Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Upcoming Events at Crossword

Introducing on our blog list of interesting book events/book launches/author meet.Here are some upcoming events planned at Crossword.Enjoy!

For all those who love cooking and are passionate about food this event is just for you!

Event: Cookbook Reading

Titles: Unique Book of Vegetarian Cooking.

Author : Saroj Joshi

Guest: Advocate Sudhir Mohanlal Shah will be in conversation with the author

Publisher: N. M Thakkar & Co.

Date & Time: Friday, 28th May 2010 at 7:00 pm

Venue: Crossword Kemps Corner.

Book Synopsis:

Since the invention of hearths & earthen ovens over 250000 years ago, humans have taken an earnest interest in cooking. Cooking has grown from the simple task of heating raw food to a science & an art form. As the world grows smaller thanks to fast transport and improvements in food storage technology, we can now enjoy the freshest produce from the farthest reaches of the planet in the comfort of our own homes.

Inside this book, you will find vegetarian recipes from all over the world. The recipes cover the ancient land of China, the lush green countryside of Tuscany, Italy, the spice of Mexico & the breadth of India’s rich & varied culinary culture. This book covers old classics & new favourites such as Tacos, Eggplant Parmesan, Manchurian, Undhiyu, Goan Curry and Healthy drinks.

The aim is to allow both the seasoned cooks and new students, whether in a fully stocked Indian kitchen or an American kitchen, to enjoy the rich flavours from all over via easy to follow, tried and tested recipes.

About the author:

Saroj Joshi is a multi-talented cookbook author & jeweler. She started experimenting in the kitchen at her home in Bombay in the early seventies. Over the years, her international travels afforded her the opportunity to sample diverse cuisines.

She first ventured into the professional arena by conducting cooking classes at her Warden Road home, which resulted in exceptional success. Stories of her skills & finesse spread, garnering invitations for cooking demonstrations at various clubs & organizations.

She published her first cookbook, ‘Palak Preparations’ in 1999. The book listed nearly 40 recipes made from Palak (Spinach). Her recipes ranged from Italian to Chinese & of course Indian. The summer of 2004 saw the launch of her second book ‘Amar Swad’ (everlasting taste).

In 2004, Saroj Joshi received the ‘Woman of the Year’ award from the Mulund Brahmin Mahila Samaj in Mumbai. She was honoured for setting an inspiring example for women all over by forging a successful career in two fields simultaneously. In the same year she received an ‘Outstanding Career Achievement Award’ from the Brahmin Society of New York, USA.

A Book Launch Event

Event: Book Launch

Titles: A Masterful Spirit :Homi J. Bhabha (1909–1966)

Author : Indira Chowdhury & Ananya Dasgupta

Publisher: Penguin

Date & Time: Wednesday, 2nd June 2010 at 7:00 pm

Venue: Crossword Kemps Corner.

Book Synopsis:

Scientist, citizen, artist—the Renaissance man of India

Homi Jehangir Bhabha, one of India’s outstanding scientists, shouldered the beginnings of India’s nuclear programme. He was the first chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, and the builder of two of India’s

most significant scientific institutions—the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Atomic Energy Establishment, renamed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1966.

A Masterful Spirit presents the life and achievements of the man through previously unpublished letters, and photographs and paintings, and the recollections of his family, friends, colleagues and students. Designed to convey the flavour of Bhabha’s life and times, this book tells the inspiring story of a man whom Sir C.V. Raman described as ‘the modern equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci’. It acquaints us with the many facets of Bhabha’s personality: physicist, institution-builder, concerned citizen, artist, connoisseur of the arts, designer of gardens and, above all, a charismatic and compassionate human being.

About the authors:

Indira Chowdhury’s book The Frail Hero and Virile History was awarded the Tagore Prize in 2001. She is responsible for setting up the Archives of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Ananya Dasgupta is Consultant Editor to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Archives, and is also responsible for the TIFR Oral History Project

This event is for all our Bangalore readers!

Event: Author Meet & Book Reading

Titles: The Bird With Golden Wings: Stories Of Wit And Magic

Author : Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin

Date & Time: Saturday, 29th May 2010 at 6:00 pm

Venue: Crossword Bangalore JP Nagar.

Dramatization by Children on an excerpt from the book.

About the Book:

What would you do if a bird with golden wings alighted on your terrace and offered you fabulous riches?

A poor little girl is rewarded with lovely gifts when she takes pity on a hungry bird and feeds it all the rice she has, but what happens when the girl’s greedy, nosy neighbour hears the story and tries to get bigger and better gifts for herself? Why did the once sweet sea water turn salty? How did it happen that the learned teacher forgot all his lessons and had to be helped out by the school cook? And what did the king do so that the people of his kingdom did not come to know that he has horrible donkey ears hidden under his turban?

Sudha Murty’s new, enchanting collection of stories bubbles over with fun. Delightful colour illustrations bring to life tales of magical creatures, princesses and kings, ordinary witty men and women in a book that will bring hours of joy to readers young and old.

About the Author:

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.

Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan’s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.

This event is a must for all Dork lovers!!

Event: Book Launch & Reading

Titles: DORK

Author : Sidin Vadukut

Guest: Not confirmed

Publisher: Penguin

Date & Time: Saturday, 5th June 2010 at 7:00 pm

Venue: Crossword Kemps corner.

About the Book:

In April 2006 Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese, a stupendously na├»ve but academically gifted young man (he was ranked 41st in his class), graduates from one of India's best business schools with a Day-Zero job at the Mumbai office of Dufresne Partners, a mediocre mid-market management consulting firm largely run by complete morons.

Varghese finds that he fits into the culture remarkably well.

Or does he?

Through a stunning series of blunders, mishaps and inadvertent errors, Robin begins to make his superiors rue the day they were driven by desperation into hiring him. To make matters worse, Robin realises that his mad, passionate, steamy one-sided relationship with B-school batchmate Gouri Kalbag might be over before it even started. With things going spectacularly wrong, will he manage to achieve his short-term goal of being promoted to Associate in under a year, and beat the record set by Boris Nguyen at Dufresne’s Vietnam office? Will love conquer all? Will Gouri walk with him through Dadar Department Stores with her hand in the rear pocket of his jeans?

Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese is the hilarious story of Robin Varghese, super-dork and unlikely corporate hero, for all of those who've ever sat depressed in cubicles…and wanted to kill themselves with office stationery. Especially that letter opener thing.

Join Robin as he navigates his first insane year at Dufresne Partners in this first volume of the Dork trilogy.

About the Author:

Sidin Vadukut is a journalist, columnist and blogger. He has an engineering degree from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. In a career spanning around a decade he has made automotive parts, developed online trading platforms, almost set up a retailing company and had a sizeable portion of a tree fall on his head. He is currently an editor with the business newspaper Mint.

Sidin lives in New Delhi with his wife, two PlayStations, four laptops and a desktop computer. He blogs at

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