How does a busy corporate executive write a book and break into the elusive league of best-sellers? Booksoarus caught up with acclaimed author Anand Neelakantan whose book Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished was named the Number 1 best-seller by Crossword and CNN-IBN. He was also chosen as one of the six most remarkable writers of 2012 by DNA. As his next book Ajaya, the story of Mahabharta recounted from the point of view of Duryodhana, is gaining momentum and praise alike, Anand speaks to us about the power of perspective, his passion for mythology and his journey as a writer.
Meet Rishi Piparaiya – wearer of many hats, sometimes all at once. At other times, think of him as a juggler whose various hats are, er, up in the air, much like his bodily presence that has clocked in tens of thousands of hours flying. When he does not have his nose to the grindstone as head honcho at a top insurance company or running football betting syndicates in Spain or completing half marathons in under three hours, he’s well, … up in the air, quite literally; this corporate executive is most often stationed at 38,000 feet over India, to be precise.
Sidin Vadukut is the author of the best-selling Dork trilogy which takes a satirical dig at corporate life, specifically the management consulting industry. The trilogy comprises of: DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese, God Save The Dork and Who Let The Dork Out? The series has gone into several reprints and even after close to three years of release of the first book, the trilogy is still going strong – a testament to the author’s remarkable story-telling skills and his ability to keep a reading audience hooked to every word.
Shoba Narayan is an award-winning author and columnist. In the past, she has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Knowledge@Wharton, and other publications. She was awarded the Pulitzer Fellowship at the Columbia Journalism School. She is the author of two memoirs: Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes and Return to India.
Booksoarus caught up with the sprightly Shoba and chatted with her about her columns her memoir, “Return to India” and her writer-ly life.