Books and Authors

Tuesday, April 17, 2018WRITING TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES

Author Interview | Jasbir Singh

Jasbir Singh is an author who hails from our very own Jammu. Presently pursuing a degree in BBA from Lovely Professional University, he is also a social activist who wants to create awareness amongst people about complex societal issues and bring a change in the society. He has founded two NGOs –Youth Foundation and Vigilante. He wrote his first novel “Forever: A Promise” at the age of nineteen y

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018EXPLORING NEWER ASPECTS IN MYTH-FICTION

Book Review | The man with five heads

Book: The man with five heads

Author: Abhishek Leela Pandey

Mythological fiction is a realm of literature which is very popular among literary enthusiasts. Books which have storylines having characters and incidents derived from Indian mythology are even more sought after by these aficionados because of the many layered characters and the depths of their portrayal; and the me

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018POEMS WITH A CONTEMPORARY CONNECT

Book Review: The lonely drummer and other poems

Book: The lonely drummer and other poems

Author: Abhishek Goswami

Poetry has its own set of literary aficionados, who like to delve into eloquent verses, meaningful poesies and serious balladry. Poems also form an emotional connect with the reader’s heart, due to their lucid and graphic expressiveness. It becomes all the more better if they talk about weighty and relevant issues, and help t

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018PORTRAYING PHASES OF LOVE AKIN TO CHANGING SEASONS

Book Review | A Quest for Spring

Book: A Quest for Spring

Author: Monica Mujumdar Dixit

Evolving love and changing seasons have a lot in common. The waning emotions and the soaring feelings of love birds are somewhat cognate with the many variations seen in different seasons. The sultry summer gives way to the auburn autumn, and after the chilly winter comes spring with its scenic greens. The same holds for love in many in

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018WITH A PENCHANT FOR WRITING ABOUT THE CORPORATE WORLD

Author Interview | Ishan Majundar

Ishan Majumdar is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris (Grande Ecole). Born and brought up in Mumbai, he completed his graduation from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics and moved to Europe for further studies. He has a rich corporate exposure, having worked in investment banking and strategy roles in multinational companies, and p

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018SAGACIOUS POESIES IN DEFENCE OF POETRY

Book Review | An apology for Shakespeare

Book: An apology for Shakespeare

Author: S.A. Joseph

There is an increasing need for the study of poetry and its various forms and create conscience among the people about the vanishing values and ideals in the modern society. However, in the present times, conventional poetic forms and classics are not getting much notability. S.A. Joseph, a post-graduate in English literature and presentl

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018A SPARKLING AND RELATABLE LOVE STORY

Book Review | Ira Oberoi’s Pursuit of Love

Book: Ira Oberoi’s Pursuit of Love

Author: Niti Chopra

College romances and school crushes make for very good television shows, webseries, Rom-com movies and romantic fiction. The television audiences and readers like them for their lively quotient, humorous instances and lighter moments, with which all of them can relate. Also, there are the typical hindrances like unswerving families and

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018WRITING REALISTICALLY WITH AN EMOTIONAL TOUCH

Author Interview | Sohil Ashvin Shah

Author Sohil Ashvin Shah is a commerce graduate from Gujarat University and is a senior accountant by profession. He was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and resides and works in Dubai, UAE since the last eight years. He has written a romance novel “Come back to leave me...Again” which is based on his real life experiences and he is also a die-hard movie fan. In a candid conversation wit

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018POETRY IS MUSIC FOR HER

Author Interview | Sujata Chatterjee

Dr. Sujata Chatterjee is a post graduate in Anaesthesiology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and has also done her journalism from Delhi School of Journalism. Hailing from a family of literature lovers, she has also forayed into writing fiction and poetry. This doctor thus not only knocks patients by giving anaesthesia during operations but also knocks readers and stupefies them with her soulf

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018AN INFORMATIVE GUIDE ABOUT FOREIGN INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Book Review: Intern abroad this summer

Book: Intern abroad this summer

Author: Aniket Singh

Indian students- particularly from the fields of engineering and managementwant to further their career prospects and improve their resume by doing foreign internships. But many of these internships are out of their reach because of the exorbitant cost and their unawareness about the right places to apply. Interns usually don’t know that

 

Sunday, March 25, 2018Book Review: I owed you one

A BOOK OF EMOTIONAL PEREGRINATIONS

Book: I owed you one

Author: Madhu Vajpayee

Family saga books have the perfect combination of melodrama, emotions, values and morals. All these characteristics make them an instant hit among readerships as diverse as fantasy loving teens to romantic genre loving young adults, as well as seasoned readers who like to delve into books of critical acclaim. The author Madhu Vajpayee comes up wit

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018PORTRAYING THE QUINTESSENCE OF “THE CITY OF NAWABS”

Book Review | Lucknow-The city of heritage and Culture

Author: Vipul B. Varshney
Photographs by: Ajaish Jaiswal


“Lucknow is known as a city of dreams, and 160 years after the elegant court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, there are almost as many different ways of interpreting it, as there were dreamers”, such goes the blurb of this splendid book about Lucknow’s heritage and cultural charm by Vipul B. Varshney, published in a beautiful hard bound volum

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018A ZESTY AND SAVOURY WEDDING TALE

Book Review | Wedding Pickle

Book: Wedding Pickle

Author: Neha Sharma

Contemporary India is in a state of a cultural flux, and coming at par with many Western countries in this context. As has been rightly said, India lives in many centuries at the same time. The attitudes relating to marriage and relationships are fast changing, but are also seeped in regressive practices and orthodox mentalities. The independent and

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018Book Review | Looking through the prism:Spectrum

PORTRAYING KALEIDOSCOPIC EMOTIONS WITH LUCID VERSES

Book: Looking through the prism:Spectrum

Author: Sujata Chatterjee

‘”The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness”, said the American poet James Gates Percival about poetry, which is called the music of the soul. Robert Frost put it more subtly- “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018Making Strides in her Writing Journey by Pursuing it with Passion and Determination

Author Interview | Madhu Vajpayee

Madhu Vajpayee is a medical doctor who has done her MBBS from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow and MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. However, after professional stints in various institutions of repute in India, she has moved to Australia where she is enjoying her life in the Melbourne suburbs, relaxing in the lush greenery that it offers and pursuing her passion of writing with sincerity and de

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018Book Review: My Enemy’s Enemy

A COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF INDIA’S AFGHANISTAN POLICY

Book: My Enemy’s Enemy

Author: Avinash Paliwal

Geopolitical ties and geostrategic issues are the topmost priorities of countries and diplomats worldwide. India, in its seemingly dynamic and often volatile and hostile neighbourhood, has often seen its position being viewed as that of a big brother, even though it has tried to engage all stakeholders and foster a levelled relationship with it

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018Book Review: Pinto has an idea

PINTO AND HIS PHENOMENAL INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THINGS COMMONPLACE

Book: Pinto has an idea

Author: Rajeev Saxena

Do you want to read a book that has a humorous way of showing you how to deal with practical everyday problems? Are you also one who imagines scientists to only have fuzzy hair and not much of a family life? Can you picturize a scientist romancing with his love interest? What happens when a scientist forays into politics? These are instances whi

 

Monday, February 26, 2018The ad game: What advertisements tell us about ourselves

February 26 : Title: Stark Raving Ad: A Giddy Guide to Indian Ads You Love (Or Hate); Author: Ritu Singh; Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 350

The devil who stressed envy was okay when it comes to owning TVs, a buck-toothed rabbit who made a rather staid snack hugely successful, a range of people asking a pertinent, though a bit unexpected, question at any major transportation

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018Putting Kashmir back in the Spotlight

Book: Kaash Kashmir
Author: Rajesh Talwar
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A lot of fictional books have been written which traverse the Kashmir issue in its different dimensions. However, most of them are in the form of novels and few plays have been written about the interplay of different factors and stakeholders in this issue. Author Rajesh Arora comes up with a play “Kaash Kashmir” (If only....Kas

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018A Political Saga on Kashmir


Book: Sea of Kashmir
Author: Chirajit Paul
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Kashmir, the paradise on earth as has been immortalised in the Farsi couplet (which finds a place in this book as its subtitle) by Amir Khusro, is a contentious place for politics and flaring azaadi sentiments. A lot of books have been written in the recent years, by both Indian as well as international authors, with Kas

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018GOING THE AUTHOR WAY, FROM INDIA TO NORWAY

Author Interview | Neha Sharma

Neha Sharma, an avid reader and debut author, was always drowned in books since her childhood, and loved using it as an escape route from monotony from time to time. Hailing from Bangalore, the garden city of India and born in New Delhi, she; being a defence kid, has travelled nearly the whole of India. Holding Master’s degree in HR and International Business, she moved to Norway in 2010 after h

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018AN ENIGMATIC TALE OF DREARY IMPLANTING DREAMS

Book Review | Dreams Implant

Book: Dreams Implant

Author: Partho Bose

Mystery and thriller genre has always been a favourite with book lovers. People surely love plunging into the travails of catching a murderer or following investigation trails with suave detectives. However, various obscure elements used in mystery stories up their suspense quotient, and sometimes eeriness quotient too. There is also the inherent qua

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018SIMPLISTIC STORIES ABOUT ARCANE REALITIES

Book Review | Owner of a lonely heart

Book: Owner of a lonely heart

Authors: Atma Sumit Agarwal & Vidhika Dalmia

In the present world of technological advancement and easier communications, people are lonelier than ever. The world may have become a global village, but the distances between people’s hearts in this village have grown wider. Though social media and internet have caught the world’s imagination with instant friend r

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018A DELIGHTING TALE OF FRIENDSHIP

Book Review | One Last Time

Book: One Last Time

Authors: AnubhavShrivastava&Shreehari H

Do you want to read a book that strikes a chord with your heart with a delighting story about friendship? Do you like books which catch the urban-rural amalgamation with its inherent ideological divides and subtle similarities? Does clichéd writing bore you and you are looking for something refreshing to read? Do you like books tha

 

Friday, February 9, 2018The News Now Special Conversation | Narsingh Jamwal

Born in 1931 in the village of Bhalwal, Narsingh Dev Jamwal has worked for the Jammu and Kashmir Police from 1953 to 1986, laying down charge as Deputy Superintendent of Police. Since the early 1960s, Shri Jamwal has pursued a parallel career in the Dogri theatre with some twenty stage plays to his credit including originals and adaptations. Shri Jamwal has received Playscript Awards from the Jam

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018A RIVETING FAST-PACED CRIME THRILLER

Book Review: Murderous Greed

Book: Murderous Greed

Author: Arun K Nair

Do you as readers like to read crime thrillers and mystery novels? Does the fast-paced and suspense-laced narrative have your adrenaline rushing? Do the myriad human emotions detailed in these books perplex as well as surprise you, with you thinking of the limits complex human emotions can surpass with utter simplicity and novelty? Crime thrillers h

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018WRITING WITH A VIVID AND DREAMY FLAIR

Author Interview | Zena Okoroafor

Authors are definitely a different lot. Penning books in different genres, such as sci-fi or fantasy, where the reins of the imagination are let loose, to get vivid storylines and lively characters is no small feat. There is also the issue of making the books in the fantasy genre in sync with contemporary times to get wider appeal. Zena Okoroafor, also known as Z. Oko is one such author. Born and

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018CATERING TO BOTH THE LITERARY AND THE ENERGY COSMOS

Author Interview | Atma Sumit Agarwal

A lot of motivational and self-help books are being written nowadays and are also being widely appreciated because of their universal appeal and the positive impetus that they provide to people’s lives. Atma Sumit Agarwal is author of such a genre and his books delve into self-help by taking the path of meditative talks and writing about the microcosm called life. He is also an energy therapist a

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018STORY OF TRUE LOVE AND EMOTIONAL INTRICACIES

Book Review | Two Angels

Book: Two Angels

Author: Nivedita Vedurla

There are a lot of light-hearted books getting published nowadays and being liked by readers. Being branded as “Metro reads” or books that are mostly read during commute, these books have a simple heart of their own, with genuine portrayals and easy to connect with and relatable characters. Author Nivedita Vedurla comes up with such a book “Two Ange

 

Monday, January 29, 2018India doesn't need nationalism after 70 years of Independence: Nayantara Sahgal

Kolkata, Jan 29 : India doesn't need any lessons on nationalism 70 years after Independence, feels eminent writer and member of the Nehru-Gandhi family Nayantara Sahgal, dubbing the BJP's nationalism agenda a "load of rubbish".

"We do not need nationalism. Their (BJP's) idea of nationalism is a load of rubbish. We needed nationalism when we were fighting to become a nation, fighting to free ou