The Mouse Charmers by Anuradha Goyal (Book Review)

The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India by Anuradha Goyal is a non fiction book that gives an introduction to a few successful Internet start-up businesses from India. Internet has enabled e-commerce to flourish, and it’s no different in India. What have web businesses created, what differentiates them, how successful have they been, are the questions dealt with by this book. 

3 Excellent Books on Fiction Writing

Over the last one year, I have been reading a few books on writing fiction. For guidance on writing non-fiction, I found an excellent book. But so far I have not found one comprehensive book that covers most of the required topics in the art of writing fiction. So I recommend three books, each good in a specific aspect of fiction-writing. However, if you want to read only one book, go with the second book mentioned below. 1. Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee.

10 Quickfire Q & A with Travel Writer Sarika Pandit

I think you all remember my review of the travel book – ‘Bucket List of a Traveloholic’ written by Sarika Pandit. In this post, I present to you ten quickfire questions (by me) and answers (by the author) based on her travel experience so far. Let’s start – 1. Of all the countries you traveled so far, which is your favorite? (Only one) Italy 2. Which is your favorite tourist spot/city, in the countries you have traveled so far? (Only one) Florence

Bucket List of a Traveloholic by Sarika Pandit (Book Review)

Bucket List of a Traveloholic is a travel-book written by Sarika Pandit, who is a market researcher by the day and freelance travel writer by the night. This book has been published by FingerPrint Publishing and a free copy was sent to me for review purpose. The author achieved the goal of traveling to 20 countries before she reached the age of 30, and this book chronicles a few interesting incidents she encountered during her travels. The writing style of the author is good and I was able to easily flip through from one page to another, but the author […]

‘On Writing’ (Fiction) by Stephen King – My Favorite Quotes from the Book

During my 12th Standard holidays, since it was highly recommended by a friend, I read the first 100 pages of a Horror novel written by Stephen King. Then, I closed it and went to sleep. When I woke up, I was walking in a circular path around our hall in the middle of the night! I didn’t know how long I was walking and it took me almost 2 minutes (after I opened my eyes) to realize that I was walking, when I was supposed to be sleeping!! That is the power of his writing.

‘On Writing Well’ – 10 Quotes from the Excellent Book

‘On Writing Well’, a book written by William Zinnser, is an excellent resource for writers in general, and non fiction writers in particular. This book is an ‘informal guide to writing non fiction’, but read the quotes below to decide if it is also inevitable. Even if you just write emails, it is essential to write them well. After reading this book, I feel that all my conceptions about writing were misconceptions and there is much to learn. One hard-hitting fact is, I have always thought that I was a good writer – that stopped me from learning the craft. […]

Kobo eReader now Available in India & Daily Free Kobo Books!

Kobo is a very popular online book store, based out of Canada. Their platform is similar to Amazon Kindle and they deal with eBooks exclusively. They have their own range of eInk eReaders, Tablets, eBooks and even a self-publishing  platform for authors. You can read Kobo books on their eBook readers, any other eReader (via Calibre) or any mobile/tablet, by downloading the free apps. I already noticed that they were pricing their books in Rupees for customers from India and now, they have announced that they will be selling their eReaders in Crossword, the popular bookshop in India – Online […]

Why do Foreigners Like to Visit India? Song of India: Book review

Song of India: Tales of Travel and Transformation is a book written by Mariellen Ward, based temporarily out of Toronto, Canada. Temporarily, because she keeps visiting India, every now and then. In her book, she conveys what India could offer to foreigners and why many foreigners like to visit India. Though a Canadian, Mariellen is not exactly a foreigner – India is almost her second home! “People don’t go to India to experience India; they go to experience themselves in India. They go to pit themselves against the crowds, chaos and poverty. They go to test their egos, which India […]

Book Review: Chanakya’s Chant – Somewhat Impractical?

Chanakya’s Chant is a Historical/Contemporary Political Thriller written by the famous author, Ashwin Sanghi. This is his second book and I have already reviewed his third book, The Krishna Key, previously. Chanakya’s Chant has been published by Westland Ltd. First, I must mention that this is indeed an excellent thriller and I finished reading it within 2 days. This book is a best-seller and deserves it. The concept of writing two stories that are separated by more than 2000 years side by side, without distracting or confusing the readers takes a lot of talent. I have mostly read only positive […]