Books · International · Interviews

‘We need to make sure boys [also] play with dolls, and girls with toy trucks’

Even in the modern world, it’s impossible to escape our biology: men are depicted as the stronger, smarter sex, while women are portrayed as more empathetic, and as natural caregivers. We buy dolls for our girls, and toy trucks for our boys, marking the first in a chain of ways that we raise our children…… Continue reading ‘We need to make sure boys [also] play with dolls, and girls with toy trucks’

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

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’

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’

Authors · Books · Interviews

Editor and writer Trisha Bora talks about her riveting debut novel ‘What Kitty Did’

This month, HarperCollins India publishes Trisha Bora’s debut novel, What Kitty Did.  Trisha isn’t new to the world of books and writing—she studied English Literature at Miranda House, and has worked in Indian publishing over the past several years. At the moment, she is a commissioning editor at Juggernaut Books. In this email interview with…… Continue reading Editor and writer Trisha Bora talks about her riveting debut novel ‘What Kitty Did’

Authors · Interviews

Meet Priyanka Menon, the writer of ‘Served with Love’, a new romance about two chefs

Tell us a bit about the genesis of Served with Love. P: In my opinion, all stories begin around food. Actually, good stories begin around good food. I remember reading a post on Facebook that said ‘No great story begins with that one time I was eating a salad’. I laughed so hard at that.…… Continue reading Meet Priyanka Menon, the writer of ‘Served with Love’, a new romance about two chefs

Authors · Interviews

Q&A with Ajeet Sharma, author, Three Marketeers

Ajeet Sharma, the author of the novel Three Marketeers (published jointly by HarperCollins India and Black Ink) is a marketing expert, a business school professor, and a keen follower of trends and action in the business world. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management. In his career, spanning more than…… Continue reading Q&A with Ajeet Sharma, author, Three Marketeers

Interviews · Longreads · Trade

For books to sell, the desire to read needs to be created: Gaurav Sabharwal, Prakash Books

Book distributors are crucial in the supply chain of books from publishers to readers. Gaurav Sabharwal steers Prakash Books, one of India’s leading distributors of trade fiction and non-fiction. With offices in Daryaganj, the heart of the books’ business in northern India, he has witnessed a sea of changes in the business over the past…… Continue reading For books to sell, the desire to read needs to be created: Gaurav Sabharwal, Prakash Books

Books · Editors' Desks · Interviews

‘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’

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Meet the Writer Who Travelled Across the World to Trace the Women of the Rani Jhansi Regiment

At a time when topics such as feminism and women’s empowerment are slowly permeating into public discussions and debates in mainstream media, it’s a sad reality that an incredible chapter about India’s women during the Indian independence movement is merely glossed over in history books prescribed by the country’s academia. Which is why Vera Hildebrand’s…… Continue reading Meet the Writer Who Travelled Across the World to Trace the Women of the Rani Jhansi Regiment