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Mirror city By Chitrita Banerji

We speak the same tongue and wear the same cotton sarees, we are fond of rice and fish, and debates  over politics. We are Bengalis, yet we...
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Romance Reads: Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta

In a world where the rich and powerful make underhanded deals with each other and increase their own wealth, young corporate star Reeva falls for the enigmatic...
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The Far Field: A Review

Some books, like people, have ways of finding you. This is what happened with The Far Field. I didn’t find it, it found me. I had seen...
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A Patchwork Family by Mukta Sathe

A Patchwork Family would have definitely gone past my radar had it not been long listed for the JCB Prize for literature. A short yet hard-hitting debut...
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Nineteen Ninety by Sachin Kundalkar

Sachin Kundalkar’s latest Marathi book of essays, titled Nineteen Ninety, evokes nostalgia for the decade that shaped the course of his life.   As someone who grew up...
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Litfest with a twist: Twice Read Reader’s Festival

The Twice Read Reader’s Festival, was a literature festival hosted and organised by Readsnet. It took place on 20th October, Sunday at the Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College...
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Gulzar’s Raavi Paar And Other Stories: A Collection Both Candid And Cathartic

There are hard-boiled writers who put pen to paper or finger to type-writer keys to churn out paperbacks and yet can also write a couplet or two....
Q & A

In conversation with: Neelum Saran Gour

Author of the Hindu Prize winner, A Requiem in Raga Janki, Neelum Saran Gour is the voice of North India’s literary community. Born and brought up in...
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There’s Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Byapari

When I read the blurb of There’s Gunpowder in the Air, I couldn’t help but be reminded of an iconic scene from the popular Hindi film Sholay....
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The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Manivannan

If there was one way to describe the frailty and beauty of the Queen of Jasmine Country, it would be to compare it to its thematic namesake,...
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Poetry Review: The Unmistakable Presence of Absent Humans by K. Srilata

In the first paragraph of the Preface to the poetry book “The Unmistakable Presence of Absent Humans”, Srilata quite beautifully encapsulates what this collection of poems is...
Q & A

Poetry meets Music in new Folk Album ‘Rang’

Pranita Nair Pandurangi (also one of our reviewers), is a writer, a teacher, a Hindustani Classical Musician (involved in folk traditions), but above all, a fantastic storyteller....
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After Yesterday and other stories

Written by Appadurai Muttulingam, Translated from Tamil by Padma Narayanan. Appadurai  Muttulingam’s After Yesterday and other stories reminded me of another anthology of short stories in Tamil...
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Parliamental by Meghnad

When was the last time you watched the proceedings of the Parliament on the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha TV?  “Who watches TV, right?” And who watches...
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Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar

It’s common to hear stories of sisters falling in love with the same man or brothers in love with the same woman. Romance and tragedy have both...
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Scribbles August 2019

New Releases Title: Raavan Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi Description: The third book in the Ram Chandra series, Raavan depicts the life and times of the...
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In conversation with Volga: Telugu literature, translations & more

An interview with Telugu writer Volga, about her novels, translations and more. ...
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In conversation with: Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi’s Small Days and Nights is the latest addition to her much-admired oeuvre of poetry, dance and fiction. In this book, she spins the tale of...
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Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

“Contemporary Indian literature seems to be too focused on the human world, and seems to have forgotten the world outside it,” said Amitav Ghosh, at the book...
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Magical Women edited by Sukanya Venkataraghavan

Stories oftentimes find their essence in the women who weave them, shaped and moulded by their experiences of love, loss, betrayal, triumph and hope. Magical Women, edited...
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Verse visit: Contemporary poets tackle new themes

It is the undisputed truth that words can change the tides of destiny, they can fan the raging fires of rebellion or restore peace to lands strife...
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Scribbles: Literary News by Purple Pencil Project

We at Purple Pencil Project keep you updated about the latest happenings in the literary world, both national and international, and aim to bring out literary news...
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Ripples Across Time: The Life of Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad was one of India’s most celebrated playwrights. Unapologetically outspoken, he often drew the ire of fundamentalists — making him one of the most controversial writers...
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Scribbles: Literary News by Purple Pencil Project

We at Purple Pencil Project keep you updated about the latest happenings in the literary world, both national and international, and aim to bring out literary news...
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Daitya Diaries by Aditya K V

It’s the oldest trick in the book; taking mythology, using the central themes and characters and transporting them to real-life, to different times, to different battles. Mythological...
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Leila by Prayaag Akbar

Picture this: A city with such poor air-quality that breathing is a struggle. A city with a relentless summer, with heat that makes you giddy if you...
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Scribbles: Literary News by Purple Pencil Project

We at Purple Pencil Project keep you updated about the latest happenings in the literary world, both national and international and aim to bring out literary news...
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The Last Hun by Ashwin Razdan

The legend of Attila the Hun is a widespread one, the tales of his valor and fierce nature having served as fodder for many a pop reference....
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Secret Notes from Iran: Diary of an Undercover Journalist by Nadim Siraj

International affairs is very much run like the mafia. The Godfather does not accept disobedience, even from a small storekeeper who doesn’t pay his protection money. You...
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Bhaunri by Anukrti Upadhyay

Last week, we talked about Daura. Author Anukrti Upadhyay’s debut work of fiction, published by 4th Estate Books (an imprint of Harper Collins), comes with a companion...
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Daura by Anukrti Upadhyay: A folktale comes alive

The cover itself draws you in. A maroon background, a sand-yellow illustration of a tree (a kalpavriksh, perhaps), and the beautiful typeface, designed by The Typecraft Initiative add...
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The Queen’s Last Salute by Moupia Basu

I began reading this novel skeptically, I admit. It seemed to be just another retelling of Jhansi Ki Rani, the warrior queen who splintered the barrier of...
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The Outcasts: A Thousand Dreams of Redemption by Lidija Stankovikj

To put it simply, The Outcasts by Lidija Stankovikj is one of the most intricate books in recent times. Stankovikj’s writing is almost dreamlike, the narrative fluid yet...
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In Conversation With Balaji Venkataramanan

Riding on his fame from Flat Truck Bullies (FTB), Balaji Venkataramanan’s Pops! is a refreshing read for children and adults alike. We at Purple Pencil Project loved...
The Journal

Online Courses for Bibliophiles and Wordsmiths

Always wanted to write? Study the classics? Understand culture?  But don’t want to return to college? We feel you. The subjects in the humanities hold our endless...
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Shashi Tharoor’s Riot: A Novel – Much Agitprop About Nothing

My current opinion of Shashi Tharoor, that of him being more of a dilettante than a dignitary, is, of course, solely a lament of his once-astute gifts...
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My Story by Kamala Das

As a student of literature or as a feminist, it is hard to escape the influence of Kamala Das aka Madhavikutty aka Kamala Surayya. A pioneer among...
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Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan

Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People is like a journal with a different pressed flower in every page, each distinctly fragrant and unique, and yet still cohesive with the...
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Gopalla Gramam by Ki. Rajanarayanan

Rich in traditions, natural beauty, and purity, life in the villages of India is rustic and fulfilling. Ki. Rajanarayanan’s Gopalla Gramam transports the reader to the serenity...
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Ruskin Bond’s Rusty Goes To London

Any Indian bibliophile, who has spent his or her childhood and youth in the company of, say, Oliver Twist being led by the artful Dodger to Fagin’s...
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Prisoner of Yakutsk by Shreyas Bhave

Everybody loves a good conspiracy theory; removed as they are from our mundane lives. They are our cheap thrills and guilty pleasures. Prisoner of Yakutsk by Shreyas...
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Pops: A children’s book by Balaji Venkataramanan

Balaji Venkataramanan’s Pops has the most unassuming cover which disguises the humorous portrayal of a very real and a very common story today; divorce. When I first...
The Journal

Stories that shaped a new nation

Transcending linguistic borders, advocating social reforms and providing entertainment: here is what New India’s bookshelf looked like Among the many memories of childhood, the most cherished are...
The Journal

Going Places: Exploring India in Books

We love books (duh!). They take us to new places, or at least give us fresh eyes to view the places we have been to. For, let...
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Filmi Keeda: Chapter One

Purple Pencil Project, in collaboration with Red Sparrow kickstarted their events series, Filmi Keeda, that aims to bring the discussion around book and films, our two finest...
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The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk (Tr. to Tamil by G. Kuppuswamy)

We live in a planet of over 7 billion people, spread across geographies. We are all told this; somewhere out there, there are seven people who look exactly...
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Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous by Manu Joseph

When I picked up Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous, I had no idea that I was about to become an Alice hurtling down the rabbit...
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Shala by Milind Bokil

“Those were the best days of my life . . .” Whenever Bryan Adams strums his guitar to this song, chances are we think of those innocent...
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Jasmine Days by Benyamin

I once had a conversation with my friend, of a different and politically opposing faith. When push came to shove, if the two of us were in...
Events

Booked: Literary Events for April 2019

It’s a new month, a new week, a new financial year and with it, come a new line-up of literary events across India that we think you...
Book Reviews

The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

Bombay Penned And Painted On An Epic Canvas Twenty years ago, I discovered, in my knee-high boyhood, that Bombay, as we had always known it by name,...
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Swami and Friends by RK Narayan

One of my most cherished memories of childhood is when we used to have our school exams. Everybody, I think, can relate to the nervously hurried and...
The Journal

Indian historical fiction: Must-read novels

“Fiction is the lie which tells the truth” History has always held an inexplicable sway over the reader. The far off time and setting, the characters, the...
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Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali

Bringing back a slice of the past Twilight in Delhi is the story of Delhi, of a particular moment in the long history of this city that...
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Adapted: Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands

To Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf The Oxford Dictionary defines femme fatale as a ‘very beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble...
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Mosquito and Other Stories by Premendra Mitra

A must-read classic of Bengali Literature The Context The one joy of curating a website that focuses on Indian literature is also the amazing literary gems, classics...
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Booked: Literary Events for March 2019

Looking for book-ish events in March? We looked around, and there is a little of everything happening, from conferences, plays based on literary characters, Event Name: Rumi...
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Filmi Keeda: The new book and film club in Mumbai

It gives me extreme (and very nerdy) pleasure to announce a collaboration with The Red Sparrow, a content destination for Indian films. Starting March, Purple Pencil Project...
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The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

 Goodish Farce That Could Have Been Great Satire Mr. Shashi Tharoor, where are you? Of course, I am aware that you still make headlines these days, albeit...
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The Durbar: Celebrating verse in Hyderabad

In December last year, we partnered with the Ethos Literary Festival, a two-day long celebration of the verse, which was presented by Hawakal Publishers, a poetry press...
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Poonachi or The Story of a Black Goat by Perumal Murugan

“Once, in a village, there was a goat. No one knew where she was born. The birth of an ordinary life never leaves a trace, does it?”...
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Half the Night is Gone by Amitabha Bagchi

Towards the end of Amitabha Bagchi’s Half the Night is Gone, one of the lead characters returns as a kathavaachak at the funeral of his own father,...
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Booked: Your guide to literary events in February

January was all about the literature festivals, and looks like at least some of it will be spilling into February. In this post, we bring you a...
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Ending on a high note: Day 3 of the Hindu Litfest 2019

After two days of compelling sessions, meaty discussions, revered speakers, impromptu musical performances and interactive workshops, The Hindu Lit for Life Festival 2019 entered into the third...
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Awards and more: Day 2 of the Hindu Litfest 2019

The second day of the ninth edition of The Hindu Lit For Life Fest 2019 began with pomp and enthusiasm, and was filled with a diverse and...
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Glimpses from Lit for Life 2019: Day 1

As the sun spread its warmth, dispelling the cold which has engulfed the early morning in Chennai, writers, novelists, performers, artists and literary enthusiasts swarmed inside Sir...
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The Really Big List of Award-Winning Indian Novels of 2018

Some new names and some old, some popular choices and some critically-loved. 2018 was an exciting year for Indian literature, a time when the reading, writing and...
Book Reviews

Chinatown Days by Rita Chowdhury: Tales from a lost town

I grew up in Maharashtra. Throughout school, our Indian history syllabus was restricted to the North and the West. The South was represented by such names as...
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On our new chapter, the Purple Pencil Project

The new year has come, for us, as the calm before the storm. Saurabh Garg started onWriting as an Indian book review blog way back in 2014...
The Journal

A ray of hope: Poetry trends in Calcutta

English poetry in Kolkata found itself blooming frutifully in the 1950s, often called the ‘transitional decade’. Romantic poetry then was represented by Toru Dutt and Sarojini Naidu....
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The Great Smog of India by Siddharth Singh

Right about the time I was finishing The Great Smog of India, I also read headlines such as: Delhi spends Christmas indoors as air quality severe on...
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Poetry readings and book launches: Day 2 of Ethos Literary Festival

After a successful first day, the poets, their audience, and the critics once again gathered at Royal Banquets, Dumdum, Kolkata, to witness a day of engaging panel...
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A little poetic, a little political: Day 1 at ELF 2018

On a cold winter morning in Dum Dum, poets, professors, publishers and authors gathered for the first ever bilingual literary fest of Kolkata, Ethos Literary fest, organized...
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On the art of poetry and translation: Manu Kurup

Over the weekend, poet Manu S Kurup will be participating in the Ethos Literary Festival 2018, speaking at the session, ‘Do critiques add value to poetry at...
Book Reviews

Poetry: Woman And Her Muse by Lopamudra Banerjee

Musings are part of every poet’s journey to writing. Without musing, how can a poet write, dream, and nurture words to make them express his or her...
Q & A

Abhirup Dhar: Most publishers aren’t keen on short stories

The Ethos Literary Festival 2018 is set to take place in Dum Dum, Kolkata from December 22-23. As part of our partnership with ELF, we are bringing...
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“Complex poems deceive the purpose of language”: Nikita Parik

The Ethos Literary Festival 2018 takes place in Dum Dum, Kolkata, from December 22-23, 2018. From today, get to know your speakers better through our interview, as we...
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Day 1 Schedule: Ethos Literary Festival 2018

On December 22-23, 2018, Dum Dum in Kolkata will play host to the the Ethos Literary Festival 2o18, organised by the Ethos Literary Journal and Hawakal Publishers....
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onWriting is the online media partner for Ethos Literary Festival 2018

Editor’s Note It’s the season of literature festivals and I have been busy looking at as many of them as possible to understand what the 333 fests,...
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Home Fire By Kamila Shamsie: Of God, love and politics

“Isma was going to miss her flight. The ticket wouldn’t be refunded because the airline took no responsibility for passengers who arrived at the airport three hours...
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Literary Events Calendar: December 2018

For readers, writers, students and followers of all things literary and just everyone looking to engage with fellow enthusiasts of the written word – we looked around...
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On the art of storytelling: Dastango Syed Sahil Agha

Interviewing a storyteller is like listening to a fable – it is filled with anecdotes, short stories from yore and a feeling that you are sitting by...
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Your writing is always within you, like a naughty monkey: PJJ Antony

I was first introduced to author PJJ Antony when I was working as the executive editor at Leadstart Publications, editing his translated collection of short stories, Come,...
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Under the stars: A storytelling festival in Udaipur

When you hear the word ‘story’ what comes to your mind? A picture book? An enchanted castle? A bonfire night with your friends, sharing ghost stories? Your...
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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

On a bonfire night after a calamity that mostly scared and did not destroy, an elderly man sat next to me, and without provocation, began narrating the...
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Clouds by Chandrahas Choudhury

Mumbai is vast, with more people sailing into it than out. Chances are that two people, in separate corners of this near 3-hour wide city, have similar...
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Night of Happiness by Tabish Khair

Author Tabish Khair’s Night of Happiness is a difficult tale to slot. It has elements of a thriller, a paranormal tale, and also makes reference to real-life...
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Book covers have an archival quality and should be designed thus: Shiraz Husain Usmani

You may or may not have heard of him, but you will have heard of the Khwaab Tanha Collective, a visual design initiative that brings Urdu poetry...
Book Cover Appreciation

Shiraz Husain: Capturing the death of a monarchy

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about City of My Heart by Rana Safvi, a book about the last days of the Mughals in India. Apart...
Book Reviews

A State Of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

At 275 pages, Neel Mukherjee’s A State Of Freedom seems like a short read. It is divided into five seemingly unconnected parts. The common thread that runs...
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Neil D’Silva: On championing Indian horror

He is a postgraduate in organic chemistry, ran a coaching class for 18 years while also freelancing and is now among the few horror writers in India,...
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All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy

A compass among rows of paints. The cover of All the Lives We Never Lived is enough to draw you in even without its blurb that promises...
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Fiction begins where non-fiction ends: Shubhangi Swarup

Speaking to Shubhangi Swarup, like reading her book, is to leave the parochial behind. It is to be inspired to live as fully and engagingly as possible,...
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Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup

First, there was the beginning of the universe, with two atoms and emptiness. Then, there was the ocean, and a simple dream by a grain of sand...
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On reading history: City of My Heart by Rana Safvi

This is not a book review. Who am I to judge the past, or what was written of it? I was introduced to monarchy in reverse. First,...
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Beloved by Toni Morrison

I Reading Beloved is like swinging really fast, really high. It is thrilling but is sometimes out of your control, sometimes reaching so high that you fear...
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The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany, translated by Russell Harris

I am always looking to read more of literature in translation, which is why when the generous Vivek Tejuja gave me The Automobile Club of Egypt (2013)...
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Rupal Vyas on reading Khaled Hosseini

There is a point, particularly around late teenage, when you are curious to know about how the things are spectacularly different in other countries, other states and...
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Low-down on a literary September

We are now solidly in the second half of the  year and whether or not you have completed you literary goals are, like us, are lagging behind...
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Upcoming literary events in July

No matter which city you’re in, we’ve got your July weekends covered with these literary events. Event Name: Broke Bibliophiles – Bombay Chapter What’s it about?: A...
Book Reviews

The Third Squad by V Sanjay Kumar

“You may not open a book if you hate its cover,” says this book critic. “So it helps to have it well designed.” I open the packaging...
Q & A

Diksha Bijlani: On what powers slam poetry

Diksha Bijlani is a spoken-word poet, Applied Psychology graduate from Gargi College and she has represented India in Chicago’s International Poetry Slam competition. She is also a...
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Upcoming literary events in June

Book your calendars this upcoming month for some of the fine literary events coming up in the cities. Event Name: Language Fest What’s it about?: A fest which...
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Literary May-Hem

The last week of May has got you covered with some upcoming literary events across the country. Event Name: BuddyBits Recite Whats it about?  Amidst the rush...
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is about growing love for humans, the reluctant choices for a better future and the power of books. The characters open themselves and bloom...
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A Day in the Life by Anjum Hasan

I wake up, the arms aching from a night’s cold, from having slept but not feeling rested. I remember a professor, in my final year of my...
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12th Poetry Open Mic

Event Name: 12th Poetry Open Mic Location: Qtube Cafe, Mumbai Dates: April 7, 2018, 4 pm to 9 pm Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/172408866718572/ Tickets: Entry is free.   Focus: Poetry...
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The Shadow of Darkness by Priyanka Baranwal

There is a lot that goes into getting a story in the form of a book. For someone looking to self-publish, after your first draft is ready,...
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Litventure 2017

Event Name: Litventure Location: Children’s Academy, Malad East, Mumbai Dates: November 18, 2017, 9 am to 2 pm Line-up: Utkarsh Patel and Shatrujeet Nath, Shyam Bhimsaria, Piorre...
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Dhaka Literature Festival

Event Name:  Dhaka Literature Festival Location:  Top floor, House 66, Road 8, Block C, Niketan, Gulshan 1, Dhaka. Dates: November 16-18, 2017 Line-up: Ben Okri, Jerry Pinto,...
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Tata Literature Live

Event Name: TATA Literature Live! Location: National Centre for Performing Arts and Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai Dates: November 16 – 19, 2017 Line-up: Shashi Tharoor, Thomas Friedman, Ajit...
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National Novel Writing Month

In a couple of hours from now, the National Novel Writing Month  or the NaNoWriMo will begin in India. For a whole month, aspiring writers across the...
Book Reviews

Before, and Then After by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

Pablo Neruda , that famed poet of love, has a lesser known collection titled ‘Ode to Common Things’. Here, he takes commonplace objects like onions or spectacles...
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Maps for a Mortal Moon by Adil Jussawalla

Maps for a Mortal Moon is a collection of journalistic writings by Adil Jussawalla on a sprawling range of subjects – from the importance of literary agents...
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Rishika Aggarwal: on poetry and being a self-published poet

I think we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savannah or...
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Vidya Premkumar: on teaching literature

Literature today presents itself as that elusive, satisfying, cool profession. “You’re an author? That’s cool.” “I want to do something creative, like write,” have become cool catchphrases...
Book Reviews

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Think of Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House as a travelling theatre and a mobile culture library, situated primarily in the Macdougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District or simply the...
The Journal

On J.K. Rowling

I was vacationing with two of my brothers last week, corporate bigwigs who sashay down the airports every month, eat meals at the lounge and keep their...
The Journal

On Harry Potter

Yet another July 31 is here and my social media is filled, cheerfully, in reverence to the boy who lived, to the queen of the magical world;...
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On Reading Austen

A couple of years ago, to take a break from the arduous preparation work of my college festival, my girlfriends and I  watched the 2005 version of...
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On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Some books are known more by their quotes, snippets of awesome that become bigger than the author and the source, and find their immortality in facebook posts,...
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

There is something, not quite serendipity, about reading a book of contemporary relevance, with jingoistic headlines spamming my background, the noise of hyper news anchors rising above...
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The Royal Game and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

Sometime last year, I started painting again. Seeing my art teacher in his element, oblivious to all distraction, I wrote a short story about the lengths an...
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The Princes by Manohar Malgonkar

Let one thing be known; most contemporary Indian fiction (in English) is a waste of paper. It is written in ‘simple’ English, as if literature is nothing...
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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

If you haven’t read The God of Small Things yet, you may still have heard all about how the novel grabbed the 1997 Booker, while notoriously creating...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Imagine rich, creamy dark chocolate, with bits of walnut and a hint of mint, layered with caramel, whipped till ultra-smooth consistency is achieved and moulded to the...
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Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood

The life of a full-time romance reader is hardly simple. Once you have read as many novels as I have (or, frankly, even a couple dozen fewer),...
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On Our New Logo

When onWriting started, it was a book review blog. And when Sakhi came on board, it became a lot more than just book reviews. We decided that...
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The Guardians of Halahala by Shatrujeet Nath

We received a copy of this book from the author. That does not affect the review below. It is honest and unbiased. Indian fiction often seems to...
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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

My mind cannot comprehend war. I have of course seen the movies and the documentaries, read the books by all the right authors – yet, fail to...
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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

April 1, 2017 I pick up a book, as part of a reading challenge. As a habit, I don’t read about the book before I’ve read it,...
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Heartless by Merissa Meyer

How I love the fairy tales. And how I adore Marissa Meyer to have retold every single one of them in such a beautiful way. Meyer has completely...
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The Death Relic by Chris Kuzneski

When the back blurb of a book compares the New World of 1545 to the Yucatan Peninsula today, when there is magic and historical fiction involved, you...
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

When you hear too much about a book, you know when everyone is calling it a classic; you think, “This is a goddamn phony book.” And when...
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Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud

This review was first published on June 30, 2016 Rupert Devereaux (let’s think, a Mr. David Cameron) is the Prime Minister of Britain, governing it with mediocre...
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The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud

Three things I read this book while having a little professional tussle of my own and eerily, at the same time that John Mandrake suffers the professional...
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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Reading fantasy at 22 while pursuing a Master’s in Art — English Literature, is a test in itself. How you react to a largely ‘childish’ book after hammering for...
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A Man’s Head by Georges Simenon

Here’s something about me: I love philosophy, and believe firmly that it needs to be made more mainstream. Philosophy helps root your beliefs into a concrete base....
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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Are you a fan of The Princess Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada? Have you watched Pretty Woman enough times to know some of Julia Roberts’ lines...
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Howling at the Moon by Darshana Suresh

I’ve been following Darshana on Tumblr for a while now, and I’ve been waiting to read Howling at the Moon since it first published, and I have...
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Fools and Other Stories by Njabulo S. Ndebele

The Test For a long time, I wanted to right about the streets of my childhood, our games of summer and rains, my poverty and my perception...
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

I’ll be honest — I am not (yet) a science fiction aficionado. I have a very limited, can-count-on-my-fingers number of the genre, some short stories and currently only two...
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Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Writers and authors, storytellers and what Neil Gaiman calls, ‘those trade in fictions’, I believe, have a hidden agenda to glorify, not unjustly, our own kind. We...
Book Reviews

Tales from the Border by Blackwood

Last month, I acquired a membership to a library in Mumbai; an old, dilapidated building that has volumes and volumes of old books in English, Marathi, Hindi...
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Fatal Affair by Marie Force

*claps hands* So, romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine – they’re the perfect way to cleanse you palate after finishing book(s) that require my complete...
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The Wedding by Julie Garwood

Romance sections at popular bookstores are smaller than Cinderella’s foot! I found this gem on the dusty shelf of a rent-a-book place after a long day of...
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#FDD017 (Golden) by Rishika Aggarwal

Greek mythology seems to rule the world. There are those who like it, and then there is the author of #FDD017, Rishika Aggarwal, who has reached its...
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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I. Night  It’s a short, two page night. In an old court that would once have served for both sports and dances, I think about the times...
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Hell Island by Matthew Reilly

Hell Island is a novella that fits in between Scarecrow and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (alternatively title, Scarecrow Returns) in Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow series, filling...
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Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Her name takes up more than half my title. Her stories took up more than half my soul. When my friend and culture guide Nilay lent me...
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Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

It is not a good sign when you pick up a book reluctantly. I had read Haroun and the Sea of Stories and its sequel was lying...
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The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

Literally. The plot of The Great Zoo of China is pretty simple – China has secretly raised 200-odd dragons over the course of 3-4 decades, while also...
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Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

I first read American Gods in my first year of college . I hadn’t quite read anyone like Gaiman — and I fell in love with him, his words,...
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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Welcome to the surrealist’s paradise! Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library’ is a quick read – clocking in at about 100 pages, half of which are artwork, even...
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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

In the mundane rut that are our professional and domestic routines, the universe finds its way to reassure us that it’s got our backs; a shuffle that...
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World War Z by Max Brooks

Around October last year I lay disturbed  — dreaming of wars, death, of a dystopian future and my place in it. Source? The ongoing ‘conflict’ between India and Pakistan,...
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I read most of my books in small nooks and corners of the city; the washroom,  public transport, the ledge by the window in my bedroom, in...
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The Martian by Andy Weir

You’ve probably seen the critically acclaimed movie now (if you haven’t, I’d recommend it as much as the book), but even if you have, that’s still no...
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Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov has been on my to-read list since forever. He’s one of those you like before reading, and my limited knowledge of the Foundation Saga weaved...
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Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics

“You are so much stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.” This is how the end of one of the most evocative poems of...
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Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

There’s a few words that will always go together: India, 90’s kids, reading, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Matilda, Harry Potter, Nancy Drew. These were great stories. Even...
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Memphis Group Returns With Post Crisis Fabrics by CoopDPS

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Two Architects on How to Design for Wellbeing

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China names and shames 5 tourists over bad behavior

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Los Angeles police officer fatally shoots man

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6 Secret Florida Towns to Visit This Winter

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The Winners and Losers of the ABC Democratic

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Rafael dos Anjos stops Donald Cerrone in 1st round

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Most Beautiful Things That Happened This Year

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Saving Money at Bed Bath & Beyond

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20 Christmas Fails That Definitely Missed the Mark

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Most Beautiful Photos from America’s National Parks

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21 Pomegranate Recipes: The Fruit Equivalent of Gushers

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Video:Episode 39: Magnus Nilsson, Nordic Genius

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7 Bottles of Sparkling Wine to Drink Year Round

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Studies Find That Scented Candles Might Pose

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The 10 Priciest American Homes Sold in 2015

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13 Supremely Stylish Ways to Organize Your Home

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This Year’s Swedish Ice Hotel Is Incredibly Elaborate

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See 100 Years of Adorable Children’s Toys in Under 3 Minutes

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Would you ski off the top of a 21 storey building?

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Thomas Pink launches a shirt that you will never have to iron

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Villa Review: Dream Villas, Alanya, Turkey

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Thomas Pink launches a shirt that you will never have to iron

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Mount Etna erupts after two years of silence

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Should you catch a ferry or fly drive between Spain and the UK?

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Why you should stay in a houseboat on Lake Päijänne

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St Pancras – A Destination In Its own Right For All Aligned Corner

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25 Boy Band Christmas Jams That Are Absolute Fire

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Hilary Duff Goes Dark For A Synth-Pop Fleetwood Mac Cover

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Drake’s ‘Back To Back’ Was Made In Less Than 24 Hours

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An Appalling Silence on Gun Control

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A Floral Calling: Alberto Arango & Ramiro Guerrero

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The ‘Benefits’ of Black Physics Students

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Audio:Kobe Bryant Gets a Long Lakers Goodbye

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Chocolate, Espresso and Whisky Mousse

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After the Crash by Michel Bussi

I just finished reading After the Crash by Michel Bussi. It’s a very simple and yet fascinating story. A place crashes in the mountains. Everyone aboard dies....
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Ally Oliver-Perham and Harry Dickson

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Audio:An Appalling Silence on Gun Control

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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Westgarth House

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Arthur Brooks: Looking for the Perfect Gift

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Paola Navone Brings Richly Textured Fabrics to Rubelli

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Shweta Taneja

A new week. And a new author. And a new interview! Say hello to Shweta Taneja. She is an “author with a weakness for the occult, the eccentric...
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Nitin Sawant

This week, we have Nitin Sawant. His book, Lucifer’s Lungi (Goodreads, Buy from Amazon, Buy from Flipkart). Nitin’s book is about this guy who believes in traveling to unknown...
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Ankush Saikia

OnWriting in back after yet another break. Of course we added Jaibala to help with book reviews but we haven’t had any interviews per se in all...
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Private India

I recently read Private India. The latest by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson. Got the book as part of the book review program by Blogadda.com. Private India....
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Welcome Jaibala!

When I started this blog, I had no clue of the shape that onWriting would eventually take. All I knew was that I loved Stephan King’s On...
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God is a Gamer

I recently read God is a Gamer. The latest by Ravi Subhramanian. Got the book as part of the book review program by Blogadda.com. Please note that this...
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Nishant Kaushik

OnWriting in back after a brief hiatus! I got busy with my own book and had no time to seek time for interviews from other authors.  So...
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The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret

Christopher C Doyle brings together History, Mythology and Science in a interesting and compelling story, of The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret. The title peeked my curiosity, “What...
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Slightly Burnt

Slightly Burnt by Payal Dhar is a YA novel about teenagers and their problems. At the same time it is not, just a novel and addresses issues...
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Back In Time

“Back In Time” is the second book of the Tamanna series, and Andaleeb Wajid has done justice to the story of Tamanna that she started in No...
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Flames of Paradise

When I heard of Flames of Paradise written by Tanjua Shankar Khan, a story with a female protagonist set amidst the terrorism in Kashmir I jumped at...
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God Is A Gamer

Well Looks like I am on a streak of reading new authors, they dominate my “To Be Read Pile”.  So God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian...
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Anjali Kirpalani

Born in India, Anjali Kirpilani, lived in South Africa for eight years and moved back to India in 2008. After completing her Bachelor in Business Science degree...
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Apurv Nagpal

Apurv’s Nagpal’s first book, Eighteen Plus (Facebook page, buy from Amazon) is an anthology of erotic short stories, a category that remains unexplored in India. In fact...
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Vishwas Mudagal

Vishwas (Goodreads, Facebook, web) is a successful serial entrepreneur and a CEO with a history of building innovative technology brands and companies. He is very passionate about...
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Private India

A thriller based in India, a collaboration between two authors with their own individual styles of writing – one Ashwin Sanghi and the other James Patterson, a...
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Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral (Goodreads, FB, twitter) a journalist turned writer based out of Mumbai. She is the author of The Reluctant Detective (2012) and Once Upon A Crush (2014). She is also...
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Shomprakash Sinha Roy

Shomprakash Sinha Roy (Goodreads, FB, website, Wikipedia) a 23-year-old writer based out of Bangalore, India. He already has three books to his credit – The Pink Smoke (2013) ,...
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Aditya Magal aka Jhunjhunwala

Aditya Magal (Goodreads) is 28, lives in Bangalore and is a Business Analyst turned Author. His debut novel, How to Become a Billionaire by Selling Nothing has...
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Book Review: Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman

Meghna is the third book by author Sundari Venkatraman after Double Jeopardy and The Malhotra Bride. This story comes with a warning “This book has been written only for...
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Telling The Untold

When the title of a book says that, it will tell the untold story of a big business conglomerate Like the Shahra India Pariwar, it immediately perks...
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Breaking all Moulds

No I haven’t read Fault In Our Stars, and this is the first John Green Book I have ever read. So how do I feel about Paper...
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A Breath Of Fresh

How would Harry Potter be if it were set two centuries back, in the 1800’s? It would probably be like A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey....
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Radhika Meganathan

Radhika Meganathan has published 12 picture books, with 20 more under production. She was the 2004 recipient of Highlights Foundations for Children’s Writers’ fellowship (USA) and one...
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The Assassin’s Life

The Assassin’s Blade is a series of five novellas by Sarah J Maas, in one edition which  acts as a prequel to the Throne of Glass and Crown of...
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Shatrujeet Nath

Shatrujeet (Goodreads, fb) is a writer and a former business journalist based out of Mumbai. He earned critical acclaim with his debut novel, The Karachi Deception. His next, The Guardians of...
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Rohit Gore

Rohit Gore (website, Goodreads, fb), has published four books including The Guardian Angels, Circle of Three and A Darker Dawn. He is based out of Pune. Apart from...
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Sachin Garg

Sachin Garg (website, Goodreads, fb), known for his bestsellers Never Let Me Go, I am not Twenty Four and recently Come on Inner Peace, is a writer based out of...
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Not At all Sorry

Sorry…..Again??? The title, the cover page and the tag line that went “Can he purge his sins” seemed very different, interesting and raised my curiosity to read...
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No Goodbyes For This

“Sassy Sweet and Fast Moving” are the three words on the cover that Anuja Chauhan has used to describe the book. Well I found this book to...
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Blown Away To Kingdom Come!!!!!!

Whenever you pick a book to read, you always have this preset notion, as to what the book is going to be. Some book fit just right and...
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Hunting Down the Mangler

After reading a fair few not so great books, a good book comes like an oasis in the desert. Madras Mangler by Usha Narayanan was such a book....
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Fall in Love over Tea

When I start to read a book, and get so engrossed in it, that I forget the sense of time and space, start feeling the emotions of...
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Book Feature : Tea Breaks With The CEO

THE BLURB Enya’s life was like a bull in a China Shop. While she juggles with all the stress with her family and work, there comes cupid’s...
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A Journey through the pages of history

  Daniel’s Diary by Rajeshwari Chauhan The Blurb When Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, ventures into the ruins of Rang-Mahal and the Palace of Sumangarh, an accidental...
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About the Don’s Wife

  Don’s Wife by Vinod Pande   The Blurb   Lethality of beauty and inner radiance brutally felled, after several dastardly attempts on her life in different...
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The Road To Being The Malhotra’s Bride

The Malhotra Bride is the second book I have read by the Author Sundari Venkatraman and is her first foray into self publishing. This is again a...
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Hello world!

Hello! This is the first post on onWriting.in. Thank you for seeing this!
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The Laborious Route to Love

  Love’s Labor by Andy Paula   The Blurb   Piali Roy has run away from home and the two stubborn men who love her. One is...
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Dealing with the Tycoon

The Blurb Dancing with the enemy Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to...
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Chasing With Tuki

  Tuki’s Grand Salon Chase by Parul Sharma     The Blurb   AFor most hairstylists, the move from the dingy Lovely Beauty Parlour to the upmarket...
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The Gentry Love Affair

  Grays Hill By Barbara T. Cerny     The Blurb   After her father committed suicide rather than face his mounting gambling debts, Oksana Wallingford knows...
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Dance to the Sirens Tunes

  Sirens Spell Danger  By  C.Suresh, Radha Sawana & Karthik L       The Blurb   There are sirens and, then, there are sirens. Some warn...
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Hack to seek followers to seek Musically Explained

Ever implemented your kids lip-sync until the his or her smartphone? it’s a solid likelihood they’re in Musical. Ly. The potential social network lets people teach his...
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Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman

The Blurb Sanya doesn’t just have trouble, she has double trouble. Twins Arth and Ansh Sharma, are rich, sexy and sinfully handsome – what’s a girl to...