DIRECTOR’S CHAIR — Hindi Cinema’s Golden Age by Manek Premchand | Blue Pencil’s NEW RELEASE

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Blue Pencil Publishers is proud to announce the release of our latest book, an insightful, mammoth, and captivating work, DIRECTOR’S CHAIR — Hindi Cinema’s Golden Age, penned by the esteemed Hindi film and music critic, Manek Premchand.

Set to launch on January 15, 2024, this book is a treasure trove for cinephiles and enthusiasts eager to delve into the rich history of Hindi cinema.

Exploring the Golden Age: A Cinematic Odyssey

In this 572-page non-fiction masterpiece, Manek Premchand takes readers on a journey through the golden age of Hindi cinema, spanning from the silent era in the early 20th century to the remarkable films of the ’50s, ’60s, and concluding in 1980. The book is a meticulous study of the lives and works of prominent film directors who shaped the industry during this transformative period.

Premchand emphasizes the pivotal role of directors in shaping the narrative of a film. In DIRECTOR’S CHAIR, he explores how directors such as Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Sohrab Modi, and B R Chopra occupied the metaphorical “director’s chair” with unparalleled authority, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. This study celebrates the profound impact these visionaries had on the cinematic landscape.

The author asserts that a director’s role surpasses that of any other member of a film’s cast and crew. The book underscores how a director’s discerning gaze encompasses every aspect of filmmaking, making the final creation their cinematic baby. In this era, the director truly ruled the roost, much like the music director’s influence over a film’s songs.

Beyond Numbers: Hindi Cinema’s Timeless Legacy

Despite India’s dominance in global filmmaking in terms of quantity, Premchand addresses the scarcity of quality cinema. He acknowledges the timeless nature of films from the past, where glitz and glamour took a backseat to genuine content and class.

DIRECTOR’S CHAIR serves as a testament to the creative giants who navigated the industry without the aid of modern technology, relying solely on their passion and artistry.

About the Author: Manek Premchand – A Maestro in Film Criticism

Manek Premchand, armed with a diploma in Journalism and a degree in Arts from Bombay University, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his writing. A prolific author with several books on Hindi cinema and music to his name, he remains fascinated by the cultural significance of Bollywood music in our diverse nation. His extensive experience in the industry, including roles as a consultant with Saregama India Ltd. and a show host on various radio platforms, adds depth to his insightful narratives.

A Must-Have for Film Aficionados

DIRECTOR’S CHAIR — Hindi Cinema’s Golden Age is not just a book; it is a celebration of cinematic excellence. A must-have for all who believe in the timeless allure of films from our past.

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Join us in reliving the golden era of Hindi cinema.

Other Blue Pencil Publications by Manek Premchand

The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar

Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons

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‘KABIR — An Inward Journey’ by Smita Tiwari — Blue Pencil’s NEW RELEASE!

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The author Smita Tiwari showing her book at the Assi Ghat in Varanasi. The ancient city plays a key role in Kabir — An Inward Journey

Greetings, book enthusiasts and literature lovers!

We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to Blue Pencil’s growing library of captivating stories – KABIR — An Inward Journey a debut novel by UAE-based author, Smita Tiwari.

Embark on a Soulful Journey

KABIR – An Inward Journey invites you to delve into the heart of India through the eyes of Kabir, a young wanderer navigating the labyrinth of grief. In this sensitive and touching debut novel, Smita Tiwari intricately weaves a tapestry of emotions, spirituality, and self-discovery that will resonate with readers on a profound level.

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KABIR – An Inward Journey by Smita Tiwari


Set against the backdrop of the mystical land of India, Kabir’s story unfolds like the verses of the renowned Sant Kabir Das. Wrestling with the weight of grief, Kabir is spurred into action, seeking solace and understanding on an introspective odyssey. His journey takes him through the vibrant tapestry of Indian villages, bustling towns, and bustling cities, each step a revelation leading to a deeper connection with the self.

As Kabir grapples with the complexities of life, his path ultimately converges with a celebration of renunciation, acceptance, enlightenment, and the enduring power of love. The pages of this novel are imbued with a profound sense of spirituality, encouraging readers to embark on their own inward journey of self-discovery.

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The author Smita Tiwari (first from left), her two children Ishan and Sanvee (standing behind L to R) with friends and family launching Kabir — An Inward Journey on the steps of the Assi Ghat in Varanasi

About the Author

Smita Tiwari holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. She worked as a Technical Evangelist in Infosys Limited.

Despite her background in science and a successful career, Smita had always been captivated by literature. She left her full-time job to embrace motherhood and found herself drawn back to writing in her leisure time.

When she lost her father to the pandemic, Smita’s writing found a new purpose — she sublimated her grief in lyrical prose. Her debut work beautifully weaves the universal themes of love and loss and celebrates the enduring connections that define our lives

Her writing is a harmonious blend of sensitivity and depth, crafting a narrative that transcends geographical boundaries and speaks to the universal human experience.

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Smita and her husband Vikas Tripathi

Why You Should Dive Into Kabir — An Inward Journey

Unique Perspective: Explore the mystical and diverse landscapes of India through the eyes of Kabir, gaining a unique perspective on life’s profound journey.

Soulful Storytelling: Smita Tiwari’s evocative prose and storytelling prowess create an immersive experience, allowing readers to feel every emotion and revelation.

Spiritual Exploration: Inspired by the timeless verses of Sant Kabir Das, the novel invites readers on a spiritual exploration, encouraging introspection and self-discovery.

KABIR — An Inward Journey is more than just a novel; it’s an invitation to celebrate the intricacies of life, love, and the pursuit of understanding.

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Let the pages of KABIR — An Inward Journey unfold before you, as you embark on a journey of the soul, embracing the wisdom and beauty that lies within. Join us in welcoming Smita Tiwari’s debut into the literary world with open arms and an eager heart.

Happy Reading!

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