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Book review: The Hiding by Dhruva

'The Hiding' is a story about a boy named Aman who lived with his mother and father. His father was a scientist. He was six when he lost his mother, and six months later, his father died in a car accident. He started staying with his uncle, aunt, and his sister. The room where his father worked was now a storeroom. One night, his uncle and aunt went to the cinema. When they left, Aman went up to the storeroom.

Book Review: Wanderings through the Garhwal Himalaya

Author Ganesh Saili’s readers are in for a treat. Five years after ‘Gupp and Gossip,’ ‘Mussoorie Years,’ and ‘The Letters of a Mussoorie Merchant’ by Niyogi Books, Saili’s latest book, ‘Wanderings through the Garhwal Himalaya,’ has just reached the stands. “It’s a blend of years of 40 years of photography, a lifetime of work and stars in my eyes,” says the author. In two hundred pages or twenty-odd essays, the book takes you on a journey of, recording in words and

Book review: Hema Malini, Beyond The Dream Girl

Perhaps the only actress of Hindi cinema to have ruled the box office for close to five decades; the only Hindi actress to have taken to direction while still charming the camera, Hema Malini will forever be 'Dream Girl' to generations of film lovers. From someone who was a reluctant actor to becoming an enduring screen goddess, producer, director, Hema Malini's journey is the stuff legends are made of. A life that could easily be converted to a script has

I Did It!-Exceptional stories of people who made it large!

The lines from Emily Dickeson's famous Poem, Hope is a thing with feathers That perches in the soul… come alive in Prachi Raturi Mishra’s I Did It!-Exceptional stories of people who made it large! This hardcover is based on the exceptional struggle stories of 18 people from different walks of life who share their humble origins and despite that, went on to become well-known achievers. The author has very carefully handpicked and strung together tales of entrepreneurs to playback singer, author to

Knowing a Warrior and a Seductress

Most of the stories we hear or see in India are inspired in some way or the other by the two great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata. What is intriguing about these two epics is that you pick any character and that character is never purely good or bad. Each characterisation is just so layered. This is a trait that definitely stands out in the Mahabharata. Take Arjun, for instance. He is the idealist in a world that is not ideal.

Munshi Premchand, father of modern hindi literature

Munshi Premchand, one of the greatest literary figures of modern Hindi literature was born on July 31, 1880. Premchand was born in a small village Lamhi, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. His name was Dhanpat Rai. He lost his mother at a very young age and was brought up by his grandmother. But after his grandmother died, his father remarried. His stepmother did not love him, and Premchand grew up missing his mother. This loneliness led him to fiction in which

Paperback revolution that started with Penguin

The first Penguin paperback book is published in England, kick-starting the paperback revolution on July 30, 1935. The introduction of steam-powered printing press, pulp mills, automatic typesetting and a good well-connected railway network led to many changes and developments in the printing and publishing business. Taking advantage of the new developments, Simms and Mcintyre of Belfast, Routledge & Sons and Ward & Lock mass-produced cheap yellowback or paperback editions of already available works. They distributed and sold them throughout the British

Mein Kampf, the philosophical autobiography of Hitler

The first volume of Mein Kampf, the philosophical autobiography of Adolf Hitler, was published on July 18, 1925. Mein Kampf was clearly a blueprint of Hitler’s agenda for Germany and the Third Reich and a clear indication of what Europe would go through from 1939 to 1945. Mein Kampf is a book by Hitler, but he did not sit down and write it. It was during his prison stay in Landsberg in 1923-1924, he dictated it to Rudolf Hess, a fellow mate. Therefore

Book Review – Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer

Did you know that Shammi Kapoor had a string of 19 flops before his first hit? Did you know he nearly married Mumtaz? Or that he was really smitten by socialite Bina Ramani? 'Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer', a biography of the dashing actor by Rauf Ahmed is full of such nuggets. It does an excellent job of helping the reader discover the human behind the persona that was Shammi Kapoor. And the delving deep into the personal and professional life

Book review: Destiny of Shattered Dreams

Destiny of Shattered Dreams is an insider’s account of what goes on in the corporate and big businesses in India. The nexus between businesspeople, underworld and politicians is clearly etched out. This fictional drama has a heady mix of power and passion, ambition, deceit and drama, lost love, lust and regret. It charts the journey of an ordinary middle-class guy, Atul Malhotra and his rise in business in just a decade. The story is a flashback account of his rise