books and Authors

Tuesday, March 24, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a novel set during the Spanish civil war, to one that looks at Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s cosmopolitan court, our picks

FICTION

“A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel” by Isabel Allende

This book has been described as “a masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging”. Set in the late 1930s during the Spanish civil war, the book follows Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. When General

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020DELVING INTO SPECULATIVE FICTION

Author Interview: Aditi Banerjee

Aditi Banerjee is a practicing attorney in the greater New York area. She is on the Board of Directors of the World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) and has organized and presented at global conferences on matters related to Dharma. She co-edited the book, “Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America”, and has written widely on Hinduism and the Hindu-American experience.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020HEALING THE SOUL THROUGH SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY

Author Interview: Pulkit Sharma

Pulkit Sharma is a clinical psychologist and spiritual counsellor who lives in Puducherry with his wife and daughter. He has been a consultant, research head, life coach and master trainer with several organizations working in the fields of Psychology, Mental health and Spirituality and has extensive experience in helping people reclaim their lives. He has also written papers and articles for ren

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020A SELF-HELP BOOK ON LEARNING TO BALANCE OUR EMOTIONS

Book Review: "Balance Your Emotions and Be Your Own Coach" by Pratibha Tiwari

In many self-help books, the authors mentor the readers and coach them on how to proceed on a successful journey of self-development. The author Pratibha Tiwari, who is a NLP Coach, Hypnotherapist, Career Coach and Counsellor, however has come out with the book “Balance Your Emotions and Be Your Own Coach”, in which her imperative advice is for people to be their own coach.

In the book, she wr

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020UNVEILING THE ENIGMATIC PASTS OF THE MYSTICAL SELVES

Author Interview: Minal Arora

Minal Arora is a Serenity Surrender Therapist and Past Life Regression Therapist, who in her other life was also the CEO of an IT Company. She is also the published author of three books, and has recently come out with the book “The Veil”, which contains eight stories that are inspired by the past lives revealed by Minal’s clients in their PLRT sessions. The book also features soulful poetry by K

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020A RACY THRILLER WITH LOADS OF SUSPENSE

Book Review: "The Sinners" by Sourabh Mukherjee

Crime thrillers, with their portrayals of grisly crimes and the associated adrenaline rush of solving mysteries, are a fan favourite among readers. More than solving the crime and catching the perpetrator; readers are more interested in finding about the inner machinations of the criminals and their reasons for committing the crime. The bestselling author Sourabh Mukherjee comes up with one such

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020WRITING POESIES DEPICTING INTRICACIES OF LIFE

Author Interview: Ajeesh Venugopalan

Ajeesh Venugopalan is a senior marketer who has built high-performance teams; to drive revenues for new and re-positioned brands across the B2B / B2C segments. An educational evangelist and a brand champion, he is an ardent reader and a writer. He has recently come out with the book “Obscurity of Life”, which is a collection of poems written over a long period. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malh

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020INTERESTING BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR READING LIST

By Chirdeep Malhotra

The first edition of YAYAVAR- Jammu Literary Festival was held in December 2019. A lot of books graced the literary shelves in this celebration of Literature. In case you missed this, want to know about some interesting reads, or are confused about which book to pick up next, the following is an eclectic list of books from diverse genres which were featured in Yayavar. The list includes books by

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020A BOOK WITH EMOTIONALLY- STIRRING PROSE AND POETRY

Book Review: "Pentacles" by Sabarna Roy

The book “Pentacles” by Sabarna Roy comprises of one long story and four short poems, and all these are individually independent in their own right. The author seems to be adept in both the forms of literary expressions, poetry and prose, and these have been used in this book with great poise to showcase vivid perspectives and delve into emotionally resonant themes, with an elegant writing style.

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020SPREADING LIGHT LIKE A FIREFLY

Author Interview: Ambika Barman

Ambika Barman is a 22 years old author, born and raised in New Delhi, India. A graduate in English Literature from Ramjas College, she is currently a first-year MBA student at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi. She is a multi-dimensional personality- an avid reader, writer, trained classical singer and she also loves to paint and sketch. She has recently come out with the book “Womb of

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020A GLOBAL CITIZEN WRITING AVANT-GARDE STORIES

Author Interview: Kiran Bhat

Kiran Bhat is a global citizen formed in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, to parents from Southern Karnataka, India. He currently lives in Melbourne, and though his list of homes is vast, he considers Mumbai the only place of the moment worth settling down in. An avid world traveller, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently travelled to over 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and spe

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020A BOOK ON THE TOPIC OF GROOM ABDUCTION

Book Review: "Gunpoint Groom" by Kamini Kusum

Groom abduction is a practice which still goes on unabated in many regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, though the phenomenon has become less prevalent. Known as Jabaria shaadi or Pakaruah shaadi in local parlance, it is resorted to by the bride’s family to avoid heavy dowry costs in most instances. Though the topic of groom kidnapping has been featured in Bollywood films like Jabariya Jodi and An

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020TRACING SUNANDA PUSHKAR’S ENIGMATIC LIFE

Sunanda Mehta talks about her book "The Extraordinary Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar"

Sunanda Mehta is a prolific journalist with over twenty-five years of experience, who divides her time between Pune and Mumbai. A graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women where she studied History, she also has degrees in Education and Journalism. From 2010 to 2017, she was Resident Editor of the Pune edition of The Indian Express, which made her the first woman editor of a national English da

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020BRINGING THE MILITANCY ONSLAUGHT FACED BY J&K’S PIR PANJAL REGION INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

Book Review: "Snakes in the Meadows" by Ayaz Kohli

There have been numerous accounts and books- both fictional and non-fictional, about the militancy incursion in the Kashmir valley. However, there are many other regions of Jammu and Kashmir that have faced an equally ravaging onslaught of militancy, one such region being the Pir Panjal region. However, the brunt of militancy encountered by this region is often relegated to the periphery in newsp

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020A COMMON MAN’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE STORY

Author Interview: Sanjay Chandra

Sanjay Chandra lives with his wife and two daughters in Gurgaon. He completed his professional degree in electrical engineering and joined the railway services. He first quit his railway job to join a government company, and then quit working for the government altogether to join the private sector. Eventually, he quit the private sector also and became an entrepreneur. Now, in the early years of

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Literature aficionado embarks on India Literature Tour

Vikash Saxena

The beauty of literature lies in the fact that it gives us an insight into the labyrinth of the worldly affairs. The appreciation of literature soothes not just our hearts but also acts as a catalyst to add exuberant zest to our monotonous life.

At this juncture of time when Indian literature is scaling new heights, a young literary enthusiast Vikash Saxena is connecting with the young hearts

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020A STUPENDOUS MIX OF HISTORICAL FICTION AND FANTASY

Book Review: "Ashok and the Nine Unknown" by Anshul Dupare

The Mauryan emperor Ashok was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, the unifier of the Indian subcontinent. He waged a bloody war during the conquest of Kalinga, and aghast at the destruction that the war brought, he then embraced Buddhism and spread the message of peace. However, it is also stuff of legend that Ashok founded a mysterious secret society called ‘Nine Unknown’. This theme was elabor

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020HOLD YOUR BREATH, IT’S THAT SPOOKY!

Author Interview: Abhirup Dhar

Abhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and currently lives in Mumbai. A banker by profession, he is passionate about writing and has been doing so ever since he was a child. He believes the best stories are always the ones simply written from the heart and for the heart! The News Now interviewed him for his second book “Stories Are Magical”, in which he celebrated storytelling at its splendid best. He

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020OF BOOKISH FANTASY INVOLVING DRAGONS AND MAGICAL ADVENTURES

Author Interview: Nishi Singh

Nishi Singh, also known by her pen name Nishi Chandermun, lives in Durban, South Africa, and enjoys holidaying in the breathtaking and impressive city of Cape Town. She is the author of “The Pearl of Immortality”, which is the first book of The Sands of Time series. She loves writing and bringing to life the workings of her avid imagination. When not occupied with swords and dragons and her booki

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT CHILDHOOD REMINISCENCES AND CRICKET

Book Review: "Life in the Sunshine" by T. Sathish

For many people, fond childhood memories of the fun and frolic with friends, the easy-going school life, and playing sports in a spirit of togetherness brings in a sense of nostalgia. For most people in India, that sport is Cricket. The author T. Sathish, who himself is an avid cricket fan, comes up with the book “Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer”, which is a story that

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019TACKLING ISSUES OF MISOGYNY AND HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH FICTION

Author Interview: Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi's underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. She has recently come out with the book “You Beneath Your Skin”, which tackles

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019BLENDING SCI-FI, FANTASY, WUXIA AND SPIRITUAL THEMES

Author Interview: Dwai Lahiri

Dwai Lahiri lives in Chicago, USA and is a software engineer for a Silicon Valley software company. An engineer by training, he likes to think of himself as a humble bridge between many disparate worlds- science and spirituality, art and technology, Eastern and Western cultures. He is a long time practitioner of the Daoist internal arts with a focus on Taijiquan. He has recently come out with the

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019NARRATIVE POETRY REPLETE WITH EVOCATIVE THEMES

Book Review: "Winter Poems" by Sabarna Roy

Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making the voices of the narrator and characters as well. Such poems can portray a multitude of themes, and like all poetry, have a profound influence on the imagination of the readers. The author Sabarna Roy comes up such a book “Winter Poems”, in which he employs the narrative style for the poems, and these poesies deal with imagina

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019RANDOM THOUGHTS AND INSIGHTFUL OPINIONS ARRANGED IN AN EXQUISITE BOUQUET!

Author Interview: Bill K Koul

Indian-Australian Bill K Koul is an engineering consultant by profession and a writer by passion. He lives in Perth, Australia. He is an APEC accredited engineer, and has also written for various newspapers and magazines in India and delivered lectures on Kashmir in Perth. He has recently come out with the book “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts”, which also features illustrations by Iranian-Australia

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019PEREGRINATIONS OF A NOT SO COMMON LIFE

Book Review: "The Life and Times of a Common Man" by Sanjay Chandra

Memoirs are liked by readers for they give them interesting insights and a general outlook about the lives of people they adore and would like to emulate. However, most of the times, readers are only interested in reading the memoirs of famous and influential people. But the lives of common men are also very interesting and their journeys inspiring, and books delving into such themes should be re

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019A THRILLER WRITER AT HEART

Author Interview: Kanchana Banerjee

Kanchana Banerjee lives in Gurgaon. She used to write for a plethora of publications and companies, now she is a full time author. When not writing, she enjoys gardening and playing with her dogs. She has recently come out with her second book “Nobody's Child”. In a candid conversation with Chirdeep Malhotra, she talks about her latest book, her writing journey, her favourite books and authors, a

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019A MELANGE OF PROSAIC AND POETIC MUSINGS

Book Review: "Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018" by Sabarna Roy

There are some books which contain the author’s sagacious thoughts and deep contemplations. These books which may be fictional or non-fictional truly provide a window into the writer’s heart, soul and mind. The author Sabarna Roy comes up with such a book “Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018”, which involves his ruminations about various true events in his life, and also fictional stories.

T

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019SOARING HIGH, SPREADING HER LITTLE WINGS INTO THE SKY!

Featuring the young author Arundhati Nithiyanandhan

Arundhati Nithiyanandhan (Aru) is eight years old and lives in Bangalore, India. She loves telling new stories to her father while they both go for a walk in the evening. Aru and her father have taken this journey further and have successfully published 3 children storybooks which have included the imagination of a child and the professionalism of an adult. Aru creates her stories from her day to

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019SUCCINCT AND INFORMATIVE STORIES FROM THE FIELD OF LAW

Book Review: "Yours Legally" by Sonia Sahijwani

Though there are many books with policemen or policewomen being protagonists, and police procedurals are a big hit with fans of the crime genre, not much books have been written about the workings of the legal profession. There are courtroom dramas which portray lawyers fighting in courts, but not how lawyers prepare for their cases. The author Sonia Sahijwani comes up with one such book “Yours L

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019OF HEARTFELT WRITING ABOUT HUMAN EMOTIONS

Author Interview: Sanchita Bhattacharya

Sanchita Bhattacharya is a Political Analyst by profession. Born in pristine Arunachal Pradesh, she has spent most of her years in Delhi. She resides in Delhi-NCR. She works in the field of Political Islam in South Asia, and has extensively written on various socio-political facets of Pakistan. She has a Ph.D. degree from JNU. Besides writing, she is a travel enthusiast, movie buff and reader. Sh