Books and Authors

Tuesday, November 24, 2020ON WRITING A ROMANTIC FICTION STRADDLING MUMBAI AND KASHMIR

Author Interview: Shalu Thakur

Shalu Thakur is an MBA graduate having 8 years of corporate experience with Tata and Panasonic groups. She has ventured into the world of writing with her novel “The Journey of Unexplored Love”. An epitome of perseverance and persistency; she loves reading, travelling, nature, and spending time with her daughter Inayat, to whom she dedicates much of her work. Readers can also read her poetry and

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020COIMBATORE LITERARY AWARDS MAKES A MARK ON INDIA’S LITERARY LANDSCAPE

The first edition of Coimbatore Literary Awards was held virtually

The first edition of Coimbatore Literary Awards was held virtually on 15th November, 2020. These are awards bestowed for literary merit and excellence in the writing field. The event featured books on eclectic topics and from diverse genres. It was organized by Mark-Fly Publishers from Coimbatore, founded by Akshay Sharma.

Akshay Sharma, Director of the event said, “The main objective was to b

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020THIS AUTHOR IS HELPING READERS FIND THEIR IKIGAI, THROUGH HIS SELF HELP FICTION BOOK

Author Interview: Atul Khekade

Atul Khekade is a computer engineer by education, specialising in Information Technology. He was born in India, and is a resident of Singapore. He is a FinTech entrepreneur working on building the next generation financial infrastructure to empower MSMEs with decentralised finance powered by Blockchain technology network XinFin, also known as XDC Network. He is a serial entrepreneur leading compa

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an engrossing political thriller, to a mesmerising book of poetry, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ THRILLER

“Xianqui” by Raghu Srinivasan

This is an unputdownable thriller about Chinese military aggression, a vaccine and the threat of a nuclear war. This novel is set in 2019, wherein the temperamental President of the United States of America has imposed trade sanctions on a belligerent China. In this fictional premise, the Communist Party in China initiates military action, dra

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book centred on the Japanese concept of ikigai, to a short story collection featuring evocative stories translated from the Hindi, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Me Ki Gai” by Atul Khekade

This book features the story of Parth, a young adult who discovers his ikigai through his own experiences. In this journey, Prabhudas, the mystic character, guides Parth with a systematic process that would help readers discover their own. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". Ikigai is discussed as a zone of effortless energy and

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020IN HER DEBUT BOOK, THIS AUTHOR WRITES ABOUT THE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF LOVE

Author Interview: Sunayana Khandelwal

Sunayana Khandelwal was born and brought up in Delhi. She is a corporate professional, and works as a Director Development and Programs with Hotel Solutions India. She is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and Coach. She has recently come out with the book “Can You Love This Way?”, which shares the extraordinary true love stories of 3 ordinary women. In a candid chat with

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020A CAPTIVATING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Book Review: "Based on Lies – The Whole Story" by Debarshi Kanjilal

The genre of Psychological thrillers is certainly having its moment. Many contemporary bestseller books are from this genre, and readers like books from this genre for their riveting intensity and unnerving plot twists. A lot of books of this genre have also been adapted into films and web series. However, not much Indian writing has occurred in this genre. The author Debarshi Kanjilal comes out

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From two books of reflective writing by Sabarna Roy, to a candid memoir of Lakshmi Bai Tilak which was first published in 1934, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ REFLECTIVE WRITING

“Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018” by Sabarna Roy

This book features fiction, short-shorts, poems, semi-autobiographical and autobiographical pieces, opinions, observations, and conversations. It is a kaleidoscope of random and reflective thoughts, which are mysteriously structured to a pattern. With an artistic writing style, the book conveys the percipie

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020ON A LITERARY QUEST – THE THRILL OF WRITING IS WHAT INSPIRES THIS AUTHOR

Author Interview: Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar is a marketer by profession, a specialization influenced by his fondness for creative pursuits. He lives with his family in Gurgaon. Having authored a young adult fiction novel titled “Breaking Through the Maze”, he has recently come out with the book “A Quest of Souls”. As a writer, he likes to delve into how his characters influence their environment and how, in turn are influenced

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020CONTEMPLATIONS AND MUSINGS IN THE PURSUIT OF SPIRITUALITY

Book Review: "Lockdown 21 – Me to Messiah" by Bhavin Shastri

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world in different ways. However, as lockdowns were initially imposed to curb the spread of the pandemic, it also slowed the fast paced world in some ways and gave people some time to introspect and engage in reflective thoughts. Many people also utilized this time to read books that they wanted to read but were not finding time, and many authors compl

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a spooky ghost story set in Darjeeling, to a YA novel featuring an intrepid teen spy, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Second Wind” by Minal Arora

This book is a sequel of Minal Arora’s book “Maaya: A Tryst with Self”. Second wind is the breath that one draws after complete breathlessness once exhausted in a race...The race of life! When a relationship acquires the expression of possessiveness, the language of control and a ruthless selfishness, it's time to know that love has slipped away and what

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020AN AUTHOR ON HOW HE WROTE A SCI-FI ADVENTURE STORY

Author Interview: Mayank Sinha

Mayank Sinha is a small town boy and hails from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. He completed his Engineering in Computer science from GLA University Mathura and is currently a Software Engineer by profession. He lives in Bangalore. He has published two books. His first novella was "Some Glimpses From My Life" which is a collection of short stories. His recent novel "I Am Shade" is a sci-fi action-myster

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020AN ENDEARING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES

Book Review: "A Tea-Stall By The Side Of The Road" by Murad Jawed

Short stories, of different genres and forms, are increasingly been read nowadays, as more and more readers take onto this genre, due to paucity of time and more interest in their narrative form. The author Murad Jawed comes with one such short-story collection titled “A Tea-Stall By The Side Of The Road”, which is based on anecdotes, folklore and urban legends from across India.

There are 8 s

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From two powerful and heart-warming novels by Balli Kaur Jaswal, to a non-fiction presenting a comprehensive history of the Chinese civilisation, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

LITERARY FICTION

“Inheritance” by Balli Kaur Jaswal

“Inheritance” is acclaimed author Balli Kaur Jaswal’s first novel, first published in Australia in 2013, and then in Singapore in 2016. Indian editions of her books “Inheritance” and “Sugerbread” have been published by HarperCollins India in 2020. For Indian readers, who are already familiar with her books “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widow

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020ON HEARTFELT POETRY WHICH TOUCHES ON MYRIAD THEMES

Author Interview: Neha Chakravarthy

Neha Chakravarthy is IRS (IT) of 2015 batch. She was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and is a graduate in Science. She was inspired to write because she has been a great reader right since childhood. Her mother always encouraged her to read a lot and write something. Books have helped her overcome loneliness and shown her a path to knowledge and enlightenment. Writing liberates her soul, it

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020AN AVANT-GARDE AUTHOR’S ETCHINGS AND MUSINGS

Author Interview: Sabarna Roy

Sabarna Roy is a trained Civil Engineer and did his Civil Engineering Degree from Jadavpur University in 1988. He is presently working as Senior Vice President and is in the 25th year of his employment with Electrosteel Group. He is also engaged in giving leadership to Business Development, Applications Technology and certain key Strategies in the Electrosteel Group. He is an author of six bestse

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020A MELANGE OF SHORT STORIES, ENCOMPASSING DIVERSE GENRES

Book Review: "Slices of Life" by Richa Gupta

Short stories, with all the brevity that they entail, are certainly more difficult to write than novels, since the character development and plot outline has to be done in a few pages. Most short story collections have stories of a specific genre, but some editors and authors are nowadays coming up with anthologies and books consisting of short stories from myriad genres, to cater to the modern r

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020A SUFI SINGER EMBARKING ON HIS LITERARY QUEST

Author Interview: Bhavin Shastri

Bhavin Shastri is a celebrated Sufi Singer, a true patriot, a motivator, a philanthropist, and a constant voyager in the never ending quest of life, music, and discovery. An engineer by profession, he is a musician by choice. He has recently come out with the book “Lockdown-21: Me to Messiah”, which is an opening for those who have inclination to explore the truth, who have questions and are snea

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020A FICTIONAL NARRATIVE, WRAPPED WITH ELEMENTS OF SELF-HELP AND INSPIRATION

Book Review: "Samsara: Reflections of a Life" by Anush Ravindranathan

Many fiction books, with their inspirational storylines, are more like self-help books, giving us valuable lessons about how to navigate the different challenges of life. Sometimes, reading fiction with elements of self-help can be more enriching than reading self-help guides, for it gives the readers a more discerning understanding of the text. The author Anush Ravindranathan has come out with o

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020FOR THE LOVE OF TEA (AND WRITING)

Author Interview: Murad Jawed

Murad Jawed is a management graduate and works as a financial risk consultant. He is also an accomplished artist and a serious blogger. He has recently come out with the book “A Tea-Stall by the Side of the Road”, a collection of short stories based on real life incidences. A self confessed tea addict, the title of his book is a tribute to his favourite indulgence. He has written short stories ac

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020A TALE HAVING ELEMENTS OF THRILL, EMOTIONS AND ROMANCE

Book Review: "Kismet or Karma - Unleash the Mystery" by Pooja Agrawal

Does everything in our lives depend on fate and destiny, or does luck play a role? The author Pooja Agrawal has come out with the book “Kismet or Karma- Unleash the Mystery”, which forays into the facet that whether fate or actions drive the topsy-turvy lives of the book’s characters.

The storyline follows four protagonists – Ansh, Maaya, Rohan and Trisha, whose tales are intertwined with each

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020ON WEAVING STORIES ABOUT HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Neelam Saxena Chandra

Neelam Saxena Chandra works as Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Pune. She is an Engineering graduate from VNIT and has done her Post Graduation Diploma in IM & HRD, and also in Finance. She is a bilingual writer; writing in English and Hindi, and has authored 4 novels, 1 novella and 6 short story collections, 32 poetry collections and 13 children’s books. She has recently come out with the

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020A BOOK INTERTWINING PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE ON HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AND SCI-FI

Book Review: "Within the Cocoon of Love" by Meena Mishra and Vishwas Vaidya

Many few books foray into mixing different genres in the same narrative, and those which do so delve into related genres. The author duo of Neena Mishra and Vishwas Vaidya has come out with the book “Within the Cocoon of Love”, which is a fictional discourse on human relationships intertwined with Science fiction. The book also delves into elements of criminology, psychology and Artificial intell

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020ON WRITING WITH A REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE

Author Interview: Pooja Agrawal

Pooja Agrawal has written and published four books. The love for books has made her an avid reader, and the love of reading worthwhile stuff inspired her to write. She believes that her journey as an author has just begun and she is trying to put her sincere efforts in writing meaningful content for the readers. She has ambitious plans to write diversified content falling in different genres. Her

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020ECLECTIC STORIES ON HEARTFELT THEMES

Book Review: "Lines of Fate: First Love and other stories" by Neelam Saxena Chandra

Stories on the themes of love and human emotions interest readers for their novelty and sanguine feelings, even though such themes have been talked and written about since days of yore. The author Neelam Saxena Chandra, who has a distinguished oeuvre which includes novels, short story collections, novellas, and poetry collections, has come out with a short story collection “Lines of Fate: First L

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020ON WRITING ABOUT OBSERVATIONS WHICH ARE ARCANE, YET PROFOUND

Author Interview: Kosha Shah Chandaria

Kosha Shah Chandaria has done her schooling, B. Com and MBA from Jamnagar. She is an eloquent and vigilant writer, along with being a voracious and ardent reader. She is but a scribbler at heart; she did content writing, advertising and corporate communication, delivering presentations at various renowned companies at the start of her career. She voices her feelings and experiences in words, afte

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020WITH HIS WRITINGS, THIS AUTHOR IS SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF LIVING WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE

Author Interview: Ankit Jhamb

Ankit Jhamb holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Psychology. He is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki practitioner, a Wellness coach, and Neuro Linguistic Programming and MBTI Practitioner. His comprehensive approach to human behaviour mixes psychology, neuroscience, spirituality and Ayurveda. He believes in looking at life from a holistic point of view. He has recently come out with th

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a memoir of Yuvraj Singh, to a non-fiction presenting an incisive analysis of contemporary Indian politics, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

LITERARY FICTION

“Bhaunri: A Novel” by Anukrti Upadhyay

The two books “Bhaunri: A Novel” and “Daura: A Novel” by Anukrti Upadhyay have been described as mini-literary fiction. This book depicts the story of Bhaunri who is married, as is the custom in her tribe of nomadic blacksmiths, when she is still a child. When she is finally sent away to her husband's home as a young woman, she finds h

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020ON VIGNETTES AND LUCID WRITING SLICES SERVED ON A DIVERSE PLATTER

Author Interview: Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta lives in New Delhi. She has been a senior teacher of English in reputed schools for 20 years and an Instructional Designer for training and e-learning in the corporate sector for nine years. Through the years, she has also executed a large volume of technical editing and curriculum development assignments and conducted training workshops in technical writing. After an academic and pro

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an anthology featuring writings by British Muslim women, to a non-fiction delving into the riveting history of Jammu and Kashmir along with the contemporary developments, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORICAL FICTION

“The Yellow Bird Sings” by Jennifer Rosner

This book by Jennifer Rosner is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.
The book is set in Poland in 1941. The story follows Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, who spend day and night hidden