Books and Authors

Tuesday, July 27, 2021ON WRITING A CRIME THRILLER REPLETE WITH EXCEPTIONAL CHARACTERS

Author Interview: Kochery C Shibu

Kochery C Shibu lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter. He graduated from the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, and has served in the Indian Navy and commanded two warships. Post his retirement, he has executed hydroelectric projects. He has recently come out with the book “Faith and the Beloved”, which is a crime thriller. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021Books You Definitely Shouldn't Miss This Monsoon

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Dead People’s Town” by Siddharth Nirwan

(Horror | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 299 INR)

Blurb: At the Lord Erwin Memorial Hospital in Raisingh Garh, an unauthorized drug trial on terminally ill cancer patients has gone horribly wrong. The patients are not humans anymore. They have turned into a ferocious breed of predators, hungry for blood and gore. The madness is not restricted to

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted author Anuradha Roy’s novel, to an inspirational story of doctors who changed the health care of an African nation, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

“All the Lives We Never Lived” by Anuradha Roy

This novel tells the story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri. When Gayatri rebels against tradition and follows her artist’s instinct for freedom, she travels from India to Dutch-held Bali in the 1930s, and this rips a knife through Myshkin’s comfortingly familiar universe. Excavating the roots of the world in which he was

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021ON HOW THIS AUTHOR WENT ABOUT WRITING A MYTHOLOGICAL FICTION

Author Interview: Jai Shukla

Jai Shukla was born in a small village in post-independence India. He joined the Indian Air Force and spent over a decade working on India’s foremost technology including first generation computers and indigenous fighter jets. After voluntarily leaving the IAF, he built a career in banking and international finance in India and the UK. Post retirement, Jai and his wife Rani shuttle between their

 

Thursday, July 15, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a brilliant feminist mythological fiction, to a book describing ten maps that reveal the future of global power and politics, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

MYTHOLOGICAL FICTION

“Ariadne” by Jennifer Saint

This novel is a mesmerising retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Ariadne and her sister Phaedra are the princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos. The Minotaur – a monster in Crete – demands a sacrifice every year, and Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast. As Ar

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021ON WRITING A MYSTERY THRILLER WITH ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY AND MATHEMATICS

Author Interview: Parag Kulkarni

Parag Kulkarni is a software architect by profession and he delves into the world of literature over the weekends. He possesses a keen interest in scientific and historical events, with a specific emphasis on events that connect these two themes. He is also fond of hobbies like astronomy and star gazing. His latest book, “The Rebirth of Lilavati”, is a mystery thriller. In a candid chat with Chir

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021AN INSIGHTFUL READ ON PRACTISING MINDFULNESS

Book Review: "Magic of the Mind" by Ravi Valluri

Life is full of vicissitudes, and there are ups and downs in this journey. However, to grapple with the ups and downs in life, and to take all this in our stride, one must have a robust mind and consciousness. The author Ravi Valluri has come out with the book “Magic of the Mind”, which describes how to deal with uncertainties of life with equipoise and to lookout for luminosity in bleak times.

 

Thursday, July 8, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an epistolary novel about a New England Jewish family, to a book combining insights of a memoir with a manifesto of feminism, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“American War” by Omar El Akkad

This novel imagines a dystopian future: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague and one family caught deep in the middle. In “American War”, we’re asked to consider what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons against itself. The novel has won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction,

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021ON WRITING THE FORENSIC CRIME THRILLER “MURDRUM”

Author Interview: Dr. Sohil Makwana

Dr. Sohil Makwana works in the Deptt. of Pharmacology at GMERS Medical College, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat. Apart from being a doctor, he is a fashion photographer, humorist, assistant director, screenwriter, fitness expert, and debut novelist. He enjoys clubbing the science of art and the art of science in his stories. He has recently come out with his debut novel “Murdrum: The Probe Begins”, which

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021A PRESCIENT SCI-FI READ ON THE PERILS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Book Review: "Lucy 3: Lucy And The Rise Of The Parabola" by Anandajit Goswami & Debashis Chakraborty

Climate change and global warming, being driven by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, are having observable effects on the environment. Though there are naysayers of the phenomenon of climate change too, the effects of climate change are all but evident. We are already witnessing the large-scale shifts in weather patterns, instantiated by extremes of weather, the melting of glaciers, an

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a comprehensive account of the pride of place that Indian science occupies in the world, to a book describing how families can transform into great teams, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

SUSPENSE THRILLER

“Black River” by Will Dean

This is the third novel in the Tuva Moodyson thriller series, after “Dark Pines” and “Red Snow”. Tuva is living in southern Sweden when she receives the news that her best friend Tammy Yamnim is missing. Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021ON WRITING A TAUT THRILLER AMALGAMATING HISTORICAL NARRATIVES

Author Interview: Vivek R Chaturvedi

Vivek R Chaturvedi has lived most of his life in Goa and he is a full time banker. He is a biking enthusiast and an adventurer, and also has a commendable record of extreme sports including sky diving, paragliding, bungee jumping, scuba diving, and many more. He has recently come out with the book “The Secret of the Stolen Idols”, which draws from his vast experiences and is a fictionalized accou

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021Books You Definitely Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Autumn Showers” by Lata Vishwanath

(Non-Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 295 INR)

Blurb: While growing up in northern India, away from her native place, the author was often intrigued by her agriculturist grandfather’s constant letters to the Indian government. More than a decade after his death, she delves deep into the letters he left behind and unravels a fascinating saga of

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a historical fiction on legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan, to a book serving dollops of acerbic wit and humour, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORICAL FICTION

“The Legend of Lachit Borphukan” by Nilutpal Gohain

This historical fiction novel is based on the life of the legendary general of the Ahom kingdom, Lachit Borphukan. It tells the story of India’s historical unsung hero, who is known and revered for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that defeated attempts by Mughal forces to take over the Ahom kingdom. The bo

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021ON A QUEST FOR ACCEPTANCE AND WITH A ZEST FOR SELF-DISCOVERY

Author Interview: Parinieta Ahuja

Parinieta Ahuja is from New Delhi, and she has lived in New York for the last five years. She has done a combined Bachelors and Masters Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University at Buffalo in New York. She has recently come out with the book “Imaginations Wild”, and the book’s protagonist is a desi girl living in the USA who makes the best out of what life brings. In a candid chat

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021Books You Definitely Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “The Mind Game” by Devika Das

(Self-Help | Format: Paperback | MRP: 205 INR)

Blurb: Happiness, stress, ecstasy or depression, it’s all a mind game. As long as our mind is under our control, everything else is. That’s what “The Mind Game” is all about. It is not an average self-help book that preaches life-enhancing methodologies based on complex science or long philosophical verses. The

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a sports novel by John Grisham, to a book presenting insights from the world’s most successful investors, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

SPORTS FICTION

“Sooley” by John Grisham

This is a gripping and moving basketball novel, and showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. When Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance to go on a trip to the United States to play in a showcase basketball tournament, it is a dream come true. But he then receives the news that a civil war is raging across South Sudan,

 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book of mythological fiction, to a crime thriller encompassing high-tech forensic investigations, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

MYTHOLOGICAL FICTION

“Kaikeyi: The Warrior Queen of Koshala” by Jai Shukla

This is a mythological fiction, and tells the story of Kaikeyi, and also the story of the Aryan conquest of South India. The atrocities of the Rakshasas are on the rise and Raavan is rapidly expanding his empire beyond the southern peninsula into the northern plains, the epicentre of the Aryan culture. The great seer

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021ON WRITING POETRY THAT IS AN ODE TO REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES

Author Interview: Sarbajit Chowdhury

Sarbajit Chowdhury is an author and an academician. He lives in the town of Burdwan in West Bengal. He pursued his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Burdwan and completed his college from St. Xavier’s College, Burdwan. Currently, he is pursuing M.A. in Literature from University of Burdwan. He has recently come out with his debut book “Speaking From The Autumn Of My Life”, which is a poetry col

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021Books You Definitely Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Canvas Of Feelings” by Prateek Singh

(Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 150 INR)

Blurb: “Canvas of Feelings” is a poetry book in which unspoken, unheard, and suppressed emotions are inked which the Broken Souls try to utter but fail to mumble. The book follows the journey of an individual who is going through varied emotions in his life; from Heart-Break to Love; from Love to bei

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book presenting a broadly historical narrative of the Red Fort, to a book of poems encompassing musings and contemplations, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Summons from the Creator” by Priya Sidharth Sethi

This is a gripping read that follows the protagonist Ameeya, who has been having recurrent dreams, and the cure that she seeks for this turns out to be even more terrifying. She unravels the dark shadows lurking her own past, and this leads her to the Creator himself with questions about her existence. Will Ameeya follow the Creator

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021ON IMBIBING A POSITIVE MINDSET THROUGH MINDFULNESS

Author Interview: Ravi Valluri

Ravi Valluri is an officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. Presently, he is posted at Chennai as the Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Southern Railway. He is also the author of eight books. He has recently come out with the book “Magic of the Mind”, which is a collection of 50 articles that put the mind of the readers through the prism of positive thoughts and consciousness. In a candid

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021HR-turned-author Jyoti Jha’s book “The Realms of Human Emotions” launched at FACC, IIT Delhi

IIT Delhi, one of the oldest Indian Institutes of Technology in India, and one of the first institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status, launched Jyoti Jha’s book “The Realms of Human Emotions”.

The virtual event was hosted by Azure, Fine Arts and Crafts Club (FACC), IIT Delhi, in association with Literia Insight in an Instagram Live session on May 22, 2021. The event was led by

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book chronicling stories and folklore from the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, to a collection of articles elucidating spiritual mindfulness, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORY/ CHRONICLES

“From the bylanes of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur” by R V Smith

This book focuses on tales from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, and provides a rare glimpse into the history and chronicles of the past from these cities. Readers would get to know the gossip and legends that spilled over in the city streets, and what a Delhi Christmas was like in the 1890s, and how New Year was celebrated

 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021ON HOW FAMILIES CAN EVOLVE INTO HIGHLY EFFECTIVE HOME TEAMS

Author Interview: Dr. Amit Punjabi

Dr. Amit Punjabi is the founder of Sankalp Academy, which empowers people and supports them in strategizing their life using the cutting edge science of Neuro Linguistic Programming. He is a certified NLP practitioner, a Performance Coach Influential speaker, behavioural expert, strategy consultant, author consultant, and author. He has recently come out with the book “Build The Home Team”, which

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book of reflective writings by Sabarna Roy, to a non-fiction book of essays on nationalism, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ REFLECTIVE WRITING

“Fractured Mosaic” by Sabarna Roy

This book is, in essence, a sequel to the author's literary work, "Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 - 2018". Most of the musings and reflective writings in this book have been earlier published as articles in various newspapers and zines; and they have been collated in a single volume for the benefit of the readers. The book has

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021THE CRICKETING ACTION PLAYS OUT LIVE IN THIS BOOK’S UNIQUE NARRATIVE

Author Interview: Ishan Kamdar

Ishan Kamdar is an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He has a passion for all sports and is a regular follower of cricket, golf, rugby, football and American football. He is a keen golfer, with a single digit handicap and plays regularly at his local club. The Managing Director of Comline Auto Parts, a family car spare parts business based in the UK and Europe, he, outside of spor

 

Thursday, May 13, 2021ON POEMS THAT FORAY INTO VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE PANDEMIC

Author Interview: Kaustabh Kashyap

Kaustabh Kashyap is a NET-JRF awardee in English Literature and is presently pursuing PhD in Health Humanities. He currently lives in his hometown Guwahati, Assam. He is a freelance translator and has contributed fiction, poetry and articles for national magazines and e-journals, and his works have appeared in the Reading Hour, Vayavya, The Assam Tribune and Erothanatos. He has recently come out

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a novel shuttling between Malaya and pre-partition Bengal, to a definitive biography of the Mughal prince Dara Shukoh, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“A Flutter in the Colony” by Sandeep Ray

This novel shuttles in time and temper between the rubber plantations of Malaya and the anguish-filled years of pre-Partition Bengal, and between the Malayan Emergency and Direct Action Day. It is 1956, and the Senguptas travel from Calcutta to rural Malaya to start afresh. In their new hamlet of anonymity, the couple gradually forget past tr

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021Book gives insider's view of everyday life in Kashmir

New Delhi, May 9: A new novel provides an insider's view of everyday life and emotions in Kashmir Valley through a number of love stories.

"Life in the Clock Tower Valley" is the debut book of Press Trust of India (PTI) journalist Shakoor Rather. Published by Speaking Tiger, it talks about Kashmir's pristine past, its grievous present and always-uncertain future.

It also includes historical