World Vegetarian Day: 5 Vegetarian Cookbooks at the Pothi.com Store

World Vegetarian Day is observed by vegetarians world over on October 1. It was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. The aim: To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.

We found a couple of vegetarian recipe books at the Store.

VEGETARIAN DELIACIESVEGETARIAN DELICACIES  by Bridget White | Pothi.com

Soups, salads, curries, stir fries, rice dishes, casseroles and bakes all featured here with easy instructions. The book also highlights the nutritive value of each vegetable and its role in helping cure ailments. Bridget White is a Cookery Book Author and Food Consultant. She has authored seven recipe books on Anglo-Indian Cuisine. Read her interview here.

The Vegetarian Diet Guru is a nutrients-based menu planning guidebook with 150+ recipes that explains and provides strategies to design diets that meet nutritional specifications according to individual requirements.Dr. Shanta Kumar has authored several articles and books on Nutrition and a 3-in-1 Diet Cookbook. The purpose of this book is to provide individuals with the information necessary to plan a healthy and balanced vegetarian diet based on specific criteria. A scientific approach to diet planning is used primarily to aid weight control, diabetic management as well as normal health.

Over 150 recipes with both American and European measurements, this book draws its great-tasting recipes from throughout India. A corporate chef and a past participant in OCLD, Zubin D’Souza has worked all over the world and traveled much of India to showcase regional recipes that he has refined.

Indian Grandmas' Secret RecipesIndian Grandmas’ Secret Recipes | Pothi.com

This is a book of authentic recipes by 16 Indian grandmothers from all over India- Assam, West Bengal, Punjab, UP, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala.

 

 

BAKE WITH KOTHARIS (B/W version)BAKE WITH KOTHARIS  | Pothi.com

The science of baking eggless recipes of cookies, cakes, muffins, breads, buns, pizzas, and more… free from preservatives, stabilizers, bread improvers, calcium propionate, and harmful chemicals.

 

Are there any vegetarian cookbooks that you would recommend? Tell us in the comments.

International Translation Day: 5 Translated Books at the Pothi.com Store

Today is International Translation Day!
On this day translators are celebrated all over the world. It’s held on September 30, on the day of the feast of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators.
We located a couple of translated books at the Pothi.com Store:

Select Translations of Rabindranath Tagore: Volume ISelect Translations of Rabindranath Tagore: Volume I | Pothi.com

Five of the best short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore and a play all translated into American English. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a storyteller, mystic poet, composer, playwright and philosopher, all rolled into one.

Gulliver's Travel (Assamese Translation) We have an Assamese version of Gulliver’s Travels at the Pothi Store. Have you read this bizarre story of a large man in a land of the smallest people?

 

 

 

Translations of Mankutimmana KaggaTranslations of Mankutimmana Kagga | Pothi.com

This book is a tribute to the great Kannada Philosopher-poet D. V. Gundappa popularly known as DVG. Translations of his best-known work: a collection of quadruplet verses on life known as Mankutimmana Kagga is an effort to let know the non-Kannada readers of this gem of Kannada literature. DVG’s verses are short but powerful.

Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse (Translated Tamil Edition)(Colour Print)Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse (Translated Tamil Edition)(Colour Print) | Pothi.com

This is a Tamil  translated version of Siddhartha,  a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse. The book, Hesse’s ninth, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style.

Sivakamiyin Sabadham - An English Translation (Volume 1)

Sivakamiyin Sabadham – An English Translation (Volume 1) | Pothi.com

A masterpiece by Kalki Krishnamurthy, recipient of  the Sahitya Akademi Award, ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’ is a historical Tamil novel set in seventh-century South India. The story deals with the battle for supremacy between the Chalukya Emperor, Pulikesi II, and the Pallava Emperor, Mahendra Varmar and at a later stage, his son, Narasimha Varmar.

You can also check out Volumes 2 and 3 to read the entire series.

Tell us about any translated works that have made a great impression on you.

Interview: Vivek Hattangadi- Author of Pharma Brand Management Books

It was World Pharmacist’s Day last week on September 25. We got an opportunity to speak with author Vivek Hattangadi, author of several pharma-brand  management books at the Pothi.com Store.

Photograph of Vivek Hattangadi

You can reach Vivek Hattangadi at vivekhattangadi@theenablers.org for brand management consulting, and training.

Pothi.com: You have been invested in the pharma field for several decades. Tell us how you decided to start writing books.

Vivek Hattangadi: That’s a very interesting question.

I have been inspired by my students and mentees.

Often after brick and mortar Learning and Development sessions, I was loaded with questions on email from my students. Some were very tough questions and I had to run to the British Library and rummage through the books from my small library at home, before I could respond satisfactorily.

On one occasion, my student from Kathmandu, Arpana Dangol, said, “Sir, when you write, you make even the complex topics so lucid and simple. Today, there are no books specific to pharma brand management. Why don’t you write one?”

I thought over this, started writing and even completed one:WHAT THE PHARMA CEO WANTS FROM THE BRAND MANAGER.

But who would publish it? That’s when I started looking for a publisher and learnt about self-publishing. And then Pothi.com.

I really loved the name पोथी which in Sanskrit has a lovely connotation. Since then, I have been using Pothi as my platform for self-publishing.

Pothi.com: You have published several books on our platform. What do you like about self-publishing?

Vivek Hattangadi: Oh! There are several things which I like, but the most important thing about Pothi is the high level of professionalism, integrity and even punctuality during normal times. I don’t have to look outside for copyediting, proofreading or formatting. All done under one roof.

I don’t have to worry about the logistics part too and availability on e-commerce sites.

And most importantly, Pothi is very cooperative and helpful.

Pothi.com: That’s really heartening to hear. Tell us about your writing routine.

Vivek Hattangadi: I wake up at ब्रह्ममूहूर्तम (Brahma muhurtam) and commence writing at 4.00 am continue till 6.30 am. That’s the time I can fully focus – totally undisturbed. And that’s the most suitable time to think.

Then by 9.30 am, I am back to my usual work. As my guides, two books are always on my tableside: Roget’s Thesaurus and the Oxford Dictionary. I rarely use online dictionaries.

Pothi.com: What should a writer remember while writing a non-fiction book?

Always try to make the copy conversational and articulate as a story. When you do this, you engage your readers.

Have plenty of case studies. That helps the readers in retaining what they have read.

Use simple language which even a 10-year-old can understand. Using jargon is a sin. That alienates you from the reader.

Avoid writing in the third person or else, you create a deep chasm between you and the readers.  Use the second person.

Pothi.com: What books have influenced you the most?

Vivek Hattangadi: Obvious Adams written way back in 1916 by Robert R Updegraff. The lessons in brand management are relevant even today.

Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilivy. To me it is like the Bible of advertising. Everything he has written is after thorough research. Anyone in advertising or brand management should internalize the lessons from this book.

The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly. It is a guide to copywriting, especially for the greenhorn writers. This is a book for everyone who writes and wants to enhance their writing skills.

Pothi.com: Tell us about the Covid impact on the pharma industry and on your pursuit of writing.

Since pharma produces drugs, many which are life-saving and boost immunity against viral infections, this industry hasn’t been affected significantly.

An interesting phenomenon during the lockdown period: strong brands became stronger because of accessibility, small brands suffered a lot. That’s a big lesson for pharma – invest in building brands.

Covid turned out to be a boon for me. I had to stop travel – which on an average used to be a fortnight every month. And there’s one book I completed in record time – 51 LESSONS FROM VIVEK HATTANGADI: PHARMA BRANDING, SALES AND LEADERSHIP – within less than three months of the lockdown.

Pothi.com: What are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on my seventh book DOCTORS AS BRAND ADVOCATES: Make Your Brand the Darling of Doctors and Patients.

In this book, in 21 steps (chapters) I have elaborated on Philip Kotlers’ thoughts on Human-to-Human Mindset (H2H Mindset). This forms the basis of the patient-centric approach in pharma marketing. Patient-centricity in marketing, which is a natural outgrowth H2H Marketing principles, will be the new marketing model for the 21st century.

Pothi.com: Our readers would love to hear you read an excerpt from one of your books.

Vivek Hattangadi: Sure! Here’s an audio clip from one of my books:

Pothi.com: Thanks so much for talking with us and sharing your delightful audio clip! Wish you all the best for your future projects!

 

9 Travel Books from the Pothi.com Store on World Tourism Day

Today is World Tourism Day. During an era when travel has receded into the shadows of the pandemic, we thought we would talk about some of the travel literature available at the Pothi.com Store. There are quite a few books as self-publishing is an ideal medium for travel bloggers and explorers.

Travels of an Indian backpacker girlTravels of an Indian backpacker girl  by Munia Pakhi| Pothi.com

Thirty-something Munia was always an explorer and her wanderlust leads her to Europe. She knew no one there but with a lot of careful planning she managed to travel on a shoestring budget. ‘She got lost in forests in Germany, became witness to a road accident, got scammed under the Eiffel tower, drank glacier water, walked on an active volcano, swam in the Mediterranean, saw celebrities, lived the history of places and saw spooky things in Austria. Eight different countries, 5 different languages, 42 days.’

Traveling To An Enchanted Land Of Castles: Facts And Information On The Castles Of BritainTraveling To An Enchanted Land Of Castles: Facts And Information On The Castles Of Britain by Herbert Howard| Pothi.com

Herbert is a travel enthusiast with a long alphabetical list of castles on his itinerary- Allington Castle, Ashby Castle, Barnard Castle, Barnwell Castle, Bedford Castle, Beeston Castle, Berkeley Castle, Berkhamsted Castle, Berry Pomeroy Castle, Brancepeth Castle, Buckden Palace, Caister Castle, Canterbury Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, Carlisle Castle, Castle Rising, Chester Castle, Christchurch Castle…….

BEYOND SOUVENIRSBEYOND SOUVENIRS by Amrutha Langs | Pothi.com

Amrutha Langs is an explorer. In this travel book, she provides useful information for any explorer who is out on a world tour. Her knowledge snippets may benefit anyone who is trying to get a headstart in a new land.

 

EverestEverest by Almond Syiem and George Tetlow| Pothi.com

Singer-songwriter and poet Almond Syiem and George Tetlow, book designer, illustrator and lecturer synthesize poetry and artwork based on the Himalayas in a beautiful book.

 

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) For BeginnersMamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) For Beginners by Krishnakumar T K | Pothi.com

A detailed travel guide about several Pallava era monuments of the historic Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) town.  The author is a traveler and blogger.

 

One Man Gets the SackOne Man Gets the Sack by Ketan Joshi | Pothi.com

A travel fiction filled with adventure and humor.  Ketan Joshi is the author of the ‘Three Men on Motorcycles’ series and the ‘One Man Goes Backpacking’ series.

 

REGARDING LUCKNOWREGARDING LUCKNOW by Syed Rizwan | Pothi.com

A collection of essays on the city of Lucknow from a historical perspective. The author has majored in History. His book talks about the culture and etiquette of the place.

 

An Indian Goes Around the World - II: WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY THIRTY-DAY EUROPEAN ODYSSEYAn Indian Goes Around the World – II: WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY THIRTY-DAY EUROPEAN ODYSSEY by M. P. Prabhakaran | Pothi.com

 M. P. Prabhakaran writes about the tour he undertook through ten countries of Europe in the summer of 2009

‘The 2009 tour, he says, opened his mind to various aspects of European cultures he had been quite ignorant of until then. It cleansed his mind, he adds, of the many misconceptions he had about peoples and events that shaped the destiny of Europe. It convinced him, once again, that bookish knowledge is no substitute for the knowledge one gains from the people he interacts with, events he witnesses, and things he gets exposed to during his travels to new places.’

TALES OF KURLA STATIONTALES OF KURLA STATION by Debashis Mitra | Pothi.com

A collection of short stories set in one of the oldest stations of India. ‘To ones that have had the dubious fortune of having traveled the trains of Mumbai, the stories easily relate to their personal observations and compels them to ponder.’ Debashis Mitra is an architect with an eye toward fiction.

Tell us about any travel literature you have enjoyed recently. If you have traveled and want to self-publish your travel fiction, get in touch with us

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World Pharmacists Day: Six Pharma Books at The Pothi.com Store

The World Pharmacists Day commenced at the FIP Council 2009 in Istanbul to encourage activities that promoted the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.

We have a large number of books at the Store that have to do with the pharma field:

PHARMA FIRST-LINE LEADER TO CEO: THE ROADMAP TO SUCCESSPHARMA FIRST-LINE LEADER TO CEO: THE ROADMAP TO SUCCESS | Pothi.com

A roadmap to success and brief autobiographies of four eminent persons from the Indian pharmaceutical industry who have risen from medical representatives to managing directors / CEOs. The author, Prof. Vivek Hattangadi has put in over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, beginning his career as a medical representative, later working in brand management and rising to the position of Head of Sales and Marketing in India’s topmost transnational pharmaceutical house. In January 2004, he started his own consultancy firm The Enablers that specializes in pharma brand management & training.

HOW TO GET DOCTORS ADDICTED TO YOUR BRAND - 13 UNSHAKABLE LAWS OF PHARMA BRANDINGHOW TO GET DOCTORS ADDICTED TO YOUR BRAND – 13 UNSHAKABLE LAWS OF PHARMA BRANDING | Pothi.com

Another book by Vivel Hattangadi, here the author talks about the 13 virtues that Benjamin Franklin advocated and the 13 laws of pharma branding. The author focuses on Good Marketing Practices and each law is the culmination of observation and experience.

WHAT THE PHARMA CEO WANTS FROM THE BRAND MANAGER: OVERCOME THE TOUGH CHALLENGES OF PHARMA BRANDING (Edition III)WHAT THE PHARMA CEO WANTS FROM THE BRAND MANAGER: OVERCOME THE TOUGH CHALLENGES OF PHARMA BRANDING (Edition III) | Pothi.com

The Chinese bamboo tree is the miracle that all brands can learn from. It doesn’t grow until after five years of nurture but when it does it shoots up extremely high. What happens in the five years of watering the bamboo is that it grows an elaborate network of roots. So keep working on the brand and it will come into the limelight eventually.

CONCEPTUAL PHARMACYCONCEPTUAL PHARMACY | Pothi.com

Like many books at the Store, this one is academic and designed for the candidates who are preparing for competitive examination.  This book contains important portions covering almost all major areas of Pharmacy subject such as Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Pharmacy and Microbiology to some extent.

Indian Pharmaceutical RegulationsIndian Pharmaceutical Regulations by Dr. Premnath Shenoy  | Pothi.com

The book explains key Indian pharmaceutical regulations in an easy-to-understand presentation. The book targets Pharmacy and Life sciences graduates seeking to make a career in Pharmaceutical Industry. It is also beneficial to key professionals and startup sector in the pharmaceutical industry to ensure compliance. Dr Premnath Shenoy has nearly four decades of rich experience in the area of Pharmaceutical Research, Quality, Regulatory affairs and compliance.

Pharmacology for Nurses: Pharmacology Study Checklist, Questions and Rationales to easily Pass the NCLEX testPharmacology for Nurses: Pharmacology Study Checklist, Questions and Rationales to easily Pass the NCLEX test | Pothi.com

The book provides ample practice for the NCLEX. 15% of the NCLEX test plan comprises pharmacology questions. The aim of this book is to provide an NCLEX pharmacology study checklist that highlights the most important topics.

Go to the Store for more titles.

World Rose Day: Seven Books That Talk About Cancer, Hope and Survival

World Rose Day is celebrated on September 22 keeping in mind the welfare of cancer patients. Cancer is often looked upon with fear but those who must battle the diagnosis need as much support from fearless caretakers in the community as they can get. On this occasion, we thought we would look at some cancer literature.

TOUGH: Women Who Survived CancerTOUGH: WOMEN WHO SURVIVED CANCER edited by  Marquina Ilieve-Piselli

Forty women tell their stories about their cancer experience.  Although the journey is long and hard, the stories are filled with hope. Creativity is sometimes the best cure for any illness and many of the survivors talk about their tryst with creative pursuits.

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness by Jerome Groopman

A must-read book for caregivers and the afflicted. Groopman doesn’t believe in providing false hope but he wants to explore how important hope is in the face of adversity. I

Close to the Bone by Lisa Ray

This autobiography of actor and model  Lisa Ray is no-holds-barred account of her life. She suffered from multiple myeloma at age thirty-seven.

‘How fortunate it is when life alters you without warning.’

The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back by Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh gives a brave, honest account of his tryst with cancer and chemotherapy. The book is an account of his cricket journey and his own personal growth.

 

Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life by Manisha Koirala

Another celebrity cancer autobiography. Here Manisha Koirala speaks about her triumphant win against ovarian cancer.

 

 

My Cancer is Me: The Journey from Illness to Wholeness by Vijay Bhat

Cancer is a disease with many stereotypical notions attached to it. Vijay Bhat writes about how the disease can be used as a transformative experience. He explores perspectives toward the disease and holistic and scientific approaches that can help cure the afflicted.

UnafraidUnafraid by Niyati Tamaskar

At the Pothi.com Store, we have a book by cancer survivor  Niyati Tamaskar. She was a thirty-four-year-old breastfeeding mother when she got the diagnosis. She grew up in India where the c-word was taboo and so she opens up about her journey. Her words give strength- watch her Ted Talk here.

 

What books would you recommend for cancer survivors and caregivers? Tell us in the comments section.

Syed Mujtaba Ali: The Bengali Polyglot Who Captured South Asia With His Pen

Syed Mujtaba Ali was born on this day in 1904. He was a Bengali author, journalist, scholar, polyglot and global citizen.

He was born in Assam to a family of intellectuals. His brother Murtaza Ali also was a writer of great stature. Mujtaba Ali studied at Shantiniketan. His work in education and religious studies took him across the world.

His travel narrative Deshe Bideshe captured a snapshot of the upheavals in South Asia and it’s a good idea to read the book right now if you are interested in the goings-on in Afghanistan.

He was awarded the Narsinghadas Prize, the Ananda Puraskar and the Ekushey Padak, the second-highest civilian award in Bangladesh.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay- the Bengali Storyteller who Inspired Satyajit Ray

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was born on this day in 1894. He grew up in a village in West Bengal. Storytelling ran through the family- his father was a storyteller and a Sanskrit scholar. He was a prized student but since his family fell in a hard way, once his studies were complete, he enrolled as a teacher in a school in Hooghly before he went on to become a writer full time.

His setting was primarily rural Bengal. The Apu trilogy based on Pather Panchali and Aparajito caught Satyajit Ray’s attention and since then Bandyopadhyay’s works have become immortal on the silver screen.

His best-known works are the autobiographical novel, Pather Panchali (The Song of the Road), Chader Pahar, and Aranyak. He’s been called “perhaps the best of all modern Indian novelists” and his legacy is substantial- over a dozen novels, hundreds of short stories, memoirs and essays. His style is rooted in an almost romantic love for his environment and a traditional mode of storytelling- yet his voice is modernist and relevant even today, especially when he speaks about the disappearance of the rural fabric in the face of capitalism.

He died in 1950.

Discover Fabulous Books and Read for Children on International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, first observed in 1966 and now included in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals program, was established in order to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.

Every year on September 8th, UNESCO observes International Literacy Day. The main aim is to gain global awareness on the issues related to child and adult literacy. Literacy is the best remedy is a phrase used by UNESCO in its banners, as literacy is central to the right of all children to an education.

In India, the literacy rate is 77% and there is a sizeable disparity at a gender-wise and state-wise level.

Reading Programs in India

On International Literacy Day, let’s look at two organizations that are doing their bit for kids’ reading efforts:

Pratham Books

Pratham Books runs an annual storytelling campaign called One Day One Story on International Literacy Day where Reading Champions from across India conduct storytelling sessions. The campaign aims to get ‘a book in every child’s hand’. Two books are selected for this venture- this year it’s  Satya, Watch Out!, a Level 2 book written by Yamini Vijayan and illustrated by Vishnu M Nair for younger kids, and Puchku Seeks a Song, a Level 3 book written by Deepanjana Pal and illustrated by Rajiv Eipe for older kids.  You can sign up here.

A Story A Day

Another initiative that has to do with reading books is the #AStoryADay initiative launched by Pehlay Akshar. Stories that are narrated are shared with children from underprivileged backgrounds and helps give them a headstart in English learning.

A couple of stories from children’s books at the Pothi.com Store are part of the #AStoryADay initiative. Here’s a story from Footprints on the Moon read by the writer Ishmita Menon.

In India alone, over 300 million children have been unable to study owing to the pandemic, so such initiatives are the silver lining. Tell us about any worthy reading initiatives you think we should know about.

Visit the Pothi.com Book Store on Buy a Book Day and Support an Author Today!

Today is Buy a Book Day!

On this day, we thought about talking about the Pothi.com Store, the place where all the authors who use the Pothi.com platform are at. Once you decide to self-publish, you can upload your files onto the system and ta-da your book shows up at the Pothi.com Store. That simple.

Pothi.com Book Store

Since today the onus is on buying books, let’s have a look at our Book Store- Books by Self Publishing Authors | Pothi.com

Pothi Store landing page

At the Pothi.com Store there is a huge variety of books in as many as 50+ categories from Antiques and Collectibles to Business Books to Travel Books and Comics. There are books by authors from all over the world, so we have books in the Store in over 40 languages!

In the New Releases section, you get to see the latest print books and eBooks that have been self-published. The Bestsellers is a list of the books that have the highest sales. Editor’s Choice is a curated list that we update from time to time- the books on this list are recommended by our in-house Editorial Team.

You can also search for a specific book using the search option.

On this day, pick up a book and encourage an author. A book is a labor of love- so much thought and effort go into the making of one and when an author decides to self-publish, they need to take so many decisions- not just when it comes to writing the book but also taking into account the making and selling of it as well. Do your bit to support our Pothi authors and buy a book now!