Books and Authors

Monday, August 8, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Alive!: Lifestyle Changes to Age-Proof Your Mind and Body” by Rachna Chhachhi

(Self Help Book| Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 154 INR)

BLURB: It's not about the years you live, it's about how much life you put in each year. We live longer than our ancestors did, thanks to modern medicine. Yet, building a society with a healthy life expectancy has become our greatest challenge.
In “Ali

 

Monday, August 1, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Rising Tiger” by Brad Thor

(Thriller | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 647 INR)

BLURB: This is book 21 in the Scot Harvath series. Deadly operative Scot Harvath faces down the country’s most powerful enemy in bestselling author Brad Thor’s new white-knuckle thriller. An unprecedented, potentially nation-ending threat has materialized on the world stage. Fearful of the global consequence

 

Monday, August 1, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “The Land of Nothing: A Tale of finding your Self-Worth” by Anushka Kapse

(Motivational Non-Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 225 INR)

BLURB: Why do even highly educated women fall into the clutches of self-doubt, suffocation, rejection, feeling of worthless?
"Thorns are given to a rose so that it can be protected, but a 'Rose' will remain a 'Rose' without thorns also. It doesn'

 

Monday, July 25, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS MONSOON

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “A Garage Sale of Lovelorn Things” by Shrutee Choudhary

(Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 199 INR)

BLURB: If you could spill your entire house out in the backyard, how many trinkets of memories would you really take back inside? Through poems, I’ve decided to let go of feelings that burden me, and objects associated with them. Through poems, I hope to clutter and heal, and to mak

 

Monday, July 18, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS SUMMER

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Des Vu” by Swapna Sanchita

(Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 140 INR)

BLURB: For a long time, poetry has been a personal thing for me, cathartic in its ability to lend voice to my thoughts. However there comes a time in every writer’s life when the need to have one’s work appreciated by others overcomes the reticence of their nature. With this book, I have reached the point wher

 

Monday, July 11, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS SUMMER

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Bombay Hangovers” by Rochelle Potkar

(Short Stories | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 274 INR)

BLURB: ‘There are superbly penned stories of struggle and survival, love and frustration, cultural conflicts and pitiable adjustments, family equations and social complications in this book. The range of topics Rochelle Potkar touches upon is remarkable. The absurdities, pathos, and miseries t

 

Monday, June 27, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Bitter Orange Tree” by Jokha Alharthi, translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth

(Fiction | Format: Hardcover/Kindle | MRP: 442 INR)

BLURB: Zuhur, an Omani student at a British university, is caught between the past and the present. As she attempts to form friendships and assimilate in Britain, she can’t help but ruminate on the relationships that have been central to her life. Most p

 

Monday, June 20, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “How China Sees India and the World” by Shyam Saran

(Non-Fiction | Format: Hardcover/Kindle | MRP: 642 INR)

BLURB: In this magisterial book, acclaimed diplomat Shyam Saran (arguably the country’s greatest expert on China) writes the most authoritative account of the India-China relationship and how China perceives our country. Saran starts his story with the rise and fall of Buddhism and

 

Monday, June 20, 2022THIS NUANCED FICTION EXPLORES THE INTRICATE WEB OF RELATIONSHIPS

Author Interview: Deepak Kripal

Deepak Kripal is a practicing doctor who has deeply studied subjects like Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology that have hugely influenced the stories and thoughts he chooses to tell. He credits his love for stories to the bedtime stories told to the imaginative child in him by his late grandfather. He likes to experiment in his writing, but also to stay true to real life issues that concern huma

 

Monday, June 13, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Murdrum: The Probe Begins” by Dr. Sohil Makwana

(Crime Thriller | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 230 INR)

BLURB: A horrifying decapitated head. A CBI intern on an assignment finds mysterious 'Two Dots' from a cold case. Human DNA is extracted from a mosquito's stomach. "Why had Harold Shipman killed 250 women?" A question of criminal psychology enters the picture. Against the corrupt s

 

Monday, June 13, 2022A COLLECTION OF PERCEPTIVE SHORT STORIES

Book Review: "The Impish Lass – Part 2" by Meena Mishra

“The Impish Lass – Part 2” by Meena Mishra is a collection of short stories that foray into the adventures of TIL and other characters. The overarching theme of these stories revolves around human life and behaviour, and they have been written with an intricate detail to empathy and sensitivity.

The author, in the book’s introduction, says that after reading the story of TIL (The Impish Lass),

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022AMIDST THE GLOOMY PANDEMIC SITUATION, THIS BOOK INSPIRES HOPE

Author Interview: Mustafa Mun

Dr. Mustafa Mun is a clinical psychologist from Mumbai, India, and he is passionate about writing and understanding human behaviour. He pursues writing as a hobby along with managing his family business of manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, and he is also a clinical researcher. His passion for writing developed at a young age and since then he has always resorted to express his emotions, feeli

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022A SAGA OF LOVE, TRIALS, AND SELF-DISCOVERY IN THIS NOVEL

Author Interview: Nadya A.R.

Nadya A. R. is a lifelong learner, educationalist and humanitarian, apart from being a certified psychotherapist. She is also a motivational speaker, and has been conducting workshops and talks in Pakistan and Singapore. Her novel “Invisible Ties” was published in 2019, and got both critical and popular acclaim. The novel has been applauded for its unconventional and original storyline, and has a

 

Monday, June 6, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Chiseled World” by Neelam Saxena Chandra

(Short Stories| Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 249 INR)

BLURB: There are circumstances beyond our control that often make us feel helpless, vulnerable and marooned. The protagonists in the collection “The Chiseled World” are also victims of these situations and feel lost. However, following different paths, these characters also come face to

 

Monday, June 6, 2022ON WRITING ABOUT WHAT CREATES MYTHIC VALUE IN LUXURY

Author Interview: Dr. Mahul Brahma

Prof (Dr) Mahul Brahma is an author of six award-winning books. He is a Professor and Dean at Adamas University. Prof Brahma is also an actor and an avid golfer. He holds a PhD in Economics, a D.Litt in luxury and Communications and is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, St Xavier’s College, SSSUTMS, MICA, and University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He has recently come

 

Thursday, June 2, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Love Marriage” by Monica Ali

(Contemporary Fiction| Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 670 INR)

BLURB: Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family, a fledgling career in medicine, and a charming, handsome fiancé, fellow doctor Joe Sangster.
But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin's parents get to know Joe's firebrand feminist mother, both families must confront the

 

Thursday, June 2, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Mindful Wealth” by Mustafa Mun

(Self-help | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 162 INR)

BLURB: “Mindful Wealth” aims for a shift in our thinking. It talks about the subject of how we should perceive money, how we need to talk about it to attract more of it in our lives and how to live with gratitude so we are blessed with more than what we already have.



2) “The Optimist” by Mustafa

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022R K Mohapatra, GM/Finance, IRCON conferred Bhartiya Sahitya Ratna Award

CMA R K Mohapatra has authored a series of books on the topic of Financial Planning: Investment Risk & Growth, Mutual funds, and Retirement Planning.

Bhartiya Sahitya Ratna Award is the most promising award presented by the Global Scholars Foundation, recognizing an enormous writing contribution around the globe. Winners of the Awards exemplify the best of the best in the literary field and c

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022Book Review: “And In The End” - A voyage to a different dimension

Death is inescapable and every living being on the planet encounters its demise one day. Is death really the ultimate truth, or is it merely a pause before another journey ahead? No one knows. Even after considerable scientific research and interpretations based on faith, there has been no evidence about what lies beyond the final breath that life takes before meeting its end.

‘And in the End’

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Festivals - A Ray of Hope”, compiled by Lakshmi Valluri and Ravi Valluri

(Anthology | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 189 INR)

BLURB: This book has a compilation of 23 poems, 8 stories and 5 articles, written in English and Hindi language, by 23 authors. The stories, poems and articles revolve around celebrating festivals during the pandemic, but some also go beyond this initial scope.

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022THIS BOOK OF DRABBLES BRINGS OUT INTERESTING FACETS OF THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

Author Interview: Kajol Chourasia

Kajol Chourasia is a Chartered Accountant by profession, who has just started her corporate career with a multinational company. She is also a social media influencer on Instagram and a book reviewer. She is a dreamer and an achiever who believes in serving humanity and spreading happiness in this world. Life has been her biggest teacher. She has recently come out with her first book “The Drabble

 

Monday, March 7, 2022Happy Women’s Day: Books by Women Writers for you to read

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of books by women authors for you to pick up. The books that we have selected foray into diverse themes, are from women from different age groups (including a book of poems by a 5-year-old girl), and some are in Hindi and some in English. From fictional reads to mellifluous poems, these are our Women’s Day reading recommendations.

 

Monday, March 7, 2022THE THEME OF FEMINISM CONNECTS THE STORIES IN THIS ANTHOLOGY

Author Interview: Mohua Chinappa

Mohua Chinappa is a writer, voice-over artist and among the most sought-after podcasters in Bangalore. In The Mohua Show, Chinappa interviews artists, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are working to make their communities economically and socially stronger. Her popular blog by the same name (earlier MoodyMo) emphasizes brands that endorse gender equality, nostalgia, and arts and crafts of India

 

Monday, February 28, 2022ECLECTIC READING FROM DIFFERENT GENRES: BOOKS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR READING LIST

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “Rise: Extraordinary Women of Colour who Changed the World” by Maliha Abidi

(Feminist Theory | Format: Hardcover/Kindle)

BLURB: This book celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade marmalade business who went on to found Women’s World Banking, to the educator who built the first university in the world; and from the athle

 

Sunday, February 27, 2022ON WRITING A BOOK ON INDIA’S FIRST ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD

Author Interview: Debleena Majumdar

Debleena Majumdar has worked for over 20 years in leadership roles in Finance, Strategy, and Education across several global firms apart from co-founding Kahaniyah, a company to simplify strategy with data storytelling. Her business articles have been published in Economic Times, Economic Times Prime, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Your Story. She has also written plays that have been per

 

Sunday, February 27, 2022THIS BOOK FORAYS INTO THE THEME OF SUCCESS AND WHAT IT MEANS

Author Interview: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He has written thirty-two books, which include novels, children’s books, plays, self-help books and non-fiction books covering issues in social justice, culture and law. He is a British Chevening scholar and the recipient of an Honorary Citizenship Certificate from the Mayor of Tulsa (Oklahoma). H

 

Monday, February 7, 2022ON WRITING A CRIME THRILLER WITH A RIVETING NARRATIVE

Author Interview: Chirasree Bose

Chirasree Bose is an author, editor, content writer, and software engineer with an indomitable passion for art and creativity. She is the bestselling author of three books. Her debut book “Done With Her…” grabbed remarkable positions on Amazon bestsellers lists while also getting her the title of ‘the second most popular debut author of India’ in 2019. Her second book, “Mrs. Basu’s Uncensored Fam

 

Monday, January 31, 2022Winners of the CLA Global Awards, awarding the best in Literature, announced

After receiving a heartfelt response for the first edition of the Coimbatore Literary Awards in 2020, the second edition of Coimbatore Literary Awards, now known as CLA Global Awards, 2021-2022 was held virtually on January 20, 2022. The awards were organized by Akshay Sharma, the founder of Mark-Fly Publishers.

Being a writer himself, Akshay’s chief objective behind the prestigious award even

 

Monday, January 31, 2022ON WRITING A BOOK PRESENTING ANCIENT MYTHOLOGICAL STORIES THROUGH A CONTEMPORARY SETTING

Author Interview: Dipavali Sen

Dipavali Sen writes on contemporary as well as mythological subjects, often blending the two. She has written primarily for children though she has several publications for adults. She is a retired academic, and a life-member of the Association of Writers and Illustrators (A.W.I.C.), New Delhi. At present, she lives in Gurgaon, after living for more than three decades in Delhi. She has recently c

 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022BOOKS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T MISS THIS WINTER

Compiled by: Chirdeep Malhotra

1) “The Sun-Eyed Children” by Joel Koechlin

(Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 248 INR)

BLURB: December 1970, midnight. In a deserted Munich suburb, at a dismal bus stop, a young rebel shivers under a driving sleet. His long hair gathers icicles while he ponders: should he burn his bridges and flee impending prison time? As the bus appears out of the swirling mist and stops, he shak