The Bicycle Diaries: Discovering Self-Publishing in Times of a Global Pandemic

For all that we have endured in 2020, we surely deserve a pat on our backs. We survived the lockdown and the worst times, literally! For some, it was one of those bad dreams that one feels never existed. For many of us, it meant adjusting to new challenges like the Work-From-Home routines, the incessant Zoom/Teams meetings and a non-existent social life. But for some 2020 wasn’t all that bad too. Given the time we had at our disposal, a lot of us managed to discover our hidden passions, fulfil our unfinished plans (or at least get closer to them), [...]

The Bicycle Diaries: Discovering Self-Publishing in Times of a Global Pandemic2021-01-23T17:39:28+05:30

Print books or Digital books? Let Science decide!

Technology is meant to make our lives simpler and the last decade has seen a digital boom. Most people can agree that a larger part of their life is spent online in 2020 compared to 2010. Moreover, digitisation has transformed the way the entertainment industry functions as consumers find themselves spoilt for choice. In most instances, the advent of new technology is supplemented by older technology becoming obsolete. However, while the advent of electronic reading resources has certainly been appreciated, print books are far from obsolete. Unlike cassettes and satellite television, print books are important for more than just the [...]

Print books or Digital books? Let Science decide!2021-01-23T14:44:00+05:30

Books, Cafes and Bibliophiles – A Match Made in Heaven

What does a soul fond of books crave for? Simple. A book in the hand and the solace to read. But isn’t it even better when you can enjoy the book with a steaming cup of your favourite tea or coffee? Enter book cafes. They transform the very idea of the cafe experience... because life pauses inside a book cafe. While many avid readers enter book cafes to lose themselves in the pages of the book, there are many who simply enter them just to get a feel of the quiet atmosphere the presence of books creates. Neither Home, Nor [...]

Books, Cafes and Bibliophiles – A Match Made in Heaven2021-01-24T10:09:56+05:30

Mumbai Instagrammers: Using Virtual Platforms To Create Communities Offline

Meghna Girohtra was one of the first few individuals in India to use Instagram to mobilise a community. She started by organising ‘photo walks’ where she simply asked people to show up at a specific spot in Mumbai and took this group around to some of her favourite spots in the city to shoot photos. The love for photography and Mumbai were at the core of Meghna’s mission and have remained so ever since. Today, she curates images of Mumbai city for her second account, @mumbai_igers and has amassed a following of 44.4k people. She is also going to resume photo [...]

Mumbai Instagrammers: Using Virtual Platforms To Create Communities Offline2021-01-24T10:10:12+05:30

dr_cuterus: Busting Myths, Informing and Normalizing Conversations on Sex and Sexual Health

Sex is a taboo topic in India and as a result, there is serious misinformation out there regarding sexual health. When children or teenagers are curious about this topic, they have nowhere to turn to for accurate and scientifically sound information. This leads to the adoption of unhealthy and inaccurate mindsets regarding sex which can have negative impacts on your attitude towards the sameeven as an adult. Dr Tanaya Narendra, with her award-winning Instagram page, dr_cuterus, is working to fill this information black hole. She is a trained doctor and embryologist from the University of Oxford and currently working in [...]

dr_cuterus: Busting Myths, Informing and Normalizing Conversations on Sex and Sexual Health2021-01-11T13:46:13+05:30

Does Size Really Matter: Let Your Book do the Telling

It is often said that the cover indicates the content of the book. But subconsciously our mind also registers the book size and informs itself what category the book comes under. Is it an academic textbook or fiction? A cookbook or a novella? Taking a look at any shelf at a book store shows that books come in all shapes and sizes. A hardcover or a paperback? A sleeved book or a sleeveless one? However, how does one settle on the size? Publishers and writers, in collaboration, consider various aspects such as economic viability, marketing factors, its practicality, and of [...]

Does Size Really Matter: Let Your Book do the Telling2021-01-24T10:10:54+05:30

Self Publishing Your Book? Here is a Quick Guide to Hiring the Correct Editor

The beginning of many big projects is a simple idea. As a writer, your work is to refine that initial thought and to build a narrative around it to express it holistically. As an author, on the other hand, your work does not end after you have written your piece. They essentially start with a stack of yarn and folds it into a neat ball by the end of their writing project. This process requires several steps, some of which are technical. Writing is a collaborative process. You need to ensure that you are working with the people who understand [...]

Self Publishing Your Book? Here is a Quick Guide to Hiring the Correct Editor2021-01-24T10:11:08+05:30

Nisary Mahesh: Empowering Women Financially Through ‘HerMoneyTalks’

Financial life skill is required at every stage of life, whether you are a teenager getting pocket money or a matured adult, earning a salary. However, things get challenging for women in our society. Very often, they are unaware of finance management, even if they are the sole bread-earners. They rely on their fathers and husbands to make financial and investment decisions. While the mindset is slowly and steadily changing, there is a need for proactive engagement. Many partners are still reluctant to have open financial talks at home.  Amidst this darkness, there is one platform shining the light on [...]

Nisary Mahesh: Empowering Women Financially Through ‘HerMoneyTalks’2021-01-24T10:11:27+05:30

Compile in Style: The Wondrous World of Coffee-Table Books

Cosmo Kramer from Seinfield put it best when he said, “You know what would make a great coffee table book? A coffee table book about coffee table books!”  Coffee table books are lavish and extravagant compilations of images, and stories relating to the same. While the amount of text in a coffee table book can be as little or as much as the author desires, the idea is for the reader to be able to flip through the images and get the same essence as that of reading through the words. It is this format that allows for coffee table [...]

Compile in Style: The Wondrous World of Coffee-Table Books2021-01-24T10:11:41+05:30

Which Typeface Suits Your Brand

Font. Colours. Alignment. Size.  All these are elements are crucial while developing your brand. One might ponder it as a non-significant component that can be pushed off and decided at the last minute. But it isn’t. Typefaces and typography require meticulous attention and research. It can make or break a brand. For instance, opting for a readable font for a restaurant menu has a much higher success rate than choosing a fancy one.

 Albeit, selecting a font and looking at its attributes can be overwhelming for some and mystifying for the others. It requires careful evaluation. How do you go [...]

Which Typeface Suits Your Brand2021-01-24T10:11:57+05:30

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