Books and Authors

Tuesday, May 19, 2020WRITING LOVE STORIES SURE TO MELT ANYONE’S HEART

Noufer Aboobacker and Ipshita Choudhuri, co-authors of the book "Amour: A Tale Of Two Lost Souls"

Noufer Aboobacker is an engineer by profession. He currently resides in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and is from a village South Punnayoor in Kerala. Since last few years he is into movie making. His debut short film grabbed awards from various International film festivals. When he isn't writing, you might find Noufer wandering the city with a film camera in his hand. He has recently come out with his debu

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020A PARABLE ON THEMES OF EXPLOITATION AND DISCRIMINATION

Book Review: "We Of The Forsaken World" by Kiran Bhat

People living on the fringes, the poor, and the tribals are very much under-represented in the literary scene. Few books cast them as protagonists and fewer movies cast them even in minor roles. However, all this is changing in the present artistic scene. The author Kiran Bhat, who has travelled to over 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages, has come out with his de

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an anthology featuring writings from various islands, to a suspense thriller set in Austria, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

ROMANTIC FICTION

“It Must've Been Something He Wrote” by Nikita Deshpande

This romantic comedy follows Amruta Adarkar (Ruta), who arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing. Navigating the world of publishing, she’s stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, protein-shake lover, serial selfie-taker and bestselling author of seven cheesy romance novels, th

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020CHRONICLING THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE RED FORT

Author Interview: Debasish Das

Debasish Das is a telecom professional who lives in Gurgaon. A history aficionado, he spends weekends in exploring little known monuments in Delhi and its neighbourhood. Few photographs that he has taken have been published in international academic journals. Since the last few years, he has been writing heritage blogs on Delhi’s monuments. Encouraged with the reception to the blog, he has now ve

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS? PICK UP THESE BOOKS.

Two books for your reading on the Coronavirus, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing the world to a halt and forcing us to sit through a lockdown in India, credible information about Coronavirus is what everybody is looking for. With children too staying in their homes and asking questions about it, it becomes imperative that they too get to know more about it. Here we recommend two books for your reading on the Coronavirus – one is a concis

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020THE CONCEPT OF CENTRAL TENDENCY APPLIED TO SOCIETY’S WORKINGS IN THIS BOOK

Book Review: "The Rise Of The Club Of Central Tendency" by Anandajit Goswami

Our society has many ills, which include Caste, gender-based and social discrimination, poverty, hunger, the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and so on. The author Anandajit Goswami, who writes on socially relevant topics, with his oeuvre consisting of books on themes like Gender Equality, environmental sustainability, Sci-fi, Artificial Intelligence , has come out with the book “The Rise

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020WRITING ROMANCE POETRY AS INTENSE AS RED WINE

Author Interview: Nikita Tak

Nikita Tak hails from Rajasthan. She is a prolific Indian author and poet who writes romance, science fiction, and poetry. She is also a passionate blogger. She is the author of the books “The First Sip Of My Morning Coffee”, “The Chocolate Cake”, and “The Masquerade Party Incident”. Her 4th book is “The First Sip Of My Red Wine”, of which she has recently released the book cover. In a candid con

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a story collection on Austen themes that offers a fascinating look into Pakistan’s beau monde and nouveau riche society, to a book of love poetry featuring mesmerising calligraphy, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

“Austenistan”, edited by Laaleen Sukhera

This book is a collection of seven stories, inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan. The stories are romantic, uplifting, witty, and heartbreaking by turn, which pay homage to the world's favourite author in their own uniquely local way. Laaleen Sukhera, the book’s editor is also the founder of the Jane Austen So

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020IN THIS BOOK, ENGAGING PROSE ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND CONTEMPLATIVE POETRY

Book Review: "Frosted Glass" by Sabarna Roy

Though many writers express their musings through both prose and poetry, only few authors are excellently adept in both these forms of literary expression. One such author is Sabarna Roy, whose books like "Pentacles", "Winter Poems", and others have proved his mettle of writing different literary compositions, in varying genres and writing styles. His book “Frosted Glass” also is a mix of both pr

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020WRITING ON THE RISE OF OPEN, HUMANIST THINKING

Author Interview: Anandajit Goswami

Anandajit Goswami is a writer and an economist by training. He works as an Associate Professor (Liberal Arts), Department of Social and Political Studies, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. He previously worked as a Management Development Programme Coordinator at TERI School of Advanced Studies, and also as a faculty and cours

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an essential primer on the historical roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, to a sneak-peek into an earlier Calcutta from a translation of a book published in 1923, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Fern Road” by Angshu Dasgupta

Set in 1980s’ Calcutta, Fern Road portrays with quiet sensitivity a beautiful young boy’s journey through conflict, confusion, and self-acceptance. The narrative explores gender confusion in an orthodox society, and the coming-of-age of the protagonist Orko.
A review of the book reads - “Observed with keen empathy and rich in atmospheric detail, it’s

 

Saturday, April 18, 2020Gear Up for Yayavar Kids Online Lit Fest

Nupur Sandhu discusses about Yayavar Kids Online Lit Fest in a candid chat with Dr. Chirdeep Malhotra

With two successful Lit Fests conducted in Jammu and Jalandhar, the literary organization Yayavar has now come up with a Literary festival exclusively for children. Originally scheduled for 22-23 April in Jammu, due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the Lit Fest has now been taken online, albeit on the same dates. Now, it will have participation of children from many countries. Dr. Chirdeep Malhotra c

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an authoritative history of Modern South India, to a poetry collection featuring poems on love and heartbreak, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Halsey Street” by Naima Coster

This book follows Penelope Grand who has moved back to Brooklyn after her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh. Gentrification has completely reshaped her neighbourhood, old properties have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in th

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a non-fiction describing the natural history of the Himalayas, to a crime thriller set in the idyllic beaches of England’s North Devon, our picks

FICTION

“Salt Houses” by Hala Alyan

Written by Hala Alyan, a Palestinian-American author, this book follows the story of three generations of a Palestinian middle-class family, the Yacoubs. The family faces two life-altering displacements— the first after 1967’s Six-Day war, and the second following Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. With the members of the family navigating assimila

 

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