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

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

Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef

This month's Lifestyle Design Hero has been a guest columnist on Human Writes: Simona Terron. Remember the heartfelt series of letters to her kitten Laurie and more recently, her delicious cold soup recipes? This lifestyle journalist has worked with magazines like HELLO, Elle Decor, Hotelier India, been publicist for luxury hotel ITC Grand Chola and … Continue reading Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef

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

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

The feminist on a quest to find out why Indian men rape

[Gutsy media consultant Tara Kaushal on her ambitious crowdfunded project Why Indian Men Rape] What comes to mind when I hear the word "rape" isn't the highly publicised 2012 Delhi gang rape (etched in memory as the Nirbhaya case) but the images from multiple "eve teasings" on New Year's eves in Mumbai. Gateway of India, … Continue reading The feminist on a quest to find out why Indian men rape