Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

How did your initiation into journalism happen? My teacher had suggested that I should become a journalist. So I tried pursuing that direction but did not know anything about the profession. I tried in many places but did not get a job. Finally I got the job of sorting letters in NDTV. Gradually, I became a translator, copied pieces for other people at the desk, … Continue reading Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

Author Speaks: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Those of you know me are well aware of how big a sucker I am of Indian mythology. I just love to criticize them! On top of that, I have had to study the Ramayana and Mahabharata as text last semester. So quite evidently, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the fiery feminist author who had breathed new life into Draupadi and now Sita happens to be one … Continue reading Author Speaks: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

  Around a month back, I very consciously, due to a bugging guilt of not working enough, decided to cut off from all social circles. Although I’m out of the self-imposed isolation now, here are some of the things that I learnt from that experience:   I saved a LOT of time: This was the main purpose of my action. We don’t realise how much we … Continue reading I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Happy Ramzaan guys! Hope you had a great Iftaar. To make my festivities more special, Aminia Restaurant sent over a plate of their new Shahi Galawti Kebab today evening. Galawti kebabs are known to owe their origin to Nawab Asad-ud-Daula(1748-1797) of Lucknow.The Nawab was so fond of kebabs that he had special orders for his cooks to come up with a new variant of kebab … Continue reading Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Politics of Jugaad

Title: Politics of Jugaad- A Coalition Handbook Author: Saba Naqvi Publisher: Rupa Publications Genre: Politics As we’re midway into the election, famous journalist and psephologist Saba Naqvi has come out with her latest book Politics of Jugaad which is a book tracing the history of coalition governments in India. The fascination with a ‘great leader’, such as Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, is now quite … Continue reading Politics of Jugaad

Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

  Title: Straight to Normal Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar Genre: Autobiographical/ LGBT Publisher: Rupa Publications   “Homosexuality is a natural variant of human sexulity. A person’s sexual orientation is intrinsic to their being. It is connected with their individuality, and identity. A classification which discriminates between persons based on their innate nature, would be violative of their fundamental rights, and cannot withstand the test of constitutional … Continue reading Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

Calcutta Under Fire

  Title: Calcutta Under Fire- The Second World War Years Author: David Lockwood Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publication   The Second World War was the most important phase in the history of India as well as the world. Calcutta Under Fire explores the different political and humanitarian aspects when Kolkata was affected by the war and the Japanese ironically sided with INA led by Netaji … Continue reading Calcutta Under Fire

Murder in the Monastery

Title: Murder in the Monastery Author: Barun Chanda Publisher: Rupa Publications Murder in the Monastery is a thriller by senior actor Barun Chanda which begins on a very interesting note dealing with a detective on a vacation in a hill station that gets extended because of a lost manuscript which contains confidential information about Buddhism and Christianity. It explores the controversy of Jesus Christ spending … Continue reading Murder in the Monastery

Lutyens’ Maverick

  Title: Lutyens’ Maverick Author: Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda Publisher: Rupa Publications   Lutyens’ Maverick  is a collection of short essays by the author who has served in the Parliament for 18 long years and has the rare distinction of being elected twice each to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The book is divided into six sections and ranges from topics like reservation for … Continue reading Lutyens’ Maverick

Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

  Title: Satyajit Ray’s Heroes & Heroines Author: Amitava Nag Genre: Film, Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Despite being a movie buff, I’ve never really understood or even tried to understand the intricacies of cinema. I mainly watch films for entertainment and hoping for a plot which makes me think. Growing up in Bengal, I saw that if there was someone who was worshipped after … Continue reading Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review

  “The highest things are under your feet, because you are Divine Stars; all these things are under your feet. You can swallow the stars by the handful if you want; such is your real nature. Be strong, get beyond all superstitions and be free.” – (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. VIII)     As the child of parents who were the disciples … Continue reading Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review

Tete-a-tete with Mukhpreet Khurana

The team of Bookpreneur recently got me a chance to interview the author of Unlocked Silences, Mukhpreet Khurana as a part of their Unlocked Silences digital Book Tour. I hope you enjoy reading the answers as much as I did: What/Who inspired you to write the book? Are they different inspirations behind every single poem in it? Unlocked Silences is inspired by companionship in its … Continue reading Tete-a-tete with Mukhpreet Khurana

What Is the Life Of a Soldier Worth?

Kashmir has been an issue which has always been very close to my heart, As an Indian who does believe that the valley is rightfully a part of our country, I have always echoed the concerns of multiple human rights group who have drawn our attention towards the excesses on the civilians and would continue to do so. However, there is another side to the … Continue reading What Is the Life Of a Soldier Worth?

Cut: The Death And Life of a Theatre Activist

“All your life you fought my wars, Wore my victories as a crown of thorns, All your life you swallowed my salt tears, Camouflaged my bloodied cuts”     Title: Cut Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu Publisher: Bloomsbury Genre: Fiction   I’ve always been a fan of the fiery feminist that Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is. This time I also fell in love with the author. Cut … Continue reading Cut: The Death And Life of a Theatre Activist