Ismat Chughtai, the badass feminist writer from India

She was amongst one of the most accomplished and progressive Urdu fiction writers of the 20th century, whose writings were bold, fierce and stunningly evocative. The week of her 104th birthday, allow me to acquaint you with the Urdu writer you’d be a fool not to explore. Chughtai was one of those first few writers … Continue reading Ismat Chughtai, the badass feminist writer from India

Book excerpt from Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

Continuing our tryst with British explorer Levison Wood, here's a treat I had promised all travel readers; a slice of adventure from his book, Walking the Himalayas. A part I left out in the interview with the author, Lev spent a number of years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, where he served in … Continue reading Book excerpt from Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

Modern day explorer Levison Wood has miles to go

Explorer is a strange term to use in the 21st century. However, it would be the best way to describe Levison Wood (who looks like he has walked straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, by the way). Rugged, charming and debonair, the best selling British author and photographer has covered stories and events around … Continue reading Modern day explorer Levison Wood has miles to go

Author interview: Barefoot walker Manjushree Abhinav

You might as well think she is Gandhi Green (a fringe eco-movement about ceasing to do any harm that increases one's carbon footprint). Filmmaker Manjushree Abhinav walks barefoot everywhere, commutes only on bicycle or public transport, doesn't own a television set, shuns hot baths, avoids processed foods and will pursue organic farming "as soon as … Continue reading Author interview: Barefoot walker Manjushree Abhinav

Stream of consciousness with Shantanu Moitra | music composer, author

I am working on conserving certain bird species in the Northeast You have to understand that music is just one part of my life. There are other things — mountaineering, climbing, birding, photography, astronomy. This is why I left my corporate life. I had started with a multi-national bank, then moved to advertising. I was … Continue reading Stream of consciousness with Shantanu Moitra | music composer, author

Interview: The many jobs of author Mridula Koshy

Mridula Koshy is the author of Bicycle Dreaming (Speaking Tiger), Not Only the Things That Have Happened (Harper Collins India) and of the short story collection, If It Is Sweet (Tranquebar Press and Brass Monkey Australia). The latter won the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Award … Continue reading Interview: The many jobs of author Mridula Koshy

Author interview: Dan Goldman | Graphic novelist

Next in my series of interviews with authors (read Kabul Disco creator Nicolas Wild) is famous American graphic novelist Dan Goldman. Coming to prominence as the co-creator of the dystopian graphic novel Shooting War, Dan's first notable work was nominated for an Eisner award for Best Digital Comic. Shortly afterwards he created 08: A Graphic … Continue reading Author interview: Dan Goldman | Graphic novelist

Non-fiction author’s 6 must-read pieces of advice for aspiring writers

"When you are obsessed with your topic, you will automatically write all the time. It's like being in love. You will always find the time," says Karma Sutra author Rajendar Menen. He talked extensively on writing On reading "I read all the papers after my daily yoga session. I read everything -- from comic strips … Continue reading Non-fiction author’s 6 must-read pieces of advice for aspiring writers

Part 2: Street beat, non-fiction writing and Auroville book

For my 100th post, I am publishing a fresh follow-up interview with veteran journalist and author Rajendar Menen. Our previous interview was about your book Karma Sutra from HarperCollins India. New readers may not be familiar with the first edition. The first edition of Karma Sutra was published in Canada by Saga Books. It was … Continue reading Part 2: Street beat, non-fiction writing and Auroville book