Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Giveaway: Stilettos in the Newsroom by Rashmi Kumar

Here is your chance to win one of 3 author-signed copies of Stilettos in the Newsroom, by Rashmi Kumar. This is a great book on the struggles faced by a woman in the cut-throat industry of journalism and is about her struggles in love, life and work. If you want to know more, read my review of the book here.

Update: Due to the response, the author is offering not 1 but 3 copies of the book! Come and apply!

Entering this contest is really simple. Just write here below the answers to the following simple questions: 
1) Which is the book you're reading right now? 
2) Which is your favorite book and why? 
3) Which is your favorite catch-phrase from a book? 
(Curious about the questions? Rashmi Kumar and In My Bookshelves love to promote the reading and sharing of your favorite books.)

New update: If you would prefer to be more private, email me your answers at sakhisshah[at]gmail[dot]com (replace the [at] and [dot] with the respective symbols.)

Also leave your name and your email address and you might win a copy of this great book! So come on in and join the fun! 

Also, if you want to ask author Rashmi Kumar a question, about her books or just about anything else, do post below in the comments! 

Contest Deadline: 31st May. Winners will be announced soon after and notified by email! 


  1. And yes, my email: manav[at]manavdhiman[dot]com :)

  2. That's awesome! I got my hands on this book at Crossword, but didn't buy it coz I was looking for something else at that time. I would really love to have this in my book collection! :)

    Book currently reading: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.

    Favourite book: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. I love this book because it has a nice feel to it. You know that positive and soothing feeling when you read a good book? That's what I felt reading this one. It's set in the Kanchenjunga mountains and America in the '80s and that's the era I love. The writing style is captivating as well. Just love it! :D

    Fav. catch phrase: [From Inheritance of Loss] "Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself."

  3. Hi Manav!
    Welcome! And best of luck!

    I loved Inheritance of Loss too, but I wouldnt consider it one of my favorite books and nowadays I'm thinking of re-reading because I think I didnt get it fully. It was definitely a really complex book.

  4. 1) I am reading Truly, Madly Deeply, by Faraaz Kazi.

    2) My all time favorite book: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

    It speaks of a country personalizing it at every bend of the story, genre mix and match and build up the disaporic sense, missing nothing in between.

    3)"Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I've gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each "I," every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude.

    I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you'll have to swallow a world."
    ~from Rushdie's Midnight Children

  5. its shreya chatterjee
    mail at-

  6. Hi and best of luck with the give-away!
    I have wanted to read Midnight's Children since forever. It sounds really interesting - the concept and the author. :D
    I love how people are posting Indian books here as their favorite books.

  7. I am reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Right now...

    My favorite book is Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

    My favorite catch phrase from book Namesake -
    Gogol: Do my name reminds of your accident?
    Ashoke Ganguly : No, it reminds me of everything that followed after that...

    Name: Sneha Kedar
    email :

  8. @sneha: Thanks for visiting and best of luck!
    And I just adore namesake. Its absolutely beautiful, and poetic. :D

  9. i m reading the novel " i too had a love story" by ravinder singh.

    my favorite book is P.S.I Love You by Cecelia ahren:)
    and my favorite phrase from the book is one of the message which gerry leaves for holly.
    "Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day"

    name: upasana gupta

  10. Hey Upasana thanks for entering and best ofluck! Ps I Love You is not my favorite book, but it is cute nonetheless. :)

  11. Currently Reading: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer.

    Favourite book: This one is tough, just too many of them. Still I will go with a Bengali novel Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (tr: Moon Mountain by Pradeep Sinha), because its a fast paced classic which is set in India and Africa in the early twentieth century, the book smoothly blends elements of a thriller, fantasy and travelogue into an action-packed adventure story. It sets in a young mans quest for a rare diamond mind hidden in the Kilimanjaro mountains and protected by a strange invisible creature and after he reaches there after brushing moments of death and hardships he faced during the journey, he never realizes when the destination comes and comes to know about it after he leaves the place and has no way of going back there again.

    Favourite catch-phrase: But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. From the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

    Kalyan Panja

  12. Hey Kalyan! Welcome! And best of luck!
    I've never heard of this book but it seems really interesting. :D

  13. 1) Which is the book you're reading right now?
    2) Which is your favorite book and why?
    3) Which is your favorite catch-phrase from a book?
    “You need a license to drive a car. You need a license to own a dog, but anyone can bring a child into the world.” --- Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

  14. Hi thanks for entering and best of luck!
    The quote is so poignant!

  15. 1) Which is the book you're reading right now?
    Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands by S. H. Zaidi & J. Borges

    2) Which is your favorite book and why?
    Really tough to name just a single book as favorite but if I have to, I would name ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts.
    I just love the lucid and beautiful way the book is written in. It’s a book which can become part of your consciousness, part of your thinking and living. Its one of those rare one's which have the ability of changing one’s perception subtly, for the better. A Modern classic!

    3) Which is your favorite catch-phrase from a book?
    "There is only one sin. And that is theft... when you tell a lie; you steal someone’s right to the truth." ~ The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  16. Thanks for participating Girish!
    And I agree with your comments on Shantaram. A very subtle, beautiful, different book.

  17. 1. Which book are you reading right now?
    > Midnight At The Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates.

    2. Which is your favorite book and why?
    >My favorite book is The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. I think its the best work of fiction, the book includes everything - deep human feelings, heroism, temptation of power, the good, bad and evil, love, courage..everything! And ive read it over a hundred times already!

    3. Which is your favorite catch phrase from a book?
    > "The sun rises every day. What is to love? Lock the sun in a box. Force the sun to overcome adversity in order to rise. Then we will cheer! I will often admire beautiful sunrise, but I will never consider the sun a champion for having risen."
    -The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein by Garth Stein

    tanvi hegde-

  18. I have commented earlier..but there was blogger problem going I guess it got deleted..
    Anyways here goes my entry again

    1)I m reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    2) My favorite book is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, as it has purity and smooth depiction of family values.
    3) My favorite catch phrase is from Namesake
    "Your name reminds me of everything that followed after that"

  19. And my email id is

  20. Book I am reading right now?
    After Tamerlane - John Darwin

    Favorite Book?
    Gosh! This is going to be hard..It has to be "The Tale of Two cities" by Dickens. There is so much poignancy and depth in the novel. The person you wish were dead in the beginning makes you feel so miserable about wishing that by the end..I don't think I have been moved more by a fictional piece..although ask me in half and hour and I will talk about another one.

    Favourite Quote:

    Truly the Universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.

    King Solomon's Mines -H.Rider Haggard

  21. By The way Name is Preethi Ravichandran and email is

  22. Hey everyone!
    Thanks for participating and best of luck!

  23. Name- Ruchi R
    Email -

    What am I reading now?
    Love on the Rocks - Ismita Tandon Dhanker

    My favorite book -
    Gone with the wind - The way Maragaret Mitchell has etched out the characters, I simply love some and love to hate some characters from the book. The characters of Scarlett and Rhett are way ahead of their time and simultaneously relevant in any time frame. I like Scarlett for living her life on her terms and I hate her for running after an illusion. Like Rhett for knowing the society in and out and not caring a bit what people will say and always doing what he thinks is right. The setting, theme and charm of the novel cannot be matched by any of its contemporaries.

    Favorite quote:

    'Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn' - Rhett Butler in GWW All the frustration, anger bottled up over years over Scarlett's immaturity is conveyed in this simple but effective line - which continues to be used by people even now.

  24. Hey Ruchi!
    I love that quote too. Its a lot of fun to say! :D

  25. Right now, I'm reading Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. He never disappoints!

    It is much too difficult to single out only one book, but for now I'd have to say Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Not only is it fantastically written, but the characters that she created were just so other-wordly. It was after reading this book that I realized the wonders I could do with only my imagination and a pen between my fingers.

    As for my favourite quote, the one that comes to mind is this one:
    "I am haunted by Humans." - The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
    I think Zusak has a lovely, poetic, post-modernist style. The book was really good, and this is one quote that stands out from the many. :)

    I'm Senecca, and my email address is

    This was fun! :D

  26. Hi Senecca! I love Wuthering Heights and The Book Thief too, great books. :)

  27. hi,

    Here are my two cents-
    1) book im reading now - A place called here by cecelia ahern
    2) My favorite book and why - the alchemist by paulo coehlo.It is extremely positive and soo very simple. It really changed the way i looked at the world.
    3) MY favorite catch-phrase from a book - Obviously the famous lines from alchemist - And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

  28. oh forgot to leave you my mail id -

  29. My answers:
    1) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
    2) My favorite book is "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini because its a truly touching book about the plight of women in Afghanistan.
    3) "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
    And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls"
    - Thousand Splendid Suns. Its beautiful.

    Prachi Pandit. (prachisweetsixteen @ gmail . com) [remove spaces]

  30. hey, who won this giveaway?


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