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

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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

Author interview: Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola

He speaks simply but directly in an irresistible Spanish accent; his athletic, heavily tattooed frame displaying all the emotions of a man doubly possessed... by music and food. Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola started out with dreams of becoming a rock musician but eventually pulled on chef's whites and went on to conquer the … Continue reading Author interview: Two Michelin star chef Sergi Arola

Author interview: Chris Mandeville on writer’s block and fiction v/s non-fiction

On the eve of the release of her book 'Quake', here's an interview with our guest writer, American sci-fi/ fantasy novelist Chris Mandeville. After growing up in California and graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Chris married a U.S. Air Force officer and moved from state to state, as well as to British Columbia, … Continue reading Author interview: Chris Mandeville on writer’s block and fiction v/s non-fiction

Guest post: The “seeds” of my first novel | author Chris Mandeville

[CHRIS MANDEVILLE is an author of science fiction/fantasy and non-fiction for writers. She served as president of the nonprofit Pikes Peak Writers for five years, and is now the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block. Her … Continue reading Guest post: The “seeds” of my first novel | author Chris Mandeville

Author interview: French graphic novelist Nicolas Wild

Nicolas Wild did not expect his works to be translated in English for Indian readers. "Being published in India made me very happy. I wasn't sure whether my books would be understood in another culture. Nobody wanted to publish them in the UK where they were seen as too French, too graphic, too I don't … Continue reading Author interview: French graphic novelist Nicolas Wild

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

Author interview: Street beat thespian Rajendar Menen

Award-winning journalist, yogi writer, snail breeder, stone collector, handicraft exporter. Rajendar Menen is many things. But one thing he is not is a "press conference journo". Two decades of on-ground reporting and life in India's underground are evident in his gritty book Karma Sutra (published by HarperCollins India). Yes, it's a play on the iconic Kamasutra, … Continue reading Author interview: Street beat thespian Rajendar Menen

Beauty mogul Bobbi Brown talks summer makeup

I had the privilege of interviewing makeup mogul Bobbi Brown some time back. Brown became a name in the cosmetics business by pushing moderation. In the 1980s, when look-at-me colors, stark contours, and shiny red lips were in fashion, Brown designed cosmetics to highlight a woman's natural look. Empire in herself She had moved to … Continue reading Beauty mogul Bobbi Brown talks summer makeup