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Get in touch for exclusive conversations for your organization.

In our pursuit to make reading books a celebration, we have created a unique opportunity of bringing the conversations of a bookstore to the comfort of your home. We have hosted authors at the majestic Hawa Mahal, the glorious Jantar Mantar, etc., and now, at your home. Do check out this page for fascinating interactions.

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PAST EVENT

Rajat Book Corner

The Contested Legacy of Savarkar & the story of India's freedom movement

Saturday 21 August 2021 | 5:00 PM

An interactive conversation with Bangalore based author Vikram Sampath and Actor and entrepreneur Kunal Kapoor, on the occasion of 75th Independence Day and reliving the legacy of Vinayak Damaodar Savarkar.

An illuminating conversation with Mr Sampath and Mr Kunal Kapoor about the contested legacy of Vir Savarkar and his role in India’s freedom movement. Mr Kapoor also talks about his various works as a producer and entrepreneur in the industry highlighting his interests in historical roles he has played so far.

Mr Vikram Sampath who is a receipient of Sahitya Akademi Award talks about his extensive research work he did for the book and threw light on the views of Vir Savarkar.

Author Bio

Vikram Sampath is a Bangalore-based historian, is the author of five acclaimed books, Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of The Wodeyars, My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician, Voice of the Veena, S. Balachander: A Biography, Savarkar: Echoes From A Forgotten Past, 1883-1924, (Part 1) and Savarkar: A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966 (Part 2). He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical Research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan.

Kunal Kapoor is an actor, entrepreneur, writer and now producer. He has been a part of films like Rang De Basanti, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Veeram.

PAST EVENT

Rajat Book Corner

Responsible Action for Youth – A Conversation with Mr Sonu Sood

Thursday 12 August 2021

An interactive conversation with Actor and Humanitarian Sonu Sood on 12th August, International Youth Day on future of young Indians and their responsible action towards nation.

A wonderful conversation with Mr Sood about his journey during the pandemic where he helped thousands of migrant workers in reaching their homes safely. He also talks about his memoir “I am no Messiah” where he shares his extraordinary experiences from Moga to Mumbai with the writing skills of veteran journalist and author Meena K. Iyer.

Author Bio

Sonu Sood is an International actor, producer, entrepreneur and above all a humanitarian, who won not just various film awards but significantly, SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for his work during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

PAST EVENT

Rajat Book Corner

Woman Entrepreneurship

Friday 5 March 2021 | 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

  • Have you been sitting over a business idea not knowing what to do next?
  • Have you been successful as an employee but you don’t know if entrepreneurship is for you?
  • Do you have a lot of questions but there is no one to mentor you on your journey to entrepreneurship?

Guess what?
You are not alone. 86% of Indian women, in spite of having a brilliant idea are not able to start their own business because of one of the above three factors. But on this woman’s day, I have a message for you,  “Ladies, start your own business” This is a customized program designed for action taking women who:

  • Want to build a business from scratch and make it profitable
  • Woman who want to create their own business identity and inspire others
  • Woman who want to learn how to be more successful, confident and happy
  • Ladies, who feel limited because of existing responsibilities in personal and professional life.

In these 60 mins, you will learn:

  • What is woman entrepreneurship?
  • What are the business functions that a woman entrepreneur has to handle?
  • Why do we have so less women entrepreneurs?
  • 10 points to consider before starting the journey
  • And the Entrepreneurship Success Formula

And with an initial investment of INR 499/-, you’ll get:

  • Brand new copy of my book “Romancing Targets”
  • 60 mins power packed insights into entrepreneurship
  • Easiest template to create business plan

Let’s make 2021, the year of your SUCCESS. See u on the other side!

Author Bio

Nidhi Vadhera is a leading sales coach, business consultant and India’s first woman author on sales. She firmly believes in creating and implementing processes that are simple and effective. Her vision of teaching the value of mindset and processes across various functions in businesses, has led her to author her book ‘Romancing Targets’, which is a descriptive representation of integral practices in the sales journey.

Over 17 years of rigorous learning and hands-on experience, Nidhi realised that the secret ingredient to success is learning from your own failures. This, complemented by self-confidence and a belief that selling is more of a process than luck, is what makes an ardent sales professional.

Challenges of a woman returning from a sabbatical, into the corporate world led her on a path of discovery, where she took a plunge in the field of Learning and Development. This is when she realised the necessity to bridge gaps between perceived selling and actual selling; which encouraged her to design learning programs to simplify even the most complex challenges in sales that are relevant across industries. Today, over 4,230 entrepreneurs and individuals rely on Nidhi’s analytical approach and deep understanding of business scenarios to identify a robust action plan that leads to tangible results.

With an unwavering commitment to create impact and drive results, Nidhi is a leader, mentor, sales coach.

PAST EVENT

Rajat Book Corner

Let’s Begin With The Right Questions!

Friday 22 January 2021 | 07:00 PM

At the nimble age of eighteen when most boys get busy wooing girls, Deepak took it upon himself to find the right questions about life (mind you, not the answers yet!) He ventured into a journey for a meaningful quest. Let us simply sum it up by saying – you would not have met a wiser person. Let us also warn you not to go by his age, so much wisdom cannot possibly be collated in a couple of decades. This guy is way older than he looks. We have been following him for quite some time, and have recently read the book he published, as your booksellers, we not only recommend you this book, we urge, plead, beg you to read this book! There could not possibly be a better start to a new year!
As for the event, once you click on ‘Register Now’ you not only get a copy of the book that shall be posted to you but a unique zoom link on your email for live interaction with Deepak on 22nd January 2021, 7 pm.
You may also use this opportunity to gift the session + the book to a dear friend. All you have to do is, instead of putting your contact details, provide theirs.
Click on the magical ‘Register Now’ – you not only get a copy of the book but an interaction with the author. Let’s make reading books more meaningful and more indulging!

Someone who has heard stories from everyone and everywhere, Uttaranchal to Afghanistan, refugees to officers and elders to children, watch him listen sharing his story.

Author Bio

Deepak Ramola is the founder and artistic director of Project FUEL. A TED Talks speaker and UN Action Plan Executor, he serves as the Kindness Ambassador for UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. His methodology has been recognized among the world’s top 100 innovations in education by the Finland-based organization HundreED, and has also been adopted by the education board of Antwerp in Belgium. Ramola is
also a celebrated lyricist in Hindi cinema, and his songs have been voiced by Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and Rekha Bhardwaj, among others. His first collection of Hindi poetry, titled Itna Toh Main Samajh Gaya Hoon, received the prestigious Dwarka Prasad Aggarwal Young Writer Award in 2020.

To learn more about Deepak Ramola and his work visit Project Fuel

PAST EVENT

De-Coding Tharoorism - In Conversation With Shashi Tharoor

Friday 16 January 2021

Dr. Shashi Tharoor does not require any introduction! Certainly not for the viewers of Youtube all over the world. We as booksellers are delighted at this wonderful opportunity to curate such an intriguing conversation between a brilliant author and a passionate journalist. The idea of this conversation is to demystify myths and hype around nationalism, patriotism and what it means to be Indian. We have used Dr. Tharoor’s much mimicked command of English Language as a Kaleidoscope for the same. In other words, we are looking at one book through the lens of another. We are looking and discussing: Battle of Belonging through the wisdom and humour of Tharoorosaurus. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed curating it.

Author Bio

Shashi Tharoor (born 9 March 1956) is an Indian politician, writer and former international diplomat who has been serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and contested for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.

PAST EVENT

Rajat Book Corner

Cook Along Masterclass

Thursday 24 December 2020 | 5:00 PM

Discover the Science in Your Kitchen

Online + 2 Books (My Genius Lunch Box + Masala Lab)

This masterclass is like a double dhamaka, or a two-flavour icecream cone! With this unique cookalong masterclass, we bring you two experts – masterchef mom Uma Raghuraman and food science genius Krish Ashok.

While Uma will teach you how to bake her fabulously festive recipe of Khajoor Rock Buns, Krish Ashok will explore the science behind this recipe and share amazing science-based cooking hacks that will help you become a much better cook!

In this Cookalong Master Class, Masterchef Uma is going to be teaching and guiding you to bake – Khajoor Rock Buns. These tiny cakes are a beautiful fusion of two teatime snacks: the Parsi Khajoor ni Ghari and British rock buns. With dry fruits and nuts in each yummy bite, you’d think these would need a lot of work. But they don’t even need cake tins or muffin pans—just spoon the batter onto a baking sheet and voila!

What you will need for the cookalong

DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (Uma uses multigrain flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5–6 dates, deseeded and
  • roughly chopped into little bits
  • 5 walnuts, coarsely crushed
  • 10 raisins
  • 5–6 pistachios
  • 5–6 chironji
  • Pinch of nutmeg powder (you can grate nutmeg)
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 clove
WET INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup full-cream milk, plus 2 tsp extra
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp ghee
FOR GARNISHING
  • 1 tbsp mixed dry nuts and fruits

Author Bio

Krish Ashok is not a chef but cooks daily. He is not a scientist, but he can explain science with easy-to-understand clarity. He trained to be an electronic engineer but is now a software engineer. He learnt to cook from the women in his family, who can make the perfectly fluffy idli without lecturing people on lactobacilli and pH levels. He likes the scientific method not because it offers him the ability to bully people with knowledge, but because it confidently lets him say, ‘I don’t know, let me test it for myself.’
When he is not cooking, he’s usually playing subversive music on the violin or cello. He lives in Chennai with a wife, who sagely prevents him from buying more gadgets for the kitchen, and a son, who has the flora and fauna in the neighbourhood terrorized.
You can follow him at @krishashok on Twitter at your own risk.

Uma Raghuraman aka Masterchefmom is a much-awarded food blogger whose blog showcases over a thousand recipes, has received over twenty awards and attracts millions of visitors. Tens of thousands of people drool over the stunning pictures of her original creations she posts on Facebook and Instagram. She has been the winner of the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2020 (Food Microblogger) and the 2017 SAVEUR Blog Awards for Best Food Instagram (Readers’ Choice). She has conducted culinary workshops across the globe and collaborated with the world’s top food brands and retail chains. Uma’s work as a blogger, chef, and foodstagrammer has been featured on several leading publications like National Geographic Traveller FoodHT BrunchTimes of IndiaThe HinduIndian ExpressDeccan HeraldEenaduFemina, POPxo, BuzzFeed, NDTV Food, Huffington Post, Scroll and more. Having lived in several cities across India, which helped her develop her pan-Indian palate, she now resides in Gurugram with her husband and two kids. This is her first book.

PAST EVENT

Happy Birthday Jeffrey Archer!

Wednesday 16th Dec 2020 | 04:00 PM

Interactive Session with Jeffrey Archer. A session where children can interact with the amazing storyteller, where he shares his insights on “How to Write”

Jeffrey Archer shall also be talking about his first books for children, with children.

1. By Royal Appointment
2. Willy Visits the Square World
3. Willy and the Killer Kipper

Author Bio

Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer is firmly established, with international sales passing 275 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

For more about Jeffrey please visit Jeffrey Archer

PAST EVENT

Sudha Murty

In Conversation With SUDHA MURTY

Wednesday 02 December 2020 | 11:00 AM

It was an amazing, humbling and inspiring experience to have Sudha Murty on our “In Conversation” Series.

A program where she spoke to children about her new book Grandparents’ Bag of Stories published by India Puffin.

Author Bio

Sudha Murty is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation in India. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She started her career as a development engineer with TELCO (now Tata Motors) and has also taught computer science at Bangalore University.

Sudha Murty is a prolific writer in Kannada and English. She is a columnist for English and Kannada dailies with more than 30 books and 200 titles to her credit – including novels, non-fiction, travelogues, technical books, and memoirs. Her books have been translated into all major Indian languages. She has been honored with awards for her philanthropic and literary efforts.

She has also received the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India as well as seven honorary doctorates from universities in India.

PAST EVENT

Talking to a Strange Thinker – MALCOLM GLADWELL

Thursday 19 November 2020

We are proud to curate this unique and powerful interaction between one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers and the country’s top Entrepreneurs through the kaleidoscope of an independent bookstore.

Author Bio

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

The Rabbit and The Squirrel by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

A group reading of this beautiful fable for grownups on friendship, at the romantic Hawa Mahal. This was organized in collaboration with the Archaeological Department, Govt. of Rajasthan, and FICCI FLO. The story is all about celebrating love and friendship in equal measure; of desire and longing, and above all of oneness and separation.
This was one of its kind events and talk with the perfect backdrop of a monument that has witnessed love, longing, and friendship for over three hundred years!

The Bookseller and the Scientist: Episode 1

Remembering Prof. Stephen Hawking
Began this series of talks/debates on Humanities and Science at the prestigious Jantar Mantar, under the stars. We got special permission to host this event in the evening and to not only remember prof Hawkings’ but to celebrate the great man’s work. It was sheer magic looking at the stars (and black holes) through the effervescent yantras.

The Bookseller and the Scientist: Episode 3

 

We are delighted for the opportunity of hosting Scott Hartley, author of The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why Liberal Arts will Rule the Digital World. A warm yet fiery conversation on the advent of technology and its consequences. The session was moderated by Dr Ram Gulati. How Humanities and Arts foster creativity into technology and why all technological development is only a process, whereas the idea and vision come from the human touch.

Khak-e-Vatan: A Patriotic Gaatha

Seldom does a literary event begin with the National Anthem, but if the protagonist is a powerful patriot, you rarely have a choice. We were absolutely honored for the opportunity of having a discussion with Mr. Harinder Sikka (the Author), Mr Kuljit Bains (former DGP, Rajasthan Police) moderated by Aanchal Singh Rathore at the majestic Albert Hall.

Newsman by Rajdeep Sardesai

A power brand newsman writing his thoughts upon the current scenario in Indian Politics. Rajdeep was in conversation with Avinash Kala (founder of Talk Journalism). A very interactive session for anyone interested in Politics, Journalism, Books, and Rajdeep Sardesai.