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Thursday , June 23 , 2016



The inaugural gathering of the LSG Book Club at Hari Kunj on Alipore Avenue on June 18 

READ UP: Jorasanko (HarperCollins India, Rs 450, 442 pages) traces the lives of the women who populated the Tagore household, following them from their early marriages and their subsequent relations with the men of the house and, of course, each other. 

The “ladies” of Ladies Study Group are all set to “study” in a “group”. Well, here’s the full story. On Saturday morning, LSG inaugurated its very own book club, scripted by its new president Abhilasha Sethia, a self-confessed bookworm. 

“Our members come to listen to various speakers at LSG events but we don’t often get an opportunity to talk to one another. A book club is a good way to interact among ourselves,” said Abhilasha, a food entrepreneur by profession.  
Given the “overwhelming response” — nearly 80 of the 400-plus members have shown interest — the book club will have two groups that will meet at separate venues. “This is too big a number for a meaningful interaction in a book club, which is why we have split the club into two groups,” said Abhilasha. 

The groups will meet in the first Thursday afternoon of every month. Sometimes, the club members will watch movies based on the books they have read. And eventually the club aims to do more than share the love for books and get members talking. 

“Our larger goal is to help drive literacy programmes at orphanages and schools for the underprivileged. We also plan to create book banks to distribute books and magazines to orphanages, schools and old-age homes,” Abhilasha said. 
The first meeting of the LSG Book Club will be held on July 7, and the first book that will be discussed is Aruna Chakravarti’s Jorasanko. Book club rules expect members to read the book before attending the meeting. 
Happy reading, ladies! 


Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee and PR consultant Rita Bhimani launched Honour for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir (centre) at Oxford Bookstore on Saturday. “I would not like to play this role. Even if he had a painful past he should have moved on and become mellow,” said Soumitra of Dilawar Singh, one of the protagonists of Gambhir’s novel. 

A book about love, a book about battles fought over love. A book launch that discusses the fruitlessness of honour killing and the people who mastermind the cruelty. And in all this, you might wonder — who is Rajnish Gambhir?

Don’t judge the man by his staid exterior, yes he looks every bit the executive director at Associated Pigments. You’ll find him playing golf over the weekend, but at night he stays up penning blood-curdling novels of passion and gore. “The plot of Honour for a Ransom came to me while I was writing my first book, A Passion Beyond Extremes. There were news reports on instances of honour-killing, and I started reading up on them. I felt the issue needed to be addressed and what better way than through a novel?” said Gambhir at the launch. Honour for a Ransom is published by Frog Books, Rs 375. 

Text: Ramona Sen
Picture: Rashbehari Das

BIRDSONG: Feathered Friends, an illustrated collection of 10 stories by Sarita Dasgupta (in picture), was launched on Saturday at Story Bookstore on Elgin Road by Sonali Lahiri of Loreto House Teachers Training College. The book, which urges readers to see the child in them, features forest birds used to represent humans and their qualities. Feathered Friends is published by Amazing Reads, Rs 249. 

Text: Tanvi Chattoraj. Picture: Gopal Senapati

A SALUTE: Footsteps, a biography of the founder-principal and rector of St. Augustine’s Day School, C.R. Gasper, was released at Starmark, Quest, recently. Co-written by Saco Stephen (far left) and Richard Gasper (far right), the book was launched by actor-writer Barun Chanda (second from right), former sheriff of Calcutta Utpal Chatterjee (third from right) and the co-founder of the St. Augustine’s Group of Schools, Edna Gasper (second from left). 

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