Mistress of Honour spins the yarns of a tale of love that includes two generations of the same family. First is the story of Potnis and Pansy, who met during an Operation. Their love gives birth to Rihana. Advik enters Rihana’s life and changes it completely. But after Potnis and Pansy’s story – Is Rihana ready for a relationship where she will always come second to the country? And what.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. It is always a refreshing experience to read Anand Neelakantan’s books. I have been waiting for this book for around 8 months now and the author has made this book worth the wait. The second instalment starts with Draupadi being summoned after the Pandavas have lost her in a game of dice. Right from the first chapter the story.
This book by Sophie Kinsella was on my TBR list ever since I read her “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. So this time when I went strolling in my library and caught a glimpse of this book on the desk, I picked it up immediately. Twenties girl is about Lara Lington and her great Aunt Sadie’s ghost, who can converse only with Lara and is not visible to any human around..
Being an ardent admirer of Twinkle Khanna’s columns in DNA After hrs and Times of India, it was natural that I was waiting with bated breath for her book. Twinkle Khanna is known for her satirical sense of humour. Mrs. Funnybones is a compilation of all her columns. When we think of someone writing a column, we think about it being preachy and also expect to read, four to.
A successful investment banker turned award winning social entrepreneur shares his own story through a work of fiction and with it reveals the secret behind peace, everyday events and the much maligned Swastika. Read more to find our take on Turiya Tales: Lost Wisdom of the Swastika by Ajay Chaturvedi
I listened to the audiobook of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins over a period of a week. It was an incredible experience for someone who is a newbie to Audiobooks. Rachel is a divorcee, who travels by the same train every day. As she passes by her old home, she soon becomes enamored by a couple living down a couple of houses. To her, they seem.
Image source After having heard much of Kazuo Ishiguro, and reading his interviews, I finally bought a copy of ‘The Remains of the Day’, on a rather dull monsoon afternoon from a bookstore in Delhi. I sat in a cafe and started reading. The prologue was long and required some concentration from me. To discover that it was after all the story of a butler’s life, who worked for.
Love Bomb is the second book in The Ladybirds and the first one that I have read. From what I understand, the books in this series can also be read as standalone even though the series centers around a group of friends. Love bomb introduces us to Betty, a fifteen year old trying to handle school, friends, family drama and her first crush. Betty had lost her mother at.
The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen is the second book in the Inspector Saralkar mystery series, but this is the first time I have read Salil Desai’s book. Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar are summoned to a public garden where the body of a Finnish tourist has been discovered. Sonia Raikkonen seemed to have fallen victim to brutal rape and murder. The only clue the duo has is a single.
I have been following Namrata’s Blog “Privy Trifles” for quite some time. She writes well, infusing humour and wit with beautiful language. And so, I had to ask her for a copy of her book. Metro Diaries is a collection of 20 short stories with a common theme of love. The added attraction is that they are all based on real life stories! With that kind of USP of.
We meet Tublu as he begins a new chapter in his life in a new city as he is forced to move with his father – driven away from his hometown due to floods. As Tublu and his father start to settle in, their lives get entwined with the Sharma family. Tublu finds a new friend in Maina, the daughter of the Sharma family. The story then follows.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me tells us the story of two boys who, you guessed it right, will probably never meet. On one hand, we have Ollie, who lives in a cabin in the middle of a forest. The reason behind is the fact that he is allergic to electricity making it impossible for him to survive in a modern day city or town or even in a village..
I have to admit that I was hooked to Anyone But Ivy Pocket even before I read the blurb. No it’s not the cover, but the message from the author Caleb Krisp at the back of the ARC that I received. I have received quite a few ARCs before but none with such a message from the author. It was different, it was interesting and it was humorous and.
At a glance, TifAni FaNelli seems to have it all – a very coveted job at a fashion magazine, a figure to die for, accessories that make other women see green and a huge engagement ring from a rich and successful fiancé. She is the epitome of a stylish and successful woman. But her dark past from her days at Bradley School is about to resurface through a documentary.
If you’re a teenager, a hosteler, or a concerned parent of an adolescent, this book is for you. Written from her decade-long experience as a physician and counsellor, Dr. Surbhi Goyal‘s first book Hostel Life: A to Z of Life @ Hostel is an essential guide for students who are living in hostels, away from their families for the first time. The author has been a counsellor to students.
Paige Mahoney is a nineteen year old girl who works the criminal underworld of Scion London. You see, she has certain powers that allow her to read minds and interact with the spirit world. In her world, she is committing a crime by simply being in existence. But she is careful and has a cover story. But one incident changes her life forever. Later she is drugged, kidnapped and.
I have been a fan of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass Series from the very beginning. I also enjoy reading the retellings of fairy tales and classics. So, when I heard that she is writing a new series – a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to get my hands on this one as soon as possible. Feyre, is the youngest in the family.
A little pinch of humor sprinkled between our daily lives. Light humor that tickles your funny bones. “With a pinch of salt” the title and its cover give a clear idea of a puckery humor. Each chapter describes funny habits of people the author claims to have encountered in his life and then mocks them sarcastically. This book gives a perspective of looking at the funny side of each.
I had heard a lot about ‘The House of Silk’, the first book in this series. Unfortunately, I could not get my hands on it. When I received the review copy of Moriarty from the publishers, I was really excited to get into it. The story picks up from the Reichenbach Falls, where Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis meet their end. Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase and Inspector Athelney Jones.
An extraordinarily humorous piece of writing, while keeping story line pinched up with emotions. A perfect entertainer wrapped with smarts wits, beautiful romance. Take a different air in books of romance, and read He fixed the match and she fixed him. Very realistically developed characters, which take you through a romantic breeze letting you to smile throughout with their smart wits. Author Shikha Kumar has brilliantly sketched the novel,.
Perhaps, only a Chartered Accountant could have written this story, I thought to myself, while quickly turning pages, midway through the book. The cover gave me a feeling that it is another offering in the widely popular mythological fiction genre. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover later that it’s an urban fantasy, something I haven’t read much of. The opening chapter introduced me to the protagonist Varish Sanghvi and Chandrayan,.
Welcome to the front row seat to take a journey of one girl, Nirvi. Once a jovial and carefree girl, Nirvi’s life changes drastically when she is raped. While it is no fault of her own, she feels otherwise. She is victimized as the victim of a tragedy in this ‘wonder-ful’ society of ours. Now she lives life as a mere shadow of the person she once was –.
Author Shobhan Bantwal brings out the colors (of culture and her characters) quite well in her novel The Sari Shop Widow. There’s drama, humor, emotions, love, and yes- a bit of senseless entertainment, all mixed well to make it a yummy masala read. The main protagonist, Anjali Kapadia, an American-Indian, is a widow who runs her parents sari shop “Silk & Sapphires”. Their exquisite tasteful collection is devoured by most.
A famous scientist is mid-speech, vigorously moving his hands about as he looks up in wonder and says ‘One thing leads to another. That is the essence of science. You must go where it leads you. The moment you raise a question, another arises. Then another arises. Ultimately, you find you have to travel the whole field of science before you get the answer for why the sky is.
Ri – Homeland of Uncertainty by Paulami DuttaGupta is really a wonderful and thought provoking book. This book is necessarily the story of Manbha, a freedom fighter. He wants independence for his land and is ready to lay down his life for it. What he is not prepared to do is stake the lives of the innocents of the state as a cost for that freedom. He did start off.
A novel lovechild of WikiLeaks & Umrao Jaan – Mauryan style! To begin with, four confessions to make. I have a soft spot for historical fiction, for how it ferrets out a context quite distant in recorded time, but embellishes its characters with ways you can touch them, get them and root for them. Like they are here. It always returns me to a sense of wonder about how.
Fire Under Ash introduces us to the lives of Ashwin, Mallika, Lallan, Meera and Vinny. Ashwin is a spoilt brat born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. He was getting ready to go to Columbia University when he meets Mallika and instead goes to Azad College. Lallan is basically from Patna who comes to Azad College to pursue his Masters and fall for Mallika too. Then there.
A breezy, short tale of loneliness, love and stillness. In Azul, village of the dead, nothing moves, neither the place, nor the inhabitants. Life is one ceaseless, lazy evening that goes on and comes, one day, to an abrupt end. Nobody knows about the village because the people who stay there never leave. It is one lost land in a secluded corner of Goa, where even the grocery in a.
Go to any wildlife/nature/travel section in an Indian bookshop and you’ll find useful field guides, a tribute to a famous conservationist or classic jungle stories. It could’ve been written by a passionate journalist, by an earnest, long time field researcher, even a good park guide or the changed hunter himself. Each has its place and value, but a majority of Indian wildlife writing is precise, sharp on observations or.
I cannot particularly classify this book as either happy or sad. It was a bit of both. Mixed emotions. Reflection. In this semi-autobiographical travelogue, author Geoff Dyer has neatly laid out two distinct cities – miles apart in distance, in the people and culture, but bound by a common thread, water – Venice, which is practically built on water and Varanasi, where life revolves around the river. The entire.
I had the chance to attend the book launch of ‘Kingdom Come’ at Bangalore. The author is a vivacious young lady who is very bubbly and articulate. She and her guests did a reading from the book there and it was enough to catch my attention. I knew then that if she writes half as well as she speaks, I would enjoy the book. Kingdom Come is a unique.
Be the change you wish to see…..Except you see Gandhi may have never said that. A new book shows how the quote may have been a case of speedy and somewhat unskilful paraphrasing of what Bapu actually said. Sidin Vadukut‘s ‘The Sceptical Patriot’ answers to that email forward which we’ve all received or maybe forwarded at some point or another. You know the one which said – ‘Indians never.
The Hidden Letters by Purba Chakraborty takes us on a journey that is Ananya’s life. A successful author whose fans crave for more, a loving wife to her husband and an idol for her young daughter – these are the main flavours of Ananya’s life. She takes on her responsibilities with all seriousness and then fulfills them to her best of abilities. One would take a look at the.
I love Jane Austen. Love, Love, Love. This love affair started much after I had read her first book. No, I didn’t start loving her work as soon as I read her first. It happened only when my Eng. Lit. professor explained to us, the various nuances of her writing, and her wit and her modern thinking. So when a book with a title like I Was Jane Austen’s.
No, I’m not a big fan of mystery thrillers. Yes, the book makes me think otherwise. It was literally UNPUTDOWNABLE!! Rasleen Syal has debuted in a fairly untouched genre in India and she comes out a winner! A very moving murder mystery, Happily Murdered is definitely a notch higher than your expectations. ‘Someone has rightly said that in love and revenge a woman is more barbaric than a man can.
I bought Mango Chutney primarily because a friend’s story is a part of it. I keep saying that I love reading short stories’ collections. Anthologies, on the other hand, are not something I am comfortable reading. Multiple authors, multiple styles of writing, different kinds of languages, personally I find it a very dicey mix of flavours; one never knows if the stories deserve to be together, if they really.
“Dream, dream, dream; it costs nothing. When you cease to dream you cease to live.” – Malcolm Forbes Motivator and author Pritam Kumar Goswami dons his Life Coach Avatar in his new book Sunrise within you, a guide towards achieving significance in life. Written in simple lucid prose, the book takes you through a journey of self-discovery and enables you to answer the crucial questions that haunt each one of us.
India’s bestselling mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik’s latest offering, Shikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you goes a long way in making us understand and accept ‘queerness’. Written in typical lucid prose, ornamented with beautiful illustrations, which is a trademark of Pattanaik’s style, the book is an ‘important’ creation of our times. It comes at a juncture in human history where the status of transgenders and homosexuals is a constant issue.
A wild simple treat, highly recommended for animal and mountain lovers. The sharing on this beautiful book about a dog, a boy and their mountains begins with a tiny anecdote from another mountain top. In 2010, I attended a mountain literature festival at Woodstock School, Mussoorie, curated by Stephen Alter. Where I got to hear a keynote address of a very well-known field biologist, George Schaller. He and his.
An emotionally gripping story cooked in some serious Sufi broth. An intense coming of age love fest which zig-zags between the Byzantine and the Bostonian. On the one hand, Ella, a tired of being a control freak woman-wife-mom in modern day Boston who doesn’t know what she wants. On the other, the bond between Rumi and Shams Tabriz in thirteenth century Turkey where the latter moves in mystic ways,.
“How much did you weigh at birth?” “What is your shoe size?” With these awkward questions, the Professor welcomes his new housekeeper each morning. Yes, she is new everyday because the professor forgets all the day’s happenings by the next morning. His memory lasts only 80 minutes. The Housekeeper and the Professor is a beautifully crafted piece of art by Japanese author Yoko Ogawa. Carefully preserved behind a glass frame, just.
Cities remind us of what we can build as a species, but do they also leave us incomplete? A little tardy, yet comforting. A little claustrophobic but with edges within it, to linger in. Crammed with our cravings and desires, both gotten and forbidden, leaving us hungry still. A surface glimmer, which like any surface develops cracks. And then to go peer in. Calvino, in his celebrated Italian work.
To buy/rent this book, click here One of the world’s greatest writers and winner of the Nobel Prize, Nadine Gordimer has written an intimate account of a diseased life, of marriage, guilt, past and careers, entwined with the concerns of the environment and the status of black Africans in society. Gordimer puts down the thoughts of her characters and her own narrative in an unruly fashion, causing one to-frequently-mingle with the.
To buy/rent this book, click here Sunetra Gupta’s 1992 debut Memories of Rain is a brilliant first novel. Even after two decades of its release, the story retains its charm and luminosity. Words flow like rain water, on flooded streets of Calcutta, carrying a million emotions in them, drenching all those who happen to pass by. Each sentence weaves magic with the sheer beauty of its form, words of a.
To buy/rent this book, click here Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother is a brutally honest and wildly amusing memoir of a Chinese mother living in America. The complete subtitle of the book is: “This is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. This was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it’s about a bitter.
To buy/rent this book, click here The racy historical fiction by author Khushwant Singh struck me as fresh, contemporary and intriguing all at the same time. Maharaja in Denims, with its unique style and narrative, comes across as a whiff of fresh air in the telling of an eventful but otherwise well-known history. It talks about the turbulent times in Punjab’s history of the past two centuries, even as the story.
To buy/rent this book, click here Mario Puzo’s magnum opus crime novel, The Godfather, is powerful, all-encompassing and captivating even after almost half a century of its publication. The sizzling blood saga of the 1940′s criminal underworld and the War of the Five Families of Mafiosi in New York is gripping even as it shocks. Don Vito Corleone is the great Don, the Godfather for many, and the head of the most.
To buy/rent this book, click here The Greatest Salesman in the World is a must-read for every person who wishes to bring a positive change in his life and eventually, career. American author Og Mandino’s 1968 classic is a wonderful example of powerful life lessons woven in the tapestry of a fascinating Christian legend. Hafid is a poor camel boy who goes on to become the world’s greatest salesman with the blessings.
To buy/rent this book, click here Bestselling author of teen fiction, Nikita Singh, turns experimental with her latest novel ‘Right here right now’. It is a story of a teenage girl, but one that goes further than romance and touches upon the theme of living without a past and making peace with oneself. Seventeen year old Kalindi Mishra loses her memory (post-traumatic amnesia) in a mysterious accident. When she comes out of.
To buy/rent this book, click here Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor during UPA-1, Sanjaya Baru, has tried, in all his capacity, to restore the PM’s now hampered reputation, by presenting his side of the story about the PMO, the UPA government and the many key controversies that emerged during Singh’s ten year tenure, in his new tell-all, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. Baru presents Dr. Singh’s excellent academic career and political skills.
To buy/rent this book, click here Kingshuk Nag, the Resident Editor of the Times of India’s Hyderabad edition, presents in his book a balanced picture of Narendra Damodardas Modi’s political life, and his rise from being a mere RSS member to becoming BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 General Elections. In this highly debatable period of a candidate’s credibility, Nag’s book does not arouse intense feelings in the reader; instead.
To buy/rent this book, click here Such a long journey outlines the 1971 Bombay and circles around the lives of the minority Parsee community. It touches upon the wars with Pakistan, the Government under Indira Gandhi, and the collective turmoil of the country ripping through the dilemmas of individual lives. The story comes filled with a dose of everyday humor, peppered with Parsee slangs and an ample use of expletives. The protagonist.
To buy/rent this book, click here HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers is a fundamental handbook that gives you all the tools and confidence you need to master the basics of finance. The book starts by chalking out and duly explaining the three main financial statements, namely, the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement, what they comprise of and how they can be used to determine the.
To buy/rent this book, click here The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under the earth With this belief, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, yet again seeks to inspire his countrymen in his book Turning Points – A Journey through challenges. In this sequel to his earlier autobiography Wings of Fire, Kalam shares a few events that lightened his horizon, brought.
To buy/rent this book, click here A seemingly business book, touching upon the intricacies of the financial and banking sector is what I hoped to read when I picked up Ravi Subramanian’s The Incredible Banker. But it turned out to be a piece of news! A thrilling fiction set against the backdrop of foreign banking in India, the story was like a storm that just wouldn’t let me off its grip. Yes,.
To buy/rent this book, click here “He says he looked into my eyes and fell in love. He told people, ‘I know there is something special about this child’.” This is how the book describes Ziauddin Yousafzai’s reaction on the birth of his daughter Malala. Her name is Malala Yousafzai, named after Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan, and this is her story. The story of her nation, her.
To buy/rent this book, click here In a compelling double biography, Vikram Seth explores two lives that originated oceans apart from each other, one in the Indian Village of Biswan and the other in Berlin, Germany, both in the year 1908. Shanti Behari Seth, 23, goes to Berlin to pursue his medical studies where he stays with a friendly Jewish family and develops a special liking to their daughter Henny Caro. By the.
To buy/rent this book, click here Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s highly debatable 2013 book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is described by some as a sort of feminist manifesto while many believe it to be an essential business book which seeks to inspire men as much as it inspires women in workplaces. The book, no doubt, has a lot of room for debate as Sheryl urges men and women.
To buy/rent this book, click here It would be wrong to call Life is what you make it a love story. Yes, this story of a young, energetic girl coming from a conservative Indian family is much more than that. In fact, love story is just a small part at the center of this book by Preeti Shenoy, which addresses deeper issues in an individual’s life and in the society at large. The prologue.
To buy/rent this book, click here Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest novel The Lowland, which deals with complex issues and intense human emotions, calls for a serious reading. The story is essentially a tale of two brothers who grew up together in a modest neighborhood in North Calcutta in the 1960s and how their lives take a turn during the Naxalite revolutionary movement, when one brother chooses to get involved in.
To buy/rent this book, click here Painted in fresh hues and humor, damp with nostalgia, Ruskin Bond’s Maharani appears charming beneath a mist of melancholy. The relatively recent novella is a story of the widowed Maharani of Mastipur, H.H. (fondly called Neena), who lives in an enormous old house in the hills of Mussoorie, with her dogs and a caretaker. She is beautiful, spoilt, selfish and outspoken, but is dearly fond of her.
To buy/rent this book, click here Professor Jeffrey K. Liker has extracted his 20 years of study of Toyota, one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, in the form of his book The Toyota Way. The book talks in detail about the 14 key management principles which drive the techniques and tools of the famous Toyota Production System (TPS) or Lean Production. It is a complete insight into the history of Toyoda family (founder,.
To buy/rent this book, click here A delightful children’s book, Sudha Murty’s first of the genre, How I taught my grandmother to read combines the teachings of life in twenty four simple short stories. The stories are experiences from Murty’s life that subtly convey important moral lessons, the essential values which are often forgotten by us in the course of life. There are numerous instances, situations and conversations from.
To buy/rent this book, click here If ever one was to think of a Bollywood style retelling of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, in a completely Indian context, Satyarth Nayak’s book would fit the bill. A father is murdered brutally, leaving behind clues for his daughter to embark on a mission that would lead her to a sacred truth, a truth closely guarded by a secret brotherhood. What’s more,.
To buy/rent this book, click here I would like to raise a toast to Rashmi Bansal for putting together this compelling bunch of stories in her third book I have a dream. This is my first book of Bansal and I was a little apprehensive about picking it up. To think of Indian non-fiction the one word that comes to my mind is ‘boring’. But I was, gladly, proved wrong..