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New English Novel The Recession Groom by Vani now in Kolkata Book Stores; Gripping tale of a recession Hit Groom


Kolkata’s leading bookstore chain Starmark hosted the launch of the novel The Recession Groom by Vani, in association with Leadstart Publishing, at its Quest Mall outlet recently.

The Recession Groom is about Parshuraman Joshi, age about 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada and who earns a high-figure salary. These are the credentials that would make any young man very appealing on the Indian wedding market. Hence it is no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is showered with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone haywire, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?


The author of the book, Vani was born in Garian, Libya to a traditional Hindu Punjabi family. The author had always been interested in reading but writing stories never occurred to her. After completing her master’s degree in Economics alongside a program in Mass Communications she worked as a business journalist with ‘The Times of India’ and ‘The Financial Express’.


“In 2004, I was hit with the desire to write a novel. However, a few drafts and several ideas later, I gave it all up to pursue an MBA degree from Kingston University in London. Of course, I dreamt about MNC firms asking me to join them. The reality was quite different however. The completion of my course coincided with the start of global recession and my dreams could never be realized. My situation, nevertheless, prompted me to write my first novel.”

The book is readily available at all leading book stores in Kolkata.

Priyanka Dutta

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Amitav Ghosh visits Starmark, South City Mall to sign his Books and Interact with the readers


Starmark, in association with Penguin Random House, organized a book signing and interactive session with the celebrated author Amitav Ghosh at Starmark, South City Mall.

About the author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the The Ibis Trilogy; Sea of Poppies, and River of Smoke and now the Flood of Fire.


The book Flood of Fire is set in 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium. Too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong.
Along the way, many characters from the Ibis Trilogy come aboard, including Zachary Reid, a young American speculator in opium futures, and Shireen, the widow of an opium merchant whose mysterious death in China has compelled her to seek out his lost son.



From Bombay to Calcutta, from naval engagements to the decks of a hospital ship, Amitav Ghosh’s latest book is a breathless course through the British opium trade and colonial history.
With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh’s unprecedented re-envisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs. With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.


Grab a copy at the earliest!!


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Sampurna Chattarji’s Book Ela Released; Tracing a Teenager’s Journey to Self Realization


Starmark in association with Scholastic released the novel named “Ela” witten by Sampurna Chattarji. The book was released by reputed author Ken Spillman who also conducted an interactive session with the author.

Sampurna Chattarji was a student of English literature in Lady Shri Ram College. She then worked as a copywriter before leaving the job to pursue full time writing. With two novels, one collection of short stories, two poetry books for adults, one poetry book for all ages and many more to her credit, the writer feels happy to call herself a poet, novelist and translator. Ela is her eleventh book and the first Young Adult novel.


The book “Ela” is about a thirteen year old girl Ela. She has everything that a girl might need- great friends, cool parents, no pressure to over-achieve and all the space in the world to be herself. On her thirteenth birthday, her perfect world falls apart when she discovers the truth which has been kept secret from her. What happens to Ela as she spirals into rage and grief? Who is the mysterious boy and the giant bird? Will she save herself? Ela is a compelling novel in which the stark realism of growing up crosses over into the realm of fantasy.


“There were times while writing the book that I could not separate Sampurna from Ela. This was tricky and gave me an uncanny feeling. I felt possessed by this particular character. I had to listen to Ela speaking to me in my inner ear” revealed the author. The book is a journey of trauma and discovery of one’s self and also realigning with the thought that one has of their parents.

Excerpts from the book were read by the novelist and also some of her young fans at the book launch event.

The book has been priced at Rs.250.

Priyanka Dutta