An Interview with Sampurna Chattarji
Authors Exclusive / July 14, 2013

1. "Dirty Love" has been described as a book of short stories based on Mumbai and we came to know that your next is already in the pipeline, again a short story collection about the City of Joy: Kolkata. What’s about these cities that you want to tell the world in a different way? When I write, I’m not wondering what I’m going to “tell the world”! I’m trying to unravel something for myself. In the case of Dirty Love, that ‘something’ was the city of Mumbai. Unlike all the other places in my life where I found myself by chance and circumstances (Ethiopia, Darjeeling, Kanpur, Delhi, Calcutta) Bombay was the only place I chose to be in (I moved here from Kolkata in 1995). It was love at first sight, and Dirty Love is about my love for the city but, as the review in Biblio put it, “this love is dirty—just like the city it represents. It leaves it stench on you. It marks you; you belong to it. You reek of it from afar, and it will never leave you, never desert you.” I was interested in communicating the city’s claustrophobia and its expansiveness, its safety (as a…

An interview with Parul A Mittal
Authors Exclusive / June 26, 2013

We are delighted to have this opportunity to interact with Parul A Mittal.

We have known her as the author of the hugely popular national bestseller Heartbreaks & Dreams! – The Girls@ IIT and also the brain behind e-venture Rivokids.

This interview intends to take you readers deep down further to explore one ‘woman all-rounder’, ranging from a caring mother to a talent nurturer to a wonderful author.

Who is your “Big Daddy”?
Authors Exclusive / June 16, 2013

Right from the famous ad around the nineties "My Daddy Strongest" to till date "Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye", we have seen this father figure to stand by their kids like one good-n-strong wooden stick to make them sail though the woods and the storms.

Therefore, this time we have gone a bit out of the way to explore the love & gratitude of few of our authors towards their fathers and in doing so how do they visualize a fictitious cartoon character as their Big Daddy. Lets's hear them out and ya a very Happy Father's Day.

Review – Can You Take Me Higher?! by Ashwin Wilson
Review / April 24, 2013

Author: Ashwin Wilson
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Pubishing Platform
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781480161184
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
 
“Well …. Is it something related to any sort of drug or medication (you know what I mean), hmm?” The very first reaction, one of my colleagues gave when he found me reading this travelogue by Ashwin Wilson. I really cannot blame him either as the title in itself is tempting, pretty much as it sounds to any engineer that too for a would-be management graduate.

Review – When The Signal Turns Red by Jayanand Ukey
Review / April 19, 2013

Author: Jayanand Ukey
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9788180460852
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
 

Simple, Plain and Clear. These were the words I was thinking about this storytelling, which struck me while turning pages of Jayanand Ukey’s first-ever work “When The Signal Turns Red”. Well, if you ask me to take you further deep, the only suggestion I have for you is just go & read it, as it’s a very simple story being told in even a simpler language.

Review – The Good Little Ceylonese Girl – Ashok Ferrey
Review / March 18, 2013

Author: Ashok Ferrey
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9788184003079
Rating: ★★½☆☆
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“God’s great, Beer’s good and People are Crazy …” by Billy Currington was what I kept on humming all day long while exploring this Ashok Ferrey fictions collection of darkly humorous tales about Sri Lankans at home & abroad, to say a canvas painted quite randomly in order

Review : Arranged Love – Parul A Mittal
Review / January 19, 2013

Author: Parul A Mittal
Publisher: Penguin metro reads
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780143418825
Rating: ★★★½☆
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Losing one’s job, that too at Lehman Brothers is nothing unusual when you think about the late-2000s global financial crisis, but will surely strike the right chord for you as a reader (as it did for me) when our girl takes the centre-stage along-with her Indo-American so-called the eternally true lover and a disgusting-at-first-sight prospective typical IITian suitor.

Review : The Corporate Sufi
Review / January 13, 2013

Author: Azim Jamal
Publisher: Jaico Books
Year: 2008
ISBN: 817992520X
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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When you are doing things for the first time, things take longer to get done. However, once you have gone through that initial hurdle, things become a lot easier. I am sure you have experienced this when you first used ‘simple’ things like a scanner, or Blackberry, iPod or iPad, Skype or webinar. However, once you figure it out and do it once, all the anxiety disappears. Life is analogously collateral. When you overcome challenges year in and year out they become less unsettling. You begin to somewhat thrive on them and at times you get your best work out during those ‘crises’.