Are You Balanced?

Take this quiz to find out!           In his debut book, Life’s Amazing Secrets, Gaur Gopal Das distils his experiences and lessons about life into a light-hearted, thought-provoking book that will help you align yourself with the life you want to live.

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The Editor on Why Sohaila Abdulali’s Book on Rape is Important

By Manasi Subramaniam What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape comes at a time when we have just begun to talk – actually talk – about rape. There is a great danger in referring to such a book as ‘timely’. Not only does that seem opportunistic, it also trivializes and oversimplifies sexual violence entirely.…

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Wise Words from The Rabbit and the Squirrel

A story of thwarted love, and an ode to the enduring pleasures of friendship, The Rabbit and the Squirrel is a charmed fable for grown-ups, in which one life, against all odds, is fated for the other. From Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s new book, we came across a list of wise words for you. A story of thwarted love,…

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Encouragement that Made Rudyard Kipling the Writer he was

In the cultural hub of 1880s’ Lahore Kay Robinson has taken over as editor of the Civil and Military Gazette. Assisting him is the young and impressionable Rudyard Kipling, a lonely, impulsive man who dreams of becoming a writer. Kipling’s literary pursuits have been dismissed as fanciful and foolish by his previous boss. But Robinson is…

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The Struggle between Kama Pessimists, Optimists and Realists

Kama: The Riddle of Desire by Gurcharan Das is a fascinating account of love and desire that sheds new light on love, marriage, family, adultery and jealousy. The book weaves a compelling narrative soaked in philosophical, historical and literary ideas while talking about Kama optimists, pessimists and realists. But how are these characterised? Let’s find out in…

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5 Writing Tips for Young Writers

Writing is Fun by Jeanne Perrett is a fun activity book for young readers to master the art of writing – be it a diary, letter, advertisement, script or a novel. Featuring handy tips and expert advice, this book is bound to polish their writing skills with the help of some zany characters and whimsical…

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On translating Shekhar: A Life

Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specializes in teaching South Asian literatures in English, Hindi and Urdu. He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood, and has translated to wide acclaim the iconic short-story collection Angaaray as well as Bhisham Sahni’s memoir Today’s Pasts. Most recently,…

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#DesignerSpeaks: The story behind designing stunning book covers for K.R. Meera’s enthralling books

The Unseeing Idol of Light by K.R. Meera is a haunting tale that explores love and loss, blindness and sight, obsession and suffering-and the poignant interconnections between them. This story is centered around the most intricate of human emotions and feelings and needed a book cover that would complement these emotions. Here we have our…

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How do you take a beloved epic and make it even more epic? You cast Hollywood film stars!

A timeless epic, The Valmiki Ramayana, translated by Bibek Debroy recounts the legend of Rama, the exiled prince of Ayodhya, and his battle to vanquish the demon king Ravana.This heroic tale filled with intrigue and adventure, gods and demons, colossal battles and ancient wisdom. Phenomenal books deserve phenomenal covers. Here is a first-hand account from…

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