Interviews

Teaching Music the SaPa Way : In Conversation With Bindu & Ambi Subramaniam

Teaching Music the SaPa Way : In Conversation With Bindu & Ambi Subramaniam

An interview with singer, songwriter and Dean of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), Bindu Subramaniam, and violinist and Associate Dean of SaPa, Ambi Subramaniam, about SaPa’s approach to teaching music, its vision, its curriculum and SaPa’s flagship program, SaPa in Schools (SiS).

A Shared Journey of Discovery and New Knowledge

A Shared Journey of Discovery and New Knowledge

Anu Kumar, Author, talks to me on what it means to be a children’s author, including what fascinates her about writing for children, what’s the sort of research that goes into her books, who her favourite children’s authors are and what’s her favourite from her own body of work. Plus there is a beautiful reading list that she recommends for children too.

I am Poetry’s Victim!

I am Poetry’s Victim!

Vinita Agrawal, widely-published poet and author, shares her thoughts about her poetic journey, what poetry means to her and her debut anthology of poems ‘Words Not Spoken’. An interview that I did for the 50th issue of Spark (February 2014).

Of Inspiring Stories and Human Life

Of Inspiring Stories and Human Life

In a freewheeling chat, Raksha Bharadia, co-author of 12 titles of the Indian Chicken Soup for the Soul series, talks about the experience of putting together the various titles, the stories that moved her, and how this opportunity changed her as a person. The stories in the series are meant to ‘open the heart and rekindle the spirit’. Find out what the person behind many titles in the series in India has to say on inspiration and human life.

The Indian Publishing Industry: Matured, but Still a Long Way to Go

The Indian Publishing Industry: Matured, but Still a Long Way to Go

Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, publishing consultant and columnist talks to me about interesting trends in the Indian publishing industry including the popularity that commercial fiction is enjoying in India these days, the growing trend of buying books online and the advent of e-books in the Indian market.

Strumming Away to Glory

Strumming Away to Glory

Internationally-renowned guitarist and music composer, Prasanna, talks about his fascinating musical journey of being a guitarist, composer and the President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music.

It’s the People Who Make the Memories Special!

It’s the People Who Make the Memories Special!

Rocky (Singh) and Mayur (Sharma) anchor the award winning, cult food and travel show ‘Highway On My Plate’ on NDTV Goodtimes. Their bestselling book ‘Highway On My Plate – The Indian Guide to Roadside Eating’, based on their show, recently won a ‘Best in the World’ Award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. The duo answer my questions on their show ‘Highway On My Plate’ (HOMP), the book, food, their experiences on the road and dream trips.

Road Trips in India are Never Standard!

Road Trips in India are Never Standard!

Drives on roads to beautiful destinations and amazing cups of chai: I speak to Rishad Saam Mehta, author of ‘Hot Tea across India,’ a compilation of road trips he has made over the years, published by Tranquebar in 2011.