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Read an exclusive excerpt of ‘Crushed’ by Eliza Crewe

The first book in the Soul Eaters series, Cracked, by debut author Eliza Crewe, received rave reviews ratings on Goodreads. The kickass heroine Meda Melange returns in the second book, Crushed.

Read an excerpt from the book below.

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‘Crushed’ release celebration: 5 literary friendships we absolutely adore!

Here at Inked, we’re in a celebration mode for the release of Crushed, book two of Soul Eaters trilogy! Last week, we talked about the badass heroine that Meda Melange is. This week, we’re discussing the friendships. One of the things that stood out in the first book, Cracked, is the evolution an implausible friendship between Meda, and Jo and Chi, of all people.

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10 quotes from WICKED GAMES by Arjun Krishna Lal

You never do get over your high school, do you? Something about the familiarity of the corridors, the same teachers and the routine sticks with our lives forever.

Author Arjun Krishna Lal‘s new YA book, Wicked Games, is a perfect real-time experience of contemporary school-life in India that all of us, somewhere, will relate to. Check out these ten quotes from the book:

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In honor of Meda Melange, check out 5 badass heroines from fantasy culture

Here’s the thing about cold-hearted heroines, who we actually like: they are rare. Author Eliza Crewe creates a fantastically complicated and blood-thirsty heroine in Meda Melange from the Soul Eaters series, who you can’t help but gush over. And her desire to rip people apart, because, after all, she eats souls.

Check out which other heroines match up to the awesome and, frankly a little scary, Meda:

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Our ten favorite quotes from ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

The Fault In Our Stars is full of the wittiest quotes. Then, there are the particularly heart-breaking ones. We compile a list of ten of the book’s quotes here that make Hazel and Gus’s infinity just that much more beautiful.

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5 beautiful fan-arts inspired by ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

We love Hazel and Gus, and wine in Amsterdam and that old swing-set of Hazel’s. Basically, we love everything about The Fault In Our Stars.

And what’s a better way for fans to express their loves than to be inspired to create more art based on the wonderful story. Here’s a collection of some of the most beautiful fan-arts that further Hazel and Gus’s infinity.
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29 titles for ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ from around the world!

You’ve read The Fault In Our Stars, and cried over it too. The very title should have warned you, though! Here’s a list of 28 titles (plus the English one!) of the book, translated from different languages around the world.

While most of them are similar to the English title, some of them – ahem, Germany and Norway – are pretty accurate. Check it out below:
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From book to screen: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

The Fault In Our Stars has now been out for a week and we’re sure you’ve seen Hazel and Gus’s infinite love on-screen by now – and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!

Here are a few of the awesome book moments that made it in the movie:
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Bookmark: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Spend the weekend with the first in an epic trilogy, ‘Sea of Poppies’ by Amitav Ghosh. If you are a fan of action and adventure then this read is one for you.
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Inked Finds- What Your Handwriting Says About You & Book Art

Did you know about graphology? If not, then worry not, in today’s Inked Finds learn how to analyze handwritings and see some interesting book-related illustrations.  Read more…


Bookmark: When Only Love Remains by Durjoy Dutta

This weekend catch up with the book that’ll take you into the world of love. The perfect book to cuddle with in bed, ‘When Only Love Remains by author Durjoy Dutta. Get on the summary below. Read more…

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ has been an addiction ever since its release and Augustus Waters has been our one of the favourite literary characters. We all cried several times like a baby, while reading it. It’s true that a few of the situations in the book are extremely emotive. Read more…


Bookmark- Skunk Girl

A good book is all you need for a peaceful and stress free weekend. So, this time on ‘Bookmark’ we are picking a fun and interesting book called ‘Skunk Girl’ by author Sheba Karim. Read about it below! Read more…

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Inked Finds- Books To Read If You Liked “The Fault In Our Stars” & ‘Bookstore’ in 18 Languages

If you are a hardcore ‘young adult book’ fan, then John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ has to be one of your favourites. It’s one of the few books with full of witty humour and heartbreaking events, isn’t it?. So this time, we have found a few other books with the similar concept that you wouldn’t want to miss.  Expect to laugh, cry and smile throughout these masterpieces. Get on them below! Read more…


Top 5 Romantic Characters of All Times

Some of the most attractive men in literature are found on the pages of great books – and come alive only in the imagination of their readers. All the booklovers will agree that literature has a certain charm attached to it. Be it novels, poems or drama, all genres of literature are endowed with a huge fan following. Read more…

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Inked Finds: The Creative Ink And The Incredible Human Imagination

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. So, this week on ‘Inked Finds’ we are only talking about art and creativity. Check out some very beautiful and creative pieces of art. This will surely bring out the artist in you. Read more…


Bookmark: The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Cook

Inksters, your this weekend’s read is here! This time on ‘Bookmark’ we are picking a wonderfully funny, warm book with a great message. We are talking about a book with a very different mystery and it’s called ‘The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Cook’ by author Subhadra Sen Gupta. Read more…


Writing in Progress- How to Write a Good Book

We have shared a lot of tips on different types of writing, for all the budding writers. But today, we are sharing some special tips on how to write a good book. So writers, here you may need a pen and a notepad when you read on, to make sure that you do not miss out on any point below. Take a lot look at these writing tips and start writing your book today!

1. Get an Idea- ‘Will it be a book, I have been dreaming about’ should be your 1st thought while thinking of an idea. It’s important to get an idea, or else you won’t have a book at all.

2. Write down your goal- Get answers to the questions like;

    • How long do you want your book to be?
    • How long is each chapter?
    • Your target audience.
    • Try and stick to one genre.
    • Will it be from the character’s point of view, or from the view of the author.

3. Get The Story Out- Writing a first draft is mostly a subconscious thing, You have to force yourself to get the story OUT in the first draft and to worry about making it better later on. If you write slowly, you’ll get mired in one place and will succumb to doubt and second-guessing.

4. Practice For Perfection- Voice is just one of the things in writing that takes time to learn and to develop. A few of the others are pacing, the feel of dialogue, correct use of point-of-view, and how much to reveal at what times. Apparently, there is no shortcut to learning those things, and that you have no choice but to keep writing to clear the pipes until you begin to improve.

5. Writing is lonely-  You need reasons to believe in what you’re doing, and people to hang onto when your faith wavers, which it will. So find yourself a writers’ group (virtual or in-person) and meet regularly.



Bookmark: MBA at 16

This weekend on Bookmark, we are picking a helpful guide for all you Inksters. To those who are in the thick of things already, the book serves as a valuable reminder of how innovation and the spirit of enquiry are nurtured and eventually how virtuous cycles are unleashed. ‘MBA at 16′ by Subroto Bagchi.

About the book:

You are 16, going on 17.
Steve Jobs was all of sixteen when he met Stephen Wozniak. What resulted was Apple.
When Sergey Brin and Larry Page met at Stanford, they were in their early twenties. They were soon to start Google.
Today’s teenagers are our smartest generation yet. They are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, investors, managers, policy makers, watchdogs and of course, consumers. But do you know what the corporate and business world is all about? How do businesses touch everyone’s lives? What really makes an entrepreneur tick? How does the engine of a company run? Who is a social entrepreneur?
And why do we need the world of business—is business good or bad for us?
If you are curious, come join Subroto Bagchi and a group of smart teenagers on their exciting voyage of discovery, and in the process, get yourself a teen MBA!

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Inked Finds: Never say it to a Book Addict & The Stages of Book Addiction

On Inked finds,  we are bringing forth two major facts about being a booklover. It’s about the things they never want to hear and how they become, what they are. Read more…


About the Author: Nikita Singh

Nikita Singh is the bestselling author of seven novels after the launch of Right Here Right Now, including Love@Facebook, Accidentally in Love and The Promise. She has co-authored two books with Durjoy Datta, titled If It’s Not Forever . . . and Someone Like You. She has also contributed to the books in The Backbenchers series. Read more…


Bookmark: You Stole my Song

All teenagers have gone through situations where all we needed was a helping hand, few were lucky to get while others just learned to live on their own. So, today for your weekend reads on Bookmark, we are picking a book that’s written on the similar lines. A story of deception by the loved ones, You Stole my Song, a combined work by authors Shammeer and Chandru. Read more…


Exclusive Sneak Peek: Right Here Right Now

The bestselling author Nikita Singh’s much awaited book ‘Right Here Right Now’ has been released and the reviews by the readers are overwhelming. But, the ones who haven’t read it yet, here’s an exciting sneak peak into the 1st chapter of the book, exclusively by Penguin Inked. Read more…

Things A Booklover Would Want to Take Home

Non-readers often wonder what to give booklovers for gifts. The obvious answer is, of course, books. But every time gifting a book can get a little boring. So, we have collected a few unique things that will be loved by all the bibliophiles. And for booklovers who like to shop for themselves, these products will tempt you into wonderful indiscretions. Have a look!

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Inked Finds: How Much of A Book Addict Are you? & Correct Pronunciations of Popular Author Names

This week on Inked Finds, know how much of a book addict you are and get a guide to the names you know, but wouldn’t say out loud. Read more…


Bookmark: An Uncertain Glory

This weekend, take home a book that gives a better public understanding of the abysmal extent of these social and economic deprivation. This week for Bookmark we pick ‘An Uncertain Glory’ written by authors Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen. Read more…


Right Here Right Now

Bestselling author of six teen romances, Nikita Singh has come up with another new book called ‘Right Here Right Now’. The story of this new release revolves around a girl who wakes up in a hospital and doesn’t remember anything. She has to start her life afresh. Read about it below. Read more…


Bookmark: An Obedient Father

This week for ‘bookmark’, we choose a book that will leave its mark behind. A very inspiring and heart touching book written by Akhil Sharma named ‘An Obedient Father’. Get a gist of it below Read more…

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Inked Finds: Hip Books That Everyone’s Talking About & Gorgeous Book Covers

We love the hipster books and the covers do attract us, isn’t it? So this time for Inked Finds we have found some really cool stuff. It’s all about the Hip books that everyone’s talking about and the Gorgeous book covers that make us buy them. Read more…

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5 Books That Will Make You Fall in Love

Books in which man meets woman, man woos woman (or, woman woos man) and man and woman live happily ever after are enjoyable, for sure. The good thing about a romance novel is that it always has a Happily Ever After and that’s what a romance expects from a story, isn’t it? Read more…

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Fictionary- The dictionary of words that we make on the fly

Are you currently dissatisfied with the English language? Do you often have thoughts or ideas that cannot be compressed into a word that already exists? Do you consider yourself a bit of an inventor? Then here’s your chance to be like Shakspeare and invent some words! Read more…


Bookmark- The Life And Times of Lyla, The Ordinary

Had a busy week? Now is the time to have a relaxing weekend with this interesting read of the week. Today for Bookmark, we are picking an interesting novel by Minna Madhavan called ‘The Life and Times of Lyla- The Ordinary’. Read about it below! Read more…


Inked Finds- Few Banned Books You Should Read & Penguin Book’s Travel With Words

Throughout history, fiction has always rattled the cages of the censors. So today, on Inked finds we are going to talk about the 25 banned books of all times and Penguin Book’s Travel with words. Read more…


Your Favorite Villains From Fiction

Love them or hate them, villains provide some of the most memorable characters in Literature. From the bloodsucking Count Dracula to Satan from Paradise Lost. So, we went and asked our fans about their favorite fiction villains and surprisingly, we recieved a few very interesting ones. Compiling a list of the greatest villains in literature, check them below! Read more…


Inked Finds: Stunning Past and Scariest Books of All Times

Are you all in for some spooky and historical fun this weekend? If not, then prepare yourselves because our this week’s Inked Finds brings back some stunning Historical Moments From The British Pathé YouTube Account and a few scariest books of all times. Read more…


Writing in Progress- How to Write a Blog Post

If you are thinking of starting to write your own blog, then we are completely in support of you. Starting your own blog is always a good idea, it allows you to be as creative and original as you can. And to make people read your blog post from start to finish, do follow these quick tips below on how to write a blog post. Read more…

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Inked Finds: Inspirations Behind Famous Disney Characters & What They Might Look Like in Real Life

Disney characters have always inspired us, but what inspired their look? This is exactly what our this week’s Inked Finds is all about. The inspirations behind the famous Disney characters and what the female Disney characters might actually look like.  Read more…

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Bookmark: I Never Thought I Could Fall in Love

This week for Bookmark we are picking I Never Thought I Could Fall in Love by Chanchaldeep Singh Sandhu. “I Never Thought I Could Fall in Love” is one those books that can safely be classified as pop fiction and rightly so.It will definitely take you out of your reading block and take you to a different genre, if this is what you are looking for. Read more…

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Famous Author’s Last Book

The contribution that these Famous Authors have made to literature is incalculable. Each and every author on the list has on his or her own way made an impact in the world, leaving their mark on society. Read more…

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Open Doors- By Samhita Mehra

We love to encourage all the budding writers. Today, we are glad to have a guest contribution by Inkster Samhita Mehra and it’s overwhelming to share it with all our Inksters. Samhita has sent across a short story that revolves around a place called ‘Trustville’ and the doors of one’s life. Read more…

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(Ink)spiring Quotes From A to Z

Letters make words and words make sentences this shows that letters have always been the root of learning. So today, we are picking these 26 quotes each starting from different English alphabets for a quick remembrance. Go through them below.  Read more…


Bookmark: The Mirror of Beauty

Hello again Inksters, the weekend has arrived and we are back with an amazing book for you to read. This times Bookmark picks ‘The Mirror of Beauty’ by Shamsur Faruqi.  Shamsur seems to have found a middle ground. It is a novel as much about Wazir Khanam—a stunning beauty of infinite elegance, grace and dignity. Read about it below. Read more…

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Half Bad by Sally Green: Review

Dark and painful, but at the same time courageous and promising. A well-written book that makes you wonder if there is any such thing as good or bad, or if they are both made up by society! Read more…


5 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Whether it’s a post exam stress or daily work pressure, we understand that a detour from the daily routine is much needed. So, here we have gathered a few humorous books that’ll surely work as a stress buster.  Some books are just funny, but these books will surely tickle you and make you laugh from a chuckle to a bark, a giggle to a guffaw. Know about these books below! Read more…

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Writing in Progress- Tips on Writing an Article

Whether it’s for a magazine, newspaper, your teacher, or even blogposts, writing an amazing article is within your grasp. Read more…


Bookmark: Someone Like You

Had a heavy week? We have picked up a lighter read for you in our this week’s ‘Bookmark’. Picking up ‘Someone Like You’ by Author Nikita Singh and Durjoy Dutta. Read about it below Read more…

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Inked Finds- 10 Amazing Scripts You Should not Miss & 10 Great Audiobook Sites

If you are in the process of trying to pen a script for a feature film or if you are just too busy to read, then you will find a solution in our this week’s Inked Finds. Read more…

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Bookmark: Seventeen and done

This time we are arranging a very happy-go-lucky weekend for all our Inksters. Today’s Bookmark features seventeen and done written by author Vibha Batra which is about a teenager, Rinki’s journey. Read more…


Inked Finds: How to Woo a Booklover? & Six Word Stories

If you ever happen to or are already in love with a booklover then our first half of ‘Inked Finds’ is something you are looking for. And the other half will be loved by short story lovers. Be amazed by reading stories as short as Six words. Read more…


In Conversation With Orion Champadiyil- An Artist

Today, we are talking to an artist, a designer and A pen-and-ink lover Orion Champadiyil. Orion is a BFA graduate from RLV College of Fine Arts, Tripunithura and is currently working as  as Freelance Illustrator/Designer. This self taught artist started at a very young age and experimenting is his forte. Read more…

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Inkfessions- Pen Your Confessions

Inksters, today we are announcing a brand new and ‘one of its kind’ feature called ‘Inkfessions- Pen Your Confessions’. Ever felt like sharing your love, sickness and addiction for reading? Read more…

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Read Why The World is Raving About Sally Green’s ‘Half Bad’

Sally Green has set a great example for the ones who want to start a new career or change the existing one. This former accountant turned writer landed a six-figure worldwide deal last year for her trilogy, a young adult series about contemporary witches ‘Half Life’. Read more…


Bookmark: Dubai

Ever been to Dubai? If not, then how about travelling through a book? Here’s a book that will show you the in and out of this beautiful city of Dubai. And the ones who have been there will uncover many interesting facts about the city. For this week’s read, bookmark offers an interesting book named ‘Dubai’ written by author Pranay Gupte.  Read more…

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The Wizardry of Author Sally Green

There is no age for writing and this former accountant from Warrington has proved it well. She never thought that she will be an Author before her first book in the series of a supernatural trilogy became Young Adult No. 1 best seller. Yes, we are talking about Sally Green the author of the new release ‘Half Bad’. Read more…


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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’

Here is the much awaited 2014 young adult fantasy novel by debut author Sally Green. It is the first one in the Half Life trilogy and the world is already raving about it. Read more…


Inked Finds: Alternate Eye-Catching Book Covers And Breathtaking Short Horror Stories

If you have complaints about the cover of your favourite book or if you are a big fan of horror flicks, then you will definitely be the one to love our this week’s find.  Today’s ‘Inked finds’ is all about the eye-catching book covers and horror stories that are as short as just two sentences. Read more…


Writing in Progress- Tips on Creative Writing

There are different forms of writing, but adding a bit of creativity makes the write up an enjoyable reading material. So, this time in ‘writing in Progress’ we are sharing some helpful tips on creative writing. Read more…


‘Half Bad’ Exclusive Trailer

Today we are introducing the first book in Sally Green’s much awaited new trilogy ‘Half Bad’ that will hit the bookstores soon. The story revolves around  one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. Read more…


Bookmark: A Home in Tibet

For all the travelers out there, this week on Bookmark we pick a book that explores a place of a mystic land, Tibet. Get your hands on ‘A Home in Tibet’ by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa which has a story revolving around the love between a mother and a daughter. Read more…

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Writing in Progress: Tips for Aspiring Playwrights

Are you a drama queen? Or if you love creating your own characters and make story around them? Then these tips will definitely get the ‘Playwright’ out of you. A stage play involves drama and action at its most pure. Read more…

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Interesting Facts About ‘The Blah Story’

Hey guys, look what we found, some cool facts about the world’s longest book ‘ The Blah Story! Here we summarize some amazing facts about ‘The Blah Story’ by Nigel Tomm’s. After film adaptations of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” and S. Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” writer/artist/director Nigel Tomm publishes the longest sentence in literature which contains the longest published word. The Blah Story was published in the October 2007. Read more…


20 Facts A Booklover Should Know

Find some of the most interesting and unique facts about great literary authors and their works to stay one step ahead. Aside from scoring book nerd points, these will also help you dominate on trivia night! Read more…


Bookmark: The Secret of Leadership

This week for ‘bookmark’, we choose a book that will leave its mark behind. A very inspiring book written by Author Prakash Iyer and Rahul Dravid named ‘The Secret of Leadership’. Get a gist of it below. Read more…


Inked Finds – Books Beyond Reading & Nerdy Alphabets

After book sculptures, now it’s the art of book carving that drew our attention.  Guy Laramee creates incredible work by giving books a whole new dimension.  Must say, what he does is very unique. He takes old books, puts them together, then carves them out to create these absolutely incredible landscape scenes! Enjoy and be inspired! Read more…

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Words That Are Alien to The English Language

Today, we look at words that simply have no direct English translation and yet after reading this list, you’ll wish they did! Revealing those awesome words that explain the situation correctly, but are untranslatable in the English language. Here are a few instances where other languages have found the right word and English simply falls speechless. Read more…


‘The 5th Wave’ Wins Children’s Book Award

After the vampires of Twilight and the dystopia of The Hunger Games, it’s now an even bleaker tale of apocalyptic alien invasion that’s all set to become the next teen reading obsession, ‘The 5th Wave’. Read more…

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In Conversation With Author Aimee Carter- PAWN

In our earlier post, we spoke about the journey of one of the most inspiring authors, Aimee Carter. How she started writing and eventually debuted with a YA fantasy novel the Goddess Test. Today, we are sharing with you our conversation with the author behind the imagination of few of the most loved novels. Read more…


What Has Age Got to do With Writing?

As teens most of us might be wonder often if we are old enough to get our writing taken seriously? That we can write beyond school essays. When exactly is it when people will let our age be and look at what we want to express with our words? Read more…

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10 Popular Categories in Literature

Today, let’s discuss about the most popular categories of books and stories in literature. We do like to pick our books based on the the major heading which best describes the content of the book, don’t we? Here are a ten major categories to help you pick a book that your mood demands. Read more…


Bookmark: Kindled Lives

Valentine’s day has passed, but we can still feel the essence of this love season from the people around us sending messages, the plans, excitement and much more. So today,  we have arranged a romantic surprise for all the book lovers, in our this week’s Bookmark. Read more…


Finally, You Will Start Your Novel!

Is starting to write a novel been your New Year’s resolution more times than you want to admit it? Now all you are doing is daydreaming and scribbling notes about it for months or years and still can’t see any novels in your written list. Let’s get this hypothetical novel of yours in the real world. Here are four unique steps you can follow to finally start a novel. Read more…


Inked finds- Attention-Grabbing Bookstores Outside India and Unbelievable Cup Art

It’s Friday and we have been craving to show off our this week’s super exciting find. This time, it’s all about the amazing bookstores outside India and a full-fledged art drawn on disposable cups by a Malaysian artist. Read more…


Writing in Progress- Tips on writing poetry

This time, we are giving ‘writing in progress’ a poetic twist to help all our budding writers be better poets. If you are writing a poem because you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then it’s going to be easy for you to write a poem. Read more…

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About the Author ‘John Green’- This Star Won’t go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

Young adult author John Green has written an introduction for  the book ‘This Star Won’t go Out’. Esther Grace Earl was also an early fan of John and her personal story was one of his many inspirations  when writing the novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” Read more…


Domechild by Shiv Ramdas Reviewed on ‘Mint’

Here’s something very exciting that we would like to share with all our Inksters. Mint recently reviewed Domechild, Shiv Ramdas’ book published by Inked. It’s great to see the positive reaction to this speculative fiction by India’s second largest business newspaper ‘Mint’. Read more…


Inked Finds- How to do Paper Quilling and Paper Sculptures by Jodi Harvey-Brown

We may live in a digital world, but our love affair with paper has by no means diminished. So Inksters, today we have picked two new and exciting forms of Paper arts for you for our this week’s Inked finds. Read more…

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This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

About the book: A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her. Read more…

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About The Author ‘Aimee Carter’- Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Author Aimee Carter debuted her writing career with the Greek Mythology tales Goddess Test series. She started writing at age eleven, focusing first on fan fiction and later on original work, and hasn’t stopped since. Read more…

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Exclusive Trailer Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Kitty Doe is the main character of Aimee carters new book PAWN and the story revolves around dystopian situation that kitty has to deal with. Kitty can either spend her life as a III in misery and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. Here’s a visual sneak peek into the Book PAWN. Read more…

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Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. Read more…


Inked Finds: World’s Most Interesting Libraries and Few Mind Blowing Bookshelves

Here we are with our this week’s Inked Finds and it’s all about things that never fail to grab a booklover’s attention. As we know, nothing can be more fascinating for a book lover to know about the world’s most interesting libraries and the bookshelves. Isn’t it? So, have a look at this list of 62 most beautiful libraries in the world put together by Freelance journalist Jill Harness for Mental Floss. Read more…


‘Must Haves’ For A Percy Jackson Fan

All the Percy Jackson fans, here’s a chance to carry all the treasures and charms from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by author Rick Riordan. We have found a few very interesting Percy Jackson Inspired accessories that you might want to take home. Flaunt the jewel of your favorite series and also, let your friends know about  this remarkable collection. Read more…


Inked Finds: Quirky Conundrums Only Book Lovers Understand and 28 Famous People When They Were Young

If you are a book lover, then you are aware of the awful situations that a Booklover face. When is it okay to abandon a so-so novel? What’s the most efficient method of bookshelf organization? Is it snobby to dump someone on the basis of his or her dislike of reading? These and other quirky conundrums are perhaps the only downside to loving books with all of your heart and soul. Read more…


Bookmark: One Part Women

Find a fantastic read on our this week’s Bookmark that’s about a story with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictate of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties. One Part Women by Perumal Murugan Read more…


Unique And Different Bookmarks

Are you that big a fan of reading that you want to collect everything that’s a part of the literary world? Then you have come at the right place, here we have gathered a few very unique and funny accessory for all the book lovers. Find some really awesome book marks starting with animals, history, horror, and few more. We think these are a ‘must have’ for all the bibliophiles and if you are one, we are sure that you are going to love them. Have a look! Read more…

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‘Love’ by Anushri Rakesh Tiwary

Here is a poem sent to us by Inkster Anushri Rakesh Tiwary and she names it ‘Love’. It’s a beautiful recitation in plain words stating that love is when you care more about someone else’s happiness than your own. Also, a brilliant elaboration of the statement ‘Love is caring’. Read more…


Bookmark ‘Hold My Hand’

This time we are taking you to a delightful, young romance with a surprise ending with our this week’s ‘Bookmark. Here, we are talking about a love and fiction book ‘Hold My Hand’ by author Durjoy Dutta. Read more…

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Inked Finds: Mysterious History and Problem of a Booklover

Mysterious History

Do you love historical novels? Given a chance would you rather dwell in the past? Well here’s your chance to do it differently. Check out amazing historical sights like Elvis in the army, Albert Einstein chilling on a rock and a 14-year old Bin Laden!  Read more…


Writing in Progress- 2

Writing is easy, all you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it’s good. But to encourage and support your interest of writing, we are back with a few more tips in the second part of an interesting inked feature called ‘Writing in Progress’. Read more…

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A Word After a Word After a Word is Power

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” By Stephen King.

Whoever thinks reading as an introverted hobby, for the feeble, anti-social, surprise them with this list of benefits that a reader enjoys. Read more…


Top 5 Romance Novels

The romance novel genre is often one that is sneered at. It is looked at, by many, as being one that caters to unintelligent people, or women. While ridiculous plot lines and uni dimensional characters exist in a variety of novels across genres, the romance fiction genre tends to take the hit for everyone.

In an attempt to change this, and give credit where credit is (long)due, Inked brings you a top 5 list of intelligent, well-written and gripping romance Read more…


5 Most Unconventionally Influential Characters in Fiction

From the moment they emerged from their creator’s imagination, many fictional characters have shaped history as surely as did real-life warriors, statesmen, and philosophers. Here are 5 most unconventionally influential characters in fiction. Read more…

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Inked Finds: How to Keep your New Year’s Resolution

Now that 2013 is winding down and almost all our gut-busting celebrations are behind us, it’s time to focus on our resolutions for 2014. It is easy for us to make new year resolutions at the start of the year but difficult to keep it. We  “sort of” forget what those resolutions were by the end of February or before that. But Inksters, you could do this differently. Here are seven ideas to help you keep your new year resolutions. Read more…


Bookmark- The Siege

This week on bookmark, we are talking about a book that reveals very startling new facts and details about the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, The Siege by Adrian Levy , Cathy Scott-Clark Read more…


15 Things to do This Christmas

There are all kinds of traditional and non-traditional activities to do during Christmas. Haven’t yet made plans for the Christmas season, Inksters? Worry not, we at Penguin Inked have come up with things to do during the holidays to make it even more magical, especially at Christmas time. Read more…

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A short extract from the book ‘Miracles’

Ranjit Lal’s new book ‘Miracles’ released last month and if you happened to miss reading this fun and sentimental story of a teenager then here is an excerpt from the book. Read more…


In Conversation with Ranjit Lal

Ranjit Lal was born in Kolkata in 1955, and educated in Mumbai, graduating in Economics and Sociology. He has been a freelance writer cum columnist for over two decades. He has written over 1,000 articles, short stories, features and photo-features that have been published in over 50 newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. Read more…


Add Merry to Your Christmas

The Christmas season is often called the holiday season. Despite the hustle and bustle that comes with this holiday season, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Since, Christmas break should never be one of those times when you get bored and complain about having ‘nothing to do’, we at Inked have brought a few interesting ideas to kill the holiday blues.  Read more…

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Author: Ranjit Lal

Ranjit Lal’s new book Miracles has released and it’s story revolves around a Sixteen-year-old teenager, Trisha. Who is hugely embarrassed by her hip mom who rides around on a monster motorbike called Smelly Beast. Read more…


Swaggerer’s Inc. Classified- ‘Sometimes’

Sometimes, I get kinda tired of writing. Mostly it’s on those nights when I stumble out of the flat at a half past 11 looking for a place that’s open so I can grab a Red Bull to keep me up for the long haul. Pages. Pages and pages. Y’know that novel I’m writing? They are eventually going to print it and jacket it in a fancy modern-art motif cover and make it look like Something written by Someone. Read more…


Inked Finds- A Bibliophile’s playlist And Freaky Facts About Friday The 13th

A Bibliophile’s playlist

Do you like listening to music while you read? There are tons of songs/music out there waiting to be heard. Here’s a playlist that will enhance your reading and set the perfect mood- Read more…

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5 In(k)spirational Quotes for Writers

Authors and poets are often asked what inspires them to write. And as many have already articulated, it can be just about anything. An overheard conversation, a mental image, a flash of memory, an expression on a face, an object, nature anything. Read more…

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‘The Sky is The Limit’ Webisodes

We launched the Unmukt Chand video series last month for his first book ‘The sky is The limit’ ,where he shares the secret of getting to the top.
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Things to Do When you’ve finished a book

You’re completely engrossed in different world, with rapt attention your eyes follow word after word, as if automatically your fingers move to turn the page and as they feel a skinny width of sheets between them, your heart sinks, you come to a saddening realization: your book is about to end. Read more…


Bookmark – Magical Realism

Hello again, Inksters! Today on Bookmark we’d like to talk to you about a genre you may not have yet explored: magic realism or magical realism. Read more…


Inked Finds – 20 Forgotten Idioms and An Exciting Tip

This week, we are bringing those long lost idioms from the English language that’ll surely add some quirk to ones daily life if they come back to regular use. Read more…

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An Interview with author Shiv Ramdas – Domechild

Shiv Ramdas is a former radio host and media non-personality who retired to play with words. He is a Graduate in journalism from Delhi university and has hosted two radio shows sold advertising space, helped design sets and worked in both print and online media. After writing lot of advertisements, radio jingles, and numerous resignation letters he penned down his first book titled “Domechild”. Read more…

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Domechild Sneak Peek

Inksters, the much awaited book ‘Domechild’ by author Shiv Ramdas is releasing tomorrow. But before that, we have something really special for you! Read more…

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Author: Shiv Ramdas

A suicidal machine. A child with a secret that can change the world. The man trapped between them. Read more…

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Inked Author- Shiv Ramdas

Shiv Ramdas  is a former radio host and media non-personality who retired to play with words. Instead he ended up in Gurgaon. Read more…


Introducing Sky is The Limit- A Book by Unmukt Chand, India’s U-19 World Cup Winning Captain

Hello Inksters! We are super excited to announce the launch of a mini video series with none other than india’s U-19 world cup winning captain Unmukt Chand! Read more…


‘Make Miracles Happen’- Meet Ranjit Lal

 ‘Miracles don’t just happen. You have to struggle to make them happen and that can be hard work and tough going…’

The most versatile author Ranjit Lal has come up with a new book called ‘Miracles’ that hit the market recently and now he is all set to come face to face with his young fans. Read more…


Inked Finds- A Handy Guide to 20s and a Guide to Handy Hands

This week we’ve dug up 2 little gems for you. The first is something every 20 year old will vouch for, a list of the things you won’t want to stuff up. Sample these -

1. Working for money, not for building your dreams

Never do anything just because it’s convenient for you. Look to challenge yourself and build your own dream instead of building someone else’s. Even if it doesn’t exactly make sense now, create something with great value so you can cash out big.

Always look to the future and never for immediate compensation. What are you going to do with those weekly wages anyways? Stop being so entitled and pretending like you deserve cash, prizes and vacations just yet. You will soon realize once you’ve made it that making money doesn’t make you happy. It’s the journey. Read more…


Bookmark – Faster

This week we’ve picked one for the geeky Inksters to amp up their geek-dom 10 fold.

Our pick for read of the week or ‘Bookmark’ as we call it is ‘Faster’ written by Ankit Fadia. Read more…

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Meet Unmukt Chand – U-19 World Cup Winning Captain and Now an Inked Author

Unmukt Chand has been touted as a special talent, bringing skill, power and poise to the batting crease. However, not many might know he weilds a skill for words as well. Through the course of his victorious campaign of the U-19 World Cup last year, Unmukt maintained a diary of the entire journey. And we are proud to say that his notes have now become a fascinating book. Read more…


Teenpulse by Inked – Vol. 10 – Escape

Sameera shared this line with us for this edition of Teenpulse and we’re going to call it Escape.

It talks about that unifying thread that binds us all together – our love for books and what it means to us. It might have its roots in that legendary phrase we all heard in school, but it succintly captures why most of love reading books. Read more…


You are This. And This And This and This – Arjun

You are who you believe you can be, you are what you are. You are what you eat. They teach you this kind of esoteric shit during motivational lectures in school or you read it off all those, ugh, “uplifting” memes all over Facebook. Y’know the ones with a picture of the sun setting in the background? Or with ponies and roses. Read more…

Bookmark – Wild Child and Other Stories



Wild Child and Other Stories, an interesting classic by Paro Anand.

The book offers twelve short stories that could easily belong to you or someone you know. Author Paro Anand has a knack for writing stories you can relate to and brings the characters to life. Read more…


Inked Finds – Word play of a Different Kind

Here’s something we picked this week that all you Inksters are going to surely love. For it mixes two of our pet loves – words and sketches.

We might have tried these back in school when learning them through building blocks, or when we coloured them in books or when strange puppets came on Tv to teach us that C was for Cat.

We are talking about Letters of course. And in this week’s Inked Finds we see someone play with them in a way that’s never done before.

See some common English words being plucked out of their dull existence and given a twist -


Teenpulse by Inked – Vol. 9 – Repeat

This week’s Teenpulse is called Repeat.

It’s about practice, it’s about discipline and about commitment. It’s for all you budding writers, to remind you the only two ways to become a better writer. The inspiration for this comes from Minna Madhavan who shared a wonderful lesson with all of us on how she became an author. Read more…


How I Read A Lot, Had A Few Major Revelations, And Became A Writer – Minna Madhavan

I was a quiet person growing up — a quiet person in a social person’s body. I wanted nothing more than to read all the time, even in classes I read, propping up books behind textbooks, telling my friends to go ahead and have lunch without me, because I wanted to sit in the hot, smelly classroom and read my book. It’s not surprising that I always started out a school year with five or ten friends, asking me to go shopping or to the movies with them, and ended with one or two by default — who knew how to leave me alone.  I remember my cousin who went to the same school as me for a time, being all like, “Minna, stop reading, stop reading, Minna!” But I couldn’t. Read more…


Swaggerer’s Inc. Classified – On the Subject of Me

Hey people,

I’m Arjun. I’m 18. I study at a university in Bangalore. Do you really want to know more? I’ve never really thought of myself as an exemplary person. I’m not the most popular guy in class. There are plenty of people who think I’m a complete weirdo…whatever. I’m not hideous, but I’m not exactly the best-looking guy in class. That would be my Manipuri friend Kunal (before he buzz-cut his shoulder-length mane). I’m not dumb, but I’m not particularly studious either. I put in about half an hour worth of study time into my mid-sems during the lunch hour. Read more…

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Inked finds- Getting it Right in Writing and Speaking

Write Right Now!

So, we hear you’re just DYING to write something. We also hear you’re just too damn busy to get around to it. But the grapevine tells us you have the perfect plan. You’ll take a break from everything, no friends, no phone, no Facebook- just no distractions. Then your mind will be free to roam the passages of your imagination and actually write the thing you’ve been dying to write, right? Then maybe it’s time we show you this- Read more…


Teenpulse by Inked – Vol. 8 – Lessons

Presenting Teenpulse number 8. The one that we call ‘lessons’.

This represents the Inkster mindset, one of balancing creativity and learning. Where we say that the lessons we get in life and living are far better when self made. An Inkster is about getting things done, constantly on the move, exploring places and faces, making and creating. And in this world that we craft around ourselves we hold the lessons we take away with us as we move to our next adventure. Read more…

Hand-me-downs of knowledge

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Often, of all the books we own, the oldest are our favorites. The first book you never finished. The novel you had to read for school. Your grandpa’s pre-Independence copy. It’s the old, yellowing, slightly torn, tattered ones. It’s the ones with the hardbacks turning soft and pages growing moist. It’s our old friends that remind us of our journey. Read more…


Bookmark: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13+ Years

Meet Adrian Albert Mole .

He is a young, self-proclaimed “suffering intellectual”. His adolescent life is filled with confusion, weird friends and family, a grumpy old man and the unattainable love of life who barely knows he exists. Read more…


Inked Finds: Spooky Fairy Tales

When most people think of fairy tales, they think of sweet, moral tales of their childhood days. But some very clever writers have spun those very innocent stories into dark and spooky horror stories!

The fairies tales by the Brothers Grimm were gathered from other folk tales and legends–they represent the cultures and imaginations of many people. Here’s the collection that was originally collected (and published) as Household Tales.

Interesting Bookshelves

All books need a home. And for some really lucky ones, they get to enjoy their lifetimes perched atop some of the prettiest, quaintest or smartest bookshelves. Check these beauties out , you can buy them or get some ideas to design your own.

1. This creative branch design book shelf is a reflection of your creative thoughts and its totally a need for those who love to flaunt their books. It will serve as an accessory in itself. Buy it here

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Writing in Progress- W.I.P

We all know that Inked fans are budding writers themselves! So to make the process of putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard much easier, we’ve come up with a feature called ‘Writing in Progress’. Here, a few times a month we’ll give you some of the best and most sensible advice you’ll need to get your creative juices flowing! Read more…


Teenpulse by Inked – Vol. 7- Happy Little Accidents

Here’s the seventh edition of Teenpulse and we are calling it – Happy Little Accidents

We’ve been thinking about how often we don’t do things because we are just afraid to make a mess of it, make a mistake. So today we decided to give you something to remind that mistakes will happen, no matter how hard you try. Read more…


Take These 5 Quotes and Craft a New Perspective

Sometimes all you need is to sit back and take a bit of time for yourself to clear your mind and see things from a new perspective.
And some other times you need a gist of someone else’s experiences to take you ahead. It helps to know that someone else has been through things. So we pulled out some fresh new perspectives for you today


1. Climb Mountains Not So the world can see you, But you can see the world!
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The Inkster’s Guide to Gifting This Diwali

Diwali is the season of gifts and the first thing that comes to our mind is a pack of kaju katli.  Now as much as we love sweets, we think there can be an Inked twist to this whole affair. Let’s make Diwali for bibliophiles like us, a better reason to look forward to it and get more folks to join the Inked Club. We have hatched out an idea of making Diwali an opportunity for Inksters to give their cousins and siblings something different. So based on the kind of person your brother or sister is, here are some Inked picks in place of a traditional Diwali box.

For the one you think is a ‘thrill seeker’ (and the one you shouldn’t anger), this is perfect -

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An Interview with Sumit Saxena – Scriptwriter (Part II)

We hope you had a good time reading our conversation with the indie Scriptwriter Sumit saxena last week but it did not end there. The conversation prolonged since we had a great time getting into a chat with him. Here’s the 2nd part of the interview, the rapid fire round’ and you are sure to enjoy this one too. Read more to know about his dream projects, perspectives and why he is scared of dying. Read more…

Inked finds- Final words spoken by authors and A secret to be a super hero

Women and Men of many words utter their last as they ready themselves to embrace death in all its inevitability. While Charlotte Bronte was pleased, Henry David Thoreau was incomprehensible and James Joyce wonders in life as in leaving it. It’s pretty surprising to know the expression of the famous authors before they left the world. Here are the words they left us with

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Reverse Singing with ‘Reverrse Polarity’

Reverrse polarity is a 5-piece Hardcore / Progressive Metal band from Mumbai that was formed in 2008. After winning Channel [V] Launch Pad in 2009, they also became the first Indian band to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The band’s first single, Empty Faces, had 30,000 downloads in its first month and they were titled India’s best new metal band in 2009. Reverrse Polarity released its debut self-titled album on September 1, 2013. The album was produced by Keshav Dhar from Skyharbor.

Here are the 15 things you always wanted to know about the men behind the music. Read more…


Teenpulse by Inked – Vol. 6 – Now

The sixth edition of Teenpulse is out and this one’s a brilliant line from Pratikshya, that we want to call – Now.

It captures what it means to be Inked in the perfect way. To be ‘inked’ is to be ‘now’, in the present, not what who you were or what you will become but where you are today. This is a must have for any Inkster who abides by the philosophy of Carpe Diem. So bring it home with this high resolution version that you can print and frame or just share this around your friends on Facebook or Twitter.


Inked’s Find- Soul Eating Monsters And A Secret To Invisibility

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You all know the world’s already raving about Eliza Crewe’s Cracked! But if you are one of the few who still haven’t got their hands on the book, here’s something you should definitely read. Read more…


“He was’ by Trivarna Hariharan

A poem sent to us by Inkster Trivarna Hariharan and she names it ‘He was’. It’s a sneak peek into her thoughts, so beautifully written that you begin to picture every word as you read.

He was
Broad Daylight.

He was
A Room Full of people.

He was
Fiddling with a viola
He did not know
To play.

He was tapping
To his own tunes,
Dissipated into thin air.

He was
To Himself,
Out of the earshot
Of everyone.

He was
Far from Alive
The sun sank.

He was
Caught in
A whirlwind
Of Clamouring


Teenpulse by Inked – 5 : Live

This is the fifth in our series of Teenpulse and we are going to call it ‘Live’. And this time it’s a quote by one of you!

Our fellow Inkster Marianne shared this beautiful line with us and now it’s for all of you to keep. It captures the idea of our lives, the idea that life is about living! It talks about breaking the shackles of surviving and taking our chances and to enjoy what comes our everyday. Read more…

Finally: The House of Hades arrives!


Breathe easy, book-lovers! After months of agonizing wait, the most exciting fantasy fiction series Heroes of Olympus is back. Today marks the launch of Rick Rordian’s latest book, House of Hades. So run to your nearest bookstore and bring a copy home. Read more…


An Interview with Sumit Saxena – Scriptwriter

Today, we’re talking to indie scriptwriter Sumit Saxena about his life, his ideals and the characters he makes up. Saxena is known for having written the cult-ish ‘Pyaar ka Panchnama‘ and the recent psychological thriller ‘Prague‘ among others. So let’s get to it below, an interesting conversation with the rebel with a pen: Read more…

Inked Finds – A Trip for the History Loving Inkster and a Poetry Making Machine

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Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed. Read more…


BFF- Bibliophile’s Friend Forever

Best Friends are those who add meaning to our lives. They help us make sense of the craziness. They bring laughter to the chaos. And they teach us things about ourselves we never even knew. They may come in many shapes and forms, and they don’t have to be people. They can often be books, Or a book. A gathering of pages that change you in the best ways.

Penguin Inked presents- My Best Friend.

Take a picture of yourself with your most favorite book along with a quote from it that you can never forget and post it on our Facebook Wall . And get featured in this amazing photo essay. Celebrate your friendship. Spread the love.


Meet Candy Chang and her Unconventional Approach to Creation

As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what if we could share with full discretion? Confessions is a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip

As Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Candy lived in the The Cosmpolitan for a month and turned its P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative place for people to anonymously share their confessions. Inspired by Shinto shrine prayer walls, Post Secret, and Catholicism, Read more…


Introducing – Friction :A Fan Fiction Series

Ever loved a book so much you didn’t want it to end? Well now it doesn’t have to! Penguin Inked brings you itself latest, interesting feature: Friction. This is a space where you can write Fan Fiction for your favorite novels of all time! Add another final chapter, start the book differently or change the twist in the middle. This is your version of the book, so anything is possible! All you have to do, is keep the premise of the book and the characters the same. What you make them do is entirely upto you.

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Teenpulse by Inked – 4 : Life

This is the fourth in our series of Teenpulse and we are going to call it ‘Life’. And it is a special one.

As you guys know, House of Hades is releasing the world over today. And we thought it’s an apt day to make this version of Teenpulse a dedication to the amazing Heroes of Olympus series. Therefore, the above line is taken from the book The Lightning Thief! Read more…

House Of Hades Sneak Peek

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Bibliophiles, brace yourself! 8th October is just a day away, but we have something really special for you. If you feel you cannot wait more for the stroke of genius that Mr.Riordan has written, check out the exclusive sneak peek of the first chapter ‘Hazel’ that the master himself has shared for your eyes. Read more…


Introducing Inkling

Q. Do you know what makes you unique?

A. It’s your mind.

Sure, in a lot of respects we’re all wired the same. You, your kid sister, your college watchman—all of you like Sundays! But the mind can be a pretty weird and amazing thing. Ever looked at clouds in the sky and noticed a shape no one but you can see?

That’s perspective, and it’s yours. It can bring you ideas that make you original. And we’re sure you have hundreds and thousands of them hiding in that silly little brain of yours. So do the right thing. Set them free and out into the world!

And we’ll help you do it- Every month we’ll give you a super fun theme. And you can express it in any way you like! The best entries stand a chance to get part of Penguin’s Inked very own E-Mag! So drop anything else you’re doing. It’s time to create some Art! Read more…

Rick Riordan on The House of Hades – Video

We know you cannot get enough of ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series. And we understand how badly you’re craving ‘The House of Hades’.  We present you video of Rick Riordan where he talks about the fourth book in his Heroes of Olympus series, Percy Jackson’s deadliest adventure yet. In The House of Hades he ventures deep into the underground temples of the god of the underworld. Can the demigods close the Doors of Death and prevent the giants from raising Gaea? And if so, how will they get out again?

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10 secrets about Eliza Crewe


If you loved ‘Cracked’, chances are you love Eliza Crewe too. But for all the stuff you might know about her, there’s the stuff you don’t. So here’s a list of your very own Crewe cheat-sheet-

  1. Eliza originally wanted to be a lawyer. She even went to law school!
  2. Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas
  3. She lives with her husband, daughter, hens, an angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear
  4. She enjoys partially-completing craft projects
  5. She has completed (many) ‘book roses’
  6. Eliza gave birth to her first child this year
  7. Her baby and book arrived in the same month!
  8. A huge reason ‘Cracked’ exists in the first place, is because Eliza found herself annoyed and bored on a long commute to work.
  9. February 2011, Saturday- this is when ‘Cracked’ was born.
  10. Eliza was turned down by over 30 literary agents before she finally found her soul mate in Penguin, India.

5 Best ‘Heroes’ of Olympus

We just can’t stop thinking about ‘The House of Hades’. But it’s not out yet! So in our obsessive love for the series, we’ve decided to track back the ancestral history of our favourite Heroes from Olympus-

1. Nico di Angelo- The always interesting Nico is a fourteen year old Greek demigod son of Hades and mortal Maria di Angelo. He is also the younger brother of the late Bianca di Angelo and the half brother ofHazel Levesque. He is known in the Underworld as the “Ghost King” after taking the title from King Minos.


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Everybody’s Getting Hungry For Cracked

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Meet Meda. She eats people.

Okay- not really people, but their souls. She’s a great girl otherwise, but when it comes to this little hitch, she just can’t help herself! Read all about her (mis)adventures in ‘Cracked’ and tell us if she ever comes over to the Good Side. Hope you’re hungry!

Here are some review’s by people

Review by Anisha Pai

“I love the spectacularly witty and interesting narrative voice Crewe writes for Meda. She may just be the only female protagonists in the ‘Young Adult Supernatural’ genre that I haven’t wanted to slap yet. Read more…

House of Hades Trailer

Here’s the trailer to the most exciting series doing rounds currently.

Rick Riordan is out with the next instalment of the Heroes of Olympus series with the House of Hades. As Percy Jackson fans, we just can’t wait to get our hands on this. The book releases on the 8t of October and with just about a week to go the excitement is just building up a lot more!

For now though, here’s a peek into the trailer of House of Hades!

What do you guys think of it? Who’s excited to lay hands on it first?


Teenpulse by Inked – 3 : Secret

This is the third in our series of Teenpulse and we are going to call it ‘Secret’.

We engraved this line during our weekends reads. It talks about pleasure of reading books and travelling the world without leaving the place. Just pick a page from a book and you go to places not even the most expert of travellers can reach.

As usual, all you need to do is download this high res version of Being here and print it and post it. Share a photograph of it if you do. And also, if you want your quote and name to be up here, then simply post a comment with your quote!

Comics that say something: Ithaka

Some comics remind us that the journey is more important than the destination. Ithaka is one such comic from Zen Pencils we loved so much we just had to share.

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Teenpulse by Inked – 2 : Being

This is the second in our series of Teenpulse and we are going to call it ‘Being’.

This line was shared by our fellow Inkster Swathi on our Facebook page. It talks about being and staying true to yourself till the end and not changing a bit for the society. Nothing captures the Inked emotion better than this.

You can hang this up in your room if you want!

All you need to do is download this high res version of Being here and print it and post it. Share a photograph of it if you do. And also, if you want your quote and name to be up here, then simply post a comment with your quote!



5 essential apps for writers.

We’ve scoured the web to find all you aspiring writers 5 mobile and web apps which are really handy for those times when you need a writing assistant. Browse around and play with them (most of them are free). Thank us later!

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Read of the Week: Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian

A university is an institution for higher education and research.  It can also be a place where academic brilliance leads to overinflated egos, bitter politics and finally, murder. Cirisha Narayanan, a professor who has risen meteorically stumbles upon a cryptic message. Aditya Raisinghania, her banker husband, sets up a highly innovative financial hoax. Her profiteering father harvests Australia’s largest bird—the emu—in India. The US elections are on and the debate on gun control has reached a fever pitch.

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How to make your Facebook speak pirate in 3 simple steps.

Today is International talk like a pirate day and to celebrate with your pirate buddies here’s a simple hack that will make your Facebook speak pirate in minutes. Just follow the simple steps below and enjoy mateys. Arrrr!

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10 must read books for people in their 20′s

20′s are the actual formation years when you’re out of college and are trying to make something of yourself. We have picked 10 books you must read in your 20′s. Keep in mind each of these books are bestsellers and hits in their own rights but most of all they encourage free thought aside from being thoroughly entertaining. Take a look.

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Teenpulse by Inked – A Poster Series

We’ve got something really cool for you guys today!

Starting today we’re creating a small series of posters, more of which you will see in the coming weeks about things that define us and our ‘Inked Attitude’. We kick off this series with a poster about chucking away regret, mistakes and whatever it is that scared you in the past. We Inksters are folks of tomorrow, and we only see the great things that lie ahead! Here’s a a poster dedicated to that. Read more…

5 handpicked Ink Talks for teens

These talks will give you a different perspective on life. 5 handpicked talks from the INKTALKS library for your viewing pleasure.

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5 insightful short stories that will change your life.

We’ve rounded up 5 inspirational short stories for all you Inksters this week. A few of these you may have already read but do let us know which one’s your favorite. Enjoy!

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Read of the week: The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh

From the acclaimed author of Sea of Poppies comes a novel weaving history and memory together to create a rare work of art. The perfect book to cuddle with in bed this weekend.

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An interview with freelance Illustrator Alicia Souza.

Dropped off by egrets, in the Middle East, Alicia Souza’s folks had a hard time keeping up to her experiments of drawing on doors and burning them because it’s faster than erasing. She followed her gut of studying down under only to find absolutely no sheep in the city. She hence, decided to huddle to India and is now smiling happily that every morning she can drink chai and grin at cows at a safe distance. They grin back, she insists.

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The secrets of a healthy reading life.

Okay, we get it, you’re too busy with school, lectures, coaching classes and television to be bothered with reading books. You’d rather sit at home admiring the idiot box than taking an amazing journey through the pages of a novel. Well, what if we told you, that reading doesn’t have to be hard? What if we convinced you that just a little bit of effort can help you read that big book that’s been making your bag heavy? Because that’s exactly what this post is about. Read on to master the secrets of a healthy reading life.

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10 inspiring quotes to brighten your week.

There’s nothing like a positive thought to brighten up your week. We’ve gone ahead and collected 10 of those for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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A graduation speech with a difference.

Graduating college is one of the most exhilarating and liberating moments in all our lives. But this illustrated graduation speech will change the way you think about life. The comic is based on Erica Goldson’s graduation speech. Read the entire transcript here.

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Read of the week: City of Bones by Cassandra Clarke

Catch up with the book that’s making waves as a major motion picture. The first installment of The Mortal Instruments will leave you gasping for more. If you haven’t yet read it, we recommend you pick it up from your nearest bookstore or click here to buy.

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10 insanely creative bookmarks for the book loving geeks.

Ahh…the bookmark, such a simple instrument but so functional. It helps one take pause and continue the story at their own pace. Designers from around the world have created bookmarks that not only serve their functional purpose but actually go one step ahead and add that bit of glam to the otherwise understated bookmark. Today we will walk you through 10 of these creative bookmark designs.

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How you can read a lot of books and still maintain your sanity.

Okay, so you like reading books, lot’s of them. How do you keep up the habit without becoming anti social? Is it even possible? We will show you some simple tips to make your reading even more organized and help you get done with those books that have been making your backpack heavier.

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How much are they worth?

You see them on T.V kicking ass every week. They are the protagonists, heroes of the new generation, pop culture icons that command a following. But how much are they worth in real life. Who among them makes the most money in the bank? Today we take a look at 5 actors who are raking the big bucks and how.

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Read of the week: The Killer App and Other Paranormal Stories – Various

“A wildly popular app that feeds on hatred; a trek that literally brings out the beast in man; a luxury resort you don’t want to visit on a new-moon night; a swimming pool with a deadly secret. These fiendishly unnerving tales by best-selling authors David Hair, Ranjit Lal, Deepa Agarwal, Murdering ghosts, enchanted amulets, a haunted medical school, an uncle with a resemblance to a vengeful lion… all these bring the paranormal uncomfortably close. Read if you dare… ”

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What The Trend.

On this week’s, What The Trend, Salman Khan completes 25 years in Bollywood, Parliament goes into chaos, Anil Ambani suffers from short term memory loss and Asaram Bapu trends on Twitter.

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10 questions you must ask yourself today!

Because asking the right questions is the answer.Ask yourself these questions and think about it:

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Read of the week: Tiger Thief by Michaela Clarke

It is India, many centuries ago. Travelling with his father’s circus, ten-year-old Sharat performs amazing feats with his white tiger Emira.

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Did Malhar live up to it’s, “Zara Hatke” tagline?

For a festival to truly stand the test of time, it must take the example of Malhar. Since the last 35 years this annual Xavierite tradition has entertained scores of youngsters, so much so that the festival has received rock star status. Managed by a modest group of Xavier’s students, this year the festival drew in footfalls of more than 45,000 people. Well, all that’s fine and dandy, but how did the festival score on its events.

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Read of the week – The fault in our stars by John Green

When Hazel, just 17 but already a terminal cancer patient, meets Augustus at a support group, both their lives are about to change. She persuades him to read her favourite book, ‘An Imperial Affliction’, and together they set out to find the reclusive author. But as the two grow closer to one another, they are forced to confront the stark reality that their relationship can only end one way. United by one inspirational story and the desire to live life to the full, they set out on a journey that will redefine everything you think you knew about life.

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An Interview with the youngest project scientist in Asia – Gagan Agarwal.

He is the youngest person in Asia to put a rocket into space. While most 21 year old’s are getting ready to enter the corporate world, Gagan Agarwal led a team of students from IIST & launched India’s first student rocket. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions about life as a Rocket Scientist.

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5 child prodigies who owned You Tube – Like a boss!

Every once in a while comes a teen prodigy who’s so good at his craft, he puts the big boys to shame. Such is this list filled with immensely talented tiny tots who prefer spending their childhood, kicking ass \m/. These videos made us think, “God, we wished we could do that when we were in school”. Check it out.

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10 inspirational quotes to get you through the week!

It’s that time of the week when you’re this close to tearing out your hair in frustration, desperate for the arrival of the weekend. We know we can’t help you in that regard, but at least we can numb the pain. We’ve put together 10 super inspirational quotes to get you through the week. Let us know which one most resonated with you, in the comments below.




Read of the week – MBA at 16 by Subroto Bagchi

Steve Jobs was barely 16 years old when he met Stephen Wozniak. What followed was Apple! Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook when he was 19 years of age. When Sergey Brin and Larry Page met at Stanford, they were in their early twenties. They were soon to start Google.

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6 movie robots we wish existed in real life.

They are made of metal but have hearts of gold. They are just machines but they steal the show. Battle your Monday blues with our pick of 6 movie robots we wish existed in real life.

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What The Trend

On this week’s, What The Trend, Srini gets a cold shoulder, UK rejects Salman Khan’s visa application, Darjeeling goes on strike and Sonam Kapoor trends on Twitter.

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In Defense of the Uncertain.

Beta, have you decided which college to go to? Have you decided whether you want to do engineering or MBBS? Have you started preparing for your entrance exams? Questions, questions and more questions! Not every teenager knows what they want to do right from the time they’re cut from the umbilical cord. Granted there are a few super teens who find their sense of purpose in the third grade but the majority of teens today don’t know what to do in their lives.

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Read of the week – Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

Can you find love when you already have it?

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Our 5 favourite Tomorrowland 2013 sets.

Tomorrowland’s innate ability to take their unique, electronically charged, fairytale-ish festival experience to a whole new level of ‘awesome’ year after year is something we at Inked look up to, and this year was no exception! The epic event (like always) brought together some of the biggest names in the industry, who belted out some truly amazing sets, keeping all of us dancing like a bunch of mad monkeys all through the three day extravaganza.

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10 of the most underappreciated things in life.

It’s easy to look at life and say things like, “My life sucks” or “FML”. The thing most of us don’t seem to realise is, that there are a lot of things in life that we take for granted. Things we consider miniscule and unimportant. That’s why, to start this week on a positive note we’ve rounded up 10 of the most underappreciated things in life.

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7 monsoon fashion tips that will get you noticed in a thunderstorm.

Just because it’s pouring cats and dogs (quite literally), doesn’t mean that you stop being fashionable all of a sudden. The monsoons are a perfect time to work it and look your best when everyone else is scurrying for cover. All it takes is a few simple rules (common sense mostly) and you can end up looking your dainty best. Here’s our top 7 monsoon fashion tips that will get you noticed in a thunderstorm!

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Read of the week: Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

16 is far from a walk in the park. It’s the age of raging hormones and competition. It’s the age of juggling classes and boyfriends. For Nina Khan however, turning 16 poses quite a few problems. Always in the shadow of her over achieving sister, she has to deal with her perception of her self and her huge crush on the new Italian transfer student.

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Choices – Sushil Bhasin | Guest Contribution

This is a guest contribution by Sushil Bhasin. It’s about choices and the paths they take you down, doodled by the doodle master.

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Baby writing steps for newbie writers – Prerna Maynil | Guest Contribution

This is a guest contribution by Prerna Maynil.

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What The Trend!

On this week’s, What The Trend, SRK and Salman hug it out, Mumbai makes history, the UK media experiences labour pains and Eminem trends on Twitter.

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Read of the week: Vimana by Mainak Dhar

What if you were transported to a world where gods walk among men? What if you were placed in the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil? What if…

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Blast!Beat!Go! Session #005

“Blast! Beat! Go!” – Your weekly dose of some uplifting music is back. Like promised earlier, our aim is to provide you with some massive tracks from around the music world that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

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10 of the weirdest ice cream flavors from around the world.

Ah, ice cream! It conjures up images of bliss, longing and mouth watering excitement. For ice cream aficionados every day is a day to treat yourself to a milky tub of ice cream but for those who do not indulge as regularly, today may be the day to lose yourself in some creamy goodness. Why, you ask? Because today is International Ice Cream Day & to celebrate, we’ve found some not so traditional ice cream flavors that will get reactions. We promise! 

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6 things that only happen in India!

India is the only country where it’s acceptable to take a leak in public but kissing in public gets you into trouble. India is unique, its different and inspite of all its kinks is home. Here we chronicle 6 things you can witness only in India.
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What The Trend!

On this week’s What The Trend, the flying Sikh takes the box office by storm, the supreme court gives single men a reason to rejoice, Apple shocks the Chinese and Rs 5 trends on twitter.

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7 ways to beat the Monday Blues away.

Monday’s have developed quite a terrible reputation for themselves from being the brunt of every bad joke to being berated for their sudden and unwelcome appearance out of thin air. We’ve all felt those Monday blues and until now there were no ways to escape from them besides eliminating Monday completely (as if that’s an option). So hold your breath as we present to you 7 surefire ways to rid you of those Monday blues.

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Top 10 richest teens in the world.

They’re young, they’re wild and they’re reckless. New kids on the block who amassed wealth faster than the gentlemen from Wall Street. Here’s the list of 10 of the highest paid teens in the world. How many can you recognize?

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5 Quora Q&A’s that will make you laugh your guts out!

Q&A sites besides being informative can actually be quite funny sometimes. Questions like, “What does it feel like to eat a book?” & “A seagull pooped on my face. What should I do?” are not only stupefying but also result in some uncanny answers. Today we list down 5 Quora Q&A’s that made us laugh our guts out. Here’s a peek.

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Read of the Week: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

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5 engineering college festivals you won’t want to miss out on this year.

We know it’s a tad bit early for this post, but we just couldn’t control our excitement. Over the years college festivals have transformed from being just an excuse for bunking lectures to cultural extravaganzas that help in the overall development of students. As these festivals got bigger, so did the budgets and so did the crowd. This year and the beginning of the next promises to be a blockbuster for the engineering crowd. So if you’re an engineer, stop doing whatever you’re doing and read on.

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What I learnt from the diary of Anne Frank – Heema Shirvaikar | Guest Post

This is a guest contribution from Heema Shirvaikar.

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5 of the most kick ass Bollywood villains in history.

Bollywood has given us a lot of moments, some good, mostly bad, but one cannot deny the influence of the stars that adorn these movies. Movies where the good guy always wins and the bad guy always loses. But, every once a while comes a bad guy so kick ass that he literally steals the movie away from the hero along with a piece of our heart. Here’s our ode to the Bollywood bad guy, unappreciated but evil to the core.

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13 year old Neha Ramu has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

At age 13, Neha Ramu is just your average teenager. She enjoys watching TV, hanging out with friends and the occasional swim. Also did we mention that she has an IQ of 162. Yes 162, that’s higher than the IQ of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

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5 banned video games & the reasons why.

If you think censors only ban books and films, boy are you wrong? From South Korea to Australia these games have had their releases wrecked. Find out why in our list of 5 banned video games .

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Scrappily Inspired – Zoyeb Batliwala | Guest Contribution

Zoyeb Batliwala tells us about the things that inspire him to write. Take a look

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5 kisses that made you go, OMG!

Ah, the kiss. An instrument of love, shock, awe and betrayal. Over the years, a few kisses have changed the history of our world as we know it. Today on this occasion of Kiss Day, we chronicle 5 kisses that were so unexpected they made you go, OMG! 

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What The Trend

On this weeks what the trend, things start to get cold, very cold for Edward Snowden, Sonakshi Sinha trends on Twitter & we don’t know why, social media trends on social media (yeah it’s weird and we know it) and a Food Security Bill that has got all the Indian politicians hungry for blood.
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15 year old invents a new test for early detection of Pancreatic Cancer.

Jack Andraka, a 15 year old boy has done what no scientist in history has yet been able to do. He has invented a dipstick like sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer that is 26,000 times less expensive and 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection.

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Read of the week: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

A protagonist who eats peoples souls, a teenage boy with a hero complex and an elite group of people who want to eliminate soul-eaters from existence. Interested yet?

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Top 5 You Tube Music Covers

You Tube, sure is a magical place. A place which gives Inksters like us a chance to shine, to showcase our creativity and talents. We went out and found a few such individuals on You Tube who through their sheer musical brilliance, have developed quite a following. Here’s a list of 5 music covers on You Tube along with one surprise video that will knock your socks off. Enjoy!!

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“Never let go of anything that makes you smile” – Pallabi Paul |Guest Contribution|

This is a guest contribution by Pallabi Paul

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‘Are You an Inkster’ Contest Winners

Hola Inksters!! The votes have been counted, the verdict is out! The Winners of ‘Are You an Inkster’ Contest are:-  Read more…


Blast!Beat!Go!Session 004

“Blast! Beat! Go!” – Your weekly dose of kickass electronic dance music is back.Like promised earlier , our aim is to provide you with some massive tracks from the EDM world that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Read more…


Stupidity Level = JEDI!!!

Robert A. Heinlein once said, “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” You will concur with him after reading this. More than 100 hours of videos are uploaded every minute on YouTube, which are viewed by Millions of people all over the globe. Some videos make you laugh, some make you emotional, the ones that we are talking about will help you relate to Robert’s quote.So we here we go , videos where the stupidity level is JEDI! Check it out. Read more…

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KARMA – A novel in verse

Cathy Ostlere’s latest book is titled “KARMA”

KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Have a look at the trailer of the book made by three Junior High students of Doncrest Public School in Richmond Hill, Ontario


Rags To Riches

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else.” – Unknown.

Not everyone who’s on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those whose name history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. Read more…


Biopic Trend

Hollywood has always looked to draw inspiration from different quarters. Book adaptations , comics, trilogy , franchises and sequels. It is now focusing its attention on portraying onscreen the life’s of individuals who have already written down their name in history. Read more…


5 high school pranks that would make Bart Simpson proud of you!

Let’s face it, school can get pretty boring sometimes, so unless you have an alternate way of whiling away the time besides sleeping through classes, we recommend you read on. The visual of a smirking Bart Simpson scribbling his misdeeds on a chalk board is one every Inkster is familiar with & so to honour his name we present to you, 4 pranks that would make the Bartman proud. Read more…

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“Simplicity is, indeed, profound” – Shreya Sudesh |Guest Contribution|

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Wimbledon – The Premier Tennis Tournament

A ton of elements go into making Wimbledon the premier sporting event it is today. If you’re a tennis fan ( or even if you’re not), take a moment to read these weird and wonderful Wimbledon facts…

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‘Are You An Inkster’ Contest

Howdy Inksters, the voting for ‘Are You An Inkster’ Contest is now closed . No more votes shall be accepted . Thank you for voting in such huge numbers and showing your support to these awesome entries. We will be announcing the Top 5 winners shortly. Stay Tuned. Cheers!


What The Trend!?!?

What the trend is a satirical take on popular trending topics & the reasons for their phenomenal success. Read more…

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Blast!Beat!Go! Session003 |World Music Day Special|

“Blast! Beat! Go!” – Your weekly dose of kickass electronic dance music is back.Like promised earlier , our aim is to provide you with some massive tracks from the EDM world that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Read more…


It’s A Musical World

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Shortlisted Inksters for ‘Are You an Inkster’ Contest

We know we took some time on it, but guys the short list for the ‘Are You an Inkster’ contest is here!
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Inkster – Monavydyam

Inkster Monavydyam’s entry

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Inkster – Aditi Agrawal

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Inkster – Rashmi Baskey

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Inkster – Prasanta Kumar Dutta

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Inkster – Vidhipssa Mohan

Inkster Vidhipssa Mohan’s entry

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Inkster – Marshall David Colin

Inkster Marshall David Colin’s entry

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Inkster – Aakash Suri

Inkster Aakash Suri’s Entry

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Inkster – Divya Pokhriyal

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Something About A City | Guest Post by Nirmitee Mehta

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From Shakespeare to Chocolate Shakes

Move over dusty old library shelves crammed to the brim with books that tear apart at the slightest attention. Mumbai is now home to a decent number of cafes where you can enjoy a good read while gorging on some decadent delicacies. We have rounded up 5 such cafes so the next time you’re in need of a quiet day, feel free to visit. Read more…

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Superman’s Super Secrets!!

Superman is one of the most famous characters in fiction and has been in continuous publication since his first story in Action Comics #1, released in 1938. Even if you’ve never read a comic, many folks know the basics: Born on Krypton, baby Kal-El was sent to Earth to avoid his planet’s destruction, was raised in the American Mid-West as Clark Kent, and grew to become the hero called Superman.
So in celebration of Kal-El’s previous history and the new history yet to come, here are some fun facts about the famous Man of Tomorrow! Read more…


5 Movies To Watch With Your Dad on Fathers Day

After treating dad to breakfast in bed or a filling lunch, why not sit back, relax and enjoy an afternoon of affordable fun? This Father’s Day, create your own movie day and treat dear old dad to a few of these entertaining flicks in honor of fathers. Turn off all the electronic devices, make a great big batch of popcorn and give dad the easy chair. Whether these movies make you laugh or cry, one thing is certain; they all shine the spotlight on dads. Read more…

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Blast!Beat!Go! Session #002

“Blast! Beat! Go!” – Your weekly dose of kickass electronic dance music is back.Like promised earlier , our aim is to provide you with some massive tracks from the EDM world that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Read more…

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Which Pop Culture Dad Is Your Father Most Like ?

Is your dad a shoulder to cry on, a heavy lifter, a cash machine, a sausage maker or a bad ass beat the sense in your head kind of guy? If you’re clueless about it, we’re giving you some famous pop culture references to help you identify who your dad is most like. Let’s begin, shall we?

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Dancing To Your Own Music | Guest Post by Rachana Vaidya

This is a Guest contribution by Rachana Vaidya on a character that she is inspired by. Read more…


5 Offbeat Courses to do After 12th Standard – Part II

Here we go peeps , the second part  of some off-beat but interesting courses that you can plan to do after your 12th standard. Make the best choice!

Make sure you also check out the First Part.

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5 offbeat courses after 12th Standard – Part I

Here you are, at the crossroads. You have finished your +2 studies and are now on the hunt to find a course that best suits your interest and obviously gives you a base to make a career out of it. Many students opt to choose Engineering, Medicine, Management or IT after completing their +2 studies.

But have you, as an individual, ever dreamt of being something different? If yes, try these 5 Courses we have lined up for you. They are somewhat off-beat but interesting. Make the best choice!

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Today We Love

Today we love, this stop motion animation created by Carlos Lascano called A Short Love Story. Every girl dreams of a life lived in love, and that’s what Carlos portrays so beautifully in the short film. Have you ever dreamt of someone special? Share with us in the comment section below.

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Blast!Beat!Go! Session #001

“Blast! Beat! Go!” – Your weekly dose of kickass electronic dance music. Every week, we will handpick some massive tracks from the EDM world that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

So here you go peeps, this week we bring you tracks from Benny Benassi and Ferry Corsten and also a massice remix by Dyro. Go call your friends, shut your windows..and? Just – BLAST! BEAT! GO!

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How Much Can A Fictional Character Bring Out Of You | Guest Post by Deepansh Khurana

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8 Anti Pickup Lines to get him off your back

Tired of hearing pick up lines like this, “Hey girl, what’s up? Guess what? It’s your lucky day. Out of all the girls here, I picked you to talk to.” or this, “You must be tired because you’ve been running through my head all night.” Well then, you can thank us profusely for introducing you to the Anti Pickup Line. It’s this magical set of words that are not just insulting, but also mortally damaging, so use them with care.

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“The World Will Be My Platypus” – Sahil Bulla

Howdy Inksters,

We got a perfect opportunity to be up close and personal with someone that an Inkster like you can relate to and get inspired by.
*drums roll* *some more forceful anticipation*

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How to take your shirt off and not get bananas thrown at you.

If you’re gorging on burgers and junk food you may want to take a moment to look down and admire your handiwork. The bulging frame doesn’t signify prosperity like you otherwise thought. It’s something you’ve got to seriously take care of & if you’re wondering when was the last time you took off your shirt in public, then this article is for you. We are giving you 5 tips to cut the flab without stressing yourself out.

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“Everybody lies” – House MD | Guest Post by Devang Pathak

This is a guest contribution by Devang Pathak

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Your Weekend Playlist

Your this weekend playlist  should comprise of these essential bangers by   Hardwell , Tommy Trash and many more. So what are you waiting for , check it out. Blast.Beat.GO!!!

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5 Most Bizarre Festivals Around The World

Forget Lollapalooza or Tomorrowland!. If you want to have a  great time, if plunging into the world’s odd and wacky is your flavor, then check out these bizarre celebrations around the world. You won’t believe what people do for fun! Find out and join in.
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5 Superheroes We Wished Never Existed

You see, every once in a while comic book writers tend to think up superheroes that seem to serve no actual purpose. So while you have Wolverine who claws up his enemies and has a haunting past you also have Matter Eater Lad who eats anything and everything in sight. This is a list of these imaginative yet completely lame superheroes we wish never existed.
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>Your Road Trip Playlist Title Goes Here<

A playlist that will help relax your mind body and soul. Nuff said! Curious to know which tracks will do that. Here it goes

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5 TV Shows You Dare Not Miss

Let’s face it; Indian television is not a teenager’s cup of tea. From overtly dramatic dramas to unreal reality shows, Indian TV is in a rut of its own choosing. Thankfully TV around the globe doesn’t suffer from such disregard. We bring you a definitive list of 5 must see shows you should queue in your download list. Everything from dragons to soul reapers, we got it all. Cheggit!

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Feeling of Love

Quote from – The perks of being a WALLFLOWER, Stephen Chbosky.


Your Weekend Playlist

Here are 5 tracks that will surely make you go maximal crazy. Have a house party? Need a good track list? You like have to include these songs. Period. Read more…


Super U&ME!

Superhero and his sidekick are like two sides of a same coin. They have a unique relationship.

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6 Music Festivals you Probably Should Save Your Pocket Money For

Heads up Inksters, Who’s ready for some kickass fun with friends? Plan a trip with them to any of these 6 festivals! The music, the crowd, the stories! Pack and Go!

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Cool iPhone Apps

3 iPhone apps you should check out to have fun with your photos.

There comes a time in every iPhone camera’s life when it faces an existential crisis. Is its purpose only to click pictures or was it born to do much more. Well thanks to us, you can now consider your iPhone liberated, because these apps will give your pictures a life, period! We are talking ghosts, swapped faces and photos that move…Harry potter style \m/.

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#Post2Inked – Instagram Contest

As part of our #Post2Inked Project , here are the few entries that we have received over instagram.

For those who do not know about this , you can go on #Post2Inked to get more details.

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  • DSCF2238 - Sreoshi BhattacharyaA perfect pose , A perfect dress and a perfect drawing
  • DSCF2241Postage stamp drawing
  • DSCF2244 A beautiful sketch of a rickshaw-puller
  • DSCF2245Charcoal drawing
  • DSCF2248A perfect scenery drawing
  • DSCF2252Red and Black , A perfect combination.
  • DSCF2255Perfect use of crayons
  • DSCF2256Lord Buddha

Drawings by Sreoshi Bhattacharya

These drawings were sent to us by our Inkster , Sreoshi Bhatacharya. A 16 year old from Kolkatta who is a student of Modern High School for Girls.  I think only one word can come to our mind after seeing all her drwaings “EPIC”.

What do you’ll think about it ?

Sketch by Masroor Shah Khan

Sketch by Masroor Shah Khan

Here is an interesting sketch done by a 17 year old  Inkster, Masroor Shah Khan who is from Rampur (U.P.)  and studies in Dayawati Modi Academy. He has a passion for Portrait sketching and Micro Photography. The amount of detailing put into it is commendable.

Share with us what are your thoughts about it.



When it rained – Gaurav Pati

Einstein once said, that imagination is more important than knowledge. Well after reading young Inkster, Gaurav’s poem we can safely say that there is no dearth of imagination there. The poem is about a family of birds and the conversation taking place between them amidst a storm. The dialogue between the parents and the child is especially hilarious.

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High School Logic for Dummies.

Our brains are naturally wired to use shortcuts. That’s why we decide if someone is right based on whether or not they’re our friends. In this world of shortcuts, logical thinking is the only way to progress. This video series is an eye opener to that very fact. Click here to see the rest of the videos.

  • Picture 346The city of antiquities, determination, nostalgia, literature, political debate, art, poverty .. and joy. - Kolkata.
  • P8280306India, at its contradictory best. The ascetic fleeing from material life rests momentarily outside a multi-chain cafe outlet that encourages and promotes conspicuous consumption. His face reflects exhaustion & yet there is a distinct sense of peace emanating from it.
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaken at The Indian Youth for Arts and Change Carnival, New Market, Kolkata, 2012.
  • Picture 408There will be music, as long as you're intent to listen.

Photography by Rachaita

Inkster, Rachaita wields her camera in the cultural capital of India like a samurai wields his sword. But instead of the unnecessary bloodshed, the results of Rachaita’s work is unique and stupendous. Every picture has a focussed thought behind it & is expertly crafted to lubricate the mind.

  • DSC_0264This is the sketch of a historical sculpture. Realize something...........the lady has no eyeball. Others say its "ghastly!" but artisans say it’s a "look of sanity" which is quite hard to sculpt now a day.
  • DSC_0265Happy thoughts while reading a book.
  • DSC_0268A portrait of Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor
  • DSC_0270Indo-western kind of clothing
  • DSC_0271A portrait of Marilyn Monroe, done only by using black sketch pen.
  • inked-penguinThis picture is a fragment of my imagination. When a child, I lived amongst these imaginations, now having the capability and the required skills to draw, I finally visualized it and inked it on a blank paper.

Sketches by Anindita

These sketches were sent to us by talented Inkster, Anindita. We personally love the portrait of Marilyn Monroe done using only a black sketch pen. Share your feedback on this Inkster’s work below.


I believe in Fairies – Niranjana Warrier

What happens to our childhood fairy friends when we grow up? For Inkster, Niranjana Warrier they will always be the reason she smiles. Here’s her submission.

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An Artistic Mind – Devanshi Khetarpal

Do you have an artistic mind? 14 year old Inkster, Devanshi Khetarpal certainly does. She sent us this beautiful poem on what constitutes an artistic mind. We recommend a read!

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Books are awesome!

Books give you a glance into the mind of another person. Is there anything more astonishing than being immersed in someone else’s story? We don’t think so.

Via Zen Pencils 

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Pen Drawings – Pratima Padghan

They say, the pen is mightier than the sword. Well if you need proof then check out Inkster, Pratima Padghan’s adventures with her pen. This talented 18 year old conjures up doodles like these in her free time. Any takers?



Changing Colours – Ishita Mishra

How often does a 15 year old, stun you with her insights? Well Inkster, Ishita Mishra did just that with her submission titled, “Changing Colours”. An insightful poem on religion & God.

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What am I – Trivarna Hariharan

For people who question the existence of God, this poem submitted by Inkster, Trivarna Hariharan sums it up quite nicely. Through the brilliance of her ink she explains how God is omnipresent in everything and everyone. Have a look.

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Lucid Dreaming made easy.

Telekinesis, Flight & Super Strength, all of this is possible only in comic books right? Wrong, this is very possible in your dreams & the best part is Dream Navigation is something everyone can learn. Here’s an interesting guide on how you can navigate your dream space.

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Alone – Ashna Chawla

Do you think alone time is important? If you don’t, then 14 year old Inkster, Ashna Chawla would probably have something to say about it. She makes an impressive case for why being alone sometimes may actually be good for you.

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Endymion-The Romance Of The Moon Goddess by Khushi Jaffar

Inkster, Khushi Jaffar sent us this poem based on Greek Mythology which happens to be her favorite subject. The poem is about Endymion, a shepherd who used to graze his sheep on a hill on Mt. Atmore who caught the attention of moon goddess Artemis, who was riding her chariot, busy in her duties. This poem reflects Artemis’s sorrow when, because of her recurring neglect towards her duties, caused Zeus to banish Endymion into a long, everlasting sleep…

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60 of the world’s most Happiest Facts.

As teenagers we’re not all as happy as we’d like to be. We have plenty of things to think about from building careers to answering our parents to living up to our friends. In the midst of these cares we often forget to smile. Read this & smile on you crazy diamond.  

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Date a girl who travels – Hamsini Hariharan

We love Inkster, Hamsini Hariharan’s take on why you should date a girl who travels. Lots of great points there, so guys stand up & take notice already! Here’s the write up she shared with us.

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Making Salsa child’s play.

At a tender age of 7, young Sonali Majumdar is a bouncing ball of sorts. It sounds hard to believe but check out her extraordinary Salsa performance well anchored by her partner Maraju Sumanth who is just 13 years old. They make Salsa child’s play, quite literally.

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Expressionist Art – U.Lokesh

Inksters see the world in a different light. Proof of this fact is 20 year old, U.Lokesh who sent us a total of 9 submissions of his original paintings and photographs. Lokesh has adopted a unique painting style called Expressionism which seeks to express meaning or emotional experience through art.

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Her Amazing New Everydays – Khyati Obrah

Life is a roller coaster of ups & downs, high’s & lows, victories & defeats. The onset of a new day seldom brings with it the air of redemption. Inkster Khyati Obrah sent us this heartfelt piece on how every new day is a chance to reawaken the soul.

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Voluntourism, the new way to travel.

Voluntourism is the new buzzword among serious travelers these days. Voluntourists pledge their time to do volunteer work in return for free lodging and/or food. Sounds like a sweet deal doesn’t it?

Here’s a list of 10 volunteer opportunities to travel for free.

70 meters – Deepti Pareek

Is love everlasting or do we take it for granted after a while? That’s the thought 20 year old, Deepti Pareek explores through her hard hitting film, 70 meters. We recommend a watch!

Here’s a bit about her:

  • Name: Deepti Pareek
  • Age: 20
  • College: Pearl Academy
  • Things I Love: I love gaming, the Harry Potter Series (the movie, i don’t enjoy reading much), creating designs and sleeping whenever i am free. :D
  • City: New Delhi

The boys who created the Man of Steel.

Have you ever wondered why Superman wore his briefs above his pants? Well because two eighteen year olds thought it wise. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933 created the comic strip that would become a worldwide sensation. Thankfully it didn’t inspire a fashion faux pas. As a treat here’s one of the few rare Superman comic strips published in 1958. Enjoy!


Inked Author – Vibha Batra

Movies (the soppier the better). Meals (think unlimited South Indian thaalis). Mad sitcoms (compulsive viewing, season 1-100). Just a few things that make Vibha happy. In addition to mails (the gushing kinds) from readers, of course. She wants to keep writing till her last breath (or carpal tunnel sets in, whichever comes first). She wants to win an Oscar for Best Original Song. (Best Adapted Screenplay for any of her books will do just fine too). She was last sighted in a quaint café in Chennai, hunched over the laptop, writing like a woman possessed.


A Weekend Getaway With Friends – Kasauli

Creative minds need a break too!

It’s summer and you are probably just done with your exams and are looking forward to a couple of months of ‘nothing’. Kasauli with its sereneness and tranquility then is the perfect destination to head to this weekend to just chill and do nothing.
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On Hope

Quote from – Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry


Adele Through the Years – The Making of a Superstar Young Creative

Adele is not your run of the mill Superstar, in fact she can very well be th anti thesis of a modern day musician witht he way she carries herself. Rolling Stone has a wonderful piece documenting the growth of Adele as a diva. Do check it out here.

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Weekend Read – The 5th Wave

Preview the most anticipated book this year – Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave!
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Ever since my mom was murdered, I’ve been completely alone. I live in the shadows, because there’s no one like me. I have no choice because I have to fight the Hunger, the Hunger that drives me to hunt people and eat their souls. And I have to fight it if I want to stay out of the darkness.
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Postcards from Inked

Whenever you see something creative, pick your phone up and Instagram it with #post2inked. And if we like what you clicked, we will feature it here on the website for the world to see.

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Maya never wanted to go to India. She wanted a best friend, a boyfriend, and a mother who wasn’t always immersed in grief. Instead, Maya is on a plane from Canada flying halfway around the world with none of those things – only a diary, a pen and an urn.
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Inspiring Creative Biographies

4 Must Read Biographies of Creative Geniuses

Inked is a platform to explore and express your creativity. But every genius get tried once in a while. Never fear, Inked will come to your rescue! You see, every art has a master—writing, singing, photography, or even cracking jokes! Maybe this selection of supremely talented people the world has known Will help you get more creative!
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Inked Author – Cathy Ostlere

Cathy Ostlere knew she would be some kind of artist but always thought she was destined for ballet – turns out it was the tutus she liked best, not the turned-out feet. So writer it is (though she still has aspirations to paint large-scale canvases using her hands)!
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Where can Rs 500 Take You? Mumbai

Being stuck for cash is a perennial teen problem that cuts across all countries. So annoying! But don’t worry, we have decided to make an on-going list of things that will still give you Inksters great options to have lots of fun without burning the proverbial hole in the pocket.

This week is about how to have fun for Rs.500 in Amchi Mumbai!

Let’s get started.

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Every Place is a Stage if You Have Music – Featuring Maatibani, Ankita and Noor

Take a guitarist into a garden of solitude. Take two singers onto the seas to create a studio in the nature and you have the perfect trio to create some magical waves.

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Inked Author – Eliza Crewe

Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.
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Pick of the Week – Vol. 1

A Batman USB drive, a Gesture Pen, an Iron Man Mask and a bit of style for your wardrobe this summer. This is the first edition of Pick of the Week from Inked, where we scout for the craziest and the trendiest things for you.
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What’s Your Look This Summer?

Inksters, let’s have a quick poll! What are you wearing this summer?

  1. Bright colour
  2. Stay white
  3. Fruity loops and patterns on pastels

Post your answers below in the comment section and share your sense of style is this summer.

A Jerry Seinfeld Video on How To Write a Joke – Really!

Funny business has serious side to it, but trust Seinfeld to keep it light. For all you Inksters who want to display your funny bone through standup or writing, here’s a gold star lesson.


Mark These Dates – The Most Important Dates for the Movie Lover

Well look what we’ve got for you guys! An awesome calendar of must see movies to see you through the holidays. We’d recommend printing this out for obvious reasons.
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Seventeen and Done

Rinki has everything she needs to go crazy with: bickering boys, a bitchy grandma, boring books, and the Biggest B of them all: Board Exams.
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There are Some People You Shouldn't Anger

Guess Who?

Welcome to Inked

Say Hello to Inked

Welcome to Inked!

We are a hip new imprint from Penguin Books India with a focus on the best writing for teens and young adults. But, just like everyone else, there’s more to us than that! This site is about those very bits, the ones that go beyond the books we plan to bring to you.
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