Books and Authors

Tuesday, September 22, 2020FOR THE LOVE OF TEA (AND WRITING)

Author Interview: Murad Jawed

Murad Jawed is a management graduate and works as a financial risk consultant. He is also an accomplished artist and a serious blogger. He has recently come out with the book “A Tea-Stall by the Side of the Road”, a collection of short stories based on real life incidences. A self confessed tea addict, the title of his book is a tribute to his favourite indulgence. He has written short stories ac

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020A TALE HAVING ELEMENTS OF THRILL, EMOTIONS AND ROMANCE

Book Review: "Kismet or Karma - Unleash the Mystery" by Pooja Agrawal

Does everything in our lives depend on fate and destiny, or does luck play a role? The author Pooja Agrawal has come out with the book “Kismet or Karma- Unleash the Mystery”, which forays into the facet that whether fate or actions drive the topsy-turvy lives of the book’s characters.

The storyline follows four protagonists – Ansh, Maaya, Rohan and Trisha, whose tales are intertwined with each

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020ON WEAVING STORIES ABOUT HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Neelam Saxena Chandra

Neelam Saxena Chandra works as Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Pune. She is an Engineering graduate from VNIT and has done her Post Graduation Diploma in IM & HRD, and also in Finance. She is a bilingual writer; writing in English and Hindi, and has authored 4 novels, 1 novella and 6 short story collections, 32 poetry collections and 13 children’s books. She has recently come out with the

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020A BOOK INTERTWINING PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE ON HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AND SCI-FI

Book Review: "Within the Cocoon of Love" by Meena Mishra and Vishwas Vaidya

Many few books foray into mixing different genres in the same narrative, and those which do so delve into related genres. The author duo of Neena Mishra and Vishwas Vaidya has come out with the book “Within the Cocoon of Love”, which is a fictional discourse on human relationships intertwined with Science fiction. The book also delves into elements of criminology, psychology and Artificial intell

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020ON WRITING WITH A REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE

Author Interview: Pooja Agrawal

Pooja Agrawal has written and published four books. The love for books has made her an avid reader, and the love of reading worthwhile stuff inspired her to write. She believes that her journey as an author has just begun and she is trying to put her sincere efforts in writing meaningful content for the readers. She has ambitious plans to write diversified content falling in different genres. Her

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020ECLECTIC STORIES ON HEARTFELT THEMES

Book Review: "Lines of Fate: First Love and other stories" by Neelam Saxena Chandra

Stories on the themes of love and human emotions interest readers for their novelty and sanguine feelings, even though such themes have been talked and written about since days of yore. The author Neelam Saxena Chandra, who has a distinguished oeuvre which includes novels, short story collections, novellas, and poetry collections, has come out with a short story collection “Lines of Fate: First L

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020ON WRITING ABOUT OBSERVATIONS WHICH ARE ARCANE, YET PROFOUND

Author Interview: Kosha Shah Chandaria

Kosha Shah Chandaria has done her schooling, B. Com and MBA from Jamnagar. She is an eloquent and vigilant writer, along with being a voracious and ardent reader. She is but a scribbler at heart; she did content writing, advertising and corporate communication, delivering presentations at various renowned companies at the start of her career. She voices her feelings and experiences in words, afte

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020WITH HIS WRITINGS, THIS AUTHOR IS SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF LIVING WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE

Author Interview: Ankit Jhamb

Ankit Jhamb holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Psychology. He is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki practitioner, a Wellness coach, and Neuro Linguistic Programming and MBTI Practitioner. His comprehensive approach to human behaviour mixes psychology, neuroscience, spirituality and Ayurveda. He believes in looking at life from a holistic point of view. He has recently come out with th

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a memoir of Yuvraj Singh, to a non-fiction presenting an incisive analysis of contemporary Indian politics, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

LITERARY FICTION

“Bhaunri: A Novel” by Anukrti Upadhyay

The two books “Bhaunri: A Novel” and “Daura: A Novel” by Anukrti Upadhyay have been described as mini-literary fiction. This book depicts the story of Bhaunri who is married, as is the custom in her tribe of nomadic blacksmiths, when she is still a child. When she is finally sent away to her husband's home as a young woman, she finds h

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020ON VIGNETTES AND LUCID WRITING SLICES SERVED ON A DIVERSE PLATTER

Author Interview: Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta lives in New Delhi. She has been a senior teacher of English in reputed schools for 20 years and an Instructional Designer for training and e-learning in the corporate sector for nine years. Through the years, she has also executed a large volume of technical editing and curriculum development assignments and conducted training workshops in technical writing. After an academic and pro

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From an anthology featuring writings by British Muslim women, to a non-fiction delving into the riveting history of Jammu and Kashmir along with the contemporary developments, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

HISTORICAL FICTION

“The Yellow Bird Sings” by Jennifer Rosner

This book by Jennifer Rosner is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.
The book is set in Poland in 1941. The story follows Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, who spend day and night hidden

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020ON WRITING A NOVEL ABOUT PURE, INNOCENT LOVE

Author Interview: Nupur Luthra

Nupur Luthra was born in Gwalior, brought up in Pune, and is presently residing in Delhi. By profession she is an editor, but her love for writing knows no bounds. Nupur has several years of experience in writing and has continued to entertain her readers with several books. She has recently come out with her 4th book “Our Love That Fell Apart”, which is an innocent love story. The book is waitin

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020A RIVETING MYSTERY-THRILLER WITH ELEMENTS OF INDIAN MYTHOLOGY AND MYSTICISM

Book Review: "Dharma: A Rekha Rao Mystery" by Vee Kumari

Many Mystery-Thrillers being published nowadays are potboilers, which are liked by readers for their entertainment quotient, and rightly so. However, some readers also want something more from the books that they read – the book’s narrative to have elements of academic craftiness and deft research, with the entertainment quotient not being diluted. The author Vee Kumari has come out with her debu

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020ON WRITING ABOUT LOVE, HOPE AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Anush Ravindranathan

Anush Ravindranathan is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and is presently settled in the small town of Pandalam. He was born in Madhya Pradesh and moved to Kerala after schooling. He is a storyteller who likes to tell stories of human relationships, and has a critical outlook towards the divisiveness in our society. He has recently come out with the book “Samsara: Reflections of a Lif

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020A SCI-FI THRILLER WITH HEURISTIC DIMENSIONS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Book Review: "Lucy meets Artificial Intelligence" by Anandajit Goswami and Debashis Chakraborty

Artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. With increasing mechanisation and technological advancements, this term has become a part of the general parlance nowadays. The term is also used in the context of job losses due to automation. The author Anandajit Goswami’

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020OF MYSTERY THRILLERS AND SETTINGS OF THE INDIAN CULTURAL MILIEU

Author Interview: Vee Kumari

Vee Kumari lives in Burbank, USA. She grew up in the south of India. She has a doctorate in Anatomy and was a faculty member at the UC Davis Medical Center and the Keck School of Medicine. Teaching neuroanatomy to medical students, she also published many scientific papers and continued to read contemporary mystery fiction. She has recently come out with the book “Dharma: A Rekha Rao Mystery”, wh

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020IN THIS BOOK, AN AMALGAMATION OF CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUAL WISDOM

Book Review: "When the Soul Heals: Explorations in Spiritual Psychology" by Pulkit Sharma

A lot of self-help books delve only into the modern, western perspective of psychotherapy and spirituality to guide readers. However, a very few of them include elements of ancient and traditional schools of psychology. The author Pulkit Sharma, who is a clinical psychologist and a spiritual counsellor, and has worked as a mental health consultant and research head with several organizations, has

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020(CAKE)WALKS IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND PUBLISHING

Author Interview: Ruchi Prabhu

Ruchi Prabhu has been born and brought up in Mumbai. She has completed MBA (Finance), and B.com (Banking & Insurance). She has completed her schooling from Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane and is currently working with an MNC based out in Powai, Mumbai. She has also done SPSS course from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has contributed extensively to the world of Banking & Finance with

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020WHEN URBAN FICTION MEETS A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Author Interview: Debarshi Kanjilal

Debarshi Kanjilal is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore, India. He is an accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped adult learning content strategy for some of the most reputable organizations in the world. He has recently come out with his debut novella, “Based on Lies”, a gripping psychological thriller. He is currently in post-production of his second

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020TELECOM FANTASY IN THE AMAZING WORLD OF ELECTON

Book Review: "Rhythm Roger – The Secrets Of Electon" by Himanshu Rai

Sci-fi, Time Travel, Fantasy Fiction! These are words that we mostly associate with foreign authors. However, Indian authors have also been foraying into amazing sci-fi writing recently. The author Himanshu Rai, who has previously delved into the genres of Romance and Fiction, has forayed into the sci-fi genre with the book “Rhythm Roger: The Secrets Of Electon”. The book has been touted as proba

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020BEING ONE’S OWN COACH WITH EMOTIONAL BALANCING DONE RIGHT

Author Interview: Pratibha Tiwari

Pratibha Tiwari lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has done Masters in Computer Application, followed by an M.Phil and has professional industrial and institutional experience. The founder of ‘Design Super Destiny Consultancy’, she is a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Life and Success Coach, Hypnotherapist, Career Counsellor and Healer. She is a ToastMaster and author too. She has r

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION BASED ON THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION

Author Interview: Anuradha Singh

Anuradha Singh is working in the field of academics from past 19 years. She has worked in various schools across India as an English Language facilitator. As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. She loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself the new age gypsy. She is a published author of three b

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN LITERARY PURSUITS AND AN ENGINEERING CAREER

Author Interview: Vishwas Vaidya

Vishwas Vaidya is your friendly neighbourhood poet born and bred in Pune. He did his Master’s Degree in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. Having worked in various corporates including Tata Motors, he has now switched over to freelance engineering consultant focussing on technology and innovation as well as industry guest faculty for post graduate engineering degree courses. His debut novel is “

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020A BOOK BRINGING THEMES OF SCI-FI AND SUSTAINABILITY TOGETHER

Book Review: "Lucy and the Train: Tryst With Sustainability" by Anandajit Goswami

Sustainability and Sustainable development is the need of the hour. With the environment and nature bearing the brunt of man’s greedy outlook and lifestyle based on conspicuous consumption, radical changes are needed to preserve the environment for our future generations. The book “Lucy and the Train: Tryst With Sustainability” by Anandajit Goswami is a sci-fi novel, which incorporates the messag

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020WORLD’S FIRST TELECOM FANTASY BOOK – GET READY TO VENTURE INTO THE WORLD OF ELECTON

Author Interview: Himanshu Rai

Himanshu Rai is a telecom professional with a passion for storytelling. He lives in Noida with his wife and son. He loves writing and tries to bring real locations and themes into his stories, enabling the readers to visualize what he writes. He has recently come out with the book “Rhythm Roger – The Secrets of Electon”, which is probably the world’s first Telecom Fantasy book. The book is gettin

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020OF THE RED FORT AND THE MULTI-FACETED MUGHAL CULTURE

Book Review: "Red Fort – Remembering the Magnificent Mughals" by Debasish Das

The Red Fort has been the glory of the Mughal Empire, and the Britishers knew that to be seen as controlling India, they had to have control of Delhi and the Red Fort. Even now, the Red Fort is an epitome of Indian civilizational ethos and vibrant culture, and the Prime Minister gives the Independence Day speech from the ramparts of this fort. The author Debasish Das has come out with the book “R

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020Know more about the Books shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

The six shortlisted books for International Booker Prize 2020

The judges of the 2020 International Booker Prize announced the six shortlisted books for the prize, digitally on 2 April. The International Booker Prize celebrates the finest translated fiction from around the world. This year’s shortlist features six titles translated from five languages: Spanish, German, Dutch, Farsi and Japanese. The shortlisted authors hail from six countries and their books

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020 LONGLIST

The books longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

This special edition of the Books and Authors section of The News Now is dedicated to the books featured in the Longlist and Shortlist of International Booker Prize 2020. These are the books that have been longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020.



1.) Red Dog by Willem Anker, translated by Michiel Heyns from Afrikaans (Pushkin Press)

2.) The Enlightenment of the Greengage T

 

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