Think misty mountains. Think gentle small hillside towns. Think goats with tinkling bells around their necks. Think a delicious hint of danger from the natural world – leopards, for instance, after dark, or a ghostly figure half-glimpsed at dusk. Think Ruskin Bond, the grandfather that every Indian kid adopted as their very own. And guess what – today, May 19th, is Ruskin Bond’s birthday! 82 years young and going strong – why, we at IndiaBookStore have been seeing a new Ruskin Bond title on the online bookstands every couple of months! – Ruskin Bond remains an eternal favourite. It must be something to do with the man himself, the impression he leaves behind when we read him – a simple, nature-loving, modest, friendly man of generous spirit. So when Rupa Publications offered to give 3 of our readers a wonderful book bundle of 5 Ruskin Bond books to celebrate Ruskin Bond’s birthday, we were thrilled (and, admittedly, envious!) It didn’t need the added sweetener that one of the books would be autographed by The Bond himself! Go check it out for yourselves: The Ruskin Bond 5 Book Bundle Giveaway. Best of luck! Plus, if you’re a die-hard Bond fan, you…
“The best thing about collaborating is the fact that one can pool ideas and expertise. The problem, however, is that it is far more difficult to write in a coordinated fashion as part of a team effort than to write solo. Collaboration requires method and discipline.” – Ashwin Sanghi
Born: December 31, 1965, Omaha, Nebraska
Genre: Romantic fiction, Romantic drama, Non-fiction
Nicholas Charles Sparks is an American novelist who has published seventeen novels and one non-fiction work. He has also ventured into screenwriting and production after the success of his novels. Eight of his novels have been adapted to film while two more are in talks for the same. He is one of those few authors who can convey emotions to his readers in the most unpretentious manner and yet make readers empathize for his characters. As Linda Rosencrance of The Boston Globe says, “Readers don’t turn to Sparks’s books because he writes great literature. He’s not Ernest Hemingway, after all. Sparks’s novels serve as a diversion. He can always be counted on to conjure up the twists and turns of a captivating story — formulaic or not — and wrap them up neatly with a surprise ending.”
In a nation which is increasingly becoming disillusioned with the notions of honesty and professionalism, where do we turn to for ethics and morality? Author Aporva Kala writes on this subject.
Author Shivani Gupta has degrees in hotel management, architecture and inclusive environments. What she also has is an uncrushable spirit and sheer willpower. In her book No Looking Back, she writes about the two accidents that caused unexpected changes in her life, and how she overcame those times to stand up for the disabled community all over India today. Read on for our exclusive with this interesting lady!
IndiaBookStore gets candid with the author Priyanka Sinha Jha on her new book – Supertraits of the Superstars.
The Crystal Guardian series belongs to the sci-fi genre that weaves an interesting twist into the well-known tale of Lord Rama. Here, we question author Ravi on this interesting new mythical work, with some intriguing results!
The bubbly, effervescent, vivacious, VJ Juhi is one of the hottest face on Channel V. Working after so many years for Channel V – India and International, she has experimented her hands on writing. Her debut novel is Things your mother never told you about love, published by Random House. Let’s know more about her book, her work, her life-
Saba Imtiaz is a freelance journalist in Pakistan whose work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian and The Revealer. Her first book Karachi, You’re Killing Me! has been described as Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Diary of a Social Butterfly, a comedy of manners in a city with none. Here, we quiz her about the experience of writing a first novel, getting published and her favourite genres.
Author Catherine Rubin Kermorgant has spent several months interacting with the temple courtesans, or devadasis, of South India. Her latest book and vigorous support of better living conditions for the devadasi community are a result of this venture. Here, we quiz her on the months she spent with these women, her take on legalizing prostitution and more.