Taken together, these letters also constitute a love letter to the letter. To the postcard, in particular. Also, a love letter to a childhood in a specific city at a particular time: Calcutta of the 80s. Book review by Rituparna Roy.
Lakshmi Vekatachalam’s poems use simple and colourful words to plumb the depths of felt experiences that range from a deep insight of everyday routine to the realms of desires and dreams. Dr Jameela Begum reviews Of Hope and Faith & Other Poems.
Raj Swaroop reviews The Nail and Other Stories by Gaurahari Das and Chasing the Rainbow by Manoj Das - books that offer a glimpse of the beautiful Odisha.
Super fun Naani finds nothing impossible. Yash would love to have the unstoppable Naani around him. A book review by a sixth grader.
Piu Mahapatra's unbound book of postcards Letter to Myself has received rave reviews from eminent artists, writers and readers. Here are a few select reviews.
Eminent author and film scholar Shoma A Chatterji reviews Tamils of Bengal, by Srinivasan Sampath Kumar that explores the history of Tamils in Kolkata.
Noted scholar, film-critic and film-maker Subha Das Mollick previews Amitava Nag's Murmurs: Silent Steals with Soumitra Chatterjee and finds the book impressionistic which is a must read not only for the admirers of the thespian, but also for admirers of experimental literary work.
Better Parenting for the Children of Tomorrow: Secrets to Ace the Pandemic Times showcases the imperatives of parenting not just in the ‘Here & Now’ but way beyond.
Santosh Bakaya's Morning Meanderings take us barefoot, wistful and eager to take in her stories of unprecedented places. Review by Lopa Banerjee.
The girls featured in all the stories are like Kintsukuroi Dolls; they're all broken, but are slowly putting themselves together. Stories of Resilience written by Ramendra Kumar showcases how adolescent girls battle the toughest of odds with the help of Protsahan India Foundation, an NGO fighting against Child Abuse, and emerge triumphant. It retells stories of dogged determination and unmatched resilience. Ishika Kiran reviews Stories of Resilience.
In this rivetting novel Kali's Daughter, Raghav Chandra gives an insight into the life of a civil servant in the background of caste equations. A review by Santosh Bakaya.
Stories of Resilience written by Ramendra Kumar showcases how adolescent girls battle the toughest of odds with the help of Protsahan India Foundation, an NGO fighting against Child Abuse, and emerge triumphant. It retells stories of dogged determination and unmatched resilience. Ananya Raghu reviews the book.
Amitava Nag analysed Satyajit Ray's heroes and heroines as the characters they portray in the films rather than as individual celluloid celebrities off-screen, says National Award winning critic Shoma Chatterji in her review of Nag's latest book.
An in-depth and insightful review of International reuel Prize Winning writer, memoirist and poet Satbir Chadha's debut poetry collection 'Breeze', written by renowned author, academician, poet, TEDX speaker Dr. Santosh Bakaya.
An engaging review of Dr. AV Koshy's recent book of poems, 'Birds of Different Feathers' by Sunita Singh.
Lopa Banerjee's new book of poetry and memoir, titled 'Woman And Her Muse' is an artist's journey, leading the readers to a tapestry of emotions, consisting of her tribute to Kolkata, travel, art and cinema. A memorable foreword by Dr. Santosh Bakaya, renowned author and academician.
With a minimum of words, Gauri Dixit manages to convey the maximum of meaning. Sensitive, hard-hitting and definitely not high brow, the simplicity of her verse is stunning in its impact - A review by Santosh Bakaya
In Gauri Dixit's first book of poems, ‘In My Skin, I Find Freedom’, there is a common thread of a skeptical questioning mind. Book review by Sunita Singh.
As the FIFA World Cup 2018 fever grips football fans across the world, Ramendra Kumar's novel Against All Odds about a school boy Kartik who never gives up on his dream to play football although he has only one arm, catches the fascination of our young readers. Sixteen year old Ishika writes about the book she found inspiring, not only because of football but also because it is like a story next door!
A Skyful of Balloons by Santosh Bakaya will make you laugh and cry with the characters, the vicissitudes in their lives will tug at your heartstrings; you will savour the beams of the rising sun, and the romance of the setting sun will tickle you into a beautiful morn. An extract.
Effective Parenting: A book full of anecdotes, quotes, poems and short stories and what makes it interesting is it comes from a father rather than a mother. A Review by Bhaskar Parichha.
A review of Lopamudra Banerjee's recently released book, The Broken Home and Other Stories (Authorspress, 2017), her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore's selected works of fiction.
A foreword to Ananya Dhawan's recently released anthology of poems, 'Dew and Daze', available in Amazon Kindle and soon to be available in print.
"A portrait of the poet carrying all the hues the brush of time has painted over the half wrinkled canvas of her life" is how Perveiz Ali describes Dr Santosh Bakaya's Under the Apple Boughs. A Review.
"The beautiful, passionate bunch of her poems is a testimony to her intense musings and revelations, a kaleidoscope of all the colours of life, a search of her own self in the smouldering embers of singed dreams," says Manikant Sharma in his review of Lopamudra Banerjee's book of verses Let the Night Sing.
Emotional, Haunting, Thrilling, Intriguing – The Many Shades of Darkness There But Something More (Review Part 1)
Subhajit tastes the ecstatic flavours of murk, weird esotery in Darkness There But Something More that give him enough fright to visualize gleaming eyes in darkened room at night.
Rungli-Rungliot (Thus far and No Further) Author: Rumer Godden Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir Publisher: Speaking Tiger Synopsis of the book…. One day while browsing a supplement...
Santosh Bakaya's forte remains dramatic and rhyming and wherever she combines these two, the result is exquisite. A Poetry Book Review by Shabir Ahmad Mir.
I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the book launch of A Tsunami called Naani. It was indeed a wonderful experience to discuss the author’s work and thought process which went on to become this book. It is rare that we get insights into the author’s mind whenever we read a book. This was an experience that I really cherished. Before I go on to review the book, let me mention that the book was read out to my six-and-a-half-year-old daughter first and all my opinions are laced by her ideas.
The book is an imaginative memoir of a 10-year old from his perspective. The naivety of thoughts in children makes it a more compelling read.
Munshi Premchand has highlighted all the simple strengths and weaknesses of a human being in his masterpiece Karmabhoomi. Gunjan Joshi reviews this novel which highlights the multiple facets of human behavior and presence of several human beings in one individual. Munshi Premchand (1880-1936) was born 137 years ago on July 31 in Lamhi, a village near Varanasi.
Cancer by Joygopal Podder is a crime thriller where the graph of anxiety, curiosity and the adrenaline rush, keeps rising higher with every chapter. Amidst all this, romance too plays its own role. Kiren Babal reviews the book.
An engrossing and in-depth review of Joyce Yarrow and Arindam Roy's cross-cultural saga of crime and intrigue, 'Rivers Run Back'
Maya Khandelwal's evocative review of Lopamudra Banerjee's memoir 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey', written in a poetic, lyrical form. Her first attempt at a poetic review of a book.
A succinct, sensitive and analytical review of Maya Khandelwal's recently released novel 'Fireflies' by Wani Nazir Ahmed.
Marriage, does it really make a person happy? Or is it all about adjustments? 'The Story of My Second Marriage' is a delightful rumination on marriage, adjustments and human nature. An excerpt from the recently published novel by Mahesh Sowani.
Santosh Bakaya invites all the peace and ‘love-mongers’ to be ambassadors and tell the modern Thor to his face that the countdown of his days has started.
The Significant League (TSL) launched eminent author Dr Santosh Bakaya's much awaited collection of essays Flights From My Terrace in Delhi. A report.
Shabir Ahmad Mir, noted young poet, writer, literary critic dissects the intricacies of an immigrant woman's inner sojourns, as a child woman, a woman and mother, and also a daughter, as reflected in the autobiographical narratives of Lopamudra Banerjee's 'Thwarted Escape'.
The genre of short story in order to claim its rightful place needs to evolve and diversify like the Novel has already done. It is from this perspective that this collection of short stories attains significance because Scream and other Urbane Legends contains many a seed which if nourished and watered properly can bear amazing fruits.
An excerpt from my memoir/nonfiction novel 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey', published by Authorspress in October 2016.
Dr Koshy AV's first short stories collection 'Scream and Other Urbane Legends' was brought out by Lifi Publications on January 10th at New Delhi World Book Fair. The launch was done by Koshy's wife Anna Gabriel Koshy as the author could not be present. In a note, the author thanked Rakesh Sharma and Ramesh Mittal and the Lifi team as well as Drs Bina Biswas and Santosh Bakaya and Archna Pant and Reena Prasad, all famous writers, for all help in writing forewords, blurbs and encouragement.
Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey, published by Authorspress, Delhi, is Lopa Banerjee's debut memoir/narrative nonfiction work - a personal journey of seeking the essence and meaning of HOME.
Anything but KHAMOSH, the biography of Shatrughan Sinha has many parts that will remain with you and leave a lasting impact, reviews Peeyush Sharma.
A brief review of the acclaimed novel 'A Thousand Unspoken Words' by award-winning author and scriptwriter Paulami Duttagupta, published by Readomania.
Review of book of poems by Pramila Khadun - a trilogy by a triumvirate, an exciting journey into and sojourn in the world of poetry. The beautifully interwoven layers in each of her poems, carry the trademark of artistic brilliance, and awaken the mind, heart and soul.
A detailed, analytic book review of 'Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas', published by Readomania, edited and curated by Incredible Women of India.
Smita Patil, the book, is a detailed chronicle of the actresses' work. It is the sum total of the amazing roles essayed in an eventful career by an actress with star quality, whose incandescence though brief, left enough light behind to illuminate the screen even three decades later.
"Jagjit Singh's songs celebrate life and comment on its inequalities. He added new expressions, surprising twists and new instruments, revolutionising the performance of the ghazal." In remembrance of Jagjit Singh, Learning and Creativity-Silhouette Magazine presents a review of Baat Niklegi Toh Phir The Life and Music of Jagjit Singh. We compliment journalist-editor-biographer Sathya Saran for bringing out an eloquent and engrossing chronicle of the life and times of India's unforgettable ghazal maestro, her third ace in the series of biographies on the legends of India's movies and music scene.
Sitting down with The Significant Anthology is like being invited to sit in some great meeting place around a glowing campfire. You don’t want to get up, close your eyes, or miss a single moment.
Olympiad Champs’ e-courses let students practice and revise for Olympiad exams. Olympiad e-courses are available for subjects Mathematics, Science, and English
All the questions in Olympiad English books are designed in a way so as to clear misconceptions and strengthen the knowledge about the subject.
The Science Olympiad books and course material contain a wide range of thought provoking questions that tests the student’s knowledge and capabilities thoroughly.
Olympiad Champs Mathematics books for Classes 1 to 8 are one of its kind books intended for students who are keen to appear in world’s renowned Maths Olympiad exams.
A Book Review of “Beckett’s English Poetry : Transcending the Roots of Resistance in Language” by Dr A.V. Koshy published by Authorspress Global Publishing Network.
Reading Dickens in the bicentennial year of birth: representation, art and aesthetics in commercial and industrial England as mirrored in ‘Hard Times’.
Crossed and Knotted Book Review: The unique experience of reading separate stories woven together to form an intricate tapestry.
Roots and Meanderings Anthology of Selected Short Stories a wholesome package ranging from the joyful to the poignant to fond remembrance and perchance fulfillment.
"The delightful collection of short stories in Roots and Meanderings has a very striking resonance to the name of its title... an interesting blend of ordinary, everyday experiences of our mundane surroundings told with simplicity and earnestness and haunting, riveting narratives marked with subtle, poetic and also cinematic style of narration. " Roots and Meanderings - Learning and Creativity Anthology of Selected Short Stories is now out in Kindle Edition on Amazon. A special foreword and review by Lopa Banerjee.
Roots and Meanderings - Learning and Creativity Anthology of Selected Short Stories is now out in Kindle Edition on Amazon. This book, born out of Short Stories Contest organized by Learning and Creativity is made up of 10 selected stories, each from a different author. The range of authors takes in published authors as well as budding short story writers.
Dr. Koshy’s ‘Treatise’ is a journey to make his readers understand why and how, poems through the ages, through their similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration, euphony and cacophony, are actually meant to cater to our hearts, our emotions and finer human feelings.
These women have searched for independence, creative and spiritual liberty and aesthetic fulfillment within their restrictive sociocultural milieu. Walker expresses the spark, the activities, the challenge found in the creative spirit of these women.
'A Tug of War' offers too much of 'gyaan' that can get repetitive.
Over the years, the novel has been regarded as one of the most powerful works of art due to its depiction of the passion and relationships, the physical and spiritual struggles between a couple of families living in the Yorkshire moors.
One of the most successful younger generation Indian English poets, Sonnet Mondal has a long list international literary magazines/ journal publications to his credit.
While there is no denying that a better editor would have made this an improved (and shorter) book, Ten Thousand Saints, for the better part, manages to enthral readers with its visual sense of narration.
As with any family or group of friends, it is sad that tragedy turns on the true light of the heart. Sadness is prevalent throughout A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY; it is that raw emotion that acts as the catalyst for characterial change.
For what I gained from reading this, the value is immeasurable. Many ideas are gleaned from others; this is a nice crystallization that presents a new vision. My life is bettered for reading this.
Look closely and you’ll see little hidden charms in each of the drawings.
It is an absolute joy and pleasure to read Jungle Book and I would recommend it to all those who love adventure and have the spirit for it.
Every story unfolds a small mystery or unravels a forgotten memory and emotion.
'Suvarnarekha: An Anthology of Indian Women Poets Writing In English' reveals women’s zest for an eventful and essential life in the social milieu.
The one book, above all else, that has made a profound difference in my life is Love Story by Erich Segal.
‘Jenny, I’m sorry’. ‘Stop!’ she cut off my apology, then said very quietly, “Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.’
'When I started reading it - even though our life had its quota of dramatic situations and characters, especially with me the drama queen being a part of it -the book seemed so far from reality.'
This book has benefited many others—and for them, kudos—but for me, it was too distracting.
The author has weaved different emotions and human psychological traits in the form of short stories in Impulse, all of which are intense, intriguing and inquisitive.
What amazed me—what captivated me—is Lahiri’s use of simplistic prose to create a vivid and beautiful picture. Her artistic strokes are much the same as a classical painter creating his masterpiece. In every brush is beauty and in the whole, magnificent.
The narration is captivating. The revelations and suspense leave you amazed when they unfold in layers revealing new mysteries and adding to your shock every now and then. Though the language reflects amateurishness but captivating plot makes up it.
Kairavi has everything. An enviable job, friends and parties! Except that she is jinxed in the matters of love!
Soul Seekers is the story of Pia, a pretty girl, whose life transverses through many twists and turns before she finally finds her soul mate.
I would like to share the unique specialty of Unmukt Chand's “The Sky Is The Limit” which has given me new insights about the importance of the role of mentors and coaches. Unmukt Bhaiyya received a lot of support from his mentors and coaches who invested a lot of time and hard work in shaping and making him achieve success on the cricket pitch.
By the time dream transforms into obsession, she is ready to pay any price, make any compromise, try any trick and tame any limit so that she can become the shiniest star in the show world.
Blood Pressure Down book offers effective and easy-to-follow checklists and dietary plans that will help you keep a check on your blood pressure.
Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar released Unmukt Chand's book “The Sky Is The Limit – My Journey To The World Cup”
“The Sky Is The Limit – My Journey to the World Cup”, Unmukt Chand’s new book chronicles his rise as a cricketer, from childhood to the World Cup victory.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy series created by Douglas Adams. The title is derived from the fictional guidebook of the same name, which is an eccentric electronic encyclopedia featured in the book.
Though the book is a literary failure, college students, lovers and teenagers would love it like anything as they would be able to associate them with the protagonist.
It is the first and the best book of Ravinder Singh, which made him the darling of the millions and established him as India’s most popular romance writer. If you love to read mushy romance, this book is definitely for you.
Swayam Ganguly's first novel Love, Films and Rock n Roll! is a story of three young men who are travelling on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata.
Love, Films and Rock 'n' Roll! is contemporary and has a sense of nostalgia for the GenY - 1 type of crowd.
The stories of Feluda are very interesting and action-packed. This book is a favorite book for teenagers like reading detective and mysterious stories.
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho sails smooth like a stream in plains, a candle in calm weather and a kite in favorable wind.
The author has just picked some episodes from his or others’ childhood and penned them down in worst possible English for the sake of writing a novel.
Overall it’s a nice, compelling and eye-opener read albeit I am not sure if it really deserved a Man Booker.
Book review - Mysteries are unearthed, the Evil is revealed in The Oath of the Vayuputras.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a soul-shaking saga of sobs and sorrows with a happy but tear-soaked climax.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.
Interpreter Of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000. A review by Paul Sanjoy Gonsalves
One would be looking forward to more poems from Mary Herbert in future. She has a fertile pen, capable of highlighting the sensitivity of nature and the tribulations of our time. A pen, many would like to possess.