Books and Authors

Tuesday, February 16, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a contemporary fiction which has won the PFC-VoW Book Award for Gender Sensitivity 2020, to a non-fiction which quashes stereotypes about India, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“The Radiance of a Thousand Suns” by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

This book has won the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity and the PFC-VoW Book Award for Gender Sensitivity 2020. The book follows Niki who is determined to complete her dead father's unfinished book. This takes her from India to New York City where her pursuit of a mysterious immigrant woman turns into an obses

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021THIS FANTASY NOVEL FEATURES INTRIGUING WORLD BUILDING AND A DAZZLING HEROINE

Author Interview: Janani Kannan

Janani Kannan is a student and a passionate writer. She dreams to inspire people with her words, which have been her constant companion from the ninth grade. She is adept in fiction writing, and jumbles with fantasy worlds in her creative instincts to let out her pent up energy and happiness. She has recently come out with her debut book “The Half Wolf”, which is a fantasy fiction involving werew

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a two part collection of Indian playright Manjula Padmanabhan’s plays, to a memoir of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

PLAYS

“Blood and Laughter: Plays (Collected Plays, Volume 1)” by Manjula Padmanabhan

Collected Plays, in two volumes, brings together, in a much-anticipated series, the dramatic works of Onassis Prize-winning playwright and author Manjula Padmanabhan. With new introductions to the works that affirm the relevance of the themes of the plays, this collection showcases the playwright's mastery

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021ON WRITING A CAPTIVATING ‘HOWDUNNIT’ MURDER MYSTERY

Author Interview: R. Giridharan

R. Giridharan is currently working as a general manager with the Reserve Bank of India, and presently lives in Mumbai. In the last two and a half decades, he has worked in Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Delhi and Jaipur. He churns out murder mysteries both in the form of books and screenplays. He is also an international sports commentator with All India Radio and has covered many test ma

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book simplifying Guru Nanak’s core spiritual message for the modern reader, to a biography of Kamala Harris, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

“A Gift of Grace: The Essence of Guru Nanak's Spirituality” by Daler Aashna Deol

This book simplifies Guru Nanak’s core spiritual message for the modern reader. Part I of the book enunciates the spiritual foundation of the guru’s worldview and his cardinal religious beliefs about the nature of God. Topics include bridging different stages of the spiritual journey,

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021THIS BOOK DROPS FAMILY DRAMA SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF A CORPORATE THRILLER

Author Interview: Jayant Swamy

Jayant Swamy is a Management Consultant and Corporate Trainer based in Seattle. He holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore. His corporate repertoire includes Microsoft, IBM, T-Mobile, General Electric and Tata Consultancy Services. He has successfully completed the Certificate Program in Literary Fiction at the University of Washington. He has recently come out with the book “Family Secrets”, which is a

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021HEARTWARMING TALES ABOUT CYNICISM AS WELL AS HOPE

Book Review: "Heartbreak at Coffee Shop" by Ravi Valluri

Light and darkness are two sides of the same coin and one cannot exist without the other. The author Ravi Valluri has come out with the book “Heartbreak at Coffee Shop”, which highlights the darker side of the coin, while also telling readers about the brightness and optimism of the human endeavour.

In the book, the author Ravi Valluri carries forward the understanding of the quote by Brene Br

 

Saturday, January 30, 2021‘UNNS’ – THE SECOND STAGE OF LOVE IN URDU, FEATURES IN THIS BOOK

Author Interview: Sapan Saxena

Sapan Saxena is a software engineer by profession and is currently based in Nashua, New Hampshire. He completed his graduation from MNNIT Allahabad and writing has always been his passion. The articles from his blog ‘Rhythm Divine’ were featured by various national newspapers and that is when he penned down his first book “Finders, Keepers”. His second book “UNNS – The Captivation” was declared a

 

Saturday, January 30, 2021A CAPTIVATING SCI-FI READ

Book Review: "I Am Shade" by Mayank Sinha

Sci-fi thrillers combine vivid imaginations of the authors with gripping narratives, and fans are drawn to this genre for a variety of reasons. The author Mayank Sinha has come out with one such book “I Am Shade”, which is a fascinating sci-fi mystery.

The narrative follows the protagonist Jayden Smith, who had been leading a very simple life, until he comes in possession of a mysterious drago

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a sci-fi thriller portraying strategic power play in world politics, to a unique read about an Indian’s first-hand impressions about Chinese culture, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“The Chronicler” by Jvalant Nalin Sampat

This book is an amazing amalgam of fact and fiction, and it perfectly portrays the strategic power play in world politics across international borders. Set in the immediate future, as Pakistan’s economy collapses; and China invades Pakistan, determined to change the power equation in the world, a strange series of events is set in motion. Som

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a short story anthology from the Black Soil region of Tamil Nadu, to Romila Thapar’s account of her first visit to China in 1957, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ TRANSLATION

“Along with the Sun: Stories from Tamil Nadu's Black Soil Region”, edited by Ki. Rajanarayanan and translated by Padma Narayanan

This unique anthology of short stories from the 'Karisal' or 'Black Soil' region of Tamil Nadu has been edited by one of the most acclaimed and influential writers in Tamil, Ki. Rajanarayanan. Written by celebrated contemporary Tamil authors i

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021ON WRITING ABOUT GRATITUDE, AND HOW IT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Author Interview: Vasudha Neel Mani

Dr. Vasudha Neel Mani is a profound and illustrious educationist who is presently working as the Principal of Rockwoods International School, Udaipur. She is also an International Certified Career Coach, psychologist, counselor and author. She has recently come out with the book “Gratitude: The Purpose of Life”, which is her endowment to the universe for all those blessings in abundance she has r

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021A SURREAL AND HEART-WARMING TALE

Book Review: "A Quest of Souls" by Rohit Kumar

Delving into themes of dream sequences to connect different plot points is usually seen in movies and television series. Storylines of books mostly associate with contemplative musings to do the same. However, many authors are experimenting with dream sequences to further the book’s storylines. The author Rohit Kumar has come out with one such book “A Quest of Souls”, which incorporates surrealis

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From feminist economist Devaki Jain’s memoir, to Karuna Ezara Parikh’s debut novel, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Girls and the City” by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

This book follows ambitious and naive Juhi Jha, talented and tenacious single mother Leela Lakshmi, and hotshot young executive Reshma Talwar as they navigate their lives in the city of Bengaluru. As the women bond over work, navigating their secret pasts, disapproving landladies, abusive bosses and roadside stalkers, they discover tha

 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020HOW WRITING HAS BEEN A BREAKTHROUGH FOR THIS AUTHOR

Author Interview: Megha Bajaj

Megha Bajaj is an award-winning author of several acclaimed books, and she has written over a thousand articles for internationally renowned magazines and newspapers. She also runs online writing and healing workshops for aspiring authors/seekers and is currently writing film scripts for prominent production houses. She has recently come out with the book “The Breakthrough”, which gives an accoun

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a definitive biography of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, to a translation of acclaimed Hindi writer Shivani’s book Bhairavi, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

“Chinese Whiskers” by Pallavi Aiyar

This is a modern fable set in the ever-changing landscape of early 21st century China. Soyabean is a kitten when he is adopted by Mr and Mrs A, foreigners who live in a large courtyard house in Beijing. Soon after, the couple bring home Tofu, a rescued dustbin cat. Just as the cats begin to settle into their new pampered lives, Soyabe

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020ON INTENSIFYING LIFE OF PEOPLE TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL

Author Interview: Somdutta Sarkar

Somdutta Sarkar is an NLP practitioner, host and founder of Intensify Humanity Podcast, founder of Intensify Life Magazine, a Passionpreneur and Intensifier Mentor. Through her mentorship program, she helps people to live the life they want, to get to where they want to be in terms of money, relationships and health, and to intensity their lives to the fullest potential. She has recently come out

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020ON WRITING REALISTIC AND DARK HUMAN STORIES, ALBEIT BRIMMING WITH HOPE

Author Interview: Ravi Valluri

Ravi Valluri is an officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. He is presently posted at Prayagraj as the Principal Chief Operations Manager, North Central Railway. He is also a faculty of the Art of Living, and is a regular blogger at The Speaking Tree and WordPress. He has also authored many books, and has recently come out with the book “Heartbreak at Coffee Shop: An Array of Tales”, which

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020Themes of Culture, Parasports and LAC Situation to be the highlights of 2nd edition of Yayavar LitFest

Some books being featured in Yayavar Lit Fest 2nd edition

The first edition of Yayavar Lit Fest was a splendacious event, and put the city of Jammu on the literary festival map. The second edition of this literary festival, in a quest of continuing to celebrate the love for literature and writing, is scheduled to be held on 13th December at Garden Estate, Jammu. This year, as there is uncertainty due to the pandemic, Yayavar Literary Festival team is ge

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a translation of Gujarati writer Dhumketu’s short stories, to a cookbook with delectable recipes from the Himalayan foothills, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ TRANSLATION

“Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu”, translated by Jenny Bhatt

This is the first substantial collection of Gujarati short story writer Dhumketu's work to be available in English. His fiction has provided entertainment and edification to generations of Gujarati readers and speakers. His stories are characterized by a fine sensitivity, deep humanism, perceptive ob

 

Thursday, November 26, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From short stories on loneliness and the way to deal with it, to a new translation of Rumi’s poetry, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION

“Within the Cocoon of Love” by Meena Mishra and Vishwas Vaidya

This is a crime fiction novel, having elements of sci-fi. Woven around the central theme of technology and its effects on human relationships, it presents various dimensions of this issue. To tackle the same stimulating internal debate in the minds of the readers, the book delves into various debates and discussions. The

 

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