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Meet the authors Zac O'Yeah and Eshwar Sundaresan
Saturday, 1stJune, 2013
The authors will read from their new books and interact with the audience. Zac's new thriller 'Mr.Majestic' is a crime novel set in Bengaluru. Eshwar's debut thriller 'Behind the silicon mask' is a novel set in the subculture experienced by the Indian IT professional in an American setting.
Hari Majestic is an unlikely detective: a reformed tout and small-time conman who finds it increasingly difficult to carry on his job with a pure mind. The offer to investigate the disappearance of a tourist seems at first like a great career change, but it turns out that there's more to the mystery than meets the eye. Soon Hari Majestic begins to doubt his own survival and reincarnation chances.
Among the many genre pleasures of Mr. Majestic! is a redolently pulpy Indian thriller that doubles as authentic Bangalore noir. Zac O’Yeah and Hari Majestic – local firang pulpmeister and international local detective – arrive on the scene of the crime to give us an amusing, zippy, suspenseful mystery that will have you properly sandalwooded and Bangalored, Majestic style.
--- Pradeep Sebastian, author of The Groaning Shelf and Other Instances of Book Love.
Zac O’Yeah’s crime fiction is quirky, amusing and teeming with unforgettable characters. A deliciously waggish take on modern India with all its idiosyncrasies and complexities.
---Tarquin Hall, author of the “Vish Puri” series
Zac O’Yeah is the author of Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan (2010) and Mr. Majestic! (2012) published by Hachette India. He worked in the theatre and music business in Sweden until he retired early, at 25, to come to India. His 12 published books range from bestselling detective fiction to history and travelogue, and he has also translated Indian literature into Swedish.
Behind the silicon mask
A serial killer targeting immigrants.
A record-shattering snowstorm that aids his cold mission.
A community of 200 Indian IT professionals under a siege.
A rapacious corporate employer, an unflinching deadline and a boss willing to risk anything.
A tale-twist in every living room and bedroom. A bleak, fateful Friday that brings together all these elements and changes lives forever.
Eshwar Sundaresan is a Bangalore-based writer and a freelance journalist
Meet Authors Marianne de Nazareth and Prem Rao
March 16th 2013
Storytelling with Rashmi Kulkarni
Two-day fiction workshop by writer Shinie Antony at Easy Library
Meet the authors Manreet Sodhi Someshwar and Sheila Kumar.
Writer Shinie Antony will be in conversation with them.
Insightful, thoughtful and yet entertaining and lively! That is how we would sum up the session we had with Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, Sheila kumar, and Shinie Antony. Thank you writers and all of you so-clued-in audience!
The English Translation of Sivakamiyin Sabadham: by Nandini Vijayaraghavan
Nandini Vijayaraghavan read from her debut translation; Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical Tamil novel ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’ (‘Sivakami’s Oath’). This historical novel, considered by many as one of the best Tamil novels ever written, narrates the morganatic romance between the Crown Prince Narasimha Varma Pallavar and the land’s foremost danseuse, Sivakami, against the backdrop of the turbulent relationship between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas during 7th century AD in South India.
An hour of fun and frolic for the little ones : by Rashmi Kulkarni
Rashmi told the story of a happy caterpillar using her collection of wonderful props and puppets, followed by an interesting activity of making a paper butterfly. The evening ended by her reading a story from Chhota Bheem!
Roll of Honour : by Amandeep Sandhu
Amandeep Sandhu reads from his new book Roll of Honour - a story of split loyalties of an adolescent Sikh boy studying in a military school in Punjab in 1984: Operation Blue Star, Mrs. Gandhi's assassination, riots, the hard life in a residential school.
Aman's earlier book Sepia Leaves was a story of a dysfunctional home under the shadow of schizophrenia from a care giver child's point of view.
More on Aman here www.amandeepsandhu.com
Fun with science : by Prity Mehta
2. The magical "Periscope"
What do you do when you want to see what is out there but do not want to stick your head out? Like in a battlefield, in a submarine or simply when you hear sounds outside your door? Use a Periscope! This simple mechanism which works on the principle of reflection of light lets you see without being seen. Make and take home your very own periscope from this workshop!
Don't hire the best : by Abhijit Bhaduri
Marking the 100 THOUSAND POETS for CHANGE
September 29th 2012
Tea for two and a peace of cake : by Preeti Shenoy (with Random House)
Those who attended Preeti Shenoy's reading at EasyLib, even the ones who braved the rain and traffic, were glad they did! Writer Shinie Antony set the mood for the evening with her initial set of questions to Preeti. Followed by Preeti's reading from her new book 'Tea for two and a piece of cake.' Well, now we have to read the book because we want to know what happens at the end!
The Q&A, IMHO, was an amazing part of the evening, thanks to a superbly clued in audience. Questions ranged from how she makes time for writing (I don't watch any TV!) to what her message to the society is (My books are about people and their personal experiences. They don't really delve on larger societal issues). Preeti being an artist was quizzed whether her art inspires her writing ("Not really. Writing and painting are two separate compartments in my life. One doesn't influence the other").Preeti is an eloquent yet a simple and straightforward writer, which reflected in the way she spoke as well. She answered questions without intellectualizing her opinions, which explains her HUGE fan base!
Pictures from the event are here17-09-2012
Thank you Preeti, Shinie and thank you attendees! And a special thanks to Cupcake Noggins for a lovely fare!
Have you seen this? : by Arthi Anand Navaneeth. (with Tulika Books)
An energetic Arthi met her match in the young audience! The library truly came alive with screams of delight and peals of laughter! Thanks you Arthi Anand for a lovely afternoon.
Check out the photos on our facebook page
Physics behind the heart : by Prity Mehta
The heart is an organ that purifies the blood and pumps the purified blood to the rest of the body. How does the pumping work?
The children learnt the physics behind this routine act!
Meet the author: Shriram Iyer
EasyLib and Westland Books bring the talented writer, professional singer, and our own Bangalore boy Shriram Iyer to EasyLib on the 19th of August, Sunday at 11 am. He will share exciting 'behind the scenes' information from his new book Wings of Silence, the story of a deaf boy who aims for Olympic glory in the Moscow Marathon in 1980. Also, for the first time the book has its own dedicated soundtrack. So be prepared to be entertained and engaged with some live songs by him! Come, be a part of the amazing journey
Bangalore-born Shriram Iyer, a management professional based in Melbourne, Australia, has authored several short stories, theatre scripts and screenplays for short films. Silver-medalist under the Shankar’s International Award in 1996 given by the President of India, Shriram is also a professional singer who has to his credit an Indian pop album, Is Dhundh Mein, (released in 2007 by well-known singer Shankar Mahadevan) as well as over 400 concerts in India, Australia, New Zealand and USA. Wings of Silence is his debut novel.
About the Book: Wings of Silence
Saurav Sethi, teenage prodigy and future tennis star in the making, watches his elder brother Raj fight a losing battle in life. But father Akshay Sethi turns a blind eye, letting his elder son spiral into the depths of depression. Saurav challenges destiny and prepares to give Raj a life he deserves, but will his life-changing decision see Raj’s seemingly impossible dream of running the marathon in the 1980 Olympics come to life? Or will it completely devastate the family to a point of no return? Set against a turbulent time during the cold war between the US and the USSR, the Sethi brothers embark on a roller-coaster ride that will push their courage and grit beyond all known limits.
Anjum Hasan and Brinda Narayan at EasyLib
An intelligent and entertaining evening with Anjum and Brinda at EasyLib.
When people started terming Anjum’s first novel “Lunatic in my head” a book about Shillong, she decided to call “Neti Neti” a book about Bangalore! But “no work of fiction is precisely about one thing; it is about a lot small things” opined Anjum. She had a lot of very interesting thoughts on writing fiction and her crisp and clear talk held the audience in rapt attention.
“Employees in call centers are forced to sound positive and happy despite their personal woes, and that too in an adopted accept. This causes a severe imbalance in people’s psyche “ said Brinda Narayan. She was intrigued by employees losing not just their names in these jobs but their emotional bearings as well. Brinda’s book “Bangalore calling” is a fictional summation of the stories she had researched as well heard during the course of her career as a quality consultant for call centers.
The evening ended with the audience quizzing the authors. Questions ranged from why we are bothered by the death of regional languages to how and why people adopt accents.
View photos of the event here
Book reading and talk by Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan P Choudhury
Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan P Choudhury : Two comic geniuses and authors of bestselling novels.
"On a sleepy, humid afternoon, an expectant audience waited for some therapy in the form of laughter. They received that and how! Comic geniuses Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan Choudhury snaked their way in through the tantalising piles of books at EasyLib.com and regaled the audience with their droll wit." Read more from Isha Purkayasthathe's Report in The Hindu here
More about Nilanjan and his novel:
- The Hindu
- Book Rack
Meet the author : Amitabha Bagchi
We has a wonderful morning with Amitabha Bagchi at EasyLib on Sunday morning. The audience floored yet another writer with your brilliant questions! Thank you Amitabha. Your witty, thoughtful, and truthful answers had many in the audience turn your fans. A big thank you Sudarshan of Gloschol for introducing the writer and MC-ing.
A terrific 5 day creative writing workshop at EasyLib
A wonderful 5 day creative writing workshop from 21st to 25th of May at EasyLib. A big thank you from EasyLib to
Shinie Antony for conducting the workshop. Team @Amar Chitra Katha, @Vinayak Varma (Team Brainwave magazine), and @Abhishek Majumdar truly made the workshop memorable and worthy for participants.
Children for their energetic participation even on the 5th day.
Rupa Publications sponsored the prizes for the writing contest held as part of the workshop. Pictures
EasyLib and Puffin Books Sponsor Read-A-Thon 2012!
Read-A-Thon is a free reading program that encourages children to read for pleasure. Conducted over a period of two weeks, this has been a hugely popular summer contest at EasyLib. Children can read books from anywhere. The idea is for them to read as many books as they can in two weeks. The one who reads the most wins the prize!
What is Read-A-Thon?
It is a reading contest to promote reading for fun among children. It has always been a hugely popular contest at EasyLib, with hundreds of children participation and writing reviews! It is an activity conducted world-wide by libraries and schools to encourage children to read, now brought to Bangalore by the online library EasyLib.com and Puffin Books India.
Prizes were distributed by Children’s writer Poile Sen Gupta on May 19th. She also addressed and interacted with the audience.
Meet Dr. Vijay Nagaswami
Dr. Vijay Nagaswami, well-known Chennai based psychiatrist and author of many best-selling relationship books - 'The 24x7 marriage', 'The Fifty-50 Marriage', and the latest being '3's A Crowd' etc
What a morning! We were all floored by Dr. Nagaswami's witty and insightful talk. Author Shinie Antony had a very lively interview of the author. And the audience were great as always with their thoughtful and intelligent questions. Dr. Nagaswami has conveyed that he found this to be one of his best audience!
Hands-On Science Club by Prity Mehta
Prity Mehta presents the sunny side of Maths and Science to children with hands-on experiments on interesting everyday themes
- Day 1: The Chemistry Mystery- Chemical and Physical changes of substances in cloud formation. Make your own cloud!
- Day 2: Work that Brain!- Innovative problem solving techniques through Sudokus. Techniques to improve logical and lateral thinking.
- Day 3: Flywheel spindle- Inertia, vision and colour mixing all get explained in one experiment!
Tete-tete with Ashok Banker
Ashok Banker is not only a prolific writer but an avid reader and an intellectual. We had a very enjoyable tete-a-tete with him. In his own words...
"Vani, all at EasyLibrary, and everyone who attended, thank you and hugs from Bithika and myself for making our Sunday morning in your beautiful city such a delight. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and the intelligence and enthusiasm of those who came and joined in the tete-a-tete was really great. You have a great library too and to sit in that 'forest of stories' with so many fellow book lovers and talk about books, writing, mythology and so much else was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Thank you and I hope to come again someday. Love from both of us. "
Book reading and discussion: Jahnavi Barua, Samhita Arni, and Shinie Antony
EasyLib celebrated Women's Day early by bringing together three female authors who have written powerful books on women past and present. There was a lively discussion at the Easy Library premises on Kaberi from 'Rebirth' who creates her own path in life, Mira from 'When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied' for whom revenge falls flat, and Sita from 'Sita's Ramayana' who narrates the epic in her own voice.
Amar Chitra Katha/Tinkle Quiz
Conducted by The Amar Chitra Katha team as a tribute to the late Mr. Anant Pai, the creator of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle.
Evergreen Myths by Darius and Arati
Darius (RJ Fever 104) and Arati (Director, Tarantismo Dance Company) did a fabulous book reading at the library.
Intensive 2 day Workshop on fiction writing
Conducted by writer Shinie Antony.
Story telling by Beatriz and Enrique
Spaniards Beatriz and Enrique enthralled children and adults alike at Easy Library.