Books and Authors

Tuesday, October 26, 2021IIT Mandi launches Shefali Arora's latest release 'Dare. Dream. Travel.'

One of the newest and prominent campuses of IIT established by the Government of India, IIT Mandi launched engineer-cum-critically acclaimed author Shefali Arora's book “Dare. Dream. Travel.”

The virtual event was hosted by The Lit Council, the literary club of IIT Mandi, in association with Literia Insight in an Instagram Live Session on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi. The event was

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021‘The Lit Talks’, a venture of Literia Insight invites author Jyoti Jha as an esteemed guest

Whether one is a budding bibliophile or one is neck-deep in the literary world, Lit Talks are definitely for literature lovers. Keeping this aim and enthusiasm in mind, ‘The Lit Talks’, a venture of Literia Insight gets up close with various experts from different domains to share their experience and expertise. The Talk Show is all about the spirit of celebrating literature, discussions and dial

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021Oxford Bookstore launches Jyoti Jha’s book ‘The Realms of Human Emotions’

One of the pioneers who paved way for engaging intellectual activity and providing a state-of-the-art ‘base-camp for journeys of the mind’ to the book lovers, Oxford Bookstore has been serving millions of happy customers for nearly 100 years. The only bookstore in the country to curate multiple literary festivals, Oxford Bookstore offers both writers and readers an enhanced experience in the worl

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021ON INTERTWINING HISTORICAL FICTION WITH A THRILLER NARRATIVE

Author Interview: S. Venkatesh

S.Venkatesh is an author, speaker, business leader and investor. As a private equity investor, business leader and Board member, he has helped businesses grow, innovate, scale up and create value. He has been keenly interested in Eastern philosophy and mysticism right from his college days at IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta. He is passionate about self-discovery and the power of stories to inspire and

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS AUTUMN

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Blackboard and Beyond”, edited by Dr. Sanam Vaseem Shaikh

(Format: Paperback | Publisher: The Impish Lass Publishing House)

This inspiriting book consists of a collection of writings which describe the experiences of various authors of being students as well as teachers. The anthology contains myriad insights on learning, and how we can make our schools more equitable and inclusive. Thr

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021ON WRITING POEMS ON THE THEMES OF LOVE AND NATURE

Author Interview: Piyali Mitra

Piyali Mitra is a doctoral researcher in Philosophy and Bioethics and an alumnus of Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. Poetry writing recharges her mind and engages her imagination, and she has been thoroughly inspired by Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver. Her works have been published in literary journals and magazines. She has recently come out with the poetry book “Of The Heart and So

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Night Won’t Wait” by Kaustabh Kashyap

(Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 120 INR)

This book is a collection of contemporary poems that deliberate on various issues that have ensued due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both in India and globally. The themes of the poems are universal in the sense that they raise fundamental questions about our entire species, taking the pandemic as a

 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021ON WRITING SHORT STORIES ANALYZING DIFFERENT SOCIAL MILIEUS

Author Interview: Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta has worked as a senior teacher of English in reputed schools, and as an editor and Instructional Designer for leading tech companies. She is a keen observer of life and loves to voice her experiences in writing. She has written a novel, “Skeins”, about a group of women on a trip to Spain and Portugal, and a collection of short stories, “Slices of Life”, which captures human emotions i

 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021THIS BREEZY READ IS A HILARIOUS TAKE ON THE PANDEMIC LIFE

Book Review: "What The Pandemic Learned From Me" by Anindita Das

What did most of the people do to beat the pandemic blues? Cooped up in their homes, they took part in pandemic trends, watched shows on Netflix, all the while motivating themselves to come out of the coronavirus-induced slump. Anindita Das, who is an advertising creative director, did all these things too. But she also decided to write about this, adding a dash of humour to it. She wrote the boo

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021ON WRITING A FICTION ABOUT CAREGIVERS AND ELDERLY PARENTS

Author Interview: Poonam A. Chawla

Poonam A. Chawla was born and raised in Mumbai where she worked for five years as a copywriter before she moved to the United States. After pen pushing in the corporate arena for two decades, she quit her day job to focus on her writing. Deeply interested in women’s issues, she draws inspiration for her fiction from her extensive life experience, and a sound education in Psychology and Family Cul

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021ON WRITING POEMS ON LOVE, ART AND THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Author Interview: Sanah Singh

Sanah Singh is a marketing manager in a leading FMCG organisation. She has pursued an MBA in marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai. She writes and performs poetry, and has done Open Mic poetry at Prithvi Theatre and The Hive, Mumbai. She is certified in Arhatic Yoga and defines herself as curiously spiritual, which is reflected in her poetry as well. She has recently come out with her poetry book, “A Vibr

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021MELLIFLUOUS POETRY ON THE THEMES OF NATURE AND LOVE

Book Review: "Of The Heart and Soul: A Mellifluous Whisper" by Piyali Mitra

Many poetry books have poems dealing with descriptions of the natural world and love, in which the authors use imagery, memoir and lyrical expressions to paint vivid pictures on their poetic canvas. The author Piyali Mitra has come out with such a poetry book “Of The Heart and Soul: A Mellifluous Whisper”, which forays into themes of love, nature and emotional meditations.

Some rhymed poems ar

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021ON WRITING A CONTEMPORARY FICTION SET WITHIN THE MERFOLK COMMUNITY

Author Interview: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan. He has written novels, children’s books, plays, self-help books, and non-fiction books covering issues in social justice, culture and law. He has recently come out with the book “Star-Crossed Lovers in the Blue”. In a candid chat with Chirdeep Malhotra, he talks about his latest book, his writing journey, hi

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “The ‘One’ Invisible Code” by Sharat Sharma

(Personal Transformation | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 400 INR)

Blurb: Every inspiring story has three things in common: A dreamer, his struggles, and his victory. This book is dedicated to the dreamer in you. It is a story of one such dreamer who is struggling, and how his mentor helps him to finally achieve victory. The book instils in th

 

Thursday, August 12, 2021BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a book offering a glimpse into the lesser-known side of West Indian identity, to a comprehensive history of Trans-Eurasian caravan trade and India’s role in it, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORICAL FICTION/ TRANSLATION

“The Cane-Cutter’s Song” by Raphaël Confiant, translated from the French by Vidya Vencatesan

In this novel, award-winning Martinican author Raphaël Confiant illuminates the lesserknown side of the West Indian identity, and captures the lives of the thousands of indentured labourers that crossed the ‘kaala paani’ at the height of British rule in India. When Ad

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021THIS NOVEL FORAYS INTO THE THEME OF PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY

Author Interview: Priya Sidharth Sethi

Priya Sidharth Sethi is a lawyer based out of New Delhi. She is a self-taught artist and a student of Hindustani Classical Music, and believes that creativity is not a quality, but a way of life. A mother of two boys and married to a lawyer, Priya is often seen juggling her roles as a lawyer, a mother and a writer. She has recently come out with her debut novel “Summons from the Creator”. In a ca

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Faith and the Beloved” by Kochery C Shibu

(Crime Thriller | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 117 INR)

This is a riveting crime thriller and presents a saga of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue and revenge. Written on the lines of international crime fiction, this novel has two parallel storylines which converge later. In the book’s narrative, Alice Cherozil, daughter of business woman Naith

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021ON DEVELOPING BETTER WORKPLACE ATTITUDES AND PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Vijay Sokhi

Vijay Sokhi is a business consultant who runs a consulting firm called Sharp Consulting and Implementing Company. He is a market entry strategist with specialization in FMCG, and has successfully championed the launch of various brands and helped in building businesses. He has recently come out with the book “Peoplonomics”, which explores workplace and corporate organizational culture. In a candi

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021A RIVETING CRIME THRILLER FORAYING INTO MULTITUDINOUS THEMES

Book Review: "Faith and the Beloved" by Kochery C Shibu

Many thriller books follow the trope in which parallel plots proceed in the novel’s narrative, and this definitely ups the thrill quotient of the book by a notch. The author Shibu C Kochery has come out with one such book “Faith and the Beloved”, in which parallel plots individually proceed and then coalesce to further the novel’s gripping narrative.

Like the author’s debut novel “Men and Drea

 

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