The New ‘It Bouy’ of Publishing


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All you girls who just go gaga over SRK’s cute dimples its time you meet the new chocolate boy in town.

Known for his cute dimples and his quirky and heart wrenching love stories that have touched over millions of girls all over the country..Durjoy Datta is the shy author(boy) next door.

An engineer and MBA by profession he has already written 6 run away bestsellers in a span of 4 years. As a successful author he continued his journey by venturing into his own Publishing Company titled Grapevine India Publishers  which has published over 20 books till date. Durjoy is also the recipient of Teachers Achievement Award 2012.

 Charming..Witty..Versatile..Modest that’s how we describe Durjoy Datta..

 

Read more from his interview..

 

1.       You have so many female fan who worship and adore you and go crazy with your writing..How do you handle all the fame & attention?

It’s very flattering and it’s really not that hard to handle. Obviously, I feel great about it and wish it would go on! But I make sure I don’t get too stuck with it and concentrate on the work in hand.

 2.  Do you think you are a better writer when you work in collaboration with another author..As most of your books have been  co-authored by others.

I think it brings in a different perspective to the story. I might write something that doesn’t make sense, but since I write it, I win my arguments against common sense. When you have another author working in tandem, it’s becomes very hard to ignore details that might be important to the story. A co-author is a constant source of criticism and keeps me from running haywire.

    3.        Your New book ‘Someone Like you’ Comes out by the end of this year under  Penguin Books India..Why the shift in publishing your book?

Grapevine India was set up after I had already signed up with Penguin for this book. So that’s the reason. But I may choose to associate myself with other publishing houses too. To broaden my experience as an author, to work with different organizations and other editors and to learn from them. It’s a decision I have to take as an author and not as a founder of a publishing house.

4.       At 25 you have already written 6 books and have started your own publishing company. People at your age are still trying to figure out life and where they want to be..Your message to these budding young guns.

I never really had a timeline or an action plan to go by. I didn’t really decide that I have to have these many books published or start a publishing house. I just did what appealed to me the most and I am happy where it has taken me. My only message to others like me is to do what you most love. And if you do it well enough, other things will fall in place.

 

Now some Fun questions..

 

Your favorite Adventure holiday spot..

I think I enjoyed my stay in Budapest a lot. And I am an at-least-once-a-year-Goa person.

 

Your favorite romantic read.

 It keeps on changing. The last romance novel that I read was “The Last Song” and I quite liked it. Even “One Summer” by David Baldacci is a good read.

 

 Your current read..

I’m Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells.

 

When you’re not working your..

 I am either out with friends, or well, reading a book!

 

Are you a typical Delhi boy..

       Oh yes, most certainly. I love my parties, I love my food, I love working out, I love honking in traffic jams and involve myself in road rage incidents. All the good parts, as well as the bad ones.

 

 Your fetish..

Is to be surrounded with books, women, great food and sports!

 

A memorable feedback from your fans..

A few days back, a girl tattooed the name of a protagonist from my book on her back. So that’s was pretty flattering and overwhelming!

 

Things who look for in an ideal partner..

Should be smart, funny, and non-clingy! Shouldn’t care too much about what she’s wearing and where she is going.  And good looks never hurt anybody.

 

Books By Durjoy  (@ Rs 100)

Of Course I Love You! …Till I Find Someone Better!

Now That You’re Rich! …Lets Fall In Love!

She Broke Up, I Didn’t! …I Just Kissed Someone Else!

Ohh Yes, I Am Single! …And So Is My Girlfriend!

You Were My Crush! …Till You Said You Love Me!

If It’s Not Forever… It’s Not Love!

 

Upcoming Books:

Till The Last Breath (Grapevine Publishers): September 2012

Someone Like You (Penguin India): December 2012

 

Signing off for now..

 

Do drop in your comments.

 

Until Next Time Geeks

 

Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: ‘Pax Indica: India and the World in the 21st Century’


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We are back with your dose of Bookipedia.

Today we have a very interesting and in depth review written by Our new Guest Geek Blogger Katherine Abraham (Lets hear some applause).

A Bright and Talented Young Reader, She has beautifully articulated the book for us.

 Do Read the Review below and drop in your Comments.

 And all those who still want to be part of our Crossword Geek Blogger Program do write to us at crosswordconnect@gmail.com.

 

India’s Diplomatic Conundrum: Pax Indica

“Pax Indica” is the thirteenth feather in the cap of the Author- Diplomat turned Politician Shashi Tharoor. This engaging read stretches over 11 chapters and 428 pages, written with precision, clarity and an idea to introduce Indians and non- Indians to the concept, crux and complexities of India’s Foreign Policy.

At first sight the image on the book jacket which depicts an Indian Elephant trudging over the Globe may render the reader a feeling that the book is sure to lead the argument on the hallowed Indian ‘Superpower’. However the very first few pages make it amply clear that the Author has no remote inclination of declaring India as a Superpower just yet. Page 351 of the book dispels all doubts on this issue in a single question, “Can we be taken seriously as a potential world leader in the 21st century if we do not develop develop the institutions, the practices, the personnel and the mind-set required to lead in the global arena?”

The Latin title ‘Pax Indica’ literally translates as ‘Peace – India.’ One is forced to contemplate if there should in fact be a question mark at the end of that phrase because as one reads through, the views evinced come off as rather tangential, as it highlights the reasons India is struggling with to make Peace in its neighbourhood.

Staying true to the Historian in him Shashi Tharoor begins by re- visiting the past, reminiscing the tenets of the Nehruvian policy and then poses the question, “What would a ‘Pax Indica’ look like?” The answer to this is found in the ensuing chapters.

Eliciting views comes naturally for someone who has spent more than half his life in the global arena. The superiority of this book lies in the fact that each chapter begins with a briefing on the historical ties that each of these countries shares with India while gradually steering its way to the present situation and the current posit of these relations. The book which serves as an exposé goes on to elaborate on the capricious Indo- Pak relationship laying the bare facts without feigning optimism. While the author talks of the need for better relations, the book poses a lot of questions with fewer answers. One would expect a diplomat to share his blueprint for solutions to the same.

The author adopts a positive note on Afghanistan’s ability to develop as a hub of trade which will prove instrumental in connecting central and south Asia. The Author refers to his tenure as the Minister of State for External Affairs while subtly dropping a line on the superficiality of the Indian Foreign Policy when he uses the phrase ‘Official India’ on page 89.

The Grand Finale in the book namely its last two chapters are expansive, educative, eye- openers on questions a lot of IFS aspirants have been asking and the lacuna that exist in the Indian Executive.

As to the question on NRIs Shashi Tharoor very aptly sums their importance in three simple words : Pride, Support and Investments. The author continues to give the readers the idea of Dem0cracy and Diversity.

Structurally, the book is well divided. Each paragraph centres around a single thought. The paragraph ends and so does the point of focus.

It is commendable that the Author ensures to draw the attention of readers to the neglected Indian Foreign Service and weaves the past problems encountered by various Ministers and the laxity on the part of successive governments although he himself is a part of the system.

The book however falls short in a few places especially when dealing with Indo- Maldivean relations. One gets the feel that the passage has almost been hastily jotted down, perhaps in the quest to avoid leaving any country. Given the author’s current political standing one can only presume that a policy of caution has been maintained consistently.. At many levels the Author’s hopes for a shared world vision and a Multi polar world is appreciable but rather a distant dream as of now.

The essence of the book lies in the Author’s statement, “Diplomatic initiatives need to be converted into commercial, touristic and investment opportunities.”

A recommended read for all, those expecting the book to be a deep and intense analysis of Indian Foreign Policy must read the Author’s Acknowledgments where he explicitly states that ‘Pax Indica’ is an ‘extended analytical essay devoid of footnotes and reference material.’

The size of the book need not intimidate any reader worried about a heavy read. The target audience in this case is rather wide because the wealth of information is of interest for young readers while the nuances of Foreign Policy making are sure to attract older readers.
With a perfect blend of history, culture and diplomacy, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, is a light enjoyable read on a rather heavy topic!

Giving it a 4/5 for its style of writing and 3.5/5 for its content.

Publisher : Penguin India

Author: Shashi Tharoor

Price: Rs 799

From ‘Corporate’ Life to ‘Chanakya’s’ Way of Life


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How Many of you know about the life & teachings of Chanakya?

Still wondering who he is..

Well To tell you a little about Chankya..He was one of the best and perhaps the most    intelligent advisors to the Mauryan Dynasty.

He was behind Chandragupta Maurya’s rise to power. His skill, tactics, strategies made him one of the most respected and renowned Guru and Advisor of all time.

Chankya’s policies of monetary and fiscal important to the Mauryan Empire has been documented in the Arthashastra. It also highlights the war strategies used by the empire.

With Numerous books in the Market on Chanakya’s teachings and sayings,  Radhakrishann Pillai decided to make Chankya’s teachings into his life Passion.

He has transformed all of Chanakya’s teachings that can be used by the corporate sector to develop and nourish leaders and train them accordingly.

The Book ‘Corporate Chankya’ has been a bestselling book for a long time now and has been published into various languages. Radhakrishnan Pillai has started an Institute on Chanakya’s philosophy and he trains leaders, entrepreneurs under it through its Chankya’s teachings.

We got Candid with This Best Selling author cum Consultant cum Guru cum Trainer cum guide.

Multitalented Isn’t He!!

You can identify him in a crowd of people as the one with the most animate conversations moving swiftly from one person to another spreading his contagious laughter and impeccable knowledge.

Here’s what he had to say when we put him in our hot seat..

1.       What really Inspired you to translate Chanakya’s teachings into a book?

A. I have been teaching the lessons of Chanakya from his book Kautilya’s Arthashastra since 2003. In the process of this many people used to ask if there is a book of mine on the subject. So the book became an extension of my teachings. However Jaico Publishing was responsible to identify me and asked if I can write a book. Thus came by first book ‘Corporate Chanakya’ which has been in the best selling list ever since its release in 2010.

2.       Your book has remained on the Crossword Bestsellers charts since a while now and has been published in multiple languages , this tells us the success of the book. How do you as an author/orator/guru who gives lectures on leadership & success grasp all this success that has come your way?

A. I am very lucky. God has been very kind to me. For the first book of any author the success is beyond imagination. ‘Corporate Chanakya’ has sold nearly 1 lac copies. For a management book it is a very big number. It has now come out in 10 regional languages namely, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Aasame, Oriya, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The book is now available in audio book too with the veteran Bollywood actor Tom Alter giving his voice. Also a film inspired by my book ‘Chanakya speaks’ produced by Shemaroo is now ready for release.

The latest version of my book ‘Corporate Chanakya on leadership’ and ‘Corporate Chanakya on management’ with an audio CD is also doing very well in sales numbers.

The book was nominated for ‘Crossword-Vodafone’ book of the year award under the popular category (which is based on sales numbers and shows the readers love for the book). I know for various companies that have bulk purchased the book and gifted it to their employees as well as client and customers. Various Business schools across the globe are now using this as a text book for their research on Indian management.

I want to thank everyone for the success and help. Even Crossword bookstores has contributed to make it a success. Across India I have done launches and author sessions in various stores. Want to thank the Crossword team to being so helpful and friendly towards me.

3.      Apart from your book your 3 favourite picks that you would recommend somebody to read on leadership & success.

1. Holy Geeta – by Swami Chinmayananda

2. 7 Habits of highly effective people – Steven Covey

3. Ramayana

 

 

Publisher: Jaico Publishing

Price: 295

 

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Signing off for now..

 

Untill next time Geeks!!

 

Happy Reading

 

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Never Judge A Book By Its Cover


The Cover of J.K Rowling’s much awaited Adult book ‘The Casual vacancy is out.

 

48 hrs already into its launch The Cover of the book is much under scrutiny for its look and appeal.

 

Critics have pointed out that compared to the Covers of The Harry Potter series , the cover of her book lacks depth and doesn’t strike out differently.

Well we wouldn’t want to compare the Harry Potter series with her upcoming book as they are completely different genres .

 

But the real question is.. Is the Cover more important than the story itself??

 

Do books get sold only on the basis of How attractive is the book Cover?

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Or Would you buy a book for the author and their story .

 

Would love to hear from you (Our Dear Critiques & geeks)

 

Signing off..

 

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Here’s  Leaving you with a sneak Peak Of Ashwin Sanghi’s Upcoming Book ‘The Krishna Key’..

 

Signing off for now Untill Next Time Geeks.

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