Review : The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken
Review / December 17, 2012

Author: Tarquin Hall
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780091937416
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Dilli-boy Vish Puri is on his third outing as India’s “Most Private Investigator” in Tarquin Hall’s The case of the deadly butter chicken and yet, this is only the first book of the series that I have read. The previous two books definitely feature quite prominently in my to-read list now.

An Interview with Preeti Shenoy
Authors Exclusive / December 12, 2012

Blogging, writing, poetry, painting- Preeti Shenoy does it all with equal ease. We catch up with the ‘mother of two’ whose books have topped the national bestselling charts. Your first book 34 Bubblegums and Candies was a collection of narratives based on real life incidents. What was the inspiration to start penning down these incidents? I started blogging to get over the grief of losing my father. Initially when I wrote it was for myself – as an outlet to express my grief and thoughts. I found that a lot of people were moved by what I had written and wrote back to me saying they were positively impacted by what I had written. My fan base grew over a period of time and a lot of my diehard fans asked me write a book. That is how 34 B&C was born. It is a book of 34 real life incidents that have taken place in my friends and my lives which are equally applicable in everyone’s day to day lives. I was very pleased with the response to the book. I had also thought it would appeal only to a very young audience, but was pleasantly surprised to find…

Review : The Historian
Review / December 3, 2012

Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9780316011778
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Inspired from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel merges history and fiction to leave us with a compelling and exciting historical thriller. Kostova constantly quotes from Stoker’s novel and her characters keep referring to it from time to time. Even the Dracula (who she has portrayed as an intellectual, scholar and historian) in her novel owns a copy of Dracula. But The Historian is not about Dracula like Stoker’s Dracula was. Her novel is about a historian’s quest for truth and the character of Dracula makes only a brief, albeit important appearance in it.

An Interview with Mr. Virender Kapoor
Authors Exclusive / November 25, 2012

He is a prominent educationist, management practitioner, motivational speaker and a writer with various books under his belt. He writes on topics like motivation, leadership, success and his books have been translated in more than 8 languages. He has also written a series of school books on the topic of Emotional Intelligence and Value Education which  are being introduced in schools this year. He has also started a PG Management institution in Pune called MILE (Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence) with the aim of developing next generation managers with excellent leadership skills for our country. It is our pleasure to present an interview with Mr Virender Kapoor. His Famous Works : The Rise & Rise of Jugaad        The Art of Effective Leadership                Heart over Matter                                                                                      Please tell us more about the kind of books that you write. Writing is my Passion and I love it. I started writing on technology…

Review : Nineteen Minutes
Review / November 20, 2012

Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9780743496735
Rating: ★★★★☆
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“They started it” is all Peter Haughton says after entering his high school armed with a gun, and killing several of his schoolmates while grievously injuring many more. Jodi Picoult who is known for presenting controversial and morally challenging issues through her novels, continues the tradition with “Nineteen minutes” in which she deals with a high-school shooting tragedy.

Review : A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Review / November 16, 2012

Author: Mohammed Hanif
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9788184001891
Rating: ★★★½☆
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Assassinations and mysterious deaths of political figures have always been a popular subject for novelists around the world. Mohammed Hanif in his debut novel, revisits the suspicious circumstances in which General Zia-ul-Haq was killed.

Review : Aerogrammes and Other Stories
Review / November 2, 2012

Author: Tania James
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780307268914
Rating: ★★★½☆
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An American lady adopts a daughter born from her husband’s extra-marital affair and also a chimpanzee along with it. These three form an extra-ordinary family in “What to do with Henry”. In “The Scriptological Review”, a young man obsesses over his father’s handwriting samples hoping to make sense of his suicide. In “Ethnic Ken”, a young Indian-American girl deals with a grandfather who is mentally trapped in his home back in India. Stories like these make up Tania James’ collection of short stories titled “Aerogrammes and other stories”.

Review : India After Gandhi
Review / October 26, 2012

Author: Ramachandra Guha
Publisher: Picador India
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9780330505543
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Ramachandra Guha says in the prologue of “India after Gandhi” that in India, history seems to end in 1947. He quotes the educationist Krishna Kumar who says that ‘for Indian children, history itself comes to an end with Partition and Independence’.