‘Reader is the king and the queen’

I have had a career shift and have shifted from the snow clad mountains to the blue oceans. I have been busy with the setting up of a shipping company since 2017… Kochery C Shibu intercts with Siddhi Jain. Kochery C Shibu, a former navy veteran and now a bestselling author of ‘Men and Dreams

‘This World Below Zero Fahrenheit’

“This World Below Zero Fahrenheit: Travels in the Kashmir Valley” is an insightful travelogue that presents a portrait of people who have been overshadowed by the place they live in, even as it ruminates on the idea of home and exile as author Suhas Munshi provides a unique social and cultural perspective of a state

Delectable collection of ‘yummy’ stories from eastern hills

A taste for local cuisine in the Northeastern hills of India combined with an early interest in cooking, nurtured by her mother and uncle, led to various experiments in the kitchen…writes Siddhi Jain. “Spiced, Smoked, Pickled, Preserved: Recipes and Reminiscences from Indias Eastern Hills”, a new book by Indranee Ghosh, is a delectable collection of

‘A Dream I Lived Alone’: A Story Of Love

Not many know that when renowned Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan recipient late Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was just a child and had has difficulties in speech, his father would put him on his chest, face downwards and sing, so he would imitate and try to sing along. The nugget from his inspiring life,

‘One Fine Day’: Tale Of Healing Journey

Three-and-half years ago, at the age of forty-seven, US-based Sameer Bhide suffered an extremely rare and massive hemorrhagic stroke and underwent two brain surgeries and then spent a month in a medically suddenly induced coma. In a new memoir, which released this month, the survivor shares the inspiring story of his healing, vigour and vitality…writes

Year-end Reads By Female Authors

From what keeps women out of the workplace, to stories that connect law and humanity, here are five female authors to end your year and with. ‘Yours Legally’ by Sonia Sahijwani ‘Yours Legally’ is a collection of six short stories related to the interesting and unusual field of law narrated through the eyes of Sia,

Reading amid the pandemic

Amid the host of autobiographies and biographies, examinations of political partisanship – and their social effects, new looks at history and more as well as a wide array of fiction for all tastes and moods, the worst health crisis the world faced in over a century found its own niche…reports Vikas Datta With a microscopic

Renowned Poet Sugathakumari Dies At 86

Renowned Malayalam Poet and activist Sugathakumari passed away on Wednesday. She was tested positive for Covid-19 and was under treatment at Tiruvananthapuram medical college. The 86 year old poet and Padma Shri awardee was on ventilator support after admitted in hospital with severe pneumonia last week. She was suffering from bronchopneumonia, as per the reports from

‘The Longest Kiss’ On Indian Cinema

“I hope that I have managed to establish who Devika Rani really was. A rebellious and unusually talented and beautiful woman, a great actress and studio head who changed the course of Indian cinema in many ways, despite her intense personal suffering. A pioneer then and now,” writes author Kishwar Desai of “The Longest Kiss”

World’s first voice activated museum in Franklin

Planet Word, a non-profit museum dedicated to the power, beauty, and fun of language and to showing how words shape the human experience, has opened its doors to the public…writes Siddhi Jain. Housed in Washington, D.C.’s historic Franklin School, the museum is the world’s first voice-activated one, featuring immersive galleries and exhibits that will engage