I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey

Recently, I was involved in a discussion in a writer’s group about Chetan Bhagat. Unlike most similar discussions, this one did not degenerate into the vitriol that usually happens when Chetan Bhagat is mentioned. In part, because the discussion was not limited to Bhagat himself, but included Amish Tripathi, Durjoy Datta, Ravi Subramanian, and other bestsellers. … Continue reading I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey

Hot toddy

"Nothing means more to me than you, beta. Nothing. It was worth the sacrifice to keep a roof over our heads. Besides, you have a good job now. Soon, all our problems will be solved.” Tears welled in Ranbir’s eyes. He rose to comfort his mother and started to touch her feet. She smiled and bent as if to stop him. “Beta, why the formality?” “I’m just so grateful for all the sacrifices you and papa have made for me. I love you, maa.” Ranbir kissed his mother goodbye.

A dead letter to the son of a Syrian immigrant

Dear Steve, I know you're dead and all that, but there's something you need to hear. Something I need to tell you. It seems some people in America no longer want you. They think people like you will destroy our country. They think that hard-working immigrants who want a chance to live in peace don't deserve that chance. They think that Syrians will bring terrorists with them. They think it's OK for a three-year-old boy to drown on the shores of a country that isn't theirs.

Book review: The Bestseller She Wrote

What happens when Ravi Subramanian, India’s bestselling author of banking thrillers, decides to write a romance novel set in the “glitzy world of bestsellers”? What insights would he give about becoming a best-selling author? Would switching genres work? Who’s the real Aditya Kapoor? Find out all this and more in this review of The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian.

A King Par Excellence – Shivajiraje Bhonsle

In Mumbai, many places bear Shivaji’s name. Here’s why.

Good things last forever

Chhatrapati Shivajiraje Bhonsle was a seventeenth-century king who ruled the Maratha kingdom of India from 1643 to 1680. This is history, but what stumps most people who do not belong to the state of Maharashtra is the level of devotion that Maharashtrian people carry in their hearts for this heroic King.

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If you insult a Maharashtrian chances are that he will be angry but he will not retaliate. He might argue with you without becoming violent. But insult Chhatrapati Shivaji and any Maharashtrian worth his salt will turn upon you with a vengeance you cannot even imagine.

Non-Maharashtrian people are generally taken aback by this strange adulation for a King. Even I do not have an answer but I like to think that those who find reverence for Shivaji a mystery perhaps do not have any heroic king to revere. No offence intended, but in order to understand why Maharashtrians adore Shivaji…

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Confessions of a gori writer groupie: Unbound edition

Today, I will publish my first short story in Unbound, the hottest, newest Indian literary emagazine. The magazine is the brainchild of Neil D’Silva and Varun Prabhu of Pen, Paper, Coffee. Unbound emagazine offers up-and-coming writers a space to explore their creative boundaries. The stories were written by the members of a Facebook writing group … Continue reading Confessions of a gori writer groupie: Unbound edition

What a coloring book taught me about writing

A couple of weeks ago, Book Riot featured an article about adult coloring books. I was intrigued by the concept, so the next time I wandered into Kinokuniya Book World in Dubai Mall, I decided to buy one. Evidently, coloring is the latest low-tech de-stressing fad for us high-tech overstressed adults. The book I bought … Continue reading What a coloring book taught me about writing