Free Press Journal
  • Books to help your little ones grow

    A Bear Grylls Adventure 1: The Blizzard Challenge Author: Edward Michael Grylls Illustrator: Emma McCann Publisher: Bloomsbury Price: Rs199 Olly isn’t enjoying activity camp. Why should he bother building a shelter or foraging for food with his teammates — he’d rather be at home in the warm and dry, where the sofa and the video…

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  • Premchand birth anniversary: Why he remains my favourite author

    It’s the 137th birth anniversary of ‘upanyaas samrat’ Premchand and Boski Gupta delves into her school-book memories to figure out why he remains her favourite author It’s been more than 25 years since I first read a story by Premchand. To this day, every time I want to feel one with my roots, I pick…

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  • Heavyweight! This girl from Japan can mount an elephant all by herself

    Ms World Japan Priyanka Yoshikawa not only wears a diamond tiara but also the hat of a mahout, writes Boski Gupta It’s hard to believe that this slim, tall and elegant girl from Japan can mount an elephant all by herself, and also steer him. Priyanka Yoshikawa though is known mostly for being crowned Ms World Japan…

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  • The not-so-fairy tales of real princesses

    Fairy tales mean princes rescuing princesses. However, here is one crowd funded book that is making waves around the world to retell the fairy tales by reimagining the heroines into modern-day princesses who are in control of their own destinies, says Boski Gupta “Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Mary. Her family…

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  • Birthday Special: How Arthur Conan Doyle became synonymous with Sherlock

    While celebrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 158th birthday, Boski Gupta delves into the author’s contentious synonymity with his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes One would think that Arthur Conan Doyle got ‘Sir’ added to his name for his most famous fictional character; the one who is today synonymous to being the best detective. And one would…

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  • ‘When I was a boy, I wanted to escape Mahim’

    Author Jerry Pinto in conversation with Boski Gupta about his latest book, his characters, his writings and his perennial muse Mumbai You can’t attach Jerry Pinto to a specific genre. He can be both dramatic and poignant on the same page. He knows to tickle and also knows to scratch. He writes on people, places,…

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  • A beautiful blast from the past

    Asha Parekh came, conquered and reclined from the film industry much before I was born, but that does not make me any less fan of the bubbly actress. Every time the woman with stylish bouffant, kohl-lined eyes, trendy jewellery and sleeveless blouse appeared on television screen, I would set aside everything and observe her in…

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  • Versatile singer Shubha Mudgal on her style, music, and more

    The versatile singer Shubha Mudgal in tête-à-tête with Boski Gupta during her visit to Mumbai for her morning concert Shubha Mudgal can easily be called as one of the best vocalists in today’s generation of singers. Be it folk, classical or Sufi, trust Mudgal to mesmerise her audience with her impeccable style of singing but…

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  • As Indians, our roots lie in classical music

    Writer, musician, student, sports enthusiast and businessman- in-making… Harsh Meswani awes Boski Gupta with his honest and sincere responses The first thing that strikes you when you meet Harsh Meswani is his age. I expected to meet a mature and articulate writer replying with a straight face the same questions he must have answered number…

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  • Birthday Special: Let’s bring the laughter back

    On the birth anniversary of our dear Tramp, Boski Gupta asks why are we ignoring the importance of laughter in our lives Charlie Chaplin’s once famously said, “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” It’s this smile we have lost today, and that’s all the more reason to remember the Tramp…

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  • Mumbai brings you Gandhi the musical in broadway style

    It’s not easy to pull a musical on Gandhi but NCPA does just that, in Broadway style, reports Boski Gupta It’s hard to imagine life without music. Along with adding beauty to life, it also acts like a healer. Feel sad, listen to music; feel happy, celebrate with music; feel lonely, share with music… There’s…

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