Books and Authors

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

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018RE-EMERGENCE OF ASIA ON THE GLOBAL CENTRESTAGE

Book Review | Asia Reborn

I had never heard about a book that tried to define Asia- its contemporary ideologies and modern histories, its vibrant economies and shared cultures- in a single book or volume series. So when I heard about the book “Asia Reborn” by Prasenjit K. Basu, my excitement and amusement knew no bounds. The exhilaration grew manifold- as I delved into this detailed book- and amusement too, for I realised

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018TRAVELOGUE OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS WITH AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

Book Review | Transit Lounge

Book: Transit Lounge

Author: Sunil Mishra

Travelling is the favourite pastime of Indians and foreigners alike. This can be gauged by the latest World Tourism Rankings, which shows an ever increasing number of international travels. During the course of their travels, a lot of tourists are also writing travelogues to share their experiences and insights about a particular place which they ha

 

Monday, January 22, 2018Book Review | Sunshine Town

A SIMPLE STORY EMANATING EXUBERANT SUNSHINE

Book: Sunshine Town

Author: ManiisshAroraa

There are books that one reads to be cruised into the realms of intellectuality. There are books that one reads to be hurtled down into the lanes of light-hearted moorings. And then there are books that being fictions and yet simple, make one segue into the streams of meaningful narratives. “Sunshine Town” by the author ManiisshAroraais one such bo

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Once Upon A Genie

AN EXHILARATING FANTASY READ, STRAIGHT OUTTA THE GENIE WORLD

Book: Once Upon A Genie

Author: Durriya Kapasi

Publisher: Half Baked Beans

Pages: 187

Price: Rs. 225

”The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real.... for a moment at least.... that long magic moment before we wake”, said George R.R. Martin, the author of the quintessential The Song of Ice and Fire series, now made into

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | The Magic Within

AN INSIGHTFUL READ REITERATING THE BELIEF OF THE MARVELLOUS POWER OF MAGIC WITHIN US

Book: The Magic Within

Author: Sana Chawla

Pages: 148

Price: Rs. 399

Self-help books and inspirational memoirs are part of a genre that is ever growing, diverse and famous. Be it “Chicken soup for the Soul” or “The monk who sold his Ferrari”, motivational books certainly strike a chord with many readers. Sana Chawla, a multi-passionate entrepreneur with extensive experience in the eve

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Equations Of A Being

AN UNCONVENTIONAL BOOK COALESCING REASON, ABSTRACTNESS AND EXISTENTIALIST MUSINGS

Book: Equations Of A Being

Author: Ashutosh Gupta

Publisher: Notion Press

Pages: 161

Price: Rs. 175

“Equations of a being” is an unconventional book. I repeat. It is an unconventional book. From Indian standards and perspectives, it certainly is. Just a glance at the book and a general reader can be intrigued, mesmerised or confused, or all the three. From the start till the very e

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

CAPTURING THE INDIAN MILIEU WITH ITS NUANCES


Book: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

Author: Kochery C. Shibu

Indian publishing industry is in a boom nowadays. A lot of books by Indian authors are being published, but all of them can’t be called truly Indian in their character. A lot of Indian authors in their quest of writing a good book are copying the foreign authors and ending up with narratives and nuances beset with foreignness

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018Author Interview | Sunil Mishra

LOUNGING IN INTERESTING TRAVELS AS WELL AS LITERARY TRAVAILS

Indians love to circumnavigate the globe and international destinations and foreign trips are the hottest craze among Indians. However, travelogues or travel accounts by Indians are quite rare. Sunil Mishra, a software professional with over two decades of experience in the field of banking technology has come up with a travelogue “Transit Lounge: An Indian’s account of travelling to thirty count

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Secrets, Sins & Struggles

A POINTILLIST PORTRAIT OF WOMEN STRUGGLES

Book: Secrets, Sins & Struggles

Author: Kamini Kusum

A lot of books, television shows and movies nowadays are taking on themes of women struggles, feminism and women empowerment. They depict journeys of strong-willed women to discover freedom and happiness, in order to be independent and break free from the shackles of a conservative society. One such book is ‘Secrets, Sins and Struggles” b

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Different Beads of the Same String

STORIES WITH A DISPARATE FLAIR

Book: Different Beads of the Same String

Author: Sujay Malik

Short stories and Novels are two different realms of literature, and have different takers. Though these are just generalisations, short stories have crisp plots; whereas novels have characters and narratives described in-depth, with plots that are long-winded, most of the times riveting and at times languid. While novels are the

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018Author Interview | Rajeev Saxena

NOT ONLY PINTO, THIS AUTHOR HAS SEVERAL INNOVATIVE IDEAS TOO

From the days of living on farms in his grandparents’ village to currently living in Dallas, USA, this author has come a long way. Rajeev Saxena did his Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur and his career with a large international company provided him with opportunities to visit a multitude of countries and cultures, out of which Barbados in the Caribbean, Johannesburg in South Africa, Mexico

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | The Wild Cat

A NOIR TAKING ON ISSUES OF CYBER CRIME

Book: The Wild Cat

Author: Taanya Sarma

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Pages: 285

Price: Rs. 299

With the all pervasiveness of technology, various benefits of the internet world have come up. However, cyber crime and cyber bullying is also a facet that has seen an upsurge with the mushrooming of various sites on the internet. There are not much of fiction books that take on the i

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Trust Me Not

A GRIPPING AND INTENSE SOCIO-POLITICAL THRILLER

Book: Trust Me Not

Author: Ankita Verma Dutta

There has recently been a trend of movies, telenovelas and books which are set against a backdrop of the corporate world, political power struggles and the mafia nexus. Such is the craze and popularity of this genre that it has led to very successful movie and book ventures, including series like trilogies, prequels and sequels. The popularity s

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018FINDING SIMPLE WORDS FOR HONEST EXPRESSIONS

Author Interview | Indranil Roy

Indranil Roy is a teacher, an author and an ardent lover of Bengali music, which explains his frequent foray into musical moorings and singing. Currently writing English novels, he also loves vernacular literature, knows its importance and its potential to reach wide masses, and also puts a strong case for it. This fact comes to the fore as he always recommends Bengali literature to people who li

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018BOOK REVIEW | Love Will Find A Way by Anurag Garg

NOT JUST LOVE, SOME STORIES FIND A WAY TOO

Book: Love Will Find A Way

Author: Anurag Garg

There has recently been a trend of writers coming out with books which are light-hearted reads, based on the premise of love stories and college friendships. These books are read mostly while commuting to work, a rainy romantic day or times when one doesn’t want to delve into hassles of intellectual reads. These books are loved by readers who a

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018Understanding Pinto’s Ideas

CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA

From the days of living on farms in his grandparents’ village to currently living in Dallas, USA, this author has come a long way. Rajeev Saxena did his Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur and his profession with a large international company provided him with opportunities to visit a multitude of countries and cultures, out of which Barbados in the Caribbean, Johannesburg

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018Telling tales from Dhauladhar heights

CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA

There are a lot of Indian authors who write novels about Indian settings and milieus. However, only some of them are able to capture its nuances at its very best. Kochery C. Shibu is one such writer. A graduate from the prestigious National Defence Academy, Shibu has served in the Indian Navy and commanded two warships; and after his retirement, he has executed hydroelectric

 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017Lounging in interesting Travels as well as Literary Travails

BY: CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA

Indians love to circumnavigate the globe and international destinations and foreign trips are the hottest craze among Indians. However, travelogues or travel accounts by Indians are quite rare. Sunil Mishra, a software professional with over two decades of experience in the field of banking technology has come up with a travelogue “Transit Lounge: An Indian’s account of t

 

Friday, December 22, 2017'Ideas...' rich treasure house of facts, insights; falls short as cohesive literary work

What should one expect from a book by one of the country's leading economists who is also the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (EAC-PM)? If nothing more, perhaps a detailed analysis of the nation's economic scenario, the major disruptions witnessed after demonetisation and the implementation of GST, the problems which plague the economy, some possible solutions and perhaps evidence-backed assurance that the economy would pick up in the near future. "Ideas for India: Faster, Higher, Stronger" makes a half-hearted attempt to deliver on those expectations but fails. H

 

Friday, December 1, 2017Of love, romance, friends and mythology

New Delhi, Dec 1: Read the story of a widow who is unable to move on from her husband till the time her new neighbour Charlie moves in next door; flick through a romantic tragedy that will stay in your heart forever; wade through a novel about identity, sexuality, gender, emotional pain, and the complicated world of social media; know about the rich heritage of Tibetan-Buddhist mythology to immerse yourself in a story that is as magical and evocative as its precursor.

IANS bookshelf has a good variety of fiction for this weekend.

1. Book: Charlie Next Door; Author: Debashish Irengbam; P

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017From Work Mistry to Word Mistry

Khalid Husain is one of the most celebrated writers of this era, known world over for his short stories in Punjabi and Urdu. The fact that he has carved out a niche for himself in Punjabi and Urdu literature fraternity as the leading short story writer despite of being born in and growing up in a Dogri speaking place speaks of his greatness. Author of over 150 short stories, the huge respect he c

 

Monday, June 19, 2017Because many layers form 'Because'

A famous name in the Dogri writers'
fraternity of present age, Vijaya Thakur is someone people only had good things to say about, whoever I asked, whenever I asked. One of the most active members of the fraternity, she graced almost each and everything related to literature and it was only going to be realisation of expectations when I got to meet her for 'Books and Authors'. While the expectat