Books

I love to read, and sometimes I like to write about what I’ve read. 

Gangs of Wasseypur: The Making of a Modern Classic – Jigna Kothari and Supriya Madangari give us a book that is well structured, simple yet intelligently written, and most importantly intensely researched. What they give the reader is an inside look at the madness that goes behind making a film.

Amar Akbar Anthony – Masala, Madness and Manmohan Desai – Amar Akbar Anthony is a classic film that deserved a little bit more serious attention than what it gets in Masala, Madness and Manmohan Desai.

Mughal-E-Azam: Legend as Epic – The attractive factor of the book is that Zankar doesn’t simply keep his observations limited to the film, but he goes back and gives a history of how certain artistic and technical aspects, such as script and dialogue, came to develop over time and were eventually utilized in Mughal-E-Azam.

Satyajit Ray’s Ravi Shankar: An Unfilmed Visual Script – While on the surface it is the untold story of the documentary that Satyajit Ray wanted to do on Ravi Shankar, what the reader gets is an insight into the friendship that these two legends of Indian arts shared, and the bond that music formed between them.

Conversations with Waheeda Rehman – Conversations with Waheeda Rehman is a book that celebrates cinema through one of its leading ladies. Ms Rehman manages to showcase films as an art form and not just a medium for entertainment.

Talking Cinema: Conversations with Actors and Film-makers – The “conversations” cover a wide range of topics with the subjects opening up and displaying their true emotions towards films. It is here that Somaaya’s non-intrusive and non-gossipy style of interviewing comes in handy.

Director’s Cut: 50 Major Film-makers of the Modern Era – Director’s Cut by M. K. Raghavendra is a crash course in World Cinema. His introduction, wherein he explains his criteria for selecting the directors, seems a bit academic, but his essays on the 50 directors from around the world are anything but that.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam – There is a good chance that an avid film watcher in India would have seen at least one film by Mani Ratnam. He has long been an integral part of Indian cinema making movies in varied languages, at regular intervals, and taking on issues and stories that are equally thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

10 Must Read Travel Books  – Books can play with our imagination, but sometimes they can take us to parts of the world that are real and leave us wanting to venture out and explore the beauty of this planet. These are some of the books – fiction and non-fiction – that celebrate travel and Earth.

Rajesh Khanna – The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar – Imagine a “phenomenon” that had a following more than the Khans and Amitabh Bachchan. Hard to believe right? But it happened.

Chapter 101: A Quaint Bookshop in a Torrid City – Chapter 101 is homely. It’s like walking into a den or a study, very English in nature with the wooden racks along the walls, the tiled floor graced with a couple of rugs to give that extra bit of cosiness, and a faux brick wall opposite to a green coloured one in-between it all.

The Beach – The Beach combines together an element of thrill along with a compelling story that lingers on in the depths of any adventurous heart, pounding on it, making you and I want to get up, get out, and explore this world and the people that inhabit it.

Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City – The author takes the reader through a journey of time depicting events and people who are responsible for making Amsterdam the most liberal city in the world.

Stupid Guy Goes to India – Yamamatsu’s journey into Delhi’s underbelly as he tries to publish his Manga comic in the local language. Hilarious at times, informative, but brutally honest.

Chai chai, Travel in Places where you Stop, but Never Get Off – An interesting look at travelling, where the author discovers the smaller, lesser-known cities and towns that one crosses in-between the metropolitan cities, but are often overlooked.

Hot Tea Across India – Rishad Saam Mehta takes us across the country on sweet and exciting journeys full of adventure and comedy.

Michael Palin Hemingway Adventure – Michael Palin follows in the footsteps of one of the world’s most noted literary figures.

Four Chef Autobiographies You Must Read – A look at the autobiographies of Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Joe Bastianich, and Anthony Bourdain.

5 Books Every Food Lover Should Read – It didn’t take long after commencing on my endeavor to write about food – this blog – that I realized, in order to justify what I was doing I needed to firstly cook a lot more than I used to and more importantly read; read about food in all respects – its history, its present and where the future lies.

Restaurant Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones – The author takes on a day-long journey into the depth of the food business and all the craziness that is a part of it.

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