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#ArtView: Ten Books with Stunning Cover Photos

A lot goes into the creation of a book cover. First come the broad ideas, both from the author and the publisher. They’re followed by inputs and suggestions from the creatives – the cover designer, editor and the production team to help embellish those ideas. The final cover that holds the book together on shelves…… Continue reading #ArtView: Ten Books with Stunning Cover Photos

Authors · International · Interviews

Meet J.D. Barker, the man behind ‘4MK’, a heart-pounding serial killer thriller

This month, we publish J.D. Barker’s much awaited thriller, The Fourth Monkey — abbreviated 4MK — the first in a series featuring Detective Sam Porter. With echoes of the films Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, 4MK is a rollercoaster-paced reading experience which will have you white-knuckling the pages at every heart-pounding twist and turn. Sravya Darbhamulla,…… Continue reading Meet J.D. Barker, the man behind ‘4MK’, a heart-pounding serial killer thriller

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The Best of Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction This Month

To Kill the President | Sam Bourne ‘Read this book!’ — Jeffery Archer The most explosive thriller of the year… The unthinkable has happened… The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford ‘Mac’ McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of…… Continue reading The Best of Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction This Month

Book Excerpts · Longreads

‘Where have I given any hint I will allow the BJP to compromise my secularism?’

by SANKARSHAN THAKUR Midway through the campaign for the assembly elections of 2010, I set out on a three-week road journey across Bihar to take notes on why ‘change’ had become its birdsong after its long lay-off from wishing or wanting . . . Nitish [Kumar] was one of those who had egged me on.…… Continue reading ‘Where have I given any hint I will allow the BJP to compromise my secularism?’

Authors · Books · Interviews

‘Women in the Mahabharata existed only to propel the story forward for the men’

Growing up as a girl in the Vedic age is anything but easy—and even harder for the future Queen of Hastinapur, the kingdom of all kingdoms. She must contend with magic islands, difficult sages, calculating foster parents, sexual awakening and loneliness. Even when she is at the threshold of the capital, King Shantanu, smitten though…… Continue reading ‘Women in the Mahabharata existed only to propel the story forward for the men’

Authors · Books

A classic from Kashmir: Pran Kishore’s ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfam’

Gul Gulshan Gulfam is the story of a man, his houseboats and the siege of Kashmir When my first novel Sheen Ta Vatapod (Snow and the Bridle Path) was published in 1987, many of my friends and associates were skeptical, for how could I, who had dedicated my life to theatre and spent much of…… Continue reading A classic from Kashmir: Pran Kishore’s ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfam’

Interviews · Poetry

‘Each good poem is a glass of wine, really’

‘Describe a writing that is part water, part milk, part rain. Biswamit Dwibedy’s Ancient Guest is a wet home for this description.’ That’s how Bhanu Kapil introduces HarperCollins India’s latest anthology of poems. Ancient Guest is a collection which marks a new direction in contemporary Indian English poetry. Comprising four sections, each one as explosive and evocative as…… Continue reading ‘Each good poem is a glass of wine, really’

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Michael Crichton, J.R.R Tolkien, Angela Saini Lead Our Superb International Lineup This Month

All Out War – Tim Shipman ‘Shipman’s book is by far the best. It is a detailed, often pitch-perfect account that delivers the tale with an infectious sense of human drama – no mean feat, given the task of completing the whole thing so quickly’ —JOHN HARRIS, New Statesman Tim Shipman gives the readers the…… Continue reading Michael Crichton, J.R.R Tolkien, Angela Saini Lead Our Superb International Lineup This Month

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There’s A Fundamental Flaw in India’s Internal Security And It Needs to Be Fixed, Now

World Bank’s ‘Global Economic Forecast’ for June 2017 has projected the Indian economy’s growth (2017-18) to be 7.2 to 7.8 per cent. Forbes has said that this would make India the fourth fastest growing economy in the world. India is also accelerating financial reforms for introducing revolutionary changes in its tax regime by adopting GST (Goods…… Continue reading There’s A Fundamental Flaw in India’s Internal Security And It Needs to Be Fixed, Now