The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | A Book Review

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(Originally published in the Indian Blog World in their October 2009 edition)

Very few people would name their daughters Draupadi. Draupadi, the dark skinned, doe-eyed beauty with flowing hair has always been bad news in the bastion of mythology. After all, she was born with a natal chart that said she would change history. And she did it, being our own Helen of Troy, or Cleopatra, perhaps? Continue reading “The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | A Book Review”

Idealistic techie biker rides for a cause

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Riding solo from Bangalore and back, he rode 7000 Kilometers in twenty one days covering 13 Indian states. He is a techie and a traveler who is crazy about bikes and supporting idealistic causes. Meet Prabhu who says ‘I ride for a cause’ and ‘I Ride against poverty’. His motor cycle diaries have been scripted on twitter @prabhuns.

Techgoss had this interesting conversation with Prabhu about his biking experience. Continue reading “Idealistic techie biker rides for a cause”

BPO Sutra, Literature 2.0? A Review

Think Call centre stories, Think Chetan Bhagat?

Not any more, here is a book which has not one but a hundred and fifty call centre stories, and was such a hit with the yuppie crowd that it was sold out within one month of its first print run. The book BPO Sutra is now in its 9th print run and it’s a whopping 50000 copies that’s out. It’s also been in the Top Ten of the India Today best seller list consistently for the last six months, which happens to be its exact age.

What is so special about this book that it is grabbed off the shelves? Continue reading “BPO Sutra, Literature 2.0? A Review”

Freelance Writing for the Newbie Writer: A Review

‘How does one become a freelance writer?’ is a question I have faced way and again from people in various walks of life, after I opted for a career in freelance-writing. It is difficult to explain, because setting out to be a freelance writer involves a lot more of determination and perseverance and overcoming disappointments rather than a ‘how to’, point-wise explanation. It isn’t enough to write well, I say, but then, what else? It’s a long answer, I decline. Continue reading “Freelance Writing for the Newbie Writer: A Review”

Rani by Jaishree Misra | A Book Review

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(Originally published in the Indian Blog World in their October 2009 edition)

What is the image that comes to your mind when you hear the name Jhansi Rani?

A woman with a sword in hand and a baby tied to her back, on a rearing horse? A spotless heroine of the National Movement of 1857 who was the epitome of bravery and was full of anti-British feeling? At least, this is what my history books have taught me and I stopped reading history at Class X. Continue reading “Rani by Jaishree Misra | A Book Review”