Books

India’s Celebrity Authorpreneur: Chetan Bhagat

India’s Celebrity Authorpreneur: Chetan Bhagat

I have to confess that I became familiar with Chetan Bhagat only after seeing the movie Three Idiots in 2009, although his first novel Five Point Someone had been published in 2004. After watching the movie, I proceeded to read many of his books on my trips to India...
Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover, 288 pages. $25.00. Magic Seeds is the second half of Half a Life, V.S. Naipaul’s novel written just before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Although the two books together do not stitch...
The Heartfulness Way of Meditation

The Heartfulness Way of Meditation

I had the good fortune of speaking to Joshua Pollock, co-author along with Kamlesh Patel of the book – The Heartfulness Way, a book that aims to demystify meditation so as to reach readers who suffer from stress in their daily lives. Joshua Pollock has an...
An Empathic Hero’s Journey

An Empathic Hero’s Journey

Perhaps all heroes are empathic.  To test that hypothesis, let’s first define hero and empathy. Hero (as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary):  “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious...
Did Alia Bhatt Meet the Real Raazi?

Did Alia Bhatt Meet the Real Raazi?

“Did Alia Bhatt meet the real Raazi?” asked an audience member at the Delhi Gymkhana’s book club event where author Harinder Sikka was sharing the story of the Kashmiri Muslim spy, Sehmat, whom Alia Bhatt plays in the movie Raazi. It could have been an easy question...
The Man Who Moved a Mountain: An Inspiring Story Like None Other

The Man Who Moved a Mountain: An Inspiring Story Like None Other

A man moved a mountain – how is that even possible? I flipped the pages of Nancy Churnin’s children’s book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain with a sense of disbelief. Disbelief soon turned to awe as I learnt about Manjhi and his mountain. Dashrath Manjhi, a...