Friday, 22 February 2013


Today we have for you a crossword based on books. Try your luck and you may end up winning the Bookathon since the points on offer today are 20,16 & 12 for the top three!
Submit your answers at,

Thursday, 21 February 2013


A pictogram is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or a concept. The pictograms we have for you today all lead to names of famous books. Have a look at the examples below before you tackle the quiz,

Death on the Nile
A Midsummer Night's Dream

First 5 correct entries will get 12, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points.
Submit your answers here,

1. What is the name of this classic science-fiction book represented below?

2. What is the name of this epic poem?

3. This motto comes from a famous book about three inseparable friends. Name the book.

4. What is the name of this fantasy novel?

5. What is the name of this Pulitzer winning book?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Bookathon 2013, 1/3: Literary Character Quiz 

“It is our choices Harry, which show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
- Albus Dumbledore

There are some characters that stay with us long after we’ve finished the books- who can forget the ambitious Pip or the lovable Joe Gargery, the passionate Heathcliff, the honourable Atticus Finch, the carefree Holly Golightly, the suave James Bond or the twisted Fagin.
Today’s quiz is based on some famous literary characters. Let’s see how many you get right!

First 5 correct entries will get 12, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points. The top 2 after 3 days will win!
Submit your answers here,

1She is a goddess, a thief and a queen. Evil doers have a name for her:  the weather witch.   
Clue: An Oscar winning actress played her in the movie.
2.  A savage on an island who became a victim of colonial injustice. His parents: A witch and the Devil.
3.  He was a famous jet setting fellow who travelled around the world. His tale inspired one of the greatest  comic characters of all time. Clue: All it needs is a dog to complete the picture.

4. This character is based on the author’s quick-tempered chemistry teacher who had long hair and a gloomy, dismal laboratory.

5. Who’s business card could this be?
His character was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Think superhero comics.

Bookathon 2013, 1/3: Treasure Hunt

“Not all treasure‘s silver and gold, mate.”
- Jack Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Day 1, First Clue: To find the treasure you need the instrument to show you the way,
                                 But, beware,
                                 It will cost you a lot and require plenty of care!

Calling all Indiana Jones’ of the batch!
The first clue would lead you to a book at Bookrack where another clue would be waiting for you. Follow the clues to reach the final book and claim your treasure!

All clues would be related to only the names of the books (so non-readers needn't worry!). Apart from the clue above there would be four more clues to take you to the treasure. 
All you need to do is put on your thinking cap and solve the clues!

Bookrack will remain open from 7:45 to 9 pm for all the treasure hunters, so hurry and find the clues!

First 5 correct entries will get 12, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points.
Submit your answer(the name of the final book) here,

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Bookathon 2 is here!

Always fantasized of being a detective? 
Like solving clues and quizzes?
Can you be the literary Sherlock or Nancy Drew ? 
Try to solve the quizzes and treasure hunt in Bookathon 2 and win exciting prizes!

Starts Tomorrow!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Jurassic Park


"Unless your species evolved sometime after 1993 when Jurassic Park hit theaters, you're no doubt familiar with this dinosaur-bites-man disaster tale set on an island theme park gone terribly wrong. But if Speilberg's amped-up CGI creation left you longing for more scientific background and ... well, character development, check out the original Michael Crichton novel. Although not his best book (get ahold of sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain for that), Jurassic Park fills out the film version's kinetic story line with additional scenes, dialogue, and explanations while still maintaining Crichton's trademark thrills-'n'-chills pacing. As ever, the book really is better than the movie. "

Come and read this thriller available at Bookrack!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Books for 2013

Neuromancer by William Gibson: Matrix, cyberspace ... common words right? Well this is the book which is credited for first using/ inventing these terms way back in the 80s. Neuromancer was a path breaking work and it kind of invented the cyber punk genre. So when you see the film Matrix you know who was the guy who thought it all first! The book is the story of Case, a 'cyber jockey' who must infiltrate the Cyber Matrix (read the book to know more!!) to carry out a heist. Set in a dystopic future and full of wildly imaginative scenarios the book is a must read for anyone slightly interested in science fiction and technology. The book is an experience by itself and a perfect start for the New Year.

Dongri to Dubai by S Husain Zaidi: This book is about the growth of Mumbai mafia and Dawood Ibrahim. It contains fascinating accounts of gang formation, mafia operations and the clashes between the gangs. An easy and fascinating read, this is a story about a world not at all known.

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: From "From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night."

Talkative Man by RK Narayan: Bookrack is fortunate to possess a near complete Malgudi collection. Exuding Indianess in every page, these magical books transport the readers to a quaint Indian town and their storylines are something any Indian would really appreciate. Take for example the book The Talkative Man. The Talkative Man is a journalist in Malgudi who likes spreading gossip around the town. Then a foreigner arrives, stays in the house of Talkative Man and the idyll of the town is disturbed...

Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth: ODESSA may or may not have been a real organisation whose purpose was to establish and facilitate secret escape routes after WW 2 to allow SS members avoid capture and prosecution for war crimes. Forsyth in his typically brilliant way melds fact with fiction and weaves a gripping yet disturbing saga about a reporter attempting to discover the location of a former SS concentration camp commander. Widely considered to be a modern classic the book keeps your attention till the end and is a must read for any book buff.