Review: Amreekan Desi by Atulya Mahajan
Review / June 4, 2014

Author: Atulya Mahajan
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9788184003956
Rating: ★★½☆☆
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Oh that American dream, harboured by so, so many of our students. Atulya Mahajan has lived that dream and come back to tell the tale. While in the US, he started a blog called AmreekanDesi in an attempt to chronicle the Indian immigrant experience in the US and has now brought out a book by the same name.

Interview with Shobhan Bantwal
Authors Exclusive / July 26, 2013

Born and raised in a conservative Hindu family in India, Shobhan Bantwal’s arranged marriage took her to the US. Directing and acting in a play in Chicago made her realize her calling towards writing. She has since then given us various books like The Dowry Bride, The Sari Shop Window and The Reluctant Matchmaker. Describing her writing as “Bollywood in a book”, her books are replete with observations and anecdotes about the Indian life in the US. IndiaBookStore in an exclusive chat with her:

An Interview with Betsy Woodman
Authors Exclusive / June 1, 2013

The first book of the Jana Bibi series by Betsy Woodman is out. Scottish lady Janet Laird or Jana inherits her grandfather’s house in a quaint Indian hill station and moves in there with her parrot, Mr Ganguly and her housekeeper, Mary to a world of old-fashioned living, interesting people and picturesque beauty. We spoke to the author about her special relationship with India, the inspiration behind Jana Bibi, her love for Bollywood movies and a lot more…

Review: Another chance at life by Shreya Jindal
Review / May 26, 2013

Author: Shreya Prabhu Jindal
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780143419518
Rating: ★★★½☆
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Loving, losing and moving on- that, in a nutshell, is what Shreya Jindal’s ‘Another chance at life’ is about. This process towards rediscovery, however is not easy and the characters have to clear a whole lot of issues and obstacles before finally finding happiness again.

Review: The Cage by Gordon Weiss
Review / March 22, 2013

Author: Gordon Weiss
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781847921390
Rating: ★★★★☆
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A beautiful island country that had achieved its independence from the British in a relatively peaceful manner and whose citizens enjoyed a peace and freedom that was rare in a world caught up in a gruesome war: “The Cage” by Gordon Weiss charters

Does Naukri and Chokri sum it up for young India?
Article / February 16, 2013

Let me clarify right at the beginning: I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan. Therefore, my views might seem prejudiced. I have read just one book of his till date and have not really had the inclination to read any more. This article stems from quite a wonderful session I attended at the annual Times Literary Carnival in Mumbai last year entitled “All we want is Naukri and Chokri” and was in the form of an informal conversation between Barkha Dutt and Chetan Bhagat.

Where literature lovers unite…The Jaipur Literature Festival
Article / January 25, 2013


Its that time of the year again when authors and literature lovers from all over the country and beyond descend at the historic Diggi Palace in Jaipur for the largest and most prestigious literature festival in Asia-Pacific: The Jaipur Literature Festival. Into its sixth year now, the annual festival has already gained great prestige and fame for bringing together some of the most brilliant thinkers and writers from all over the world for interactive sessions, debates, talks and readings.

Review : Boats on Land
Review / December 29, 2012

Author: Janice Pariat
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9788184000740
Rating: ★★★★☆
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I have always been fascinated by the cultural intricacies and varieties of our country. From the North to the South, from the East to the West, we are a land of diversity.