Thursday, March 22, 2012

Books up for review! Are you part of the programme yet?

We have new members who have joined the book review programme, so a big welcome to them! We have new titles to give away for reviews do let us know your pick.

The list:

By Nightfall- Michael Cunningham
Blue The Tranquebar book of erotic stories from Sril Lanka edited by
ameena hussein
The Alchemist's Secret- Scott Mariani
Calcutta Exile Bunny Suraiya
She's Never Coming Back- Hans Koppel
The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp fiction2
Civil Lines6 New writing from India
Deep Focus Reflections on Cinema- Satyajit Ray
JD Salinger A Life Raised High Kenneth Slawenski
The Flying Man Roopa Farooki
The Wreckage Michael Robotham
The Last Kestrel Jill McGivering
Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves Matthew Reilly
Urban Shots-Bright Lights-29 stories by 21 writers edited by Paritosh
Urban Shots- Crossroads- 30 urban stories by 26 authors edited by
Ahmed Faiyaz
The Moonstone Legacy Diana de Gunzberg and Tony Wild.

Do let us know soon so that we can despatch the books shortly!

Team The Book Lovers

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A carnival called Wassup! Andheri

A three day fest, comprising of activities that were fun for all age groups, a festival aimed at bringing the Andheri residents out to Lokhandwala grounds on all the days turned out to be full of fun and laughter for people who attended. We were there too, enjoying every minute of it.

The atmosphere was electric, the people were excited, the execution of the event was superlative. Kudos to the organisers (we will be doing a post dedicated to the people who were behind this event soon). Considering it was the first year of the event, here's looking at many more from them - bigger &better &longer!.

The blog would also like to thank every author who turned up for the event and added to making this event a success story. So here goes: 

Thank you Mr. Dilip Mukherjea for taking time out to speak to young mums, students and kids about the importance of learning, despite your hectic India trip, and you having a flight to catch for Singapore! Wish you all the very best for your book 'Unleashing Genius'.

Sathya Saran, is more a friend now than an acquaintance, thanks for dazzling us with the brilliance of Guru Dutt. The audio-visuals along with the book reading made it totally worth the while for everyone who attended. So a big thanks for being there.

Kiran Manral, can't thank her enough for readily agreeing to everything that the blog chooses to be a part of. Many thanks for your support, you were brilliant at the book reading and here's looking forward to more books from you! Madhuri Banerjee and Naomi Datta the other two gorgeous authors who agreed to be a part of the panel discussion on "Chicklit&Beyond" a big thank you for being there!

Ashwin Sanghi, we don't have enough words of gratitude for him. They all fall short. He usually doesn't do author events anymore because of his busy schedule but he was kind enough to agree to be a part of Wassup! Andheri. Not just that we know it must have been quite a journey on a Sunday afternoon for him to come all the way from South Mumbai to be a part of this. Thanks Ashwin, we shall forever be grateful and for making the session 'Have Talent, Will Write' just so interesting for those who attended.

Sorabh Pant, thanks for your stand up act before we got into a panel discussion on Emergence of Indian Writers, you were simply awesome! And your fun and spontaneity continued in the discussion too making it a lively interaction. Thank you Parul Sharma and Nishant Kaushik for agreeing to be a part of the panel discussion. Would have loved to have the discussion continue unfortunately we were restricted for time. 

Publishing houses : Westland, Penguin, Rupa, Random House. Thanks :)

Last but not the least our heartfelt thanks to Abhishek Mande for volunteering to moderate the discussion. Thanks for your support, hope to have you volunteer for our other upcoming book events.

Once again, thank you all for your love & support. More detailed posts on each event to follow! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Events at Times of India Wassup! Andheri

The Book Lovers is proud to be associated with Wassup!Andheri, a three day fun filled festival for all. We have an interesting line up of book events for all book lovers. Here goes: 

16th March 2012, Friday

Kids special from 11am- noon: 

Dilip  Mukherjea  -  Focuses  on  writing  interactive  books  that address  brain  skills  for  the  21st  century  with  immediate  & multipurpose application, the prime aim of every skill. Watch him live at Wassup!  Andheri. 

Sathya Saran from 6pm-7pm

Sathya was the Editor of FEMINA for 12 years; she now contributes in leading magazines and newspapers.  As an author she has written three books.
We, at Wassup Andheri, are absolutely delighted to have her join us to read from her book on Guru Dutt. In an hour long session Sathya will take us through the life & times of Guru Dutt interspersed with scenes and songs from his movies. 
Do join us to be enthralled and mesmerized by the legend of Guru Dutt.

17th March 2012, Saturday

Book Reading: The Reluctant Detective by Kiran Manral from 10am-10.45am

Kiran Manral has worked with The Asian Age, The Times of India and Cosmopolitan and currently is a freelance writer, blogger and media consultant. The Reluctant Detective is her first book as an author. She joins us to read from her laugh out loud debut book on mommy escapades.  Do join us for a fun read session.

Panel Discussion: Chicklit& Beyond 11am- noon

We at Wassup get into a panel discussion with three lady authors who have made a smashing debut with their books. We ask them whether Indian women writers are treading beyond chicklit to reach out to a wider Indian audience. 

Our panelists:

Madhuri Banerjee:

Madhuri Banerjee’s debut book Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas has sold over 40,000 copies in the first year of its release and was on the best seller list for over 10 weeks.

Kiran Manral:

Kiran Manral has worked with The Asian Age, The Times of India and Cosmopolitan and currently is a freelance writer, blogger and media consultant. The Reluctant Detective is her first book as an author.

Naomi Datta:

Naomi Datta is the author of The 6pm Slot. Her debut book is a satire on television- news and entertainment. The 6 PM Slot has gone into a reprint and has been written about in Mint, Elle, Hello, People, Femina, Tehelka, DNA, Asian Age, Afternoon & Reuters.

18th March 2012, Sunday

In Conversation with bestselling author Ashwin Sanghi from 4pm-5pm

Ashwin Sanghi—entrepreneur by day, novelist by night- is a well established businessman and a bestselling author of two books, The Rozabal Line and Chanakya’s Chant. Chanakya’s Chant will be a movie soon and will be at cinemas close to home! Ashwin will talk to us on ‘Have talent, will write’ and take us through his journey as a writer.

Sit Down Comedy with Sorabh Pant, author of The Wednesday Soul  from 6pm-6.20pm

Before the panel discussion on Indian writing be ready to laugh out loud with Sorabh Pant! If you are expecting a stand up comedy from Sorabh it isn't, what you get of him at this festival is a sit-down comedy in true Pant style! Fun time guaranteed!

Panel Discussion: Indian Writing sees a new dawn 6.30pm-7pm
The Indian writing scenario has seen a big change in the last 5 years. Lots of new authors, new Indian writing has emerged and Indian readers are lapping it all up. We at Wassup will be in conversation with three such authors who have emerged in the publishing scenario. Our panelists:

Nishant Kaushik is the author of three published novels: 'Watch Out! We Are MBA', 'A Romance With Chaos', and 'Conditions Apply'. His fourth book is under publication and is expected to be out in stores in the latter half of 2012. Formerly a consultant with companies like Infosys and IBM, Nishant has recently quit his day job to focus on his career as a writer. Apart from his novels, he is also working on certain film scripts and short stories

Sorabh Pant has been touted as “one of India’s top six comedians”, by The Times Of India. His show, “Pant on Fire”, has toured 14 cities with 150 shows in two years; though, he’s done it mainly for the frequent flier miles. He’s also written/writing/in the process of having his columns cancelled for Mid – Day, Noise Factory, Yuva, Society, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle.

Parul Sharma is the author of Bringing Up Vasu – That First Year and By The Water Cooler. Bringing Up Vasu centered around the humorous travails of Mira, a first-time mother whose ambition for her firstborn is matched only by her own bumbling ways. By The Water Cooler told the story of two young girls who quit their jobs at an advertising agency to land at a corporate house

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Book Lovers at Wassup Andheri!

The Book Lovers, over the years,has grown from being just a blog which does book reviews and author interviews into book clubs and book events. Going a step further the blog is proud to be associated with an upcoming socio-cultural festival Wassup! Andheri, Mumbai. 

The Book Lovers would be handling all the literary events that take place during the three day festival period.

About Wassup! :

“Wassup !” is a three day festival that celebrates the socio-cultural spirit of this largest and most lively Mumbai suburb, Andheri. This festival is a platform that’ll define ‘Whats New’ in the city. Set in the scenic garden, next to Lokhandwala Bridge, it promises to be packed with non-stop entertainment through different art forms like Painting, Photography, Theatre, Literature, Fashion, Culinary, Music and Dance, among others.
“Wassup!” will give aspirants of every art form an opportunity to interact and connect with the biggies of the industry. Stalwarts like Imtiaz Ali– Celebrated Film Director, Bosco & Caesar – Top Bollywood Choreographers, Pritham – a Household name in Music, Sanjeev Kapoor-renowned Chef, Chintan Upadhyay - Distinguished Artist, Subi Samuel – Ace Photographer, Aalim Hakim – Celebrity Hair Stylist, Aki Narula - Fashion Designer, Neelima Azeem – Eminent Kathak Dancer, Nadira Babbar -An Authority in Theatre and Best Selling Authors will take the stage and share what’s new with the crowds. Aside from the celebrity quotient, ‘‘Wassup!’’ will showcase many exciting new acts by the above-mentioned and upcoming artists, and also exhibit a plethora of rare and fascinating art forms over the three days of this extraordinary event.
The itinerary caters to all ages and interests groups. From industry specific interactions for young aspiring talent to health and fitness workshops for home-makers and working professionals, “Wassup!” will bring all that is new to Andheri and to Mumbai.

For more information on Wassup! Andheri do log on to