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Boats on Land - A Collection of Short Stories | Janice Pariat | Book Review

March 29, 2014

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By for Random House India

STORIES: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

The beauty of the north-east lies in its culture, its people and its landscapes. The seven sisters, as these seven states are called, have their own culture, beliefs and language, and ea…

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Supertraits of Superstars | Priyanka Sinha Jha | Book Review

March 29, 2014

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By for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

If I talk about the factors and forces which most efficiently bind India together, and which more or less can be referred to as an invisible & intangible cultural force, Bollywoo…

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The Fragile Heart | Ankit Jaiswal | Book Review

March 27, 2014

the fragile heart ankit jaiswal book review

By for Ankit Jaiswal

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Love is a funny thing. You never know when it may happen to you and change your life forever. You may not even realise that you’ve been warmed by its beguiling touch, …

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My Days: A Memoir | R.K. Narayan | Book Review

March 27, 2014

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By for Pan Macmillan

CONTENT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Who doesn’t know Malgudi, the small, sleepy and fictional town in South India which has long made its imprint on every Indian heart? Thanks to the widely popular Indian television s…

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SHYAMKANT LIMAYE | Author Interview

March 26, 2014

A successful academician, the principal of JIT, Nagpur and a well known name in Software Development, Shyamkant Limaye is the debut author of 'Dual Reality', a romance thriller. His interests range from music to traveling to writing. In this interview, he talks about his debut book 'Dual Reality', t…

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In My Shoes | Tamara Mellon | Book Review

March 24, 2014

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SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CANDIDNESS: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

All we ladies know how much we covet our Christian Loboutins, Manolo Blahniks, Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choos. But the kind of reverence Jimmy Choos commands from us is simply indispensable. We cr…

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Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister | Tabrik C. | Book Review

March 24, 2014

prisoner jailor prime minister tabrik book review

By for Hachette

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

In the past few months, politics have become an important part of the news that we see every day. Of course, there is always something politically related happening, but the present …

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KAUSHIK GHOSH | Author Interview

March 22, 2014

Kaushik Ghosh is an engineering post-graduate and works for an IT MNC, but his passion lies in writing. His latest novel 'Balcony on the River' is a testimony to his story-telling skills. An avid traveler, he believes that places too have characters and looks at them for inspiration. In this intervi…

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Sudhi Kannan: An Elephantic Adventure | Krishna | Book Review

March 22, 2014

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By for Krishna

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Any frequent reader who regularly goes to a bookstore to buy books has an instinct for whether a story is good or not. After all, they only get to see the blurb and the cover, and at be…

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The Princess Diaries | Meg Cabot | Book Review

March 20, 2014

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By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Meg Cabot is a highly celebrated author. There is no doubt about that. Her books are a big time hit in the US, UK and other countries, but just how relevant is her flagship …

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Sorry, You're Not My Type | Sudeep Nagarkar | Book Review

March 19, 2014

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By for Random House India

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

‘Sorry, You're Not My Type’ is my first Sudeep Nagarkar book and having read his work now, I must say that the author’s reputation indeed precedes his work. I…

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Thirsty Nation: Priorities for India's Water Sector | Joseph Quinlan, Sumantra Sen & Kiran Nanda | Book Review

March 17, 2014

THIRSTY NATION: PRIORITIES FOR INDIA’S WATER SECTOR book review

By for Random House India

SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

RESEARCH: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

What is it that drives a nation towards economic growth and sustainability? Some argue it is the entrepreneurial spirit, for others it is the people, for few ot…

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Gone with the Vindaloo | Vikram Nair | Book Review

March 17, 2014

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By for Hachette

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

One of the challenges that an author faces when he or she is writing a book is to bring the story alive to the readers. It is not always easy, and is a talent that is perhaps not see…

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The Agony of Love | Neilay Khasnabish | Book Review

March 14, 2014

the agony of love by neilay khasnabish book review

By for Neilay Khasnabish

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Love stories may be a dime and a dozen, but almost every story has a different story to tell. Even the seemingly clichéd formula of going to a top college, falling in love a…

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MEENAKSHI RAINA | Author Interview

March 13, 2014

Meenakshi Raina, the debut author of  'The Divine and the Destiny', has been a witness to the tragedy of mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits, and has based her debut work on this sensitive subject. Writing poems, in both Hindi and English, is her childhood passion, and she plans to release a collection…

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KIRTHI JAYAKUMAR | Author Interview

March 13, 2014

A versatile genius in the truest sense, Kirthi Jayakumar is a lawyer, researcher, journalist, human rights activist, UN volunteer, and a writer. Her latest collection of short-stories 'Stories of Hope', true to its name, is full of heart touching tales of people who, though live in depression, cling…

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Single in the City | Sushmita Bose | Book Review

March 6, 2014

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SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

It’s not easy to be a woman. It’s not easy to be a working woman. It’s not easy to be a single and working woman. It’s not easy to be a single and working woman living alone in an alien ci…

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Servants of the Goddess: The Modern-day Devadasis | Catherine Rubin Kermorgant | Book Review

March 6, 2014

servants of the goddess catherine rubin book review

By for Random House India

SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Wendy Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ was recently recalled and pulped by Penguin India because it “hurt the feelings of the Hindus.” More specifically, the con…

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri | Book Review

March 5, 2014

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PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

I am particularly hesitant to reading books by renowned authors; authors who bag Nobels and Pulitzers and Man Bookers. It is not that I haven’t tried. Most of what they write, though beautiful, go wa…

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Dual Reality | Shyamkant Limaye | Book Review

March 5, 2014

dual reality shyamkant limaye book review

By for Shyamkant Limaye

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Every human being has two personalities – one which we show to the world, and another which is embedded deep within us. In most of us, our veiled personality is dormant, slee…

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