Books and Authors

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

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020A STUPENDOUS MIX OF HISTORICAL FICTION AND FANTASY

Book Review: "Ashok and the Nine Unknown" by Anshul Dupare

The Mauryan emperor Ashok was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, the unifier of the Indian subcontinent. He waged a bloody war during the conquest of Kalinga, and aghast at the destruction that the war brought, he then embraced Buddhism and spread the message of peace. However, it is also stuff of legend that Ashok founded a mysterious secret society called ‘Nine Unknown’. This theme was elabor

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020HOLD YOUR BREATH, IT’S THAT SPOOKY!

Author Interview: Abhirup Dhar

Abhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and currently lives in Mumbai. A banker by profession, he is passionate about writing and has been doing so ever since he was a child. He believes the best stories are always the ones simply written from the heart and for the heart! The News Now interviewed him for his second book “Stories Are Magical”, in which he celebrated storytelling at its splendid best. He

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020OF BOOKISH FANTASY INVOLVING DRAGONS AND MAGICAL ADVENTURES

Author Interview: Nishi Singh

Nishi Singh, also known by her pen name Nishi Chandermun, lives in Durban, South Africa, and enjoys holidaying in the breathtaking and impressive city of Cape Town. She is the author of “The Pearl of Immortality”, which is the first book of The Sands of Time series. She loves writing and bringing to life the workings of her avid imagination. When not occupied with swords and dragons and her booki

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT CHILDHOOD REMINISCENCES AND CRICKET

Book Review: "Life in the Sunshine" by T. Sathish

For many people, fond childhood memories of the fun and frolic with friends, the easy-going school life, and playing sports in a spirit of togetherness brings in a sense of nostalgia. For most people in India, that sport is Cricket. The author T. Sathish, who himself is an avid cricket fan, comes up with the book “Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer”, which is a story that

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019TACKLING ISSUES OF MISOGYNY AND HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH FICTION

Author Interview: Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi's underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. She has recently come out with the book “You Beneath Your Skin”, which tackles

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019BLENDING SCI-FI, FANTASY, WUXIA AND SPIRITUAL THEMES

Author Interview: Dwai Lahiri

Dwai Lahiri lives in Chicago, USA and is a software engineer for a Silicon Valley software company. An engineer by training, he likes to think of himself as a humble bridge between many disparate worlds- science and spirituality, art and technology, Eastern and Western cultures. He is a long time practitioner of the Daoist internal arts with a focus on Taijiquan. He has recently come out with the

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019NARRATIVE POETRY REPLETE WITH EVOCATIVE THEMES

Book Review: "Winter Poems" by Sabarna Roy

Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making the voices of the narrator and characters as well. Such poems can portray a multitude of themes, and like all poetry, have a profound influence on the imagination of the readers. The author Sabarna Roy comes up such a book “Winter Poems”, in which he employs the narrative style for the poems, and these poesies deal with imagina

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019RANDOM THOUGHTS AND INSIGHTFUL OPINIONS ARRANGED IN AN EXQUISITE BOUQUET!

Author Interview: Bill K Koul

Indian-Australian Bill K Koul is an engineering consultant by profession and a writer by passion. He lives in Perth, Australia. He is an APEC accredited engineer, and has also written for various newspapers and magazines in India and delivered lectures on Kashmir in Perth. He has recently come out with the book “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts”, which also features illustrations by Iranian-Australia

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019PEREGRINATIONS OF A NOT SO COMMON LIFE

Book Review: "The Life and Times of a Common Man" by Sanjay Chandra

Memoirs are liked by readers for they give them interesting insights and a general outlook about the lives of people they adore and would like to emulate. However, most of the times, readers are only interested in reading the memoirs of famous and influential people. But the lives of common men are also very interesting and their journeys inspiring, and books delving into such themes should be re

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019A THRILLER WRITER AT HEART

Author Interview: Kanchana Banerjee

Kanchana Banerjee lives in Gurgaon. She used to write for a plethora of publications and companies, now she is a full time author. When not writing, she enjoys gardening and playing with her dogs. She has recently come out with her second book “Nobody's Child”. In a candid conversation with Chirdeep Malhotra, she talks about her latest book, her writing journey, her favourite books and authors, a

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019A MELANGE OF PROSAIC AND POETIC MUSINGS

Book Review: "Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018" by Sabarna Roy

There are some books which contain the author’s sagacious thoughts and deep contemplations. These books which may be fictional or non-fictional truly provide a window into the writer’s heart, soul and mind. The author Sabarna Roy comes up with such a book “Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018”, which involves his ruminations about various true events in his life, and also fictional stories.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019SOARING HIGH, SPREADING HER LITTLE WINGS INTO THE SKY!

Featuring the young author Arundhati Nithiyanandhan

Arundhati Nithiyanandhan (Aru) is eight years old and lives in Bangalore, India. She loves telling new stories to her father while they both go for a walk in the evening. Aru and her father have taken this journey further and have successfully published 3 children storybooks which have included the imagination of a child and the professionalism of an adult. Aru creates her stories from her day to

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019SUCCINCT AND INFORMATIVE STORIES FROM THE FIELD OF LAW

Book Review: "Yours Legally" by Sonia Sahijwani

Though there are many books with policemen or policewomen being protagonists, and police procedurals are a big hit with fans of the crime genre, not much books have been written about the workings of the legal profession. There are courtroom dramas which portray lawyers fighting in courts, but not how lawyers prepare for their cases. The author Sonia Sahijwani comes up with one such book “Yours L

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019OF HEARTFELT WRITING ABOUT HUMAN EMOTIONS

Author Interview: Sanchita Bhattacharya

Sanchita Bhattacharya is a Political Analyst by profession. Born in pristine Arunachal Pradesh, she has spent most of her years in Delhi. She resides in Delhi-NCR. She works in the field of Political Islam in South Asia, and has extensively written on various socio-political facets of Pakistan. She has a Ph.D. degree from JNU. Besides writing, she is a travel enthusiast, movie buff and reader. Sh

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019INGENIOUS STORYTELLING AND COMPLEX MYSTERY COMBINE IN AN ENTHRALLING READ

Book Review: "Abyss" by Sabarna Roy

There are many genres in literature which have a small fan base, but the literary buffs whom these genres interest have a great craving to read more from these very genres. One such genre is that of contemporary fictional plays. Though theatrical performances and enactment of plays is liked by a lot of people, but reading contemporary plays doesn’t garner that much of enthusiasm. But a lot of gre

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019OF ECLECTIC WRITING ABOUT CORPORATE NIRVANA

Author Interview: Runjhun Noopur

Runjhun Noopur is an ex-corporate lawyer, a bestselling author, a dancer, speaker, happiness coach and an entrepreneur. Her pieces have been widely published by various national and international publications including the Huffington Post, the Times of India, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her debut Nirvana in a Corporate Suit, a wacky book on finding happiness, has been garnering rave reviews fr

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019A DIDACTIC BOOK ABOUT EVOLVING YOUR BUDDHA

Book Review: "Maker of your Life" by Vipul Bhartiya

There are various self-help books and books on mastering one’s life which delve into the solutions for day to day problems and challenges, and help us evolve into a better person. The author Vipul Bhartiya, who is an International Peak Performance Coach and Branding expert comes up with one such book “Maker of your Life- A complete package to become your own master”, which forays into how one can

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019WRITING TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT WILDLIFE PROTECTION

Author Interview: Deepak Arora

Deepak Arora is an Electronic media professional who has ventured into screenplays about wildlife, and won accolades for this. He is also a writer by passion. He has recently come out with the book “Wild World”. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks about his latest book, his writing journey, his favourite books and authors, and much more.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019WRITING TALES FROM THE LEGAL DOMAIN

Author Interview: Sonia Sahijwani Saini

Sonia Sahijwani Saini is a law graduate from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. She is working as Assistant Manager Law in a Maharatna Public Sector enterprise at its Marketing Office at Chandigarh. Her debut novel ‘Yours Legally- A collection of short stories’ has recently been published by becomeshakespeare.com. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, she talks about her latest book, her

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019ON WRITING A ROM-COM TOUCHING ON SOCIAL ISSUES

Author Interview: Sahil Rajput

Sahil Rajput has been born and brought up in Jammu and Kashmir. A computer engineer by profession, he is also a passionate novelist. He has recently come out with the novel “It’s my Girlfriend’s Wedding”, which is a story of two youth and their struggle against the orthodox rituals which are engulfing our nation nowadays. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks about his latest book, hi

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019ON WRITING WHICH FORAYS INTO THE REALMS OF EMOTIONS AND SPIRITUALITY

Author Interview: Farzana Sarup

Farzana Sarup is an author who enjoys writing for both children and adults. She has been a teacher for ten years and believes that writing is a beautiful medium to express oneself. After completing her schooling at Bombay Scottish, she graduated in Physiology and Sociology from Mumbai University. Her first book “Who am I?” is a children's book which was published in 2002 by Bright Sparks, Tata In

 

Friday, September 6, 2019FOR HER, WRITING FICTION MEANS REFLECTING ON LIFE AND LOVE

Author Interview: Farah Naqvi

Dr. Farah Naqvi is an academician, corporate trainer and HRD consultant associated with many MNCs and institutions in the field of academics, behavioural training, consulting and research. She has worked with premier institutes like IIM Ahmedabad, IBA Bangalore, Centre for Organization Development Hyderabad and ICFAI Hyderabad. She has recently come out with the fictional book “The Light in Black

 

Friday, September 6, 2019A SELF-HELP BOOK FOR EMPOWERING THE INNER SELF

Book Review: "It's up to You" by Anju Dhawan

There are many self-help books nowadays which describe how to transform our inner selves, surround ourselves with happiness and achieve work-life balance. However, very few of the self-help books deal with problems of the teenagers and youngsters, and their solutions. The author Anju Dhawan comes up with the book “It’s up to You”, which is a book to empower youngsters and teenagers, and will help

 

Friday, September 6, 2019ON GENDER NORMS, WRITING CRIME THRILLERS AND THE MOVIE “PINK”

Author Interview: Anandajit Goswami

Anandajit Goswami is a social scientist and has got a Masters in International Trade and Economics from JNU with a specialization in Development Economics, Advanced Trade Theories, Labour Economics, Resource Economics, Environmental Economics and Investment Finance. He has a PhD in Energy Economics and Policy from TERI School of Advanced Studies. He has led South-South Cooperation projects by bei

 

Thursday, September 5, 2019The longlist of the 2019 JCB Prize for Literature announced: Include these selected novels on your reading list

Image via JCB Prize for Literature

The longlist for this year's JCB Prize for Literature has been announced on Wednesday, September 4. Awarded each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer, this year is the second edition of the prize.

Launched last year, the prize aims “to enhance the prestige of literary achievement in India, and to create greater visibility for contemporary Indian writing. It has a particu

 

Friday, August 16, 2019EVOKING THE ESSENCE OF CRICKET LOVE THROUGH FICTION

Author Interview: T. Sathish

T. Sathish lives in Chennai, is an IIM Calcutta alumnus and works in Cognizant Technology Solutions. He is an avid sports fan and a writer. He has recently come out with the book “Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer”. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks about his latest book, his writing journey, his favourite books and authors, and much more.


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Friday, August 16, 2019A LOVE STORY WITH AN EMOTIONAL VERVE

Book Review: "Loveswept" by Prasupta Roy

What do readers look for in books of the romance genre? Probably it is the melange of emotions that these stories elicit, the twists and turns in the plot, the nuances of the central love story, the lover’s besottedness for each other and the captivating dialogues which make for a good read. The author Prasupta Roy comes up with the book “Loveswept”, which has all of these elements.

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