‘The Winning Couple’


Hello and Welcome Back Book Lovers and it’s been a while.Our apologies.

This week we got chatty with the Mr & Mrs Bhogle, authors of the Bestselling Book ‘The Winning Way’.

The book has been on our Non Fiction Bestsellers charts and it gives out examples of famous sport personalities and leaders and how mangers can learn from these examples.

This dynamic duo who hold post graduate degrees from IIM A together run a sports based communication consultancy ‘Prosearch’ in Mumbai that provides motivational workshops by using metaphor of sports to discuss on team building, leadership etc.

 Passionate..Strong..Focussed..Inspirational..Witty..Chatty  and Insightful  is how we describe this Power Couple.

Read more from their interview..

1.         Tell us an interesting fact that took place while writing this book?

    A : I insisted on going alone to interview Sachin Tendulkar and had a very interesting conversation. Harsha has interviewed him several times over the last two decades but mine was very different.

    H : Not a fact as much as a realization that when you move up from writing 800 words you need discipline as much as flair and that is what Anita brought to this project.

2..        What is the message that you want to give your fans from this book.

   A: Simply put, winning is about being the best that you can be.

   H: Among many things, hopefully, that work ethic is the key to success for both an individual and a team.

3.         Your sentiments on being nominated for the award this year?

   A : Completely thrilled—it’s my first book !

   H : I feel a sense of respect and acceptance.

4. Two powerful sports personality according to you

   A: There are so many but I’d say Rahul Dravid and Steve Waugh for their  thoughts  on the game

   H : My major exposure has been to cricket so I would go with Imran Khan and Shane Warne but I would like to add Ian Chappell and Pullela Gopichand.

5.         How did the couple handle their creative differences while writing the book

   A: Actually, we didn’t have any major creative differences as such. We’ve been married for 27 years and have worked together for 11 years, so I guess our wavelengths now match. But we have completely different styles of working and that was a major struggle !

   H : Because of the number of years I have been writing I have got used  to my columns appearing as they are. A columnist doesn’t present a publication’s point of view so it tends to go as it is. Suddenly I had my co-author querying sentences and passages that I had written (once turning down an entire chapter!). I sat quietly and then I realized that even experienced writers need the rigour that a good editor imparts. That became critical to the writing of the book.

6.         What genre of books does Mr and Mrs Bhogle like to read?

A : To be honest , reading work related stuff itself takes so much time there’s little time for the rest. Lighter reading is restricted to books like The Kite Runner or Dan Browne that are fast paced. I found Gurcharan Das’ The Difficulty of Being Good very thought provoking.

H : I tend to start books and leave them incomplete and start something else, especially since I read so much on the internet. My primary interest though is sport.

7.         If Mr Bhogle wouldn’t have been a commentator what profession would he have chosen

Advertising.                            

8.         Your favourite holiday destination

    London, when it’s not very cold. We love to walk around.        

9. Your awkward moment on tv

H: Having a live cheetah sitting next to me being fed raw meat by a trainer (and am vegetarian!) and aware of the fact that I needed to look into a camera. But my senses were focused on the cheetah!

10. Your views on how is India faring on the Sports scene across various international competitions/championships

The Olympics were a realization that with a bit of care and planning, Indians can do well. We need to tap the energy of the new India and give it opportunity; the business world has done it and we can see the same restlessness and ambition in sportspeople as well

(A stands for Anita Bhogle & H for Harsha Bhogle)

 

Publisher: Westland Books

Price: Rs 200

 

Signing off for Now..

Untill Next Time Geeks

Happy Reading!!

Crossword Bookstores.

‘The Bankster Of Indian Fiction’


Hello and Welcome Back Book Lovers.

This week we have the John Grisham of Indian Writing ‘Ravi Subramanian’ on the hot seat with us.

IIM Grad Banker turner Author has written several Thriller books on the Banking Sector.

A Dedicated family man and an ardent Music Buff, he loves to write in noisy atmosphere and doesn’t prefer the tranquility and quietness while writing books.

His Bestselling books include ‘The Devil in Pink Stripes’, ‘If God was a Banker’, The Incredible Banker’ and more.  His latest book ‘The Bankster’ will hit the stores in Mid-October.

This year he is also a Popular award Nominee for his book ‘The Incredible Banker’. 

Read more from his interview..

  1. 1.      Tell us something about your new book that is coming out soon “The Bankster”

 

The Bankster is a very interesting and different book. It takes its readers to the heart of a baffling mystery at the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2), where a series of murders across the globe threaten to destroy the reputation the bank has built over the years.

When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications—a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.

It’s a furiously paced novel where in the path to unraveling the mystery, stranger than fiction characters emerge, faith gets shattered and ivory towers come crashing down. Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thought – till the day the truth within GB2 gets revealed. Is the banker at GB2 fast turning into a Bankster? Or was he always one? I leave it to the readers to figure it out after reading the book

2.       Your sentiments on a first time nomination for the awards?

I feel elated on having been nominated for such a prestigious award. Crossword has always set the standard in recognizing authors for their work and in acknowledging changing trends in the Indian Book Industry. And to get nominated for an award by such an entity is really a great feeling.

3.       Leaving your book aside which book would you pick for the Popular award?

The Habit of Winning, by Prakash Iyer is my personal favourite. It is a fabulous book, written in simple English, with extremely straightforward messages and has been penned by someone with oodles of credibility.

4.       One good and bad feedback you have got on your writing?

When I wrote my first book “If God was a Banker”, I was criticized for my characters being black and white, while most humans are grey. I took that seriously and you will notice that all the characters in my other books are grey… and you don’t completely realize their true personality until you read through the complete book.

People have liked the fact that my books track reality and hence people are able to relate well to the happenings in my books. And normally when a reader relates to the happenings in the book, an emotional bonding develops with the subject and the author.

5.       Do we see your self writing on any other genres anytime soon?

I love writing stories based in the banking and financial services industry. It is an industry where you have money, people, relationships, crime, fraud, investigations, sleaze and greed – all ingredients which make a great potboiler. Strangely not many people write stories set in the backdrop of this industry, which touches every individual’s life in some way or the other. I see myself writing a few more stories based in this industry for sure. Whether I will experiment with any other genre is a difficult one to say. The day I feel that I am not able to churn out fresh stories set in the enormously sexy global banking industry, I will definitely stop writing about bankers and banking.

6.       What inspires you to continue writing for readers all over?

The more the number of readers who read me, the more I am inspired to write. Isn’t that true for all authors.

7.       Do you look up  to any Indian authors?

R K Narayan. My generation was one of the last that grew up on Malgudi days and Swami and his friends. In fact the protagonist in my debut novel, If God was a Banker, was named Swami – after the protagonist of R K Narayans novels.

I adore R K Narayan for his simplicity and how he made a stunning success out of a simple subject. Those were the days when there was no Facebook, no twitter, no means of promoting your book, and yet every literate Indian knows him.

8.       Your favourite books?

All of Jeffrey Archers books, John Grishams first four books (Time to Kill, The Firm, Pelican Brief and The Client)

9.       Your views on the scenario of Indian writing..has it grown over the last 10 years?

Indian writing has definitely evolved over the last decade, more so in the last five years. In the days when If God was a Banker was launched, Crossword would struggle to fill up a rack with Indian Authors. These days they struggle to find space. Most of the stores have three or four racks filled up with Indian authors. The landscape of a book store has changed because of Indian Authors. Also retailers like crossword are willing to stock new writers and thus give them a pedestal to sell their products from.

The only word of caution I want to sound here is that before we celebrate the creative resurgence of Indian writing, we need to realize that most Indian authors write from their experiences – college, IIM’s / IIT, romance etc. And experiences give you fodder for at least a couple of books. Beyond that you need to really leverage on your creative instincts. How many of these young first time authors go on to write more books and establish themselves in this field is still to be seen. The day these writers go on to write their second third and fourth book, and give vent to their creative instincts is when I would say that the creative resurgence of Indian literature has happened.

10.   Your travel destination?

Would love to go far away to the beaches of Maldives for a long holiday with my family.

Publisher: Rupa Publications

 

Price: Rs 250

 

 

 

Signing off for now..

 

Until Next Time Geeks

 

Happy Reading!

 

Crossword Bookstores.

Meet The Barry (Not Harry) Of Pagford, Muggles !!


Dear Book lovers today we bring you an exclusive review of the much awaited book of the year ‘The Casual Vacancy’.

I know we are quite late in our review but we weren’t privileged enough to go through the tedious process of going through Ms Rowling’s lawyers by signing NDA’s (joking).

We just simply thought of reading the book the day it arrived and giving you our honest review on it.

Hardbound and 503 pages long you better not be sleeping thorough Rowling writings who gives you a story to keep you awake after 5 long years.

All those expecting wands, wizards and magic you better not wander the boundaries of Pagford. Harry isn’t going to somehow come alive, but you will find a very dead Barry Fairbother who has affected the live of this little town. Also do keep the little ones away. We recommend all those who have grownup reading Ms Rowling’s books and continue to be amazed by her writing do stay glued.

The theme of the book lies on the characters trying to find hope in the most adverse of conditions ( a way to get out) and  a  hope to win.The book  covers hard hitting problems such as loneliness even in the best of situations, raging and rebellious teenagers, spiteful adults, political plots, abusive drugs &  yes it does cover promiscuity. Also the town seem to filled with a lot on antagonism and snobbery. It outlines each of Pagford’s families with their innumerable  problems and the love-hate emotions shared between the parents and the children.

The plot opens with the dear and respected Parish council member Barry Fairbrother passing away and it comes as a shock to the people of Pagford. Here we see various characters emerging and their stories being unfolded slowly. Also Rowling’s beautifully connects each character to Barry Fairbrother who shared a very special bond with him.Like the Harry Potter books which dealt with a lot of loss death, high emotions, sadness this book gives you a mixed set of emotions with each character  beginning to grow on you.

There is no good and evil war that needs to be fought but a ground of political animosity as all aspirants are eagerly waiting to fill The Casual Vacancy cause by Mr Fairbrother.But the town is shaken when it is haunted by the ghost of Barry Fairbrother exposing each aspirant most deepest secrets and exposing them openly in the public eye.

A slow-paced novel which makes you connect intensely with its characters and keeps you wanting for more till the very end.

Characters such as Krystal, Fatz, Terrie will give you a series of complex emotions of anger, disgust and sympathy for them at the same time. The book covers a lot of dark and edgy moments and the town does love a good gossip.

Not forgetting the Indian family outlined by Ms Rowling The Jawanda family which plays a very pivotal role in the book. The Characters of Parminder & Sukhvinder are written very exquisitely with powerful emotions.

You will be surprised with twists and turns in the book and will be sucked in very deeply by Rowling’s writing style.

A good read for all Rowling fans who are not expecting a Potter Magic out of it, but who believe that she has the ability of telling the simplest story tales in a magnum opus. As they say she is a storyteller like no other. (a true fact indeed)

Leaving you something special from the book which when you will read it may leave you on an emotional note….

Uhhuhuhhuh Rihanna

Good Girl Gone Bad

Take Three

Action

No clouds in my storms..

 

Publisher:Hachette India

Price: Rs 850

 

Signing off for now..

Until next time Geeks..

Happy Reading!

Crossword Bookstores.