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5 Books That Will Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions

New Year begets hopes and possibilities to achieve what we have been resolving to do all year. So, if you are looking for additional motivation, we have got you covered!
Here are five books that will help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions:

Hack into Your Creativity


If you have resolved to pursue writing, this is the book for you. If you’re new to writing prompts, indulge in all the different ways you can kick-start the creator inside of you. Hack into your creativity is equipped to help you discover interests and abilities that you didn’t even know you had.

My First Kitchen


New year is all about new beginnings. So, if you are just beginning to cook, let Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and food writer, Vikas Khanna help you achieve your goal. In this book, Khanna teaches you how to take the first step in establishing a kitchen of your own. With over 100 recipes, you will become a whizz-cook in no time.

Where Will You be in Five Years

If you have been resolving to set goals for yourself, here’s a suggestion for you. Peak performance coach Arfeen Khan in Where will you be in five years gives you not only the mantra to turn your dreams into reality, but also puts a deadline to it. This book will help you overcome your personal problems and set on a path of growth and change.

The Shivfit Way


What if we told you that the author of this book is the trainer behind Aamir Khan’s muscular look in Dhoom 3, Sonakshi Sinha’s bodacious curves in Dabangg and  can help you achieve your fitness goals?  Shivoham in The Shivfit Way outlines eight basic moves that will help you achieve a strong body and ensure you meet all your fitness goals.

The Pioppi Diet

The Pioppi Diet: A 21-Day Lifestyle Plan by [Malhotra, Aseem, O'Neill, Donal]
Are you stressing over eating right and being healthy? Then your worries end right here! Dr Aseem Malhotra, based on five years of research, has created a diet which does not require you to say ‘no’ to things you love, nor exercising for hours. The Pioppi Diet will help you make simple, achieve, and long-lasting changes while letting you eat your favourite things.
So, now go get that resolution fulfilled!

 

7 Unputdownable Books We Got to Read in 2017

The year 2017 gave us some remarkable reads. From thriller to young adult, self-help to professional, we got ‘em all! So, if you are looking to round-up the year, here are 7 books out of those magnificent reads.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


The year 2017 saw the return of the Man Booker Prize Winner Arundhati Roy into the fiction genre with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

The House That Spoke


The House that Spoke marks the debut of fifteen-year-old author Zuni Chopra. It tells the story of Zoon Razdan and the fantastical house she lives in. She can talk to everything in it, but Zoon doesn’t know that her beloved house once contained a terrible force of darkness. When the dark force returns, more powerful than ever, it is up to her to take her rightful place as the Guardian of the house and subsequently, Kashmir.

Vyasa


With 1600 electrifying visuals for hot-hearted adults- Vyasa sets in motion the battlefield of Kurukshetra. From the birth of the Pandavas and Kauravas to the interpenetration of life instincts and death instincts, this first book in this graphic book series rolls out the beginning of interplay of lust and violence which gives to the tale of war, revenge and peace the unmatched regal look.

The Case That Shook India


On 12 June 1975, for the first time in independent India’s history, the election of a prime minister was set aside by a High Court judgment. The watershed case, Indira Gandhi v. Raj Narain, acted as the catalyst for the imposition of the Emergency. Prashant Bhushan in The Case That Shook India provides a blow-by-blow account and offers the reader a front-row seat to watch one of India’s most important legal dramas unfold.

Friend of my Youth


Amit Chaudhuri in Friend of My Youth tells the story of a writer in Bombay for a book-related visit and finds himself in search of the city he grew up in and barely knows. Friend of My Youth is at once an unexpected exploration and a concentrated reminiscence woven around a series of visits to a city that was never really home.

Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth


Aurangzeb reveals the untold side of a ruler who has been peddled as a Hindu-loathing bigot, murderer, and religious zealot. In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor.

Padmini: The Spirited Queen of Chittor


Mridula Behari’s Padmini is narrated from Padmini’s perspective and is a moving retelling of the famed legend that brings to life the atmosphere and intrigue of medieval Rajput courts. You cannot help but be engrossed as Padmini grapples with the matter of her own life and death, even as she attempts to figure out what it means to be a woman in a man’s world.
So, which was your favourite read of 2017?

5 Books You Must Read This Christmas

The joy of Christmas can be found anywhere, whether it be in presents or in the pages of your favourite book. To get yourself more immersed in the festive spirit, here is a list of five books that you should curl up with this Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

Who can forget the memorable characters Ebenzer Scrooge and Tiny Tim? This classic by Charles Dickens was originally conceived as a pamphlet against exploitative capitalism. This delightful story was credited with helping to revive interest among the Victorians in Christmas traditions. So, if you are looking to get closer to the Christmas spirit, this is the book for you.

The Night Before Christmas

Written in 1831 by Nikolai Gogol, The Night Before Christmas tells the story of a blacksmith called Vakula and his fight against the devil who has stolen the moon and is wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of his village. This uproarious tale is full of hope, fun, nostalgia and everything you need for an ideal Christmas eve read.

A Merry Christmas


The spirits of generosity and charity are synonymous with the Christmas spirit. In Merry Christmas, find yourself drenched with Louisa May Alcott’s familiar Yuletide benevolence of some dear characters like Marmee and her ‘little women’.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Frank Baum in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus chronicles everything you need to know about Santa Claus, from his origins in an enchanted forest to his vocation of giving gifts and spreading joy to people in the world. So, if you ever wondered about the life of Father Christmas, this is the book for you!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
No Christmas is ever complete without the Grinch of Who-ville. This tale about the effects of Christmas spirit is full of so much warmth that it will melt the coldest of the hearts. Just like Santa Claus, Grinch is one of the most recognizable figures associated with Christmas and his story is one of the must-reads this Christmas.
So what are you reading on Christmas?

5 Books That Make for Perfect Christmas Gifts

Christmas or the festival of spreading joy is here and so is the time to buy presents for your loved ones. But if you are still mulling over presents for your loved ones, look no further.
Here are five books that would make perfect presents:

The Uncommon Type

 

The Uncommon Type marks the debut as a writer of the award-winning actor Tom Hanks. This delightful collection of seventeen short stories dissects with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. This book also establishes Hanks as a fresh voice in the genre of contemporary fiction.

The Golden House

The Golden House´ is Salman Rushdie’s another stellar addition to his already magnificent bibliography. Switching genres from magic realism to thriller, Rushdie in this intriguing novel tells the story of the Golden family who are housing some very dark secrets. Copiously detailed and sumptuously inventive, the novel makes for a thrilling gift.

Origin

Dan Brown is the bestselling author of many acclaimed novels. He is back with the latest addition to his Robert Langdon series. This fifth book in the series spans around Langdon’s travels in Spain that brings him face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried, till now. So, if you know a Langdon fan, you know what to gift them!

Turtles All The Way Down

John Green is no stranger to the Young Adult genre and his works have been immortalized on the big screen as well. He is back with his fifth solo novel, Turtles All The Way Down. The novel spans around lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction and tuatara.

We That Are Young


Preti Taneja in her debut novel retells William Shakespeare’s King Lear as a devastating commentary on contemporary India. The novel spans around Devraj, founder of India’s most important company, who on retiring demands daughterly love in exchange for shares. From Delhi mansions to luxury hotels, from city slums to the streets of Kashmir, from palace to wayside, Preti Taneja recasts an old tale in fresh, eviscerating prose that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage.
So, have you picked out your Christmas presents?

5 books that will help you cook Christmassy goodness

The holiday season is synonymous with fun, frolic and feasts. With a party or a get-together happening almost every day, we have brought to you a list of five books that will make whipping up a feast as easy as hosting a party.

On the Dessert Trail

Restaurateur, chef, cookbook author Monish Gujral in On the Dessert Trail has picked more than eighty signature recipes from his travels around the world and presented them with his own unique twist. So, whip up a dessert and carve a sweet place in your guests’ hearts.

Shaken And Stirred

Parties are incomplete without drinks. In Shaken and Stirred, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna brings together a collection of non-alcoholic drinks that go a long way in creating a room full of happy guests. The versatile recipes are full of imagination and will help you create drinks for any occasion.

A Chef in Every Home


Celebrity chef Kunal Kapur with this book will allow you to transform into a star chef. This cookbook brings you simple and fuss-free techniques and a delectable recipe for every mood and moment. Use this book to not only host a magnificent feast but also to make cooking an enjoyable and valuable experience.

The Suriani Kitchen

Lathika George’s The Suriani Kitchen gives us a glimpse into the fascinating kitchen of the Syrian Christians of Kerala with their unique stories of cooking and mouth-watering dishes. Authentic and easy to execute, these recipes are accompanied by a guide to spices, herbs and equipment which help your guests have a sumptuous experience.

My First Kitchen


Is this the first party you are hosting? Are you worried what to have on the menu? Your worries end here. Vikas Khanna in My First Kitchen teaches you how to take the first steps in establishing a cooking haven of your own. With more than 100 recipes to suit every kind of palate, this cookbook is all you need to become a cooking genius.
So which recipe will you pick to delight your friends and family?

5 Books That Will Brighten Up Your Diwali

Diwali is a celebration of lights, homecoming, and the victory of good over evil. This Diwali, come home to stories of hope and triumph of humanity over darkness, fear and hopelessness.
Here are 5 books you should read this Diwali 

Yaarana



Hoshang Merchant in this collection captures the true meaning of yaraana or male friendship and bonding, an often ignored facet of South Asian life and sexuality. The collection features some enigmatic stories like  Ashok Row Kavi’s autobiographical piece on growing up gay in Bombay and Vikram Seth’s brilliantly etched account of a homosexual relationship in The Golden Gate. The book shows how love and companionship can brighten up any dark day.

Kanshiram

Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits by [Narayan, Badri]
Fetching from various oral and written sources, Badri Narayan shows how Kanshiram mobilized dalits with his homespun idiom, cycle rallies and, uniquely, the use of local folk heroes and myths, rousing their self-respect, and how he struck opportunistic alliances with higher-caste parties to seize power for dalits. Authoritative and insightful, this is a rare portrait of the man who changed the face of dalit society and, indeed, of Indian politics. The book inspires one to fight for their rights, and combat the force of darkness.

Bombay Stories


Bombay Stories is a collection of short stories about actors, prostitutes, intellectuals, conmen and more. Originally written in Urdu by Saadat Hasan Manto, it is set in the 1930s and 1940s, when the author had just arrived in the city. Anyone who is interested in the history and culture of Bombay or is a fan of translated Urdu literature, can enjoy reading this book. It will guide one to seek what is good, and annihilate the evil in this world.

Unheard Voices

In this book, civil servant and social activist Harsh Mander draws on his own and his colleagues’ experiences to explore the lives of twenty people who have survived and coped despite being pushed to the hopeless margins of society. The stories act like beacons of hope that will make Diwali seem a little brighter. The book will enlighten one to seek light in this weary world.

Children, Women, Men


Set in the late 1930s and reflecting the political and social turmoil of the pre-war years, it chronicles the psychological conflict between Srinivasa Aiyar and his nine-year-old son, Balu. The ambitious novel also tells the story of Anandam, a young widow, as she considers remarriage, and Sridaran, who chooses to break off his studies in England in order to join nationalist activities at home. The book in its true essence display how happiness is found in the darkest days.
So, which book are you reading this Diwali?

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