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Shireen Quadri

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World Ethnic Music Ensemble playing at the Sacred Pushkar Festival in the backdrop of Pushkar lake. This is the 3rd edition, organised by Teamworks Arts and presented by Shree Cement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sacredpushkar #spiritualfestival #musicfestival #folkmusic #arambagh #pushkar #ajmer #indianculture #yoga #meditation #teamworkarts #worldmusic #pushkarlake #westinpushkarresortsandspa #luxurypartner #folkdance #jaipurghat #sacredmusic #thepunchmagazine #thesacredfestival #teamworkproductions
Sacred Pushkar Festival will kickstart tomorrow in Pushkar. This is going to be the 3rd edition, presented by Shree Cement. Welcome reception at the beautiful AaramBagh in Pushkar. Luxury partner: Westin Pushkar Resorts & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sacredpushkar #spiritualfestival #musicfestival #folkmusic #arambagh #pushkar #ajmer #indianculture #yoga #meditation #rajasthantourism #westinpushkarresortsandspa #luxurypartner #folkdance #jaipurghat #sacredmusic #thepunchmagazine
The Indian Accent Restaurant Cookbook, based on the restaurant’s path-breaking contemporary Indian menu designed by award-winning chef Manish Mehrotra, showcases a unique amalgamation of the freshest local produce and home-style nostalgic tastes using unusual ingredients from across the world. With photographs by Rohit Chawla, one of India’s top food photographers, the Cookbook has a selection of the best Indian Accent recipes that will excite the adventurous, and also satisfy palates used to traditional tastes. . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . #theindianaccent #restaurantcookbook #cookbook #indianaccentreataurantcookbook #manishmehrotra #rohitchawla #coffeetablebook #shantanumehrotra #oldworldhospitality #indianchef #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #foodlovers #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphotography  #thepunchmagazine
The Curious Seeker is a retrospective on the artist Madhvi Parekh, comprising works that represent each phase of her five-decade career and highlighting such things as her roots in folk tradition and the influence of the Swiss German artist Paul Klee on her early work. The book, published by Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern, contextualises and traces the evolution of her work which are part of the retrospective.  Hailing from a small village in Gujarat, Parekh was introduced to Western artists by her husband, the artist Manu Parekh.  A self-taught artist, Madhvi started painting in 1964, inspired by the rich folk traditions of picture making in Gujarat. Over the years, she grew out of the constraints of the folk conventions, yet sticking to the traditional flat surface and the pictorial significance of the decorative elements. Her use of oil and acrylic on canvas and watercolour on paper, a decisive shift from the traditional materials and surface of the folk painters, stimulated and broadened her artistic imagination, and the initial naive charm of her paintings matured and became loaded with her statements on women, girl child, and encounters between the rural and urban India. . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . #madhviparekh #thecuriousseeker #dagmodern #manuparekh #delhiartgallery #folktradition #indianartist #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #artlovers #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #thepunchmagazine
Indian Wine Day hosted by The LaLiT New Delhi in association with Indian Wine Academy and Delhi Wine Club. It was organised in the dreamy settings of the Alfresco to celebrate Indian wines. . . . . . . . . . . . .  #alfresco #restaurant #indianwineday #indianwines #indianwineacademy #delhiwineclub #thelalit #thelalitnewdelhi  #thepunchmagazine #hospitality #travellers #sulawines #fratelliwines #groverwines #winelovers #sommeliers #traveldestinations #indianrestaurants #traveldiaries2017 #igersindia #igers #tbt #hotels #hotelsinindia #domestictourist #hoteldestinations #travelindia
Mumbai's popular fine dining restaurant-MASQUE held its first ever exclusive pop-up at The Lodhi, Delhi. Using locally sourced and foraged ingredients, it has created a stir in the Mumbai's food arena. Seasonal produce and regional harvests are on the menu.  Owner Aditi Dugar and head chef Prateek Sadhu put up an elaborate and impressive lunch. . . . . . . . . . . . .  #masque #restaurant #healthyfood  #thepunchmagazine #hospitality #travellers #thelodhi #aditidugar #prateeksadhu #fitnessfreak #mumbaifoodlovers #traveldestinations #healthfreak #indianrestaurants #traveldiaries2017 #igersindia #igers #tbt #hotels #hotelsinindia #domestictourist #hoteldestinations #travelindia #instatravel #eathealthy
Readings: Shakti Chattopadhyay's Poetry in translation. Presenting the English translations of  Shakti Chattopadhyay's poetry by Arunava Sinha.  At the India Habitat Centre 19.00 to 19.30 Published by Seagull Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #poetry #shaktichattopadhyay #arunavasinha #literature #translations #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #readersofinstagram #bookphotography #photooftheday #thepunchmagazine #seagullbooks #indiahabitatcentre
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Penguin Random House, 2017), the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy,  is set 10 years before Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in some countries) and centres on Lyra Belacqua, one of the protagonists of the original trilogy.  Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his demon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua  Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, published between 1995 and 2000, focuses on a battle for free speech and thought against a totalitarian organisation. The books touch on research into Dust, the cosmic matter that governs consciousness.  Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005, he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #thebookofdust #labellesauvage #philippullman  #trilogy #northernlights #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #readersofinstagram #bookphotography #photooftheday #thepunchmagazine #penguinindia
The Punch Magazine is curating three enchanting sessions at the upcoming Valley of Words, International Literature Festival, in Dehradun. 1. A session on books and publishing with Siddhartha Gigoo, Elizabeth Kuruvilla, Utpal Kumar and CP Surendran. Moderated by Nawaid Anjum. 2. Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage That Shook India. Sheela Reddy in Conversation with Kiran Doshi. Moderated by Ravi Singh 3. The Civil Servant as a Writer with Bhaskar Ghose and Raghav Chandra. Chaired by Samir Mathur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #literaryfestival #valleyofwords #dehradun  #siddharthagigoo #utpalkumar #sheelareddy #elizabethkuruvilla #cpsurendran #kirandoshi #ravisingh #bhaskarghose #samirmathur #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #readersofinstagram #thepunchmagazine
Jerusalem the Golden by Margaret Drabble (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967, published as Penguin Classics in 2011) is the story of Clara, who is brought up in a stifling, emotionless home in the north of England. She finds freedom when she wins a scholarship and travels to London. There, she meets Clelia and the rest of the Denham family: brilliant and charming, they dazzle Clara with their flair for life, and Clara yearns to be part of their bohemian world. But while she will do anything to join their circle, she gives no thought to the chaos that she may cause... In this captivating story of growing up and moving on, Drabble explores what it means to leave a disregarded childhood and family behind. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1967.  Drabble was born in 1939 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the daughter of barrister and novelist John F. Drabble, and sister of novelist A.S. Byatt. She is the author of 17 novels and eight works of non-fiction, including biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson. In 1980, Drabble was made a CBE and in 2008 she was made DBE. She is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd, and lives in London and Somerset. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #jerusalemthegolden #margaretdrabble #fiction #modernclassics #family #tatalitlive #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #thepunchmagazine #penguinindia
Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature by Jairam Ramesh (Simon & Schuster India, 2017) offers a lively, conversational narrative of a relatively little known but fascinating aspect of Indira Gandhi’s tumultuous life. Equally, the book acts as a compass to India at a time when the country faces the formidable challenge of ensuring ecological security and sustainability in its pursuit of high economic growth. Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India for 16 years, was as charismatic as she was controversial — at once admired and criticized for her political judgements and actions. Yet beyond such debate, what has not been fully understood is her life-long communion with nature and how that defined her very being. Weaving personal, political and environmental history, politician-scholar Jairam Ramesh narrates the compelling story of Indira Gandhi, the naturalist. He tells us why and how she came to make a private passion a public calling; how her views on the environment remained steadfast even as her political and economic stances changed; how her friendships with conservationists led to far-reaching decisions to preserve India’s biodiversity; how she urged, cajoled and persuaded her colleagues as she took significant decisions particularly regarding forests and wildlife; and how her own finely-developed instincts and beliefs resulted in landmark policies, programmes, initiatives, laws and institutions, that have endured.  Jairam Ramesh, a member of Parliament, has held key ministerial portfolios between 2006 and 2014 — rural development, drinking water and sanitation, environment and forests, power and commerce. He has authored a number of best-selling books including Old History, New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh (2016), To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story (2015), Legislating for Justice: The 2013 Land Acquisition Law (2015), Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India (2015), Making Sense of Chindia: Reflections on China and India (2005)
A sneak peek into our latest cover featuring Kazuo Ishiguro, the winner of 2017 Nobel Prize. Special thanks to celebrated author Pico Iyer, R. Sivapriya, fiction editor at Juggernaut, and Andrew Cowan, director of creative writing at University of East Anglia for their insightful commentaries. The issue will be up soon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #kazuoishiguro #nobelprize2017 #picoiyer #rsivapriya #jaggarnautbooks #andrewcowan #fiction #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #thepunchmagazine
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (Penguin Random House India, 2017) is a poignant and delightful meditation on death, family, memory, and marriage. On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up-again and again and again. Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #4321 #paulauster #newyorktrilogy #fiction #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #penguinindia
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys (1939, Constable), the story of a young woman's sexual encounters, is a searingly honest exploration of loneliness and yearning, set in a 1930s Paris of shabby hotel rooms, seedy bars and drunken encounters. Often considered a continuation of Rhys' three other early novels, Quartet (1928), After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930) and Voyage in the Dark (1934), it is experimental in design and deals with a woman's feelings of vulnerability, depression, loneliness and desperation during the years between the two World Wars. The book initially sold poorly—critics thought it well written, but too depressing—and after its publication Rhys spent a decade living in obscurity. It was not until it was adapted into a theatrical production in 1949, and again into a radio play 1957 by the BBC, that Rhys was once again put into the spotlight. V. S. Naipaul wrote in 1973 that it is "the most subtle and complete of [Rhys'] novels, and the most humane. Jean Rhys was a mid-20th-century novelist who was born and grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica, though she was mainly resident in England from the age of 16. She is best known for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), written as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #goodmorningmidnight #jeanrhys #fiction #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography
Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson (Penguin Random House, 2017) is the second volume of global business icon Richard Branson's first memoir, Losing My Virginity (1998). The second volume covers all of his fascinating ups and downs of the past two decades. In the two decades since Branson wrote Losing My Virginity, his life and company have changed significantly. Now, he brings his life story up to date, including all the successes and failures of ventures such as Virgin Galactic. He also shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur and his shift to focusing more and more on public service. Virginity Regained shows how Branson created hundreds of different companies, going from a houseboat to his own private island. Join him as he juggles working life with raising his children, sustaining his marriage and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind his encounters with everyone from Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch to Nelson Mandela and Beyonce. It details how Branson creates the world's first commercial space line, Virgin Galactic; handles the biggest crisis of his career; and makes world record attempts on land, sea and air. He even discusses what it's like for the original business hippy to become a doting "grand-dude" to his three grandchildren. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #findingmyvirginity #richardbranson #losingmyvirginity #memoir #globalbusinessicon #virgingalactic #literature #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #penguinindia
Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner (Simon & Schuster India, 2017) is an astonishing and powerful novel from the PEN/Hemingway finalist. Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as “the Old Musician” and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago. In Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of unfathomable violence live side by side, striving to mend their still beloved country. She meets a young doctor who begins to open her heart, immerses herself in long-buried memories and prepares to learn her father’s fate. Meanwhile, the Old Musician, who earns his modest keep playing ceremonial music at a temple, awaits Teera’s visit with great trepidation. He will have to confess the bonds he shared with her parents, the passion with which they all embraced the Khmer Rouge’s illusory promise of a democratic society and the truth about her father’s end. A love story for things lost and things restored, a lyrical hymn to the power of forgiveness, Music of the Ghosts is an unforgettable journey through the embattled geography of the heart and its hidden chambers where love can be reborn. Vaddey Ratner, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, is author of the New York Times bestseller In the Shadow of the Banyan. Her critically acclaimed debut novel was a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and has been translated into 17 languages. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #musicoftheghosts #vaddeyratner #cambodia #khmerrougeregime #shadowofthebanyan #newyorkbestseller #literature #fiction #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia
Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Bloomsbury India, 2017) is a vibrant tale of transformation: of a man in his later years and a woman novelist, each drawn to the Levant on a journey of self-discovery. Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity and personality have, for 68 years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from a thirty-year marriage and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he begins shedding the possessions he spent a lifetime accumulating — a watch here, an Old Master there — and becomes elusive, distant. Resolving to do something to commemorate his parents, he travels to Tel Aviv and checks into the Hilton. Meanwhile, a novelist leaves her husband and children behind in Brooklyn and arrives at the same hotel, hoping that the view of the pool she used to dive into on childhood holidays will unlock her writer’s block. But when a retired professor of literature recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined. Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as 'one of America’s most important novelists'. She is the author of the international bestsellers, Great House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and was shortlisted for the Orange, Médicis and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #forestdark #nicolekrauss #journeyofselfdiscovery #transformations #greathouse #nationalbookaward #literature #fiction #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury India, 2017) is an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. It examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power — and limitations — of family bonds. Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children's father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can't put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. When the children's father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love. Rich with Ward's distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st century America.  Jesmyn Ward is an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #singunburiedsing #jesmynward #epictale #americanstory #tulaneuniversity #nationalbookaward #strausslivingaward #literature #fiction #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Penguin Random House India, 2015), who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year,  tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory, a resonant tale of love, vengeance, and war. The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards — some strange and otherworldly — but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight — each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories. Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and numerous honours. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have sold more than one million copies, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  #theburiedgiant #kazuoishiguro  #theremainsoftheday #nobelprize #literature #fiction #bookgeek #bibliophile  #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm  #bookrecommendation #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #writersofinstagram #bookpost #igreaders #igworldclub #tbt  #ilovebooks  #readersofinstagram  #bookstagramindiafeature  #bookphoto #bookphotography  #penguinindia

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