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Let’s Talk Books!

This April, we at The Good Book Corner, decided to feature interesting bits of conversation; conversations over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, in an elevator or while driving somewhere, in a book club or shared over social media- but only those that relate to BOOKS!

First in the series is one about Karan Johar’s An Unsuitable Boy, how Karan reached out and connected with one such reader….

 Found myself at Bangalore airport looking at Karan Johars book , An Unsuitable Boy.

Picked it up with great trepidation, as am not a Hindi movie buff, but watch” Koffee with Karan” and thoroughly enjoy it.
By the time I read the first 50 pages, I thought I would love to meet Karan and get to know him. I also wanted to extend an invitation to him to come to my home in Colombo, something that’s reserved for family and close friends!
From his humble beginnings to his relationship with his parents , from his friendships to his sexuality, which according to him is “it’s the only part of me I feel I’ve caged”, everything is refreshingly honest. Loved the way he speaks about his breakup with Kajol and how he doesnt like it when his friends speak about her….
I love his take on Confrontation….. In his words, it’s such an underrated concept. But it’s so important in any relationship!
Finally, his fear of growing old alone and about his desire to be a surrogate parent. Kudos to you Karan, I think you will make a great parent!!!
Last but not the least, loved it when he admits, “death doesn’t scare me, life sometimes does.” 



A little bit about me…  I am Kanta Hirdaramani. I grew up in Mumbai and Dubai, married and settled in Sri Lanka now…. have two sons….used to be an avid fiction reader, but in the last two decades, have switched to self growth and spiritual books. Among my favorites are The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda and Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama.



About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on April 2, 2017 by in Guest Reviewers, Indian, Let's Talk Books, Non Fiction and tagged , .
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