Instagram Live featuring best-selling author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar Discussing the second book of The Partition Trilogy 'Hyderabad' Publisher: Harper Collins India Advance Praise for Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy 'Hyderabad! A liberation? A tragedy? The result of the Ironman's will and Nehru's vision to build a nation? The daydreams of a Nizam? The diplomatic strategies of Nehru and Dickie? Dreams of a Communist revolution? The common people's struggles and sacrifices for land and a fistful of grain? But everything finally ends with never-ending, silent violence on women's bodies in the formation of a state. This is well-researched history woven as a thrilling novel by a terrific novelist, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar.' - Volga, author of Vimukta Kadha Samputi Praise for Lahore: Book 1 of The Partition Trilogy 'Breathtaking in scope, painful yet gentle to the touch.' - Taslima Nasreen 'Vivid and atmospheric.' - Aanchal Malhotra 'Deftly weaves the big strands of history with the finer threads of human feeling.' - Manu S. Pillai 'Clearly a passion project ... brilliantly traces our collective heritage.' - The Deccan Herald 'Does not let the subaltern disappear into the shadow of the giants...' - Scroll.in 'Unputdownable' - The Week About the Author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of seven books, including the Mehrunisa series, the critically acclaimed The Long Walk Home and The Radiance of a Thousand Suns, and most recently, The Partition Trilogy. Hailed as 'a star on the literary horizon' by Khushwant Singh and garnering endorsements from Gulzar for two of her books, Manreet, and her work have featured at literary festivals in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, India, and NYC. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the South China Morning Post, and several Indian publications. Manreet lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, and cat.
Instagram Live with Sudeep Nagarkar
20th November 2022 We chatted with the bestselling author Sudeep Nagarkar to discuss his latest book 'It Was Always You'! About the Book Have you ever regretted a lost love? Karan and Shruti are a happily married couple. Until Karan's ex resurfaces into his life one day. Soon Karan finds himself getting nostalgic over matters of the heart and thinking fondly of his first romance. Will he put his steady and seemingly perfect marriage at stake for his ex-girlfriend? Meanwhile his best friend Aditya finds his own relationship with his wife Jasmine going through an emotional turmoil. Will both friends work towards keeping their marriage afloat, or make a decision they would later regret? About the Author Sudeep Nagarkar has authored nine bestselling novels and is the recipient of Youth AchieversAward. He has been featured on the Forbes India longlist of themost influential celebrities for three consecutive years. His books have been translated into various languages, including Hindi, Marathi and Telugu.
Instagram Live with Stuti Changle
We chatted with best selling author Stuti Changle to discuss her latest book 'Where the Sun Never Sets', set in our very own Mussourie. About the Book A story about finding hope in the darkest of times that will brighten your day!' If you find someone's diary, would you dare open it? Well, if you chance upon your old diary, would you dare read through your past? Iti is forced to move back to her hometown of Mussoorie amid worldwide lockdown to work on her first movie script. Iti's chance encounter with her first love, Nishit, reunion with her estranged best friend, Shelly, and nights spent reading her well-kept diary, make her best memories and worst nightmares come to life. She has always run away from her past, but now has no choice. Will reading her diary prove to be an adventure worth taking for completing the script? Will life be the same? Ever? Set in the COVID-19 lockdown, from the national bestselling author of On the Open Road and You Only Live Once, Where the Sun Never Sets is a riveting personal account of unforgettable childhood dreams, turbulent teenage years, complicated close relationships, human resilience, and the never-ending journey of growing up. About the Author Stuti Changle is a bestselling author. She won notable mentions in Amazon Kindle's Pen to Publish 2018 competition for her first book On the Open Road. Her second book, You Only Live Once, became a national bestseller. Where the Sun Never Sets is her third book. Stuti has a master's degree in management from IMI New Delhi. She quit her corporate career to inspire people by sharing life-changing stories. She is often invited by prestigious institutions for speaker engagements, where she encourages young people to follow their dreams. She made her TV debut in 2019 as a host of the TV series Kar Ke Dikhaenge. Stuti has sailed to the Andamans, camped with Indian jawans in Arunachal Pradesh, scuba-dived in the Indian Ocean, swum with the dolphins in the Mediterranean, floated free for hours on the island of Mallorca, and wishes to travel the world before she dies. Every year, she spends time in the coastal village of Palolem in Goa. She currently shuttles between India and the US, where she lives with her husband, Kushal Nahata, co-founder and CEO of FarEye.
Instagram Live with Mita Kapur
Instagram Live featuring Mita Kapur | The F-Word | Chillies and Porridge We spoke to Mita Kapur about her books The F-Word and Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food. Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy. Her first book, The F-Word, is a food book, memoir and travelogue. She has edited Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food, an anthology of essays on food. As a freelance journalist, she writes regularly for different newspapers and magazines on social and development issues along with travel, food and lifestyle. She has received many awards, including the Femina Women Super Achiever Award (2018) at the World HRD Congress, the Maharani Gayatri Devi Award for Woman of Excellence (2014), and the Karamveer Puruskar (2009) for her work as a journalist in creating social awareness and for being the best literary consultant in the country. She curated Masala Chowk, a food court in street food in Jaipur in 2018, and was a member of the executive council for Jawahar Kala Kendra from November 2016 – October 2018. She is also the producer for the Woman Up! Summit, and Soul Connect Experiences, and was producer for Mountain Echoes – The Bhutan festival of Art, Literature and Culture (2010-2019). Mita is currently Literary Director for the JCB Prize for Literature.
Instagram Live with Dr Kiran Sethi
We spoke with bestselling author and one of India's best skin experts, Dr Kiran Sethi, about her book Skin Sense: Dr Kiran's Guide to Being Beautiful which gives cutting edge advice on how to take care of our skin. About the Book Urban living poses many challenges: from pollution and the weather to a fast-paced lifestyle and the accompanying stress. And the greatest effects of this is felt on the largest organ of our body - our skin. In Skin Sense, skin expert and wellness doctor, Dr Kiran Sethi, MD, gives cutting-edge advice on how to take care of our skin and fight signs of ageing, and provides hacks for the perfect skincare routine. From serums and retinols to collagen and vitamin A, Dr Sethi demystifies popular ingredients, as well as products, tools and procedures available in the market. She even shares nutrition-based tips and detailed meal plans that will ensure you glow inside-out. For the first time ever, you have the secrets to healthy, luminous skin all in one place in this ultimate guide from one of India's most sought-after skin doctors. About the Author: Dr. Kiran Sethi, MD Integrative Aesthetic and celebrity Skin expert, New Delhi transplant from New York, Medical head of Isya Aesthetics. Author of the bestseller Skin Sense. Named as the best skin expert in India by Elle magazine, Dr. Kiran is widely renowned as a top skin and wellness doctor in India and is now a bestselling author on Amazon for her book Skin Sense as well. Dr. Kiran Sethi has the distinction of being one of the few physicians worldwide with both cosmetic formulation and dermatology degrees, making her a worldwide expert on skin care products and their topical applications. She has additionally been a trainer or speaker for Galderma, Merz, Alma Lasers, and more. To help promote awareness Dr. Kiran Sethi has written articles and has been featured in Times of India, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazar, Hindustan Times, and many more. She was a co-host for the NDTV show Get the Look, and a regular guest on Band Baaja Bride, in addition to appearing on channels like CNBC, India Today, NDTV, Zee News, Aaj Tak, and Editor Ji. Finally, Dr.Sethi has taught aesthetic courses and trains dermatologists and doctors in aesthetics regularly at her center. At Isya Aesthetics, Dr. Sethi has an inside-out holistic 360-degree approach to skin, wellness, and aesthetics with her team of doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and more.
Instagram Live with Hamza Sayed
12th May 2022 We spoke to the amazing Hamza Sayed about "The Art of Curating a Comic Bookstore". Hamza Sayed is the founder and CEO of India's first comic book store The Comic Book Store and world's first marketplace for comic and pop-culture. An avid reader, introvert, nerd, and a loner since his childhood days he made friends with the characters of the books and today is one of the lucky few to have converted his passion into a succesfull business. Nominated as India's Top 30 under 30 Leaders (2019), Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder of the Year, Facebook Small Business Grant Recipient, and India 500 Award Winner among many others. Today, he's credited with bringing comic books (single issues, signed books, etc) to the Indian market.
Instagram Live with Gayle Jessup White
Instagram Live | Gayle Jessup White | Reclamation We spoke with author Gayle Jessup White about her book 'Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant's Search for Her Family's Lasting Legacy'. About the Book A Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved. Gayle Jessup White had long heard the stories passed down from her father’s family, that they were direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson—lore she firmly believed, though others did not. For four decades the acclaimed journalist and genealogy enthusiast researched her connection to Thomas Jefferson, to confirm its truth once and for all. After she was named a Jefferson Studies Fellow, Jessup White discovered her family lore was correct. Poring through photos and documents and pursuing DNA evidence, she learned that not only was she a descendant of Jefferson on his father’s side; she was also the great-great-great-granddaughter of Peter Hemings, Sally Hemings’s brother. In Reclamation she chronicles her remarkable journey to definitively understand her heritage and reclaim it, and offers a compelling portrait of what it means to be a black woman in America, to pursue the American dream, to reconcile the legacy of racism, and to ensure the nation lives up to the ideals advocated by her legendary ancestor. About the Author Gayle Jessup White is the Public Relations & Community Engagement Officer at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s legendary estate. A former award-winning television reporter and anchor, Jessup White started her career at the New York Times. She’s written and spoken extensively about her work at Monticello. She is a direct Jefferson descendant, and is also related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello—the Hemingses and the Hubbards. She lives in Virginia.
Instagram Live with Novoneel Chakraborty
9th January 2022 Instagram Live | Novoneel Chakraborty | Whisper to Me Your Lies About the Book Ekantika Pakrashi has just lost the love of her life. Preliminary reports suggest it was no accident. Her boyfriend was murdered in cold blood and the modus operandi resembles that of India's most notorious serial killer of the 1990s: the Cellotape Killer. He was never caught, and if this indeed was him, then he had resurfaced after twenty-one years. Ekantika swears to find the killer and get an emotional closure, but what she doesn't know is that in the process she may end up wounding herself irreversibly. Follow this exciting chase as the dark alley turns out to be a twisted labyrinth and it seems the killer is actually coming for . . . her. Whisper To Me Your Lies is a fast-paced, chilling crime thriller and a poignant tale of a girl's single-minded obsession to find out who altered her life. And why. Publisher: Penguin India About the Author Novoneel Chakraborty is the bestselling author of fourteen bestselling thriller novels and one short story collection titled Cheaters. His novel, Forget Me Not, Stranger, debuted as the No. 1 bestseller across India. While All Yours, Stranger ranked in the top five thriller novels on Amazon, India-the only one to feature amid other international bestsellers. His novel Black Suits You was in top five thrillers category on Amazon for fifteen weeks. While his Forever series was in the bestseller list for ten weeks straight after its release with Forever Is A Lie featuring in the highest selling books on Flipkart for 2017. Forever Is True made it to Amazon's Memorable Books of 2017 and Times of India's Most Stunning Books of 2017. Known for his twists, dark plots and strong female protagonists, Novoneel Chakraborty is also called the Sidney Sheldon of India by his readers. His immensely popular thriller series, The Stranger Trilogy, has been translated into six Indian languages and has been adapted into a popular web series, titled Hello Mini, on MX Player produced by Applause Entertainment and Rose Movies. His erotic thriller novel, Black Suits You, has been adapted into the blockbuster hit Bekaaboo, while his exclusive digital novella, Red Suits You, is also being adapted into a web series by Alt Balaji. His short story collection, Cheaters, is now available in Hindi as well. Apart from novels, Novoneel has written and developed several TV and web shows for premiere channels and platforms. He lives and works in Mumbai.
Instagram Live with Shreya Punj
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