An Introvert’s Guide to ‘Celebrating’ New Year’s Eve

No change in the calendar calls for more fanfare than the transition from 31 December to 01 January. It's all well and good but the overwhelming pressure to 'CELEBRATE' can make it an introvert's nightmare.   Here's presenting 5 ways you can enjoy this night without faking it. READ A BOOK, DUH! Seriously, get a… Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to ‘Celebrating’ New Year’s Eve

13 Editors Tell You What Makes Them Say ‘Yes’ to a Manuscript

    We asked our in-house editors – the yay- or nay-sayers, the people who decide whether or not to publish manuscript, the folks whom you'll work with as they delete a word here or add a sentence there to make your book the best possible version of itself – what makes them say yes to a… Continue reading 13 Editors Tell You What Makes Them Say ‘Yes’ to a Manuscript

Staff Picks: The Best of Film, Books & TV

'I am reading Bruce Chatwin’s Songlines these days and am loving it. Chatwin is an excellent writer—grafts theme to sentence so well. The subject of the book is the varied musical "routes" called songlines that criss-cross Australia and Chatwin’s learning about these routes. Each songline was sung by an Aboriginal elder and represent a particular… Continue reading Staff Picks: The Best of Film, Books & TV

An Editor Reflects on His Experience Working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

‘A great nation is one which, when faced with a grave challenge, rises to the occasion and brings out the best in itself. Its people work as one to become the master of the problem and defeat it. India has a lot to learn if it is to occupy the pride of place that rightfully… Continue reading An Editor Reflects on His Experience Working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

'Living the Dream: The Life of the 'Bollywood' Actor by New York-based actor-photographer Mark Bennington (who also played Deputy Commissioner Wilkie in Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy) is a coffee table book every movie buff must have. It shows a range of actors—from strugglers to A-list celebs—behind the scenes, doing everyday things as they go… Continue reading Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

Oscar Fever: Ten Books That Inspired Great Movies

1. Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner | F.X. Toole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_RsHRmIRBY This hard-hitting collection of powerful and moving tales based on the experiences of the late, great fight manager and cut man Jerry Boyd, who wrote under the pen name F.X. Toole, is the basis for the Oscar-winning motion picture starring Hilary Swank and Morgan… Continue reading Oscar Fever: Ten Books That Inspired Great Movies

‘A writer’s ability to create literature is a gift that he is born with’

It’s 1510. The Portuguese arrive in Goa armed with guns, swords and crucifixes to the agricultural village of Adolshi, where Hindus have been living peacefully. A sense of foreboding fills them as tigers prowl, cow bones appear in wells, chariot wheels break on festival day. The Portuguese king has licensed Jesuits to take over and… Continue reading ‘A writer’s ability to create literature is a gift that he is born with’

10 Tweets That Prove Rishi Kapoor Is The King of Sass

Rishi Kapoor's Twitter bio reads: 'Son of a famous Father-Father of a famous Son. I am the hyphen in between them.' It is not just his bio that's refreshingly different, his tweets too are a little hatke. He has strong opinions and he definitely does not shy away from airing them khullam khulla, much like his bestselling autobiography.… Continue reading 10 Tweets That Prove Rishi Kapoor Is The King of Sass

Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5LKs6LlsPQ Paranoia Agent: Spanning over thirteen episodes, this anime series follows the intersecting lives of many individuals in central Tokyo, all of whom become victims of a mysterious street assailant. A typical Satoshi Kon story, the series is made more dark and suspenseful with music by Susumu Hirasawa (who collaborated with Kon in Paprika). Also,… Continue reading Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV

'Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: I picked this up thinking it was one of those typical teen-angst books with incarnations of John Green's characters. But it hit me squarely, right in my heart, and knocked the breath out of me. Parker Grant is blind, opinionated, forceful, and has a set of… Continue reading Staff Picks: The Best of Books, Film & TV