Books and Authors

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 WRITING ENGAGING DETECTIVE THRILLERS

Author Interview - Saumya Chaki

Saumya Chaki works as a Solutioning Leader in a global technology consulting firm by day, and an author by night. He holds a Masters in Technology from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. He has authored two non-fiction books “Enterprise Information Management in Practice” and “A Journey through 100 Years of Indian Cinema”. He has forayed into fiction with his book “Baptism by Fire”. He is also a frequent speaker

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018AN INTRIGUING CRIME THRILLER, AGAINST A BACKDROP OF INDO-PAK GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS

Book Review: 'Unforeseen' by Chandan Sen Gupta

India, along with many other developing countries, is becoming a growing hub for medical tourism, and a lot of foreign nationals come to our country for high quality and low cost medical treatment. Though visa hassles in such situations are quite common (though the Foreign ministry is doing commendable work in this regard, with facilities of visas on arrival and expediting the visa process on hum

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018AN AUTHOR DARING TO SOAR

Author Interview - Anuradha Prasad

Anuradha Prasad is a feature writer, artist and a model. She has done her PhD in English literature from Mumbai University and has had the privilege of working with the best publications in the country. She has published thousands of articles with top magazines and newspapers, and was featured on the cover of Times West-Side Plus. Her passion is writing and she has come out with the book “Coming

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018AN EVOCATIVE PORTRAIT OF KASHMIR’S SYNCRETISM

Book Review: 'Echoes from the valley' by Vinay Capila

Many contemporary fictions which deal with the Kashmir issue have been written in the recent years, and these describe the situation in Kashmir during the insurgency, the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits, and the lives of the Kashmiri people- both the Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims during the post-insurgency years. The author Vinay Capila comes up with such a book “Echoes from the Valley”, with a pre

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018A HOLISTIC HEALTH EXPERT BUSTING SOME COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

Author Interview - Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta is a mind-body wellness coach and holistic weight loss specialist. Her background in Psychology gives her a unique insight into how dieting or exercise will not help anyone lose weight unless, their mind, too, is looked after. She has come up with the book “The Body Nirvana: More than just a weight-loss Book”, published by Harper Collins. She also writes articles on holistic health a

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018AN EXQUISITE BOOK ON SELF-EMPOWERMENT AND SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT

Book Review: 'Infinity' by Minal Arora

A lot of books on the themes of the quest for the inner self and about the path and journey for realising the inner consciousness have been written, but the premise of these stories remain arcane to most readers. The author Minal Arora, a Serenity Surrender therapist, comes up with the book “Infinity”, which contains practical techniques and simple advice to connect with one’s higher self and liv

 

Monday, September 24, 2018ADVOCATING THE PATH FOR A GREEN ECONOMY

Book Review : 'Survive or Sink' by Naina Lal Kidwai

The issue of climate change and environmental pollution is a global challenge. The global community has come to realise this, which can be gauged by the signing of the historic Paris climate change agreement; and many governments worldwide are also pursuing initiatives and schemes for tackling these issues, India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) being an example. However, the US has withdrawn from t

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018A CORPORATE MOGUL WITH AN IMPRESSIVE LITERARY OEUVRE

Author Interview - Mainak Dhar


Mainak Dhar is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and has spent more than two decades in the corporate sector. After 15 years abroad, he moved back to India in 2014 as the Managing Director & CEO of the India operations of a leading multinational firm. A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, he ios also the author of over a dozen books, some of which include the Alice in Deadland

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018A POLYGLOT AUTHOR WRITING INTENSE STORIES

Author Interview - Ishita Deshmukh

Ishita Deshmukh is a multi-tasking marketing professional who currently runs a small home business in Singapore and helps with her family business back home at Puducherry. She is, in many ways, a mascot for national integration. Born to Bengali and Gujarati parents, she grew up on a steady diet of Tamil culture and French literature (in the lovely town of Puducherry), and is married to a Telegu b

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018A RIVETING MYSTERY READ ABOUT AN ARCANE SCULPTURE

Book Review: ' The secret of the sculptures' by Monika Thakur

The theme of mysterious sculptures stolen from the museums, and of suave detectives following the trails of the mystery is an often depicted topic in movies and television shows. However, this theme hasn’t been explored much in books and novellas. The author Monika Thakur comes up with the book “The secret of the sculptures”, which is an occult fiction dealing with the supernatural mystique and m

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 FORAYING INTO THE AUTHOR’S TERRAIN, FROM INDIA TO BAHRAIN

Author Interview - Chandan Sen Gupta

Chandan Sen Gupta lives in Bahrain and works in the construction business. Born in Bhilai, India, he has a degree in Civil engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He is the author of two books. His first novel, “Land of Two Seas”, is a thriller based in Bahrain. His latest book is “Unforeseen: A battle for his daughter’s life”. He has also got the Best of Bahrain award in 2012 for his stor

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018AN EXQUISITE MELANGE OF ELOQUENT POETRY

Book Review: Leisure by Sanchari Das

“Poetry of words is the rhythmical creation of beauty”, Edgar Allan Poe once said. Poetry is indeed music of the soul. With the advent of the recent phenomenon of Instapoetry and poetry becoming more accessible on social media, this creative medium is finding new takers. However, poets writing conventional poetry are also experimenting with new trends. Sanchari Das comes up with such a poetry boo

 

Sunday, September 2, 2018A STUNNING AND INTENSE CRIME THRILLER

Book Review: : '13 lives and a heart' by Naveen Dagar

The genre of crime thrillers is an interesting and exciting one, as the fusion of the criminal renderings, the psychological reasons behind the crime, and the quest of catching the criminal is a riveting and action-packed cruise for the reader. However, many of the crime thrillers being published nowadays are bringing nothing new to the narrative. The author Naveen Dagar comes up with the book “1

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018WRITING PROFOUNDLY ABOUT THE HUMAN SPIRIT OF ENDURANCE

Author Interview - Jamal Merchant

Jamal Merchant lives in London, UK where he is settled since 1972 and from where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Born in Mumbai, India, he was brought up in Tanzania to where his parents migrated in 1952. From his school days, he enjoyed writing which earned him the highest distinction in English language in his Cambridge exams. Over the years, he has had a varied career path and he has a

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018A SOCIO-POLITICAL READ CENTRED ON THE CURRENT POLITICAL MILIEU

Book Review: Riding a Tiger by Vinay Capila

The political spectrum has a lot of ideologies catering to various political vote banks, and these include left-wing, centre, right-wing, centre-left and centre-right ideologies. Nowadays, the world is seeing the emergence of right-wing extremism. In western countries, this is due to rising immigration and xenophobia. India too, according to many centrist intellectuals, is also seething under rig

 

Sunday, August 26, 2018BOOK REVIEW: A BOOK WITH CHILLING AND INTENSE NARRATIVE

Book: The tree with a thousand apples Author: Sanchit Gupta






Insurgency In Kashmir, proxy-war initiated by Pakistan, terrorist incursions from the border, the attack of Kalashnikovs over Kashmir’s peace and serenity, the Kashmiri Pandit exodus, and the ripples that all this created in the syncretic and cohesive Kashmiri society has been a favourite plot line for authors, with many fictional accounts written about it. The author Sanchit Gupta come

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 WEAVING STRONG CHARACTERS WITH DEFT NARRATIVES IN HER EVOCATIVE OEUVRE

Author Interview II Kamini Kusum


Kamini Kusum is an author who lives in Delhi with her family. She has done her post graduation in management and has worked for several years in the corporate sector. She has authored two books- the first one is “Secrets, Sins and Struggles” which contains short stories about women struggles in a patriarchal society, and the other book in her oeuvre is “A New Dawn”, which is a love story. In a

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018BOOK REVIEW: A SIMPLE STORY DELVING INTO COMPLEX CONTEMPORARY LOVE ISSUES

Book: Lovestruck Author: Prasupta Roy


The India of the 21st century is a different India. The present tech-savvy generation has a lot more to experiment in relationships than the previous generation. Apart from conventional marriages, youngsters today are experimenting with monoamorous live-in relationships, polyamory, and also with different distinct and overlapping sexualities. However, the problems for them are not much differen

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018BOOK REVIEW: AN EXUBERANT TRAVEL MEMOIR

Book: Travels in a Dervish Cloak Author: Isambard Wilkinson


Since 9/11, there have been books about radical Islam, the identity of Taliban, and the geo-political alliances of Pakistan. But not much books have been written about the ground reality prevailing in the country. The author Isambard Wilkinson comes up with such a book “Travels in a Dervish Cloak”, which is a memoir in which he navigates Pakistan’s inner pockets and describes the country in all

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018Author Geetika Kohli represents Jammu in LitExperia, New Delhi

Jammu: Geetika Kohli, an internationally acclaimed writer from Jammu, represented the state as a speaker in ‘LitExperia’, a meta-language disquisition event at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Geetika presented a didactic paper on meta-language in English poetry before esteemed literati consisting of educationists, writers, publishers and scholars including Dr. Santosh Bakaya, Dr. Nandin

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018ELUCIDATING TAROT AS A HEALING MODALITY

Author Interview: Dr. Shivani Khetan

Dr. Shivani Khetan is an artist, mentor, energy healing holistic worker and writer. Her wisdom touches many people, especially students, with her mentoring through Being Humane and as an Associate Director for Zoroastrian College, Delhi. She encourages people to use Numerology, Tarot Cards, Reiki, Theta & Crystals healing, Graphology, Art Therapy Meditation combined with Aromatherapy and water he

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018AN INFORMATIVE TREATISE ON INDIAN AND CHINESE HERBS

Book: Asian Herbs Author: Sudhir Ahluwalia



Nowadays, a lot of interest has been generated in herbs in general and herbal medicine in particular. Herbal medicines, Herbal beauty care, and Herbal food- anything Herbal is in fashion and people like to use these products due to the belief that herbal solutions have little to no side effects. However, there are also debates on efficacy of herbal products. So, a lot of research is going on

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018A COSMOPOLITAN TALE STRADDLING DIFFERENT ERAS AND CULTURES

Book: Harp Author: Nidhi Dalmia


A romantic read that delves into a better and mature understanding of love, duty, obligations and compassion; that too foraying into a different era and culture seems very interesting. The author Nidhi Dalmia comes up with such a book “Harp”, which is a romantic love story which depicts the lives and loves of three protagonists in the zeitgeist and idealism of the 1960s, straddling the American

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018WITH A REMARKABLE LITERARY OEUVRE HAVING CONTEMPORARY OVERTONES

Author Interview - Vinay Capila

Vinay Capila was born in 1943, and spent his childhood in Delhi, graduating from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, in English Honours in 1964. The euphoria and idealism of an independent India has been part of his embedded psyche. He has worked in various jobs in marketing and administration and as Trade Counsellor in the Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi. Being an author of many published books, and h

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018A VIVID FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF INSURGENCY IN KASHMIR

Book Review: 'The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky' by Manan Kapoor

Many fictional stories that foray into the insurgency years in Kashmir, and how it affected the lives of the common people have been written, but these are mostly by Kashmiri authors. But nowadays many Non-Kashmiri authors are also delving into this genre. One such author, Manan Kapoor comes up with the book “The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky”, which is set in the backdrop of the armed insurgency

 

Monday, August 6, 2018A STUNNING, ACTION-PACKED CRIME THRILLER

Book: Murder in Paharganj Author: Kulpreet Yadav




Crime thrillers are liked by readers for their suspense quotient and the intrigue that writers weave into the narrative which makes the readers gasp when subtle points of the mystery are revealed. The author Kulpreet Yadav comes up with such a book “Murder in Paharganj”, which is a compelling crime-thriller.
The storyline follows the journalist-cum-detective Vicks Menon on a trail of solvi

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018CAPERING VIVIDLY INTO THE EXQUISITE FANTASY WORLD OF GENIES

Author Interview - Durriya Kapasi

Durriya Kapasi is an author from Udaipur, who teaches creative writing at school. She is also a cancer survivor, a motivational speaker and an ambassador at wattpad.com. She has come out with the book “Once upon a genie”, in which she has delved into the exciting and entertaining fantasy genre and it has been very much appreciated by fantasy lovers. In her writings, she tries to mystify secrets o

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018A ROLLICKING AND EFFICACIOUS BOOK ON WEIGHT LOSS AND HOLISTIC HEALTH

Book Review : The Body Nirvana by Garima

Many self-help books about weight loss are being published, as obesity is a growing problem worldwide, but many of them treat the weight gain issue individually and not in toto with other weight gain and psychological issues. The author Garima comes up with the book “The Body Nirvana”, which details a simple action plan about achieving weight loss and good health, and also incorporates how to dea

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018A SUMPTUOUS FANTASY THRILLER

Book: The Dream Keepers Author: Z. Oko

Fantasy books, which come mostly in series, are one of the most favourite genres of readers, and this can be gauged by the success of series like The Lord of The Rings, The Song of Ice and Fire and The Harry Potter series. The author Z. Oko comes up with such a book “The Dream Keepers”, which is a fantasy thriller and will appeal to readers of all ages.
The storyline follows the protagonist Mona

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018WHEN TRAVELLING IS HIS MON AMOUR, AND TRAVEL WRITING A BREEZY AFFAIR

Author Interview with Vasanth Gopalakrishnan

Vasanth Gopalakrishnan is a ‘biker and family man’, who, in his own words, loves gazing at endless vistas from mountain tops with a camera in tow, in his free time. Residing in Delhi, he works in a Multinational company and invests his free time in travelling to faraway places on his Bullet. He has come up with the book “Sojourn in Sub-zero” which details about his travel to Ladakh in winter. In