Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

When ghosts die

Far from the usual mundane take on the supernatural and the afterlife, Constable & Toop takes the reader on an interesting journey in the company of some memorable otherworldly characters.

11 Nov 2013

The rock star in your life

Mike Dawson’s graphic novel Freddie & Me: A Coming-Of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody shows us his love for English rock band Queen’s music and especially the profound effect musician Freddie Mercury has had on his life

04 Nov 2013

Dark, scary and magical

Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane takes the reader into a fantastic world where it is frightening and magical at the same time. Here are a few fascinating books for young readers that stretch the imagination

28 Oct 2013

Bad boys

Through Stalky & Co Rudyard Kipling shows a realistic picture of British school life of an earlier time with its strict rules and the secret lives of schoolboys who just want to break them

21 Oct 2013

The monster in your classroom

Graphic novel My Friend Dahmer gives us a peek into the life of a young American boy, who was steadily becoming insane but was ignored for most of his life and went on to become a serial killer

07 Oct 2013

The joys of reading above your head

The never-fading fascination with lost worlds has long held readers, and movie-goers rapt. Reading about these worlds keeps alive our hope and search for the exotic and unknown in the midst of our mundane lives

30 Sep 2013

Worlds, lost and found

The never-fading fascination with lost worlds has long held readers, and movie-goers rapt. Reading about these worlds keeps alive our hope and search for the exotic and unknown in the midst of our mundane lives

23 Sep 2013

Dahl's revolting rhymes, scary tales and novels

The spy-turned-writer, who started out by writing short stories, moved to writing children’s fiction after his own children were born

17 Sep 2013

Man of magic

Merlin has variously been depicted as half-demon, partly evil, or a secret Christian; what is consistent is that he is a magic worker of immense power.

02 Sep 2013

Mars, the conquerer

The red planet has intrigued many writers and they have come up with remarkable stories on connections between Earthlings and Martians.

27 Aug 2013

Stories from nowhere

Utopian and Dystopian novels are not pure fantasy as they offer ideas for a better world or warn us where we’re going wrong

19 Aug 2013

Ten to the stars

The genre of science fiction spans various books that have been written over decades for the young and the old.

12 Aug 2013

Who is superman?

05 Aug 2013

Stories without words

In comic strips or books without words, it is the expressions of the characters and the details of their environment that work to convey a story to us. Creating a story like this needs a lot of skill and the pictures really have to make the story

29 Jul 2013

Funny bones, or the anatomy of comedy

Successful comedic literature may be one of the hardest forms to write. One needs to have a lot of control over the language — the right wording can make or break a joke. Good timing and, most of all, insight are integral to humorous writing. One must look beyond the serious surface to see the humour

22 Jul 2013

1,2,3...Story

Books generally consist of the three-act structure, which is considered to be the basic building block of any story. The three parts are generally called the setup, the confrontation and the resolution. The point of this structure is to show that stories have certain basic elements without which they cannot function.

15 Jul 2013

This comic is no joke

Based on the story of the ‘foundational quest’ in mathematics, this graphic novel takes the reader through the protagonist’s journey in search of the ultimate truth and shows how madness and logic can sometimes go hand in hand.

08 Jul 2013

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