“Mrs Funnybones” by Twinkle Khanna

I had heard about Twinkle Khanna of course. I knew she was the daughter of famous parents both from the Indian film industry: India’s very first super star, Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, of “Bobby” fame. She was a film actress herself.  More recently, I knew of her as the wife of a major modern day film hero, Akshay Kumar.  But I was biased, I confess, like many of my generation. In our days, we never associated Hindi film stars with writing books!  Continue reading ““Mrs Funnybones” by Twinkle Khanna”

Fighting Writer’s Block

At times, writers are struck with that age old dampener: the writer’s block! It feels almost as if you have hit a dead end running! The thoughts don’t flow, the words don’t come out as effortlessly as they used to. In short, you are irritable and frustrated.

The fascinating thing about writing, like many other walks of life, is that what works for one author need not work for another. Some are morning people. To be at their best they need to be up and about early . A famous management consultant and writer once told me that he gets more done between 4.30 a.m to 7.30 a.m. than he does in the rest of the day.

Others may prefer working late at night. For these owls, the quiet of the night is the time they pound out the words while the world is seemingly asleep. Continue reading “Fighting Writer’s Block”

“Titanic: The Story Of The Unsinkable Ship” by Hourly History

To most in my generation, the story of the RMS Titanic is not so much associated with a book as with James Cameron’s blockbuster movie of 1997.  However, even as kids we had read about the mighty Titanic and how she met her end in 1912 on her very first voyage. You will know, I am sure, that her end came when she crashed against an iceberg in the ice cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Over 1500 went down with her. Though this accident took place over 100 years ago, it still continues to fascinate those interested in such stories. Continue reading ““Titanic: The Story Of The Unsinkable Ship” by Hourly History”

“1984: India’s Guilty Secret” by Pav Singh

If you are from India or have followed events in India wherever you are in the world, the very mention of 1984 is bound to bring back horrific memories. You will probably remember the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi, India’s then Prime Minister,  and the consequent massacre of the Sikhs, especially in and around New Delhi, the nation’s capital.  Many books have been written about this tragic incident in our country’s history. In my view, “1984: India’s Guilty Secret” by Pav Singh (published by Rupa, 2017) is, one that lays bare what actually happened in just four days that year. Pav Singh is based in the UK and spent a full year in India researching material for this book  Continue reading ““1984: India’s Guilty Secret” by Pav Singh”

“Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service” by Bar-Zohar & Mishal

Have you noticed that generally you cannot talk about Israel without the Mossad coming into the conversation? So deep has Mossad- the Israeli Secret Service – caught the imagination of people all over the world in its six decades of existence since its inception in 1949. Michael Bar-Zohar, (a veteran of many wars for Isreal, with an in depth knowledge of the espionage industry,  and a close aide to the legendary David Ben Gurion)  and Nissim Mishal, (an eminent TV personality in Israel) have collaborated to write, “Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service” . Continue reading ““Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service” by Bar-Zohar & Mishal”