The Book Hunters of Katpadi by Pradeep Sebastian - A Bibliomystery

Nothing gives more pleasure to a bibliophile than holding a beautiful hardback jacketed book, and when the book is also a pleasure to read... that is just cherry on top of a lovely cake!
The Book Hunters of Katpadi is Pradeep Sebastian's first novel, a bibliomystery , a genre, yet to be explored on a greater level, here in India. The Book Hunters, tells stories, many different ones, encompassing various subjects and times, put together in one book. 

The book starts off with a cute little antiquarian book shop called 'Biblio' based in modern day Chennai, India, run by two women, Neela and Kayal. Together, they look for rare books, first editions, lost prints of books that would make a true bibliophile dance with joy. When entrusted by a well known bibliophile, to assist him in evaluating a rare manuscript, they find themselves uncovering mysteries of the bygone era that have baffled many in the book collecting world. The book transports you back in time to the British Raj,…

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella

Megalomania and leadership does not go together. To be leader, today, what one needs is vision, clarity and empathy. Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh, definitely hits you with interesting concepts of leadership, management and personal growth.

Satya Nadella took over as the CEO of the mega Microsoft in February 2014, and we celebrated, as a nation and as people who like to celebrate academic and corporate success of a fellow countryman. But what he had in front of his was a task not cut out for everyone. To take an organisation reeling under years of rigid culture and fighting out tough competition, at the same time innovating and growing to sustain the vision that was crafted in the beginning.

With Hit Refresh, Nadella, tells his story, personal and professional. His background as a young student in India, his love for cricket and how the sport helped him in his life, off the pitch and on it. As with most young Indians of our generation, his story resonates with success stories of those …

Karmic City: The City of Lord Brahma by Hema Myer Sood

With a beautiful soul, your body and mind can be elevated to achieve the highest. In times, when your mind is in turmoil, beseeched by outer stresses, it is only with strong emotional and mental capabilities that one can overcome challenges. Why is it then, one wonders, that some people can tide over problems so easily, while others fret with the smallest and many times insignificant issues? The answers to most of these questions can be found in Hema Myer Sood’s Karmic City Trilogy.

Sood has beautifully brought forward the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, which, when understood in all its entirety, can help us to achieve the ultimate, i.e. peace. This, she does through her poems. As a part of the narrative, the poems which reveal essential thoughts are meshed into the writing. The City of Lord Brahma opens with the main protagonist who calls himself the ‘Soul’ comes to live in a society. He befriends the other members of the building, who at once realise that the Soul can help them ans…

#TotheMoon How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood by Malini Agarwal

One enthusiastic girl + Lots of Dreams + City of Dreams + Social Media ‘A’ game = Miss Malini !

Currently every millennial out there wants to be what she is. She is one #BossLady and #tothemoon is her mantra.

Like it or not, whether in India or internationally, you cannot miss Bollywood, and synonymous to Bollywood is Miss Malini…. And that’s what makes this book so surprisingly wonderful. Surprise, because there is more to her than just Bollywood.

Malini Agarwal is the founder of, India’s favourite Bollywood, celebrity gossip, fashion trends and beauty tips website. More than that, MissMalini is a brand to reckon with.

In this autobiographical narrative with 42 blogs, Malini Agarwal has successfully described how she blogged her way to Bollywood, and not stopping at only that, but to every digital space and screen.

The book is a delightful read. Divided into 4 sections, Malini has described her journey to Mumbai, her foray into Radio, her career trajectory, and finall…

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

As brazen as the title, The Bastard of Istanbul, carries bold, outspoken and savage characters. What is it about strong characters that make a story? Their stories, their personalities or just that they somewhere or the other, resemble and mirror our deepest, darkest desires?

Elif Shafak, is one of Turkey’s bestselling author and The Bastard of Istanbul is her second novel which came out in 2006. Shafak is acknowledged as a brave author, and she should be. The Bastard of Istanbul, almost put her behind bars. For fiction and fictitious characters to create controversy is rare. But as I read, everything hit close to home, since we are looking at something similar on the home front, (Hint: Padmavat(i)). Shafak raises powerful questions and puts forth even robust situations. Dealing with nationalities, culture, families and finding roots, the book gives you a lot to think about.

Long lasting female characters are what makes this one a definite read. I could not pinpoint a specific protago…


Stories, long or short possess the power to make us think and travel back in time, to another place, another era. Stories about our past, the lives of our people, who lived and experienced situations before us strengthen the roots of our system in which we live today. Stories are powerful.

Mark Tully, in his recent rendition of short stories. UPCOUNTRY Tales – Once upon a time in the heart of India, presents his thoughts on the experiences that he encountered while reporting for the BBC in India during the 80’s. A time, when as a country, India was on a cusp of change.

This book opens with Tully recounting his meetings with prominent personalities that made India in the 80’s, Mrs Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai and others. What comes forward are the subtle nuances of their personalities which otherwise were not highlighted in the media. These behind the scenes interviews which Tully describes in the introduction, show his deep understanding of the reportage that he undertook during his …

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Intense with a realistic setting, replete with references of our life and events today with a backdrop of a Greek tragedy makes Salman Rushdie's The Golden House a piece of literature to deal with.

The book begins with a billionaire who moves to New York with his three sons from Mumbai. They then take on new names and new identities. The days and times are when Barack Obama became President. It further goes on to chart his life and the lives of his sons when Donald Trump takes up presidency in the United States of America. So yes…..references and not so subtle references of events and people make it an interesting piece.

Nero Golden, an enigmatic businessman and billionaire is the protagonist. His three sons, Petya who is an agoraphobic and alcoholic, Apu, a flamboyant artist and D who is dealing with gender issues are the main characters of The Golden House. The narrator is RenĂ© Unterlinden a young and intriguing neighbour of the Goldens who is an aspiring filmmaker and uses them…